Sermons

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost: August 12, 2018

2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33  |  Psalm 130
Ephesians 4:25-5:2  |  John 6:35, 41-51

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

Maybe you don’t try God’s patience as much as I do, but I have several times had the distinct sense that God was giving me The Look. You know, the I-told-you-so look. It usually comes with a sigh. It usually happens in times when I have worked myself into a state, worrying over details and futures, when I’ve fretted over whether my carefully crafted plans will work out, only to have everything quite obviously come together…quite obviously not by my own doing. (more…)

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost: August 5, 2018

2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a  |  Psalm 51:1-13
Ephesians 4:1-16  |  John 6:24-35

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

Bread is an integral part of our faith, our life, our ministry together. Jesus is constantly breaking bread with strangers, friends, family members, religious leaders, outcasts, refugees and disciples. With five loaves and two fish, he feeds five thousand. He teaches us to pray “God, give us this day our daily bread.” (more…)

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Richard P. Limato

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost: July 29, 2018

2 Samuel 11:1-15  |  Psalm 14
Ephesians 3:14-21  |  John 6:1-21

Preacher: The Rev. Richard P. Limato, Deacon of St. Michael’s Church

At the risk of having you cringe and think – what now? or glaze over from the overuse of this term.

The Breaking News

The Breaking News is actually the title of a book I recently read to the children attending the St. Ann’s summer program in the South Bronx. (more…)

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost: July 22, 2018

2 Samuel 7:1-14a  |  Psalm 89:20-37
Ephesians 2:11-22  |  Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

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

Jesus’ says “Come away to a quiet, deserted place all by yourselves and rest awhile.”

In most countries, people work to live, but here in America we “live to work.” And in New York, the city that never sleeps, we pride ourselves on being busy, productive members of society.

This spirit of busyness plays out in many ways encouraging  cutthroat competition, excessive overworking, chaotic rushing around and of course extreme burnout. The temptation to stay busy all the time distracts and divides us from God, ourselves and one another — it drives us to believe that if we are not busy doing something, then we have no value as a human being. (more…)

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost: July 8, 2018

2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10  |  Psalm 48
2 Corinthians 12:2-10  |  Mark 6:1-13

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

Such a perfectly timed gospel reading – summer is a time to set out on journeys, traveling far and near in search of a break from the city. Some of us are great at packing light; most of us aren’t. Our family has been packing for our summer trip west, to see family and to backpack in the mountains. We’ll be gone just long enough, and doing enough different stuff along the way, that packing light is nearly impossible. (more…)

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: July 1, 2018

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27  |  Psalm 130
2 Corinthians 8:7-15  |  Mark 5:21-43

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

In dark times like these, I find myself at a loss for what to do or say — sometimes even how to pray. Whenever I find myself journeying through these times of trial, I turn to the Psalms – a wonderful collection of ancient Hebrew prayers that give voice to our human fears, gratitude, joys, and longings for God. These prayers are the poetry of humanity evoking elation and weariness, joy and despair, faith and doubt – all that this earthly life has to offer. (more…)

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost: June 24, 2018

1 Samuel 17: (1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49  |  Psalm 9:9-20
2 Corinthians 6:1-13  |  Mark 4:35-41

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

 

Ok, so the first reading didn’t have to be as long as we read it today. About half of it was in brackets in the lectionary, meaning it was suggested but not required as the Old Testament scripture for the day. But it’s such a great story that we thought it deserved the whole thing, long as it may have been. I’ll try to preach fast to make up for it.

David & Goliath is one of the heroic stories in the king cycle, one that pops up in every Bible for children. How can kids resist it? (more…)

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Sam Owen

The Rev. Sam Owen

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: June 17, 2018

1 Samuel 15:34-16:13  |  Psalm 20
2 Corinthians 5:6-10,[11-13],14-17  |  Mark 4:26-34

 Preacher: The Rev. Sam Owen, Priest in Charge of the Haitian Congregation of the Good Samaritan

Sermon June 17, 2018

In the name of God… Good morning, thank you Kate, good to be back… Happy Father’s Day! Show of hands, how many here are farmers? Today Jesus gives two farming parables, familiar to many of us.  (more…)

The Third Sunday after Pentecost — Ben MacLeod and Grey Moszkowski

Grey Moszkowski

The Third Sunday after Pentecost — Youth Sunday: June 10, 2018

1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20, (11:14-15)  |  Psalm 138
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1  |  Mark 3:20-35

Ben MacLeod and Grey Moszkowski, Youth Preachers

Grey Moszkowski: Senior Sermon

It’s a bit strange for me to be up here. It’s strange because when I think of a sermon, I think of an instructional address, a fresh take on an old verse, or some piece of wisdom as it relates to faith, and I don’t know if I have any of that. It’s strange because I don’t feel qualified to be up here. It’s strange because I spent most Sundays between three and fourteen in these pews, listening to older, more experienced, and presumably more assured people give their thoughts. (more…)

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