Sermons

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost – The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Eighth Sunday After Pentecost: July 19, 2015

2 Samuel 7:1-14a; Psalm 89:20-37; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Preacher: The Rev. Samuel J. Smith, Assistant Priest, St. Michael’s Church

Have you ever been so tired that all you can think to do is curl up and go to sleep? That feeling where very fiber of your being is working toward getting that rest, and anything that gets in the way seems much more insurmountable than it probably is?

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The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Fifth Sunday After Pentecost: June 28, 2015

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-24; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43

Preacher: The Rev. Samuel J. Smith, Assistant Priest, St. Michael’s Church

What an amazing last few days it has been. We have had two historic Supreme Court rulings: one confirming the affordable care act and the other, of course, making same sex marriage the law of the land. And yesterday our own church made history as Bishop Michael Curry of the Diocese of North Carolina was elected to be the 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the first African-American to lead our church. But through it all, it is the words of a few loving and prophetic Christians that have stayed with me. (more…)

The Marriage of Meredith Sue Kadet and Christopher Carter Sanderson – The Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell

The Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell

The Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell

The Celebration and Blessing of the Marriage of Christopher Carter Sanderson and Meredith Sue Kadet: June 27, 2015

Ephesians 3:14-21 | Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare | John 15:9-12

Preacher: The Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell, Rector of The Church of the Ascension

The Third Sunday after Pentecost – Meredith Kadet

Meredith Kadet

Meredith Kadet

The Third Sunday after Pentecost: June 14, 2015

1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 | Psalm 20 | 2 Corinthians 5:6-17 | Mark 4:26-34

Preacher: Meredith Kadet, Director of Programs, Episcopal Charities

There’s a thread in our readings today: things are not always what they seem.Start, as Jesus does, with the mustard seed. Black mustard, native to the southern Mediterranean, not a very big seed. About a millimeter or so in diameter. Black mustard is an annual, meaning it dies every season, living by its seeds. Jesus’ hearers would have known this plant especially for how rapidly it grows from its seed, even in poor soil. It is small, and doesn’t look like much, but it can be grown almost effortlessly, and it flourishes wherever planted, growing up to eight feet tall. When you understand that mustard can grow even in pretty crummy soil, you start to understand why the sower Jesus speaks of is so careless with his planting, catering seed on the ground, and then going off to sleep and rise, ignorant of the miraculous doings of his field.

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Youth Sunday – River MacLeod

River MacLeod

River MacLeod

Youth Sunday: June 7, 2015

Preacher: River MacLeod, Graduating High School Senior

Hi. My name is River, though many of you know me as Joana. I moved to New York City and to St. Michaels when I was seven, and since then, so many of you have watched me grow up.
My earliest memory of St. Michaels is of Rose, who was at that time the beloved director of the youth choirs, showing me around. At that time in my life I was painfully shy, and as a stranger to this community, I was terrified. (more…)

Youth Sunday – Charlotte Nash

Charlotte Nash

Charlotte Nash

Youth Sunday: June 7, 2015

1 Samuel 8:4-11-20, 11:14-15 | Psalm 138 | 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 | Mark 3:20-35

Preacher: Charlotte Nash, Graduating High School Senior

Good Morning. My name is Charlotte Nash, and I’ve been a member of St. Michael’s Church since birth. Throughout my eighteen years here, I’ve seen this church change. I was here for the upgrade from the old splintery playground (an important change for me growing up), I’ve watched the youth choir music program blossom first under Rose Peachey Robinson and now Jonathan DeVries, I’ve seen the church aquire its first two female rectors. I’ve watched our parish become more welcoming and more full on Sunday mornings. Mostly, however, I’ve seen myself change because of St. Michael’s.

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Trinity Sunday – The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday – May 31, 2015

Isaiah 6:1-8 | Canticle 13 | Romans 8:12-17 | John 3:1-17

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

Here I am, Lord, is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

I can’t hear that first reading from Isaiah without singing that song. Musically it’s not a great song, I admit. But as a teenager, that song could move me to tears: ‘I will go, if you lead me.’ Somehow those lines got at an existential part of my sense of God. I had no picture in my mind of what that leading would look like; but there was something God was going to want of me, and it scared me a little to wonder where it would take me. And it’s been that way ever since: in the truly significant decisions of my life, I have listened, and felt nudged and directed. Sometimes I’ve pretended to rational reasoning, but really it’s not been my lead. Where are you leading me now, God? Where are you leading all of us? (more…)