Sermons

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…)

The Day of Pentecost – The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Day of Pentecost: May 24, 2015

Acts 2:1-21 | Psalm 104: 25-35,37 | Romans 8:22-27 | John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

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

Come, Holy Spirit, Come –the soul’s most welcome guest.

In the name of the one God, Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. Amen.

Happy Birthday to the Church! This day of Pentecost, the day we mark as the coming of the Holy Spirit into the world, is also considered the birthday of the Church. This is one of the seven Principal Feasts of the Church Year – one of the most important days in our cycle of worship.

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The Sixth Sunday of Easter – The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 10, 2015

Acts 10:44-48 | Psalm 98 | 1 John 5:1-6 | John 15:9-17

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

 

Happy Mother’s Day – and I say that not just to the mothers, and not just to the women, but to all of you. In the words of Julian of Norwich, the 14th century mystic,

Jesus Christ… is our true Mother. We received our ‘Being’ from Him ­ and this is where His Maternity starts…Just as God is our Father, so God is also our Mother.

And Jesus tells us, love one another as I have loved you. So, Happy Mother’s Day. (more…)

The Fifth Sunday of Easter: the Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Fifth Sunday of Easter: May 3, 2015

Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22:24-30; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8

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

As some of you know, I grew up in central Texas. I consider that fact a great blessing in my life—Texas is a wonderful, strange place. In the early 1990s Queen Elizabeth II came to visit our newly-elected Governor, Ann Richards. I was there for her arrival at the state capitol when she declared that “lesser mortals are pitied for their misfortune in not being born Texan.” That’s about right, I think. And she certainly knew her crowd. (more…)

The Fourth Sunday of Easter – The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday): April 26, 2015

Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18

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

 

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.” In the name of our God who creates, redeems, and sustains us. Amen.

Each year at this time the lectionary turns our attention toward Christ the shepherd—the Fourth Sunday of Easter is always Good Shepherd Sunday. Each year we hear a part of this 10th chapter of the gospel of John, where Jesus again and again refers to himself using this powerful metaphor. (more…)