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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Monday, October 26, 2015

Worth the effort!!! - Rector's Rambling for October 25, 2015

Another month of Sundays is nearly complete.  October is always a busy time around here.  We had our  Homecoming Sunday, Sunday morning and Thursday evening activities are in full swing, and our first Cinema in the Spirit Movie Night was well attended and appreciated.
But as always, we cannot just rest on our laurels.  Next month also promises to be one of great opportunity!  In addition to the Sunday morning and Thursday evening programming, we add to our schedule All Saints’ Day (November 1), The Feast of All Souls with its Requiem Masses both here and at Elmwood Cemetery (November 2), The U.S. Naval Academy Women’s Glee Club concert on Veterans Day (November 11), and the activities surrounding the Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Add to this mix the St. Catherine’s Guild Bazaar and you have a month full of great activity!
We are also promised that by Thanksgiving the construction on the road immediately in front of the church will be complete (but not the bridge over I-75 until perhaps March), which will be a welcome change.
I know that it has been a challenge to get TO St. John’s on some Sundays, and for that I apologize for any inconvenience.  The rail construction project timing has been beyond our control, and we have done our best to try to insure access to St. John’s despite the work.
I can assure you that GOD IS WELL PLEASED at your effort in attending St. John’s.  In fact, Sunday attendance is the minimum expectation for members of the Body of Christ, and I am grateful for so many that have labored with extra effort.
I hope that those who have fallen out of the habit, have been scared away by construction, or by rumors of problems of any type, will be moved to return to the regular practice of Sunday attendance.  It is important for you to be here for your soul’s health, your presence encourages others, and a fuller church is both a welcome and an enticement for newcomers to join!