Sermons

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – Anne Marie Witchger

Anne Marie Witchger

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: July 16, 2017

Genesis 25:19-34  |  Psalm 119:105-112
Romans 8:1-11  |  Matthew 13:1-9,18-23

Preacher: Anne Marie Witchger, Candidate for the Priesthood sponsored by St. Michael’s Church

I just got back yesterday from a week with my in-laws—my husbands’ parents, his two younger sisters, and his youngest sisters’ husband. We were all staying together in a small cabin in northern Michigan, sharing bathrooms and cooking meals together, and going on hikes and bike rides and boat rides. It was a lot of fun, but it was also intense because spending up-close quality time with family (even in a family where everyone gets along) can bring up all kinds of past dynamics—old behaviors, rivalries, expectations, disappointments, and so on. (more…)

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost: July 9, 2017

Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67  |  Psalm 45: 11-18
Romans 7:15-25a  |  Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh, Associate Rector of St. Michaels

Today’s gospel, Jesus’ invites us to, “Take my yoke upon you,

learn from my gentleness and humility,

and you will find rest for your souls.” (more…)

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Kyle Oliver

The Rev. Kyle Oliver

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: July 2, 2017

Genesis 22:1-14  |  Psalm 13
Romans 6:12-23  |  Matthew 10:40-42

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

During my first year of seminary, my classmates and I went on retreat to a remarkable intentional community in the heart of Virginia’s capital.

The founder of Richmond Hill is a guy named Ben. He’s an institution in Richmond politics as well as its faith community. He’s a prophet in the Hebrew Scriptures’ sense of that term: bold, truthful in the face of others’ discomfort, a beacon of righteous moral clarity for better and perhaps occasionally for worse. (more…)

The Third Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Third Sunday after Pentecost: June 25, 2017

Genesis 21:8-21  |  Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17
Romans 6:1b-11  | Matthew 10:24-39

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

So have no fear of them, Jesus said, and do not be afraid – God cares even for the sparrows, and you are of more value to God than many sparrows. Do not be afraid, the angel told Hagar, for God hears you. God sees; God cares. What wonderful scriptures for this day, Pride Sunday. (more…)

The Second Sunday after Pentecost – The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Second Sunday after Pentecost: July 18, 2017

Genesis 18:1-15, (21:1-7)  |  Psalm 116:1, 10-17
Romans 5:1-8  |  Matthew 9:35-10:8(9-23)

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

A couple weeks ago, we heard that Christianity means being a disciple and an apostle. Mother Kate said “We come here to be followers of Jesus, to be fed and nourished by our faith and this community and then, we get up and go out to share this grace in our daily lives. In other words, we don’t get spiritually fed for ourselves alone, but in order that we may give this to others.” (more…)

The Day of Pentecost – The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Day of Pentecost: June 4, 2017

Numbers 11:24-30  |   Acts 2:1-21  |  John 20:19-23

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

Before ordinations in many dioceses, the ordinands are all taken away on a retreat for a few days to prepare themselves, usually to a monastery or some other kind of retreat center. My diocese did not do this, but I decided to take myself off on retreat anyway. (more…)

The Seventh Sunday of Easter – The Rev. Katharine Fletcher

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Seventh Sunday of Easter: May 28, 2017

Acts 1:6-14  |  1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
John 17:1-11  |  Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36

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

“Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”

These words come from the long prayer towards the end of John’s gospel, the last words from Jesus before his arrest and crucifixion – what is called his high priestly prayer, a sort of farewell address. John means for us to hear in this a kind of summing-up by Jesus, everything he was here to show and say spoken aloud all at once. (more…)

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

Preacher: 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

Preacher: 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…)