Sermons

The Second Sunday after Epiphany — The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Second Sunday after Epiphany: January 14, 2018

1 Samuel 3:1-10(11-20)  |  1 Corinthians 6:12-20
John 1:43-51  |  Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17

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

These are dark times, there’s no denying it. Recent events over the past year and this past week have revealed the hard, shameful truth that the roots of racism, hatred, and violence are alive and well; and those roots run deep.

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The Feast of the Nativity II – The Rev. Katharine Flexer

Kate Flexer headshotThe Feast of the Nativity II: December 24, 2017

Isaiah 62:6-12  |  Titus 3:4-7
Luke 2:(1-7)8-20  |  
Psalm 97

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

I have a story for you tonight, a story that’s a little different from the one you just heard. It’s one about a guy named Earl Smith. Earl was a drug dealer and addict in Stockton, CA. And he was a mean one – feared on the street, running a network of dealers. The kind of guy who if you crossed him, he’d make you pay. (more…)

The Feast of the Nativity and First Eucharist of Christmas – The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Feast of the Nativity and First Eucharist of Christmas: December 24, 2017

Isaiah 9:2-7  |  Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-20)  |  Psalm 96

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

A long time ago, God’s Spirit spoke to Mary and to Joseph. God blessed them and called them together to give them a great gift. The gift God gave to Mary and Joseph was a gift that would bring light and life and love to all the world. And that gift was a child, just like one of you! (more…)

The Second Sunday in Advent – The Rev. Kyle Oliver

The Rev. Kyle Oliver

The Second Sunday in Advent: December 10, 2017

Isaiah 40:1-11  |  2 Peter 3:8-15a
Mark 1:1-8  |  Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

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

Here’s what you need to know about Isaiah to understand the peculiar mixed emotions of the passage we heard this morning:

Almost all of what comes before this passage was written in the time of a historical prophet named Isaiah. Isaiah served in Judah, that is, the Southern Kingdom of the Hebrews. (more…)

The First Sunday in Advent – The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The First Sunday in Advent: December 3, 2017

Isaiah 64:1-9  |  1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:24-37  |  Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18

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

Today, begins the season of Advent a time to wait, and watch for the coming of Christ in our lives and to hope and prepare for the return of God’s kingdom on earth. Advent also marks the beginning of the new church year. But, instead of a cheery “Happy New Year!,” Advent kicks us off with “Wait…watch…apocalypse now!” (more…)

The Last Sunday after Pentecost – Christ the King – The Rev. Kyle Oliver

The Rev. Kyle Oliver

The Last Sunday after Pentecost – Christ the King: November 26, 2017

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24  |  Psalm 100
Ephesians 1:15-23  |  Matthew 25:31-46

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

I have a confession to make: there is much rejoicing in the Saylor-Oliver household on this, the final Sunday of Lectionary Year A. We’ve been talking for weeks about being ready for a break from the Gospel According to Matthew.

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The 24th Sunday after Pentecost – The Rev. Kate Flexer

Kate Flexer headshot

The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The 24th Sunday after Pentecost: November 19, 2017

Judges 4:1-7  |  Psalm 123
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11  |  Matthew 25:14-30

Preacher: The Rev. Katharine Flexer

One of my family’s favorite books is one that my father had as a child, called Junket Is Nice. It’s by the same author as the profound classic Pat the Bunny, Dorothy Kunhardt. Anyone know it? (Anyone know what junket is? It’s a sweet milky dessert, made with rennet. No, I’ve never had it either.) In the book, an old man is eating junket, and all the people in the whole world gather around him to find out what he is thinking about as he eats the junket. (more…)

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