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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Monday, February 27, 2023

Lent, Holy Week and Easter - Rector's Rambling for February 26, 2023

We are now in the busiest time of the year at St. John’s!  Lent brings us a variety of opportunities for additional devotions and worship, and the abundance of liturgies for Holy Week helps us to laser-focus in on the most glorious saving act of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection for us and for our Salvation.  I hope and pray that you will take advantage of this holy season to reboot your spiritual life in order to draw closer and closer to Our Lord, and allow him to help you to change more and more into His likeness!

As this edition of the Eagle is going to print we are aglow with the joy of our re-vitalized Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper.  After a few years off because of the virus restrictions, it came back with a trivia night in the place of the talent show.  As always the food was wonderful, as was the company.  The Trivia Contest was fun-filled.  Thank you to the Armitage Men’s Club members for preparing dinner and for the ladies who decorated for the festivities.  And a special thank you to Debbie Swain for being chief cheerleader for the event, making calls and taking reservations, and to Elizabeth Savage and Cam Walker who put together the Trivia Contest.

Although Lent is best known for the repenting, fasting, and giving something up (see page 5 for a guide about ‘doing’ Lent) we do also have some other special events scheduled as well.

Martina Stevenson is teaching a class on how to make Ukrainian Pysanky Easter Eggs.  The Daughters of the King are having their Diocesan Quiet Day on March 11 and in the evening the Detroit Concert Choir will be having a concert here as well.  There will be a St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef Luncheon after the 10 AM Service on March 19.  The Just Pie Sale will take place April 2nd and Jack’s Place for Autism will be hosting their Detroit Tigers Opening Day gathering on April 6th.

Holy Week Liturgies culminate in the Vigil Service of Easter on Saturday, April 8, and Easter Day on April 9.  Be sure to start praying for your friends and neighbors as you are also asking them to join us for worship that weekend (if not earlier).

We close out April with our Annual Detroit Tigers Baseball Outing on April 30 with the Choir singing the National Anthem.