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

Monday, August 29, 2022

Fall Eagle column - Rector's Rambling for 8/28/2022

A new season is almost upon us, as we head into Fall, and the beginning of the programming year. 

Society in the northern hemisphere tends toward an academic year calendar with a break from school and programs for the summer (or replaced by different ones for the summer).  The church also seems to follow that schedule as well, acknowledging travel and warm/hot weather these months.

Like the beginning of school around Labor Day, so too St. John’s is getting back into its busier activity!  Sunday School, the Alpha Course, Organization meetings, and other activities are now on the schedule or in planning stages.

Most importantly, if you got out of the habit of church attendance this summer (or since Covid shut downs for that matter) now is the time to get back into the habit!  Not only do we have worship on Sunday morning (7:30, 8 and 10) but also Sunday evening (5:30) and on 4 weekdays as well.  Pick one or two and make it an unshakable, unmovable item on your calendar for your week!  As Jesus said, “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”. I hope that your relationship with Jesus and His Church is something you treasure and that you will make attending worship a priority!

There are a couple of events coming up quickly in September for us to prepare for, so mark your calendars today.

On September 11th we will have a special coffee hour in the garden where we will dedicate the upgraded carillon with a concert of patriotic hymns and other hymns.  The week following  (September 15-18) will be our annual Trash to Treasure Sale.  We will be putting on the hard-press to invite our neighbors to both these events. 

Beginning Monday, September 26 and continuing Mondays until December 5 we will be offering The Alpha Course.  We would love to have all our parishioners who have not taken it yet to plan to do so!  This course is also aimed at our neighbors who may be curious about Christianity.

October 9th we will have our Homecoming Sunday where we will be also honoring Harriett Mottley for her retirement as Office Manager of St. John’s!

Be sure to mark your calendars today and plan on being present