Sermons

The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany – The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany: February 16, 2014

Deuteronomy 30:15-20Psalm 119:1-81 Corinthians 3:1-9Matthew 5:21-37

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

Good morning, and a belated Happy Valentine’s Day to you all. On Friday I was on Facebook and read a friend’s post that really encapsulates how I feel about February 14th: (more…)

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany – Meredith Kadet

Meredith Kadet
Meredith Kadet

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany – February 9, 2014

Isaiah 58:1-121 Corinthians 2:1-16Matthew 5:13-20Psalm 112

Preacher: Meredith Kadet, St. Michael’s parishioner and former seminarian, graduate of Union Theological Seminary

Growing up, I can remember eating breakfast with my father, and watching him salt his eggs. And salt his eggs. And salt his eggs. And salt his eggs. My mother would watch him and quote the version of today’s gospel as it appears in the Gospel of Mark: Salt is Good.

But – if it’s lost its taste, how can saltiness be restored?

Of course it wasn’t the salt that lost its taste at breakfast – it was my father’s taste buds. He’s been smoking for more than fifty years now, so salt -among other things – has lost its taste. (more…)

The Feast of the Presentation – Lucinda Mosher

Lucinda Mosher

Lucinda Mosher

The Feast of the Presentation – February 2, 2014

Malachi 3:1-4Psalm 84Hebrews 2:14-18Luke 2:22-40

Preacher: Lucinda Mosher, Th.D.

 

For mine eyes have seen salvation.—Luke 2:30

Down with the rosemary and bays,
Down with the misletoe ;
Instead of holly, now up-raise
The greener box (for show).

The holly hitherto did sway;
Let box now domineer
Until the dancing Easter day,
Or Easter’s eve appear.

I love Robert Herrick’s Candlemas carol! Several more verses lilt us through the rest of the Christian year; eventually, the carol concludes: (more…)

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany – The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

 The Third Sunday after the Epiphany – January 26, 2014

Isaiah 9:1-41 Corinthians 1:10-18Matthew 4:12-23Psalm 27:1, 5-13

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

I read recently about the southern elephant seals of Argentina. Scientists report for about three weeks after a mother elephant seal gives birth she nurses the pup giving it attention around the clock.  At the end of this period she is famished, so she abandons the pup on the shore and goes into the surf to find food.

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Baptism of our Lord – The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

Baptism of our Lord (First Sunday after the Epiphany): January 12, 2014

Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17

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

 

We are honored this morning to have with us representatives from our sister parishes in the Indaba process. This past fall we embarked on this partnership, where we have been placed in community with two other parishes from our Diocese – the Haitian Congregation of the Good Samaritan, which worships in the Bronx, and Christ Church of Sparkill, in Southeast Rockland County. Throughout the day yesterday we enjoyed good conversation, good food, and good fun with our new friends, as we introduced them to life at St. Michael’s Church. (more…)

Christmas Eve – The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

 

Christmas Eve: December 24, 2013 (10:30 p.m. service)

Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20

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

 

It’s finally here. Merry Christmas to you all – I am delighted to see you here tonight.

Christmas hits us all in different ways. Some of us can’t wait for November to roll around – we know that as soon as we can get Halloween out of the way, the stores will replace the orange and black with green and red, and the holiday will commence. Two months of Christmas cheer is just fine with those of us that love this holiday. (more…)

The Third Sunday of Advent – The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Rev. Samuel J. Smith

The Third Sunday of Advent: December 15, 2013

Isaiah 35:1-10; Canticle 15 (The Magnificat); James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11

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

Perhaps like me you have been haunted this week by Dasani, the twelve year-old girl profiled as the “Invisible Child” in The New York Times. This moving five-part story pulled us into the lives of Dasani, her mother and father, and her seven siblings, caught in the quagmire of homelessness, in this case in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. A writer and photographer followed this family for a year, documenting their difficulties living in one room of a city homeless shelter, looking for any opportunity to get out.

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