Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 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 160 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

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Rogation Sunday - Rector's Rambling for May 22, 2022

     Today, in addition to being the 5th Sunday after Easter, is known as Rogation Sunday.  Today, at the 10:00 AM service (weather permitting), we will process around the perimeter of the building, singing the litany hymn in a symbolic “beating of the boundaries” of the parish.  It is an opportunity for us to implore God’s mercy upon us and our community as we begin the planting season.  Our common welfare is tied up with the ability for crops to be planted, grow, and be harvested so that we can be nourished.  The Church this weekend acknowledges that all things are a part of God’s providence, including the temperate weather and the ability for us to grow and harvest.

Today is also our Outreach Giving Sunday.  We thank God for the various ministries that are taking place in and around Detroit, and we are grateful to be able to participate with them by providing some funding toward their work.  The Vestry made a decision when we signed our development lease for the property that is currently our parking lot, that we would give away a tithe of that income to other groups in the community, and today we are doing our yearly joy by continuing to make good on that decision.

Thank you to Cathy Morgan who is spearheading this project and to all the committee participants who visited applicants and made decisions how to best distribute these fund.  Blessings received and blessings shared!

And a reminder that this Thursday is the 40th Day of Eastertide and a major feast day!  We celebrate the Feast of the Ascension.  Holy Communion will be celebrated on Thursday morning at 9:00 AM to keep the Feast.

On Friday we begin our preparation for Whitsunday with our daily Holy Ghost Novena.