Sermons

The Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord — The Rev. David Rider

The Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord: January 13, 2019

Isaiah 43:1-7  |  Acts 8:14-17
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22  |  Psalm 29

Preacher: The Rev. David Rider, Assisting Priest at St. Michael’s

What a difference a week makes, liturgically speaking.

Last Sunday, we gathered around the nativity scene to celebrate the arrival of the Magi—found only in Matthew’s Gospel and with reference to neither three nor kings—exotic characters from another land who went to pay the Christ child homage amid a swift undertow of dark malice from Herod. (more…)

The Fourth Sunday in Advent — The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Fourth Sunday in Advent: December 23, 2018

Micah 5:2-5a  |  Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-45  |  Canticle 15 

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

With last week’s amazing Christmas pageant, the church fully decked in finest greenery, and the choir’s beautiful singing at Lessons and Carols, it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. But before we get to the virgin birth and singing O little town of Bethlehem tomorrow, the liturgical calendar calls for one more day of Advent. On this fourth Sunday of Advent, it seems odd to begin with Mary at the very beginning. (more…)

The Second Sunday in Advent — The Rev. Deacon Richard P. Limato

The Rev. Deacon Richard P. Limato

The Second Sunday in Advent: December 9

Baruch 5:1-9  |  Philippians 1:3-11
Luke 3:1-6  |  Canticle 4 or 16

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

Have you ever found yourself feeling like the voice of one crying out in the wilderness?

Once in high school a few friends and I lost our way on a camping trip.  We pitched our sleeping bags in the dark near a marsh – like area. The next day fearing the imaginary bears of the park’s namesake; we roamed aimlessly without a GPS.

With our car lost, and a Marriott nowhere in sight, we gave up and eventually called my uncle to rescue us.

But this isn’t really what I mean. (more…)

The First Sunday in Advent — The Rev. Katharine Flexer

Kate Flexer headshot

The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The First Sunday in Advent: December 2, 2018

Jeremiah 33:14-16  |  1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Luke 21:25-36  |  Psalm 25:1-9

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

 

And so, as you see from the colors and the candles, today we begin the season of Advent. And if you’ve been around church for a while you know that today also marks the beginning of the church year. From today on into the next year we are in a new cycle of readings, a new calendar of seasons. The secular year begins on January 1; that’s mostly because of a calculation error that shifted the new year off of December 21, the winter solstice, marking the time when the days start lengthening again and light begins to return to the northern hemisphere. But in the church we back it up several weeks and begin the year with Advent, the season of expectation and preparation, the weeks that lead us up to Christmas and the celebration of Christ’s Incarnation.

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The Last Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. David Rider

The Rev. David Rider

The Last Sunday after Pentecost-Christ the King: November 25, 2018

2 Samuel 23:1-7  |  Psalm 132:1-13 (14-19) 
Revelation 1:4b-8  |  John 18:33-37

Preacher: The Rev. David Rider, Assisting Priest, St. Michael’s Church

So how did it go?

Since our last gathering, all of us have been through some version of the uniquely American Thanksgiving holiday.

For some of us, we waft in the pleasing afterglow of family, loved ones and foodie paradise, indulging a wonderful karma before returning to school and work world.

For others of us, the long weekend is more business as usual, not too high expectations, perhaps a memorable meal, and a few more errands than usual amid a long weekend.

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The Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost — Sr. Promise

The Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: November 18, 2018

1 Samuel 1:4-20  |  1 Samuel 2:1-10
Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25  |Mark 13:1-8

Preacher: Sr. Promise, SSM, Seminarian at St. Michael’s Church

She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly.

I don’t know about you, but for me when I heard the reading from first Samuel it reminded me of the big holiday that is coming: Thanksgiving. Which is supposed to be a time of rejoicing, fun and happiness for family members to celebrate together. Where Republicans, Democrats and Independents will get together to celebrate. Despite the joy and the excitement of celebration, there is plenty of room for rivalry, because we human beings have difficulty accepting and celebrating differences. (more…)

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

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: November 11, 2018

Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17  |  Psalm 127
Hebrews 9:24-28  |  Mark 12:38-44

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

 

On the surface, Jesus’ talk of tithing in the temple seems like an intentional nudge by our stewardship committee to turn in your pledge (if you didn’t already!).

But I think there’s more to this gospel teaching than money. Jesus calls his disciples to go deeper – to look beneath the surface of things. (more…)

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…)