Sermons

The Baptism of Our Lord – The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ: January 10, 2016

Isaiah 43:1-7 | Acts 8:14-17 | Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 | Psalm 29

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

How many of you have been baptized?

How many of you were baptized as teenagers or adults?

How many of you were baptized as infants or children?

And how many of you think about your baptism every day?   You wake up in the morning saying, I am baptized…yes I am ready to start my day!

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The Second Sunday after Christmas – The Rev. Kyle Oliver

The Rev. Kyle Oliver

The Rev. Kyle Oliver

The Second Sunday after Christmas: January 3, 2016

Jeremiah 31:7-14 | Psalm 84Ephesians 1:3-6,15-19a | Matthew 2:1-12

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

Happy second Sunday after Christmas. The prayer book says we are in the season of the Incarnation, but I prefer to think of these days between Christmas and Epiphany as the season of imagination.

I believe our primary job as disciples is to claim the Christian story as our own, to learn to find our strength and our hope in the great saga of God’s loving relationship with the world. If that’s true, then there is no better time to practice than when we gather around the manger and marvel at the Christ child. (more…)

Christmas Eve – The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Feast of the Nativity – December 24, 2015, 10:30 pm

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

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

So by tonight, in the grocery stores, in the airport, in our dentists’ offices, we’ve all heard the popular Christmas carols at least, what, 1000 times? They’ve gotten a little stale by this point. And yet I still love them anyway. Being someone who has lived most of my adult life away from my family, the one that always runs through my head is the old Bing Crosby WWII classic: (more…)

Christmas Eve – The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Feast of the Nativity – December 24, 2015, 5:00 pm

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

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

Merry Christmas and welcome to tonight’s BBC radio broadcast. That’s beautiful baby at Christmas broadcast brought to you this evening from St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in New York City. And tonight we have as our very special guest, the Word made flesh himself, Jesus Christ.

Before we tell the dramatic saga of our baby Savior’s story, let me introduce you to a few of our key players. (more…)

The Fourth Sunday of Advent – The St. Michael’s Christmas Pageant

St. Michael's Christmas Pageant 2015

St. Michael’s Christmas Pageant 2015

The Fourth Sunday of Advent: December 20, 2015

The St. Michael’s Christmas Pageant

On this day, the children and youth of St. Michael’s led the Liturgy of the Word with pageantry, prayer, song and storytelling. The pageant is based upon Luke 1:5-2:20 and was written by Andrea Dedmon in collaboration with the youth of the parish. Jonathan De Vries directed the Youth Choirs. You can view videos of the pageant through THIS LINK.

The Third Sunday of Advent – The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Third Sunday of Advent – December 13, 2015

Zephaniah 3:14-20 | The First Song of Isaiah: Isaiah 12:2-6 | Philippians 4:4-7 | Luke 3:7-18

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

I speak to you in the Name of God our Healer, Refiner, and Sanctifier. Amen.

Anyone feeling stressed these days? Tis the season of busyness and bustling. And when we are feeling especially blunderbussed by the unbearable, burgeoning burdens of the day, we come to church to hear the comforting words of John: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”

Wouldn’t you just love to say that to someone when you’re frustrated? (more…)

The Second Sunday of Advent – The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Second Sunday of Advent – December 6, 2015

Baruch 5:1-9 | The Song of Zechariah: Luke 1:68-79Philippians 1:3-11 | Luke 3:1-6

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

Today I have two songs running through my head. ‘Jolly old St Nicholas, lean your ear this way…’ is competing with ‘On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry.’ Because today is the second Sunday of Advent, and we’re starting in our gospel readings to hear about John the Baptist preparing the way for the coming Messiah; and today, December 6, is also the Feast of St Nicholas. So I’ve been wondering: what might St Nicholas and John the Baptist have in common? (more…)

The First Sunday of Advent – The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The First Sunday of Advent – November 29, 2015

Jeremiah 33:14-16 | Psalm 25:3-9  | 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 | Luke 21:25-36

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

So let’s be honest. It’s the end of Thanksgiving weekend, and we’re all still full of turkey leftovers. The holiday season has officially begun. There’s the smell of Christmas in the air, and trees for sale outside on the sidewalks, and carols playing in the stores. And there’s been just so much bad news of late, so much grief around the world and in our lives, that it feels like a little respite, a little holiday cheer, is in order. I think we all need it. (more…)

Christ the King Sunday – The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King – November 22, 2015

2 Samuel 23:1-7 | Psalm 132:1-19 | Revelation 1:4b-8 | John 18:33-37

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

Welcome to our pre-Advent worship on this Christ the King Sunday before Thanksgiving. And in honor of the great food and football we will experience in just a few days, we bring to you today one of the greatest matches of all time: the faceoff between Pontius Pilate and Jesus. Roman Governor versus Son of God.

Let’s take a look at John’s recap to get a closeup view of what exactly is going on in this gospel. (more…)