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.

My Photo
Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Trinitytide - Rector's Rambling for June 18, 2023

     Last week I mentioned that the celebration of Corpus Christi on Sunday marked the last “hurrah” before we entered the long “green” period of the Ordinary Season, better known as Trinitytide.

Although the title “ordinary” time makes it appear that there is nothing special about these coming weeks, it actually is about being well-ordered with teaching about Jesus and the life of faith.  I promise you that it won’t be ordinary as in not special.

We will have special Sunday events in the coming weeks.  July 30 will be our Founders’ Sunday.  August 6 is the Feast of the Transfiguration (which is observed on a Sunday if they overlap).  We will also celebrate St. Michael and all Angels and the Feast of All Saints on Sundays because of their importance. 

Whether a special Sunday, or seemingly ordinary, it is still our bounden duty to worship God every Sunday in His Church (Office of Instruction, p. 291, 1928 Book of Common Prayer).  I know that folks are away for portions of the summer, but if you are home, I hope that you will be here with us for worship.  Your absence is not only detrimental to your spiritual life, but diminishes us all as well, since we do not have you with us to worship and to encourage us by your presence.

Speaking of being away, my family and I are away for a little over a week.  My wife knows that to get me to go on vacation, she has to look at the Church  and family calendar, take a stab at which days are good enough for a family holiday, and then schedule it.  Left to my own devices, I would never find a good time to go away, but I am always most grateful to be away for a few days to recharge and renew. 

Deacon Zachary Baker will be leading worship today.  He begins his parish assignment in the Diocese of Long Island in July, so I consider it a great blessing that he is able to be here today.  The deacon preached for us in Lent and served as Deacon of the Mass on Easter.

Since he is not ordained priest yet, he cannot offer the service of Holy Communion.  Instead, we will have Choral Morning Prayer and then receive Holy Communion from the Sacrament that was consecrated by me during the week and reserved in the ambry.

And we will not have weekday Services at the church this week, but we will have my 4 to 5 minute daily morning meditations appear each day by 7 AM on the parish YouTube Channel and Facebook page.

And of course please keep us in your prayers as we travel, and be assured of our prayers for the parish as well.