Deepen Your Faith

Reclaim an Ancient Ritual for this moment:  Lavabo 
 

“I wash” Psalm 26:6-8
 

I wash my hands in innocence, and walk around your altar, singing a song of thanks, telling your wonderful deeds. Lord, I love your house, the place where your glory dwells.”

 

In the early Middle Ages, Benedictine monks would gather at a fountain outside the sanctuary and wash their hands before entering church.  In the Roman Catholic Mass, the presider ritually washes hands before touching the elements of bread and wine, praying:  "Lord, wash away my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin" (Psalm 51:2). 

Dr. Jim Perkinson is a long-time activist and educator from inner city Detroit, where he has a history of involvement in various community development initiatives and low-income housing projects. He holds a PhD in theology from the University of Chicago, with a secondary focus on history of religions, is the author of White Theology: Outing Supremacy in Modernity and Shamanism, Racism, and Hip-Hop Culture: Essays on White Supremacy and Black Subversion, and has written extensively in both academic and popular journals on questions of race, class and colonialism in connection with religion and urban culture. He is in demand as a speaker on a wide variety of topics related to his interests and a recognized artist on the spoken-word poetry scene in the inner city.

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Photo: The Guardian 

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Not for Sale

St. Peter's effort to hold the corner of Trumbull and Michigan is sacred for all Detroiters. See the dedication of the Not For Sale sign prayer service.

Below is an excerpt of Rev. Denise Griebler's sermon entitled Not for Sale 

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, November 17, 2019

Isaiah 65:17-25
Malachi 4:1-2a
Luke 21:5-19

Read the full transcript here.

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WE ARE NOT FOR SALE. 

St. Peter’s will continue to welcome and serve people who have been made poor who are being made more vulnerable as shelters and services move out of our community.

WE ARE NOT FOR SALE.

Manna Community Meal isn’t going anywhere.

WE ARE NOT FOR SALE.

The Corner Shower and Laundry will open and serve people.

WE ARE NOT FOR SALE.

The Water Station will continue to flow for people and families who have been shut off.

WE ARE NOT FOR SALE.

The St. Peter’s Hive will continue to buzz with organizations that work for justice and peace and the dignity and wholeness of human beings, and for the healing of Earth.

WE ARE NOT FOR SALE.

We will continue to make space for people planning and organizing and training to take big non-violent risks in pursuit of peace.

WE ARE NOT FOR SALE.

We will care for our neighbors. We will join with others to work for truly affordable and low-income housing in our neighborhood. We will welcome our neighbors and practice radical hospitality.

WE ARE NOT FOR SALE.