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, June 20, 2017

Corpus Christi Sunday - Rector's Rambling for June 18, 2017

Today we celebrate, with great gratitude, the gift of Jesus Christ to us of His own Body and Blood in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.  Corpus Christi (Latin for the Body of Christ) commemorates the institution of the Holy Communion, which occurred at the Last Supper the night before Jesus died on the Cross.  We commemorated this event in the context of Holy Week, connecting it to Jesus’ Great Commandment on Maundy Thursday to “Love one another as he has loved us”, which we also commemorated with the washing of feet.
Now, before we embark on the long Ordinary Season known as Trinitytide, we have one last hurrah to remember that which Jesus said to “do in remembrance” of Him.
As you noticed on your way into the church today, the fencing is up for the first phase of construction on our property.  A new drop off and parking area is being constructed behind the office building, which will then be connected to the newly renovated office building (in phase two, which we hope to begin later this fall).
We are also reconstructing the southwest narthex entrance, pictured above.  The awkwardness of having to step down immediately upon exiting, or having to step backward on the steps while opening the door from the outside, will be eliminated by building a porch at floor level, which will then have stairs and a handicapped ramp (faced with stone to match the building) down to the sidewalk.  This will then be temporarily landscaped until construction is completed on the new apartment building in our lot, and the garden is made 2.5 times larger and completely re-landscaped (date still to be determined).

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work around the work being done to improve our property