Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 52 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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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

He is Risen! - Rector's Rambling for April 5, 2015

Alleluia!  Christ is Risen!
       The Lord is risen indeed!

Today we proclaim Jesus’ victory over sin and death, having conquered the grave.  What those first century religious leaders believed was the ultimate solution to the troublemaker preacher/healer/miracle worker actually was a part of God’s plan and purpose to pay the price for our sins.  And through that shameful death WE are healed, restored, forgiven, saved.  May we take this Easter Triumph, Easter Joy, into our daily lives today and tomorrow and beyond.
We welcome our many visitors today to St. John’s.  We are a ‘destination’ parish for many people who join us for the “high holy days” and special occasions.  We are really glad for all who join us for whatever the reason, whatever the occasion.
Exciting things are happening at St. John’s, and around St. John’s.  As you noticed on the way in, construction on the new M-1 Rail line is happening in front of the Church.  Across Woodward the excavations have begun for the new Detroit Red Wings hockey arena. 
Plans are being finalized for yet more construction in the coming year, including a new parking garage behind St. John’s, the expansion and re-landscaping of our garden space, and eventually the building of 500 to 700 apartments  with first floor retail space in the parking lots along Woodward in front of Comerica Park.
But even more exciting is what is happening here within St. John’s: God is glorified in sublime worship, people are being edified and educated in The Faith, and new ministries and opportunities for worship are being developed.   In many ways St. John’s continues her resurrection begun in 2000 with the revitalization of the neighborhood through the opening of Comerica Park.   I am grateful that God has called me here to be a part of the wonderful things He is doing.
And of course, you are invited to be a part of all this excitement every Sunday!  As many of us here will attest, St. John’s is worth the trip every week.