Sermons

The Third Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Third Sunday after Pentecost: June 25, 2017

Genesis 21:8-21  |  Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17
Romans 6:1b-11  | Matthew 10:24-39

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

So have no fear of them, Jesus said, and do not be afraid – God cares even for the sparrows, and you are of more value to God than many sparrows. Do not be afraid, the angel told Hagar, for God hears you. God sees; God cares. What wonderful scriptures for this day, Pride Sunday. (more…)

The Day of Pentecost – The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Day of Pentecost: June 4, 2017

Numbers 11:24-30  |   Acts 2:1-21  |  John 20:19-23

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

Before ordinations in many dioceses, the ordinands are all taken away on a retreat for a few days to prepare themselves, usually to a monastery or some other kind of retreat center. My diocese did not do this, but I decided to take myself off on retreat anyway. (more…)

The Seventh Sunday of Easter – The Rev. Katharine Fletcher

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Seventh Sunday of Easter: May 28, 2017

Acts 1:6-14  |  1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
John 17:1-11  |  Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36

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

“Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”

These words come from the long prayer towards the end of John’s gospel, the last words from Jesus before his arrest and crucifixion – what is called his high priestly prayer, a sort of farewell address. John means for us to hear in this a kind of summing-up by Jesus, everything he was here to show and say spoken aloud all at once. (more…)

The Sixth Sunday of Easter – The Rev. Jonathan Kester

Father Jonathan photoThe Sixth Sunday of Easter: May 21, 2017

Acts 17:22-31  |  1 Peter 3:13-22
John 14:15-21  |  Psalm 66:7-18

Preacher: The Rev. Jonathan Kester, Vicar of Emmanuel Church, West Hampstead, London, England

Thank you so much for the warm and generous welcome which you have given to my on my sabbatical here at St Michael’s. I bring with me the prayerful warm wishes of your partner parish at Emmanuel, West Hampstead in the Diocese of London and from Robert, our Area Bishop of Edmonton as we await the appointment of a new Bishop of London. (more…)

The Fifth Sunday of Easter – The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Fifth Sunday of Easter: May 14, 2017

Acts 7:55-60  |  1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14  |  Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16

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

During Eastertide, we come to know the hope and joy of the resurrection in the Gospel stories of the disciples encountering the risen Lord. And through the Book of Acts, also known as the acts of the apostles, we witness how Jesus becomes for us the way and the truth and the life. Today, the story of Stephen, the first martyr of the Church, shows us the promise of new life and victory that are possible with God if we reach out and meet God in the hard places. (more…)

The Fourth Sunday of Easter – The Rev. Kyle Oliver

The Rev. Kyle Oliver

The Fourth Sunday of Easter: May 7, 2017

Acts 2:42-47  |  1 Peter 2:19-25
John 10:1-10  |  Psalm 23

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

Before we begin, one programming note: Today we will further reinforce the spiritual impossibility of avoiding mixed metaphors. You’ve been warned.

The Fourth Sunday of Easter is informally known as Good Shepherd Sunday, but this reading from John’s gospel has Jesus describing his own role not as shepherd but as gate: “Whoever enters by me will be saved.” (more…)

The Third Sunday of Easter – The Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool

Bishop Mary Glasspool

The Third Sunday of Easter – April 30. 2017

Acts 2:14a,36-41  |  1 Peter 1:17-23
Luke 24:13-35  |  Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17

Preacher:  The Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool, Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of New York

In the EFM (“Education For Ministry”) Program, seminar participants engage in theological reflection in a variety of different ways. The most common way to engage in theological reflection is by telling the story of what is called a “critical event” in the life of a participant who is willing to share. Then, through a series of exercises, the group reflects on the ways in which God might have been present in the event. As the presenter tells his or her story, the rest of the group listens to the story being told and listens specifically for the shifts in action of the story. (more…)

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