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

Monday, June 12, 2017

Pentecost Sunday - Rector's Rambling for June 4, 2017

A hearty welcome to all our guests today for our Tigers Baseball Sunday.  Having sold nearly 200 tickets to the game, we enjoy hosting our many friends and neighbors for this special day of worship, fellowship, and sport.
The neighborhood continues to change as new buildings are going up all around us.  In the next few weeks construction begins on the new handicapped entrance ramp directly into the church narthex (lobby), and the new office building drop-off area.  Then, God willing, by late fall we will begin renovations on the office building and its meeting spaces, followed by the undercroft (where we will be eating lunch today) which will include a new kitchen that has been donated to us by Google.
Once the new fences go up for the construction projects, in addition to our lot next to the church, we will be using more of the lot across Montcalm, and also the new “D” garage behind us, for parking on Sunday and for special events.  If you have questions on Sunday mornings about where to park, look for signage and our St. John’s attendants.
We have had a wonderful week-and-a-half at St. John’s as we have participated in the Thy Kingdom Come program with the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, and with our worldwide Anglican Communion.  Attendance at all events surpassed initial sign-ups, and we had the opportunity to hear the faith stories of parishioners and offer prayer for more and more people to come to know Jesus.  Each of the 6:00 PM services was broadcast live, and can be viewed at www.Facebook.com/stjohnsdetroit.
Finally, and most importantly, a blessed Feast of Pentecost to one and all.  May God bless us all with the gifts of the Holy Spirit (and may we cooperate with them) in order to be the church and people that God desires us to be!