Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

August Agenda - Rector's Rambling for August 3, 2014

The busyness of July has come and gone with Patriotic Sunday, the St. Michael’s Conference for Youth, and Founders’ Day all now in the rear view mirror.  I also performed three weddings.  Thank you to all who contributed prayer and scholarship support for the Conference, and their time and labor to help with those two special Sunday celebrations.
August promises to also be a busy month of activity here at St. John’s!  Next Sunday we have the baptism of Angelus Mapp during the 10:00 AM service.  Parents Rexienia and Dominic were married by me here at St. John’s, and Angelus’ big sister Kinmah was baptized here in 2010.
On Saturday, August 16, at 11:00 AM the parish, family, and friends will gather to pray for the repose of the soul of Mary Bedford.  Her mortal cremated remains will be interred in our columbarium in the chapel.  She will be greatly missed by all of us who loved her so dearly!
The following day we will welcome back to our pulpit our dear friend Bishop Jackson C. Biggers of the Diocese of Northern Malawi (retired).  St. John’s has had a long relationship with Bishop Biggers and his ministry in Central Africa.  We will both welcome him back into our midst that day, and pray for him as he departs to return to Africa the following week.
August 24 brings with it a celebration of Baptism at St. John’s!  We have one, and perhaps four, baptisms scheduled for that day.  We will also be inviting back friends far and wide who were baptized here to join us for a celebration of the many who have been made regenerate at our baptismal font in 155 years.  Also in the planning stage for that day is a meeting of parents of Sunday School-aged students about the upcoming school year.
And if you think that is busy, wait until you hear about the opportunities coming in September!