Sermons

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

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 9c): July 28, 2013

Hosea 1:2-10; Psalm 85; Colossians 2:6-19; Luke 11:1-13

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

 

“Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” (Luke 11:1) What a good question. Don’t you wish you could have been there to hear the answer yourself? I have always found prayer to be mysterious. And I guess that you, like me, have asked more than once, “am I doing this right?” (more…)

The Eighth Sunday After Pentecost – Jennie Talley

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost: July 14, 2013

Amos 7:7-17; Psalm 82; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37

Preacher: Jennie Talley, Summer Seminarian Intern at St. Michael’s Church and Senior M. Div. student at the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church

(The recording is of the sermon preached at the 10:00 am service.  The sermon text which follows was preached at 6:00 pm.)

Just a few years ago Wesley Autrey saved a stranger’s life.  Autrey, a 51-year old African American Vietnam vet saw a 20-year old man suffer a seizure, and fall onto the subway tracks. Risking his own life, Autrey jumped down onto the tracks. With the honking train approaching, Autrey covered the victim with his body, pinning him down in the gutter between two tracks, while the oncoming subway train rolled over them both, with only an inch to spare. Wesley Autrey was rightfully hailed by onlookers and the media, alike, as a “Good Samaritan” for his brave and selfless actions in rescuing a stranger. (more…)

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

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost: July 7, 2013

2 Kings 5:1-14; Psalm 30; Galatians 6:1-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

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

In the name of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Hello, St. Michael’s! How wonderful it is to see you here. I have been at St. Michael’s for a whole week now, and I have really been anticipating this moment, when I would stand in this magnificent pulpit, and see all of you, and once again have the privilege of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, but now in this most wonderful place.

And I’ve learned this place is wonderful not only because of the incredible stained glass, and the impressive bell tower, and the significant history on this corner in the middle of Manhattan. I’ve learned that what makes this church particularly special, and what makes me the envy of many of my clergy colleagues, is the spirit of this place.

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The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – Jennie Talley

 

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost: June 23, 2013

1 Kings 19:1-15a; Psalm 42; Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-39

 Preacher: Jennie Talley, Summer Seminarian Intern at St. Michael’s Church and Senior M.Div. student at the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church

 

Shame… It is such a difficult word to say and to hear. Shame… It is a painful sensation that we have all experienced, and some of us experience it more than others. Shame seems to have appeared early on — when Adam and Eve hid from God behind the trees in the Garden. A little dose of shame now and again is probably a reasonable amount, for people who don’t experience shame at all are thought to have no capacity for compassion or empathy.

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Youth Sunday – Cordelia Avery

Cordelia Avery

Cordelia Avery


The Third Sunday after Pentecost: June 9, 2013

1 Kings 17:8-24; Psalm 146; Galatians 1:11-24; Luke 7:11-17

Graduating High School Senior Address – Cordelia Avery

I’ve been participating in Youth Sunday for a very long time. I can remember back to Kindergarten or first grade. I think we were giving the Peace. We had to decorate a big banner for it, and I remember coloring it in with all my enthusiasm, but the whole time I was thinking, “Don’t we have official people who usually do this stuff for us?” So maybe I wasn’t coloring with all my enthusiasm. But eventually the banner got done, and we got up in front of the congregation to hold it up, and that was pretty cool, even though I thought I’d colored in my area better than the other kids.

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