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

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Community involvement - Rector's Rambling for January 22, 2017

This week we are in the midst of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  It started on January 18 and ends on Wednesday, January 25.  Couched between the Feasts of the Confession of St. Peter and the Conversion of St. Paul, we have been praying with special intention for the Unity of the Church, that we all may be one as Jesus and the Father are one (John 17:21, 22.)  There is information on the history of this special week in the St. John’s Teaching Notes on page 4.
This past week we also had a wonderful opportunity to work with the community by hosting a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Meal, with poetry readings and local musicians performing.  It was a packed house, and many came upstairs for tours of the church and asked questions.  May God grant us many other opportunities to minister in our neighborhood.
Most people have their only contact with St. John’s on Sunday morning, and we are grateful for your attendance at worship (which is your bounden duty).  But we also can be quite busy here during the week as well.  In addition to the weekday Masses, six Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and our Thursday night Bible Study session that happen here regularly, we host a variety of groups, from the 13th District Republicans to the M-1 Rail Community Info. meetings.  We also have various Alternative Spring Break programs from colleges across the country who spend a week here in our building; using it for sleeping, eating, and lectures in between their community work outside the building.
St. John’s Annual Parish Meeting
Sunday, January 29, after the 10:00 AM service