Sermons

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

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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…)

The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost – The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost: November 12, 2017

Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25  |  Psalm 78:1-7
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18  |  Matthew 25:1-13

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

If you pay attention to your lectionary and you know your church themes, you can tell by the gospel reading today that we’re starting to head towards Advent. There are two more Sundays after this before the season of Advent begins – does that not freak you out? (more…)

All Saints Sunday – The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

All Saints Sunday: November 5, 2017

Revelation 7:9-17  |  Psalm 34:1-10, 22
1 John 3:1-3  |  Matthew 5:1-12

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

Today, we celebrate the Feast of All Saints and give thanks for all those in heaven and on earth who encourage us, pray for us, and who strengthen us for the road ahead.

So what exactly is a saint? (more…)

The Feast of Saints Simon and Jude – The Rev. Kate Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Feast of Saints Simon and Jude: October 29. 2017

Deuteronomy 32:1-4  |  Ephesians 2:13-22
John 15:17-27  |  Psalm 119:89-96

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

Happy St Jude’s Day, everyone. On this day each year we remember and honor the work and mission of St Jude’s Chapel, a church that St Michael’s planted in 1909 and supported for many years. St. Michael’s, thriving and socially conscious, built a lovely worship space and settlement house in 1921, a focus for the African-American community with worship, sports teams, choirs, Sunday School, and social clubs. (more…)

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost – The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost: October 22, 2017

Exodus 33:12-23  |  Psalm 99
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10  |  Matthew 22:15-22

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

What is the one sacred gift that all the world’s religions share?

Water.

Water, the most vital element to life on earth is also an essential element in our spiritual lives.

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A Celebration of our Elders – The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Sunday, October 15, 2017

A Celebration of Our Elders

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

We have been wanting to do something like this celebration today for a long time, aware as we are of the incredible gift of our older members in this congregation. Today we are celebrating and honoring our elders, the wonderful saints among us who give us such blessings. What a beautiful day to gather.

Just who are these elders? The term ‘elder’ has elicited some confusion here. Some folks, familiar with other church denominations, have wondered if we are ordaining people to a new ministry in the church, the ministry of elder. Some among those we are honoring today have reacted with amusement or sometimes a little prickliness to being called an elder – me? Really?? Some folks feeling anxious about their age were worrying that we were going to call them elders and stand them up in front of everyone – I’m looking at you, midlife crisis people. Well, rest assured – if we didn’t tell you personally that we were going to celebrate you today, then you can relax because we’re not going to call on you. And if we did invite you and talk you into being here, it’s not because we’re going to lay a new set of responsibilities on you. It really is pure celebration, of some of our dear ones in this congregation. Our secret formula for selection was this: we looked at our database and pulled up everyone above a certain age – at least, those whose birth years we knew, of course, those who were willing to share that information at some point – and we invited them to be here. We didn’t filter for wisdom or good advice or sober conduct of life – we just did it by known age. And because Americans are so silly about age, I’m not even going to say from the pulpit what that age was. You can ask an elder if you want to find out. (more…)

The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost – The Rev. Deacon Richard Limato

Deacon Richard Limato

The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost: October 8, 2017

Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20  |  Psalm 19
Philippians 3:4b-14  |  Matthew 21:33-46

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

The Jewish Talmud, a scholarly discourse on the Torah, speaks about Choni, the most pious person of his generation.

One day Choni was riding along on his donkey.  A great exhaustion came over him.  He got off his donkey to rest.

In a nearby field he saw an old man planting a carob tree.  (more…)

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost – The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost: September 17, 2017

Exodus 14:19-31 | Psalm 114  | Romans 14:1-12 | Matthew 18:21-35

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

Last week our gospel reading pointed us toward how we deal with conflict in the community, and reminded us that when we come together, even in our humanness and our bumping up against each other, Jesus is with us. This week we go further in the same theme, with Paul warning the Romans against judging one another and Jesus teaching his disciples about forgiveness. All this emphasis on what can go wrong between us – I’ll admit, I’m kind of wishing we had some happier material to work with for our first day of Sunday School. But there it is. And yes, these are certainly words to live by. Stop being so judgy against each other, says Paul. Forgive each other, says Jesus. Or else. There’s a moral to the story – and you’d better get it. (more…)