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

Thursday, June 29, 2023

St. Michael's Conference and Independence Day - Rector's Rambling for July 2, 2023

     I am thankful to be back at St. John’s today.  My family had a nice time away, and I return refreshed and renewed.  Thank you to Deacon Zachary Baker for his leading worship and preaching, and for all who pitched in to make sure everything ran smoothly while we are away.

Although I have been back for a week now, once again I will be away from the regular weekday routine at St. John’s because starting this afternoon we have the St. Michael’s Conference for Youth.  I will be at the Manresa to help lead and/or participate in worship (Morning Prayer, Mass, Evening Prayer, and Compline), teach classes, lead discussion groups, and help with the fun of the afternoon and evening activities.  It is a wonderful community where those participating 12 to 20 year olds, and all the staff as well, spend a great week of spiritual growth and renewal.  We have been on a waiting list for those wanting to register for the conference this year and we are moving heaven and earth (and desks and furniture) to find a way to fit in a few more if we can!  Thanks be to God for all his mercies!

God willing I will return for next Sunday’s Services enthused but a bit tired….it is a lot of work keeping up with the young people!

Today is the 4th Sunday after Trinity and our readings and primary Collect is assigned from that.  But we also anticipate Tuesday’s Independence Day holiday.  It is a feast day appointed in the Book of Common Prayer as a day to pray for tour country, giving thanks for God’s blessings and mercies for our founding, and for their continuation over the years.  And we pray that we may be a country not only mindful of these blessings but also doing all things to God’s greater honor and glory.