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, July 23, 2023

July and August attendance - Rector's Rambling for July 30, 2023

     We are now in the warm and muggy part of summer here at St. John’s, and I am grateful for your continuing attendance at weekly worship, even if it means 90 or so minutes in a building that is not climate controlled during this part of the year.  If it is any help, just remember that soon enough it will be cold again and we will have to turn the furnaces back on!

I have now gotten my summer travel out of the way, and God willing will not be out of town again until late October when I will be dashing away to race in some rowing regattas.  A family vacation, then the St. Michael’s Conference for Youth, and finally a few weekdays for a family reunion kept me coming and  going in June/July. 

Others in the parish have shared with me their travel plans that will take them away in July or August (or parts of both) and it is nice to hear about people’s adventures.

A couple of notes about travel - plan on attending Church on Sunday where you are on that day!  In June I attended Sunday worship in an Episcopal Church in Maui that included portions of the service in Hawaiian.  And of course you can bring with you a 1928 Book of Common Prayer and Bible to pray Morning and/or Evening Prayer while away (both books are also available via internet).  Just because you are away from home doesn’t mean we should stop praying regularly.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention keeping current with your contribution in support of the ministry here at St. John’s while away on vacation..  Our offering envelopes can be sealed, a stamp placed on them, and put in any mailbox.