Sermons

The Third Sunday of Easter — Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor

The Third Sunday of Easter: April 15, 2018

Acts 3:12-19  |  1 John 3:1-7
Luke 24:36b-48  |  Psalm 4

Michael Taylor, Ministry Intern

O God in whom we live, and move, and have our being.  Give us the grace to cast away all fear, so that we might recognize you among us.  So that we might hear the word you have to say to us.  So that we might be transformed, transformed to be more of you in this world. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of our hearts together glorify You, our Rock, and our Redeemer. Amen. (more…)

The Second Sunday of Easter — The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Second Sunday of Easter: April 8, 2018

Acts 4:32-35  |  1 John 1:1-2:2
John 20:19-31  |  Psalm 133

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

Walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself for us an offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians) Each Sunday, these words from Ephesians mark the stage in the service we call the offertory – the moment when the Liturgy of the Word moves to the Liturgy of the Table. The spiritual shift from listening, praying, and reflecting on God’s Word to responding and revealing God through action. (more…)

The Feast of the Resurrection — The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Feast of the Resurrection: April 1, 2018

Acts 10:34-43  |  Mark 16:1-8

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

 

Happy Easter! And Happy April Fools’ Day! For the first time in 62 years, we have these two holidays together. The possibilities are endless. Empty wrappers and frozen peas in the Easter eggs. Or superglue the eggs together so they won’t open. OR send everyone on an Easter egg hunt – but don’t hide any eggs. You get the idea. (more…)

Easter Vigil Service — The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

Easter Vigil: March 31, 2018

Romans 6:3-11   |  Psalm 114
Mark 16:1-8

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

One of the joyful, victorious Easter moments of my life was graduating from seminary. For three years my life had been immersed in a rich, vibrant spiritual community of daily worship, prayer, study, and service. I had never felt so close to God, so connected to others, so fulfilled in my work and calling to be a priest. My life became an outpouring of living, joyful Alleluias. (more…)

Good Friday — The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

Good Friday: March 30, 2018

Isaiah 52:13-53:12  |  Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
John 18:1-19:42  |  Psalm 22

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

As Annie Dillard writes in her book For the Time Being, the dead outnumber the living. The numbers are staggering. The number of people who have ever lived on earth is over 108 billion. We have some 7.6 billion people alive today – so the dead outnumber us by over 14 to 1. (more…)

The Fifth Sunday in Lent — The Rev. Anne Marie Witchger

Anne Marie Witchger

The Fifth Sunday in Lent: March 18, 2018

Jeremiah 31:31-34  |  Hebrews 5:5-10
John 12:20-33  |  Psalm 51:1-13

Preacher: The Rev. Anne Marie Witchger, Transitional Deacon

They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”

In the chapter right before this one in the Gospel of John, Jesus raised his friend, Lazarus, from the dead. Lazarus had been dead for four days; his body had been wrapped and laid to rest; his family was starting to smell the decay. When Jesus arrived, he called to Lazarus and commanded him to come out of the tomb. (more…)

The Fourth Sunday in Lent — Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Fourth Sunday in Lent: March 11, 2018

Numbers 21:4-9  |  Ephesians 2:1-10
John 3:14-21  |  Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22

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

I read a story this week about a woman who was so afraid of snakes that she had not left her home alone for over 10 years, on the off chance that she might see a snake – in Westchester County, not known for snakes. She entered exposure therapy to deal with this phobia, and gradually worked her way from reading about snakes to holding a toy snake to looking at snakes up close at the zoo. By the end of eight weeks, she was handling snakes, and demonstrating them in a nature center. (more…)

The Third Sunday in Lent — The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Third Sunday in Lent: March 4, 2018

Exodus 20:1-17  |  1 Corinthians 1:18-25
John 2:13-22  |  Psalm 19

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

Today’s gospel, we are confronted with the human embodiment of God’s righteous anger in Jesus. In the other gospels, Jesus’ righteous act of cleansing the Temple purges the corruption, commercialization and commodification of faith; here Jesus is re-creating sacred space from a den of robbers into a house of prayer for all nations. (more…)

The Second Sunday in Lent — The Rev. Kyle Oliver

The Rev. Kyle Oliver

The Second Sunday in Lent: February 25, 2018

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16  |  Romans 4:13-25
Mark 8:31-38  |  
Psalm 22:22-30

Preacher: The Rev. Kyle Oliver

“O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy …” That’s how our Collect of the Day for this second Sunday of Lent begins.

It’s probably characteristic of our … indirect church communication style that such a profound insight into the Christian faith is shoved into a dependent clause—a clause from a prayer that I, at least, frequently fail to pay any attention to. (more…)

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