Sermons

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost: July 22, 2018

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

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

Jesus’ says “Come away to a quiet, deserted place all by yourselves and rest awhile.”

In most countries, people work to live, but here in America we “live to work.” And in New York, the city that never sleeps, we pride ourselves on being busy, productive members of society.

This spirit of busyness plays out in many ways encouraging  cutthroat competition, excessive overworking, chaotic rushing around and of course extreme burnout. The temptation to stay busy all the time distracts and divides us from God, ourselves and one another — it drives us to believe that if we are not busy doing something, then we have no value as a human being. (more…)

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost: July 8, 2018

2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10  |  Psalm 48
2 Corinthians 12:2-10  |  Mark 6:1-13

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

Such a perfectly timed gospel reading – summer is a time to set out on journeys, traveling far and near in search of a break from the city. Some of us are great at packing light; most of us aren’t. Our family has been packing for our summer trip west, to see family and to backpack in the mountains. We’ll be gone just long enough, and doing enough different stuff along the way, that packing light is nearly impossible. (more…)

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: July 1, 2018

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27  |  Psalm 130
2 Corinthians 8:7-15  |  Mark 5:21-43

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

In dark times like these, I find myself at a loss for what to do or say — sometimes even how to pray. Whenever I find myself journeying through these times of trial, I turn to the Psalms – a wonderful collection of ancient Hebrew prayers that give voice to our human fears, gratitude, joys, and longings for God. These prayers are the poetry of humanity evoking elation and weariness, joy and despair, faith and doubt – all that this earthly life has to offer. (more…)

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost: June 24, 2018

1 Samuel 17: (1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49  |  Psalm 9:9-20
2 Corinthians 6:1-13  |  Mark 4:35-41

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

 

Ok, so the first reading didn’t have to be as long as we read it today. About half of it was in brackets in the lectionary, meaning it was suggested but not required as the Old Testament scripture for the day. But it’s such a great story that we thought it deserved the whole thing, long as it may have been. I’ll try to preach fast to make up for it.

David & Goliath is one of the heroic stories in the king cycle, one that pops up in every Bible for children. How can kids resist it? (more…)

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Sam Owen

The Rev. Sam Owen

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: June 17, 2018

1 Samuel 15:34-16:13  |  Psalm 20
2 Corinthians 5:6-10,[11-13],14-17  |  Mark 4:26-34

 Preacher: The Rev. Sam Owen, Priest in Charge of the Haitian Congregation of the Good Samaritan

Sermon June 17, 2018

In the name of God… Good morning, thank you Kate, good to be back… Happy Father’s Day! Show of hands, how many here are farmers? Today Jesus gives two farming parables, familiar to many of us.  (more…)

The Third Sunday after Pentecost — Ben MacLeod and Grey Moszkowski

Grey Moszkowski

The Third Sunday after Pentecost — Youth Sunday: June 10, 2018

1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20, (11:14-15)  |  Psalm 138
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1  |  Mark 3:20-35

Ben MacLeod and Grey Moszkowski, Youth Preachers

Grey Moszkowski: Senior Sermon

It’s a bit strange for me to be up here. It’s strange because when I think of a sermon, I think of an instructional address, a fresh take on an old verse, or some piece of wisdom as it relates to faith, and I don’t know if I have any of that. It’s strange because I don’t feel qualified to be up here. It’s strange because I spent most Sundays between three and fourteen in these pews, listening to older, more experienced, and presumably more assured people give their thoughts. (more…)

The Second Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Second Sunday after Pentecost: June 3, 2018

1 Samuel 3:1-10(11-20)  |  Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17
2 Corinthians 4:5-12  |  Mark 2:23-3:6

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

One of my favorite stories of all time is the Harry Potter series. I especially love book five, Order of the Phoenix where fifteen-year-old Harry returns to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry to find everything in flux. (more…)

Trinity Sunday — The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The First Sunday after Pentecost, Trinity Sunday: May 27, 2018

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

So if I were to ask you to turn to your neighbor and describe God, what would you say?

Now don’t worry – this isn’t one of those sermons where I make you actually talk to one another. But think for a moment about how you would answer. (more…)

The Day of Pentecost — The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Day of Pentecost: May 20, 2018

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

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

All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” (Acts 2:12)

What are we doing?? It’s Pentecost, the great feast of the Holy Spirit, celebrating the experience of God as wind and flame, as gatherer and sender, swirling around a community and making new things happen. Pentecost is a celebration that always feels a little bit like license to go crazy in church, to parade and set things on fire and get people wet – in a few moments – and speak in tongues – in a few moments more. (more…)