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, May 30, 2017

ThyKingdom Come program underway! - Rector's Rambling for May 28, 2017

Our important week of prayer is finally upon us.  Thy Kingdom Come is a program developed by the Church of England (our mother church) and encouraged by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.  Their message to us couldn’t be simpler – pray for people to know Jesus Christ as Lord!
During the days between Ascension (last Thursday) and Whitsunday (next Sunday) we emulate the disciples who spent that time in prayer in anticipation for the promised coming of God the Holy Ghost.  So too we are praying every day individually, and as a group, for that same outpouring of His Spirit upon the Church, that we may be equipped and enabled for ministry.
We have our daily 12:15 PM Holy Communion Service through these days (May 26 to June 3), and our 6:00 PM Evening Prayer Service at the St. John’s Prayer Wall on Montcalm.  I hope that if you haven’t attended yet, and haven’t signed up, that you will attend.  Attend as often as you can even if you haven’t signed up.  And if you just cannot be present with us, it will be live-streamed on Facebook on our St. John’s page, which can be found at www.Facebook.com/stjohnsdetroit.
There is an expression “First things first”.  This is what this week of Thy Kingdom Come is all about!  The glorious worship of St. John’s is important, as is the work we do in the community.  But ultimately, the “first thing” about being a member of the Body of Christ, is to be about knowing Him more and sharing Him with others.  Prayer is one of the basic building blocks to strengthen and deepen our relationship with Jesus, as well as a way that we draw others to Jesus.
Pray every day!  Pray at home, pray with us at Church.  Pray in the car, or at your desk at work, or in any quiet (or not so quiet) moment you can.  Just pray!