Sermons

Christ the King – The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

 

The Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King (Proper 29c): November 24, 2013

Jeremiah 23:1-6; Canticle 16 (Luke 1: 68-79); Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43

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

OK – time for true confessions. I am pretty much an eternal optimist. When I did hospital chaplaincy in Seminary, my supervisor coined the term “brightsider” for me; I always want to find the best in every situation, sometimes to my detriment. I usually see the glass half full, even if, in fact, it contains barely a drop. For whatever reason, that’s just the way I am. (more…)

The Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – Thomas Cahill

Thomas Cahill

 

The Twenty Fifth Sunday After Pentecost: November 10, 2013

Job 19:23-27a; Psalm 98; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17; Luke 20:27-38

Preacher: Thomas Cahill

The Book of Job is the most complex book of the Hebrew Bible, that collection of texts that we usually refer to as the Old Testament. This long collection is full of exciting and horrifying stories and of personal and wrenching poetry. But there is no other book written in the Hebrew language that has drawn such an immense library of learned commentary and captured the attention of so many ordinary readers as the Book of Job — over the (perhaps) seven centuries since it was written by an unknown hand. The Book of Job belongs on a high shelf with the greatest literary masterpieces ever conceived and fashioned by the most extraordinarily creative imaginations in all of human history. (more…)

St. Jude’s Day – The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

 

The Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude: October 27, 2013

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

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

Good morning. It’s a great day at St. Michael’s. We are celebrating our second patronal feast– the day we remember St. Jude, and celebrate the story of St. Jude’s chapel, an important chapter in our history. And as if to mark that occasion, our bells started ringing again this week! They have been silent ever since I got to St. Michael’s this last July, as work was underway to repair the tower. The work was finished this week, and on Tuesday we again began to hear the beautiful sound of our bells, marking time and announcing the witness of St. Michael’s in this neighborhood. (more…)

The Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost – Rabbi Brian Walt

Rabbi Brian Walt

Rabbie Brian Walt

The Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost: October 20, 2013

Jeremiah 31:27-34;  Psalm 119:97-104;  2 Timothy 3:14-4:5;  Luke 18:1-8

Preacher: Rabbi Brian Walt

Sholem Aleichem/ Aleichem Sholem
As-salāam ‘Alaykum/wa’Alaykum Salaam
Peace be upon you/ and upon you too.

What a blessed way to greet one another — three identical greetings in Judaism, Christianity and Islam! As the psalmist says, “ For the sake of my brothers, my sisters and my friends, I will speak only of peace. For the sake of this sacred place, the house of God, I seek only the best for you and for all people.” (more…)

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

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

 

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 22c): October 6, 2013

Lamentations 1:1-6;  Psalm 137; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10

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

 

Before I launch into a look at this morning’s gospel, a few words are in order about Psalm 137. This psalm has nine verses, but you will note that we sang only eight of them this morning. Let me read you the last verse and you will understand why. Beginning with verse 8:

O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction,
happy the one who pays you back
for what you have done to us.
Happy shall he be who takes your little ones,
and dashes them against the rock! (more…)

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

The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 20c): September 22, 2013

Jeremiah 8:18-9:1; Psalm 79:1-9; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-13

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

Do we possess our money, or does our money possess us?

Recently scientists at the University of California conducted an experiment that hoped to measure how money affects psychosocial behavior. Two subjects played a Monopoly game that only one of them had a chance of winning. One of the players was made “rich.” He got $2,000 from the Monopoly bank at the start of the game and received $200 each time he passed Go. The second player was given much less. He began with only $1,000 and collected only $100 for passing Go. To move around the board, the first player rolled two dice, while the other player could roll only one, slowing his progress around the board. The students played under the watchful eye of two video cameras, while down the hall researchers recorded the subjects’ every facial twitch and hand gesture.

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