Sermons

All Saints Sunday — The Rev. Deacon Richard P. Limato

St. Michael's new deacon, Richard P. Limato

Deacon Richard P. Limato

All Saints Sunday: November 4, 2018

Ruth 1:1-18  |  Psalm 146
Hebrews 9:11-14  |  Mark 12:28-34

Preacher: The Rev. Deacon Richard P. Limato

The Jewish Talmud tells the story of two competing Sages, Shammai and Hillel, approached by a Gentile man who wanted to convert to Judaism.

The Gentile comes before Shammai saying, “Covert me on one condition that you teach me the entire Torah while I am standing on one foot.”

Shammai, a builder by trade, abruptly pushes him away with the builder’s measuring cubit he held in his hand.  (more…)

The Feast of Saint Simon and St. Jude — The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Feast of Saint Simon and St. Jude: October 28, 2018

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

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

This Fall we have been discerning who is God calling us to be as a spiritual community. As we have gathered together, one of the questions we are asking is, “Why does church matter?” (more…)

The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost: October 21, 2018

Job 38:1-7, (34-41)  |  Psalm 104:1-9, 25, 37b
Hebrews 5:1-10  |  Mark 10:35-45

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

Christmas Eve, 1968 marked the close of one of the most turbulent, tragic years in American history. That night, millions around the world gathered to watch and listen as the Apollo 8 crew became the first humans to orbit another world – the moon.’[1] (more…)

The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost: October 14, 2018

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

 

Lookin’ for love in all the wrong places…

Lookin’ for love in too many faces,
searchin’ their eyes and lookin’ for traces
of what I’m dreamin’ of.
Hopin’ to find a friend and a lover;
I’ll bless the day I discover
another heart lookin’ for love.
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The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Deacon Richard P. Limato

St. Michael's new deacon, Richard P. LimatoThe Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost: October 7, 2018

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

Preacher: The Rev. Deacon Richard P. Limato, Deacon of St. Michael’s Church

“I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes
The love that’s all around me
And so the feeling grows
It’s written on the wind
It’s everywhere I go
So if you really love me
Come on and let it show.”

The opening lyrics from one of my favorite songs, a classic hit by The Troggs, parodied as “Christmas is all Around” in the British film Love Actually. (more…)

St. Michael’s Day — The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

St. Michael’s Day: September 30, 2018

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

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

Happy St Michael’s Day, St Michael’s!

Our service today has a lot of moving about in it, lots of coming and going and not much staying still. Processing everybody round and round and getting all mixed up with each other, the choir circling the church and then going up to the loft, the altar party making its way up to the high altar and Leigh and Gregory and Richard swinging that thurible around – already there’s been a lot of activity. (more…)

The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost: September 23, 2018

Proverbs 31:10-31  |  Psalm 1
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a  |  Mark 9:30-37

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

On Friday I got another obnoxious email from my brother. We don’t agree on things political. Despite my efforts to get him to leave me out of it, every now and then he decides to forward our whole family something that I find totally irritating. Just to make it worse, my other brother also chimes in, which he did on Friday, trying to needle me a little more. So I deleted the emails, having learned the hard way that replying only makes things worse – whether I respond earnestly or ferociously, we end in the same place, neither of us convinced, both more annoyed with each other than before. So I deleted the emails and went out on my run. (more…)

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost: September 16, 2018

Proverbs 1:20-33  |  Psalm 19
James 3:1-12  |  Mark 8:27-38

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

If you’ve ever wondered what does it mean to be a Christian? Or how can I live my faith in the real world?

James is the book for you. I’ve got good news…its only 3 pages long! All you need to know about Christianity and more is found in these 3 pages of brilliant pastoral, prophetic, and educational writing that draws upon the rich traditions of the Hebrew Bible, Jesus’ teachings, and even Paul. If there ever was a book of the Bible you should read — it’s James! (more…)

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost: September 9, 2018

Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23  |  Psalm 125
James 2:1-10, [11-13], 14-17  |  Mark 7:24-37

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

Welcome back on this Welcome Back Sunday – after the lean months of summer church attendance, now with the promise of a BBQ we’ve got more of you here at last. Today we come together, after time away and time spent on summer things, to reconnect with one another. Today we welcome people who haven’t been here before, to come and see what this community is like. Today we celebrate the family that is St. Michael’s. (more…)

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost: September 2, 2018

Song of Solomon 2:8-13  |  Psalm 45:1-2, 7-10
James 1:17-27  |  Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

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

Doesn’t it sometimes feel like all we do at church is eat and talk about food? Who’s bringing snacks to the meeting? I need a chair for the BBQ. Let’s break bread together. And now, time for coffee hour.

Well, this foodie thing goes way back – meals have been central to our faith and practice for thousands of years. (more…)