Sermons

The Feast of the Resurrection – The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Feast of the Resurrection: April 16, 2017

Acts 10:34-43  |  John 20:1-18  |  Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

Preacher: The Rev. Katharine Flexer, Rector of St. Michael’s Church

Some of you may be familiar with the classic children’s book by Eric Carle, Brown Bear, Brown Bear – with bright, beautiful primary color pictures, the book asks over and over again, brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? Yellow duck, yellow duck, what do you see? Red bird, red bird, what do you see? And all the animals respond in turn, I see someone looking at me! That book never failed to calm and quiet our kids back in the day, and we read it so often that the words still keep repeating on an endless loop in some part of my mind, eternally: What do you see? What do you see? (more…)

The Great Vigil of Easter – The Rev. Kyle Oliver

The Rev. Kyle Oliver

The Great Vigil of Easter: April 15, 2017

Romans 6:3-11   |  Psalm 114  |  Matthew 28:1-10

Preacher:  The Rev. Kyle Oliver, Assisting Priest at St. Michael’s Church

This is a very special night. I hope that you’ve been able to feel that, deep down in your soul, even just for a moment. Or I hope you will at some point. (more…)

Good Friday – The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

Good Friday: April 14, 2017

Isaiah 52:13-53:12  |  Hebrews 10:16-25
John 18:1-19:42  |  Psalm 22

Preacher: The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh, Associate Rector of St. Michael’s Church

 

Today known by Christians across the world as Good Friday, Holy Friday or God’s Friday is the day we commemorate the crucifixion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. Today, we remember how a government used its power to torture and terrorize masses into silent submission With the cross. (more…)

Maundy Thursday – The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

Maundy Thursday: April 13, 2017

Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14  |  1 Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-17, 31b-35  |  Psalm 116:1, 10-17

Preacher: The Rev. Katharine Flexer, Rector of St. Michael’s Church

Consider the scene:  the disciples are gathered around the table for a meal, right on the eve of the Passover feast, the feast where they will hear again the old old story of God bringing Israel from slavery into freedom, the central story of God’s redeeming work. They are breaking bread together, even as there hovers about them tension and anxiety over what’s going to happen next. The religious and secular authorities are fiercely set against Jesus, the city of Jerusalem is full of unrest and Rome is ready to clamp down on anyone who ignites it, Jesus himself is acting strangely, (more…)

The Fifth Sunday in Lent – The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Fifth Sunday in Lent: April 2, 2017

Ezekiel 37:1-14  |  Romans 8:6-11  |  John 11:1-45  |  Psalm 130

Preacher:  The Rev. Katharine Flexer, Rector of St. Michael’s Church

 

Psalm 130
4  I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him;
     in his word is my hope.
5  My soul waits for the Lord,
     more than watchmen for the morning,
     more than watchmen for the morning.

Sometimes it feels like we’ve been waiting a long, long time. Sometimes we can wait so long that we start to lose hope. Sometimes it feels like God is waiting just too long to help. (more…)

The Fourth Sunday of Lent – The Rev. Kyle Oliver

The Rev. Kyle Oliver

The Fourth Sunday of Lent: March 26, 2017

1 Samuel 16:1-13 | Ephesians 5:8-14 | John 9:1-41 | Psalm 23

Preacher: The Rev. Kyle Oliver, Assistant Priest at St. Michael’s Church

I wasn’t at the morning liturgies last week, but I have it on the sound authority that is the parish website that Mother Kate had a challenge for us: “You NEED to be praying and reading the Bible,” she said. “It is what sustains you through the dark times and the stressful times and the confusing times.”

I heartily agree, and I second another point she made: many of the rough patches in my own spiritual and emotional life have also come during periods when I’ve convinced myself that this need didn’t apply to me, not right now. (more…)

The Third Sunday of Lent – The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Third Sunday of Lent: March 19, 2017

Exodus 17:1-7 | Romans 5:1-11 | John 4:5-42 | Psalm 95

Preacher: The Rev. Katharine Flexer, Rector of St. Michael’s Church

Well, isn’t it great that Tuesday is the equinox, the first day of spring, and the weather is so, well, wintry? Getting a bit sick of this, aren’t we? So Isn’t it marvelous in these cold winter days (that should be spring) to come to church and hear these hot, dry, desert stories from the Bible – stories of the Israelites wandering and thirsty in the desert…Just stop for a moment, and imagine it, that desert story, feel that warm dry air…and the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman sitting at the well in the hot midday sun…ahhh, feel that Mediterranean sun. Sun that makes you want to sit back and put on your sunglasses and just bask, doesn’t it…sit and let the heat radiate through your whole being, (more…)

The Second Sunday in Lent – The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Second Sunday of Lent: March 12, 2017

Genesis 12:1-4a  |Romans 4:1-5, 13-17  |John 3:1-17  |Psalm 121

Preacher: The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh, Associate Rector of St. Michael’s Church

Last week, Jesus’ journey into the wilderness and his struggles with temptation marked the beginning of our own Lenten spiritual journeys of inward self reflection. Today, as we hear of Abram who follows God’s call to depart from kin and country to walk towards a land that God would reveal, we are reminded of God’s call in our lives to depart from our places of comfort, familiarity, and security and to wander with God in the desert until we let go of our own agendas and discover where God is leading us. (more…)

The First Sunday in Lent – The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The First Sunday in Lent: March 5, 2017

 Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 | Romans 5:12-19 | Matthew 4:1-11 | Psalm 32

Preacher: The Rev. Katharine Flexer, Rector of St. Michael’s Church

So whenever we get to this reading about Jesus in the desert, I find myself helplessly harking back to the very first episode of the Muppet Show, a skit of the Muppet Glee Club directed by Kermit the Frog, singing an a cappella rendition of Perry Como’s famous song, Temptation – you know, dum-da-da-da-dum-da-da-da-dum-dum – with Miss Piggy amorously attacking Kermit at the end of the song.

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