Sermons

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…)

The Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost: November 8, 2015

Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 | Psalm 127 | Hebrews 9:24-28 | Mark 12:38-44

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

 

I speak to you in the Name of God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

For those of you who are wondering, the stewardship committee had nothing to do with our lectionary readings today.

Show of hands, how many of you after hearing today’s gospel are thinking, “Yes, right on Jesus. I’m going to post every word of this on Facebook!” (more…)

The Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude – Rick Hamlin

Rick Hamlin

Rick Hamlin

The Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude (tr.) – October 25, 2015

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

Preacher: Rick Hamlin 

Rick Hamlin has been a member of St. Michael’s since 1982. He is married to Carol Wallace and they have two grown sons, William and Timothy. Rick is the executive editor of Guideposts Magazine and has written several books, most recently 10 Prayers You Can’t Live Without.

There’s a lot to cover today, so forgive me if this is a bit disjoint. Months ago, when I volunteered as a layperson to preach some Sunday during stewardship season, I had no idea exactly what life would bring in the ensuing months. But here I am, after a two-week stint in the hospital for a mysterious lung infection, thanks very much to your prayers. And I can’t tell you how glad I am to be here and how humbling. More about that in a minute. (more…)

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost – The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost – October 11, 2015

Job 23:1-9, 16-17 | Psalm 22:1-15 | Hebrews 4:12-16 | Mark 10:17-31

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

Imagine the scene. There we are, clustered around this charismatic teacher, grooving on his telling off the authorities and setting other people straight, and loving all the stuff he says about how God loves us. Up comes a guy who looks sort of like us, and he asks Jesus a question, a really good, earnest question. How do I get in, anyway? What must I do for eternal life? And Jesus engages him in a few questions and responses back and forth, and then gives him an answer. The panic begins immediately. Go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor. Ok, people, you heard what the man said. (more…)

The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost – The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost: October 4, 2015

Job 1:1; 2:1-10 | Psalm 26 | Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12 | Mark 10:2-16

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

I speak to you in the Name of God, our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. Amen.

Today is a day to rejoice. Today we celebrate St. Francis of Assisi, the thirteenth century founder of the Franciscan Friars and the Golden Halo winner of last year’s Lent Madness. In honor of this most blessed of saints, we invite you to join us this evening at 6:00pm for the blessing of the animals. (more…)

The Feast of St. Michael and All Angels – The Rt. Rev. Stacy Sauls

The Rt. Rev. Stacy Sauls

The Feast of St. Michael and All Angels (tr.) – September 27, 2015

Genesis 28:10-17  | Psalm 103 or 103:19-22  | Revelation 12:7-12  | John 1:47-51

Preacher: The Right Reverend Stacy Sauls

Bishop Sauls assists with episcopal visitations in the Diocese of New York. Bishop Sauls serves as the Chief Operating Officer of The Episcopal Church, overseeing the staff of the Episcopal Church Center at 815 Second Ave as well as in offices throughout the church. Bishop Sauls served as Bishop of the Diocese of Lexington (Kentucky) from 2000 to 2011, and before that in parishes in the dioceses of Atlanta and Georgia.