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, December 04, 2022

Special Events Sunday and next Saturday - Rector's Rambling for December 4, 2022

     Today we are starting a new tradition at St. John’s with the lighting of our Garden Tree. 

Although it is still the season of Advent we wanted to add some festive brightness to the garden with the lighting of the tree, and already we are looking into perhaps next year lighting the larger pine tree that is growing here in the garden!  And next year we hope to add a manger scene to the garden as well.

Inside we are keeping the proper liturgical season of Advent, a penitential  time of preparation, we want to also reach out to our neighborhood with the reminder that all the festivity of the ‘holiday’ season is in fact about the ‘holy day’ that is to come...the birth of Jesus Christ!

At 5:30 we will gather in the parish garden for a shortened service of Evening Prayer with the blessing and lighting  of the tree, and will sing Carols as we enjoy some hot chocolate and other refreshments.  God willing the those living in the neighborhood will join us for the festivities - so lets make sure our own St. John’s folks come back this evening to join us to welcome them and give thanks to God for the opportunity to do this!


 Next Saturday we have a special occasion at 6 PM.  The premier of the PBS Documentary on the Churches of Detroit will take place at the Fillmore Theatre.  St. John’s is one of the featured churches included in the production.

It was a great joy to be asked to be a part of this - a great opportunity to share via public broadcasting.  Later the next week it will be broadcast on Channel 56.

There are tickets available for the premier on Saturday.  Contact Elizabeth in the parish office during the week and we can make sure that there is a ticket for you.