Sermons

The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany — The Rev. Jonathan Kester

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The Rev. Jonathan Kester

The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany: February 4, 2018

Isaiah 40:21-31  |  1 Corinthians 9:16-23
Mark 1:29-39  |  Psalm 147:1-12, 21c

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

Good morning, St Michael’s people.  It’s wonderful to be back with you after spending such a beneficial and life-giving sabbatical with you last year.

There’s something profoundly attractive about this great Church, with its richly decorated walls and beautiful Tiffany glass, but above all in its prayerful and holy atmosphere and the warm devotion and friendship of its people, which I feel wraps about me like a cloak whenever I enter this building. (more…)

The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany — The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany: January 28, 2018

Deuteronomy 18:15-20  |  1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28  |  Psalm 111

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

Hello, good people of St Michael’s. Today is our annual meeting, a time to look back over our last year and give thanks for the ministry we’ve been doing together. At the end of the service we will transition from worship into the main part of the meeting, with reports from our cemetery committee chair, our treasurer, and our wardens. There will be numbers and pie charts and blessings to be counted, and it will all take place right here in the church, even the coffee hour right here in the church so that you don’t have to go anywhere – you can stay and take part in this annual update of our common life. And to lead us into that meeting, it falls to me in this sermon to give you a sort of State of the Congregation address. Time to talk about all the good things happening here, and celebrate all of us in our work together. (more…)

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…)