Sermons

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…)

The Seventh Sunday of Easter — The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Seventh Sunday of Easter: May 13, 2018

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26  |  1 John 5:9-13
John 17:6-19  |  Psalm 1

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

Happy Mother’s Day!

Over the past several weeks, our Easter sermon series has reflected on how worship relates to life in the world. We’ve learned about the offertory, confession and Peace, the Creed, Holy Eucharist, and the dismissal. Today, our final topic is Scripture — the living Word running through our lives. (more…)

The Sixth Sunday of Easter — the Rev. David Rider

The Sixth Sunday of Easter: May 13, 2018

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26  |  1 John 5:9-13
John 17:6-19  |  Psalm 1

Preacher: The Rev. David Rider, Executive Director and
President of the Seamen’s Church Institute of New York and New Jersey

We’ve settled into another wonderful Sunday of worship amid the Great Fifty Days of Easter

Music abounds, the warm glow of community surrounds us with prayers of joy, we await Eucharistic fellowship and, all too soon, our Deacon will cry out in polite liturgical language, “Get out of here!” (more…)

The Fifth Sunday of Easter – The Rev. Kyle Oliver

The Rev. Kyle Oliver

The Second Sunday in Lent: February 25, 2018

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16  |  Romans 4:13-25
Mark 8:31-38  |  
Psalm 22:22-30

Preacher: The Rev. Kyle Oliver

 

 

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“Do this in remembrance of me.”

These words of Jesus are at the center of the remarkable prayer we offer each week as we celebrate the Eucharist. We think of this observance as a commandment and an invitation and a gift he gave on the night before he died. (more…)

The Fourth Sunday of Easter — The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Fourth Sunday of Easter: April 22, 2018

Acts 4:5-12  |  1 John 3:16-24
John 10:11-18  |  Psalm 23

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

Jesus said, There will be one flock, one shepherd. I am the Good Shepherd.

Greetings, fellow sheep. Today at the end of our service we will go out and find good pasture in our backyard children’s garden – (more…)