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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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Monday, June 13, 2016

Retirement Village Services - Rector's Rambling for June 12, 2016

Today after the 10:00 AM Service I will go down to coffee hour, as I do most Sundays, to socialize and catch up with parishioners.  But today, as I do on 2nd and 4th Sundays, I have to be aware of the time because I have one more Mass to say.
Many years ago, a priest friend started an Anglican congregation in a retirement community, where he, and a group of laity faithfully, offered Mass to the greater glory of God, for both the residents of the retirement home, and all those from the surrounding community looking for a service with traditional Anglican Liturgy and Biblical teaching.  That priest eventually moved on to another assignment, as did another priest.
I was contacted by the coordinator of the service, the former priest of the parish and the nephew of the organist at the service (who happens to be St. John’s Vestryman Dennis Lennox), asking if I would be interested and willing to make this Service a ministry of St. John’s.
We were able to change the Service to the afternoon, and work it into the schedule of the retirement village on the 2nd and 4th Sundays.  Attendance averages anywhere from 25 to 40, and it is a diverse array of denominations represented.  It is a 1928 Service, with hymns from the 1940 Hymnal.
You are most welcome to attend this service as well, either to volunteer to help set up and clean up, or come and worship if you have missed the morning services at St. John’s.  The service takes place in the 3rd floor dining room (the person at the front desk can point you to the correct elevator).  We start worship at 1:30 PM.
Independence Village of Plymouth is located at 14707 Northville Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170.  From St. John’s, you take I-96 almost to I-275.  Plug the address into your GPS for the most accurate route to the residence and if the parking in front is full, there is parking in the rear.