Sermons

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

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

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…)

The Feast of the Resurrection – The Rev. Katharine Flexer

Kate Flexer headshot

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

Kate Flexer headshot

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…)

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