Sermons

The Fifth Sunday in Lent — The Rev. Anne Marie Witchger

Anne Marie Witchger

The Fifth Sunday in Lent: March 18, 2018

Jeremiah 31:31-34  |  Hebrews 5:5-10
John 12:20-33  |  Psalm 51:1-13

Preacher: The Rev. Anne Marie Witchger, Transitional Deacon

They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”

In the chapter right before this one in the Gospel of John, Jesus raised his friend, Lazarus, from the dead. Lazarus had been dead for four days; his body had been wrapped and laid to rest; his family was starting to smell the decay. When Jesus arrived, he called to Lazarus and commanded him to come out of the tomb. (more…)

The Fourth Sunday in Lent — Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Fourth Sunday in Lent: March 11, 2018

Numbers 21:4-9  |  Ephesians 2:1-10
John 3:14-21  |  Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22

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

I read a story this week about a woman who was so afraid of snakes that she had not left her home alone for over 10 years, on the off chance that she might see a snake – in Westchester County, not known for snakes. She entered exposure therapy to deal with this phobia, and gradually worked her way from reading about snakes to holding a toy snake to looking at snakes up close at the zoo. By the end of eight weeks, she was handling snakes, and demonstrating them in a nature center. (more…)

The Third Sunday in Lent — The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Third Sunday in Lent: March 4, 2018

Exodus 20:1-17  |  1 Corinthians 1:18-25
John 2:13-22  |  Psalm 19

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

Today’s gospel, we are confronted with the human embodiment of God’s righteous anger in Jesus. In the other gospels, Jesus’ righteous act of cleansing the Temple purges the corruption, commercialization and commodification of faith; here Jesus is re-creating sacred space from a den of robbers into a house of prayer for all nations. (more…)

The Second Sunday in Lent — 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

“O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy …” That’s how our Collect of the Day for this second Sunday of Lent begins.

It’s probably characteristic of our … indirect church communication style that such a profound insight into the Christian faith is shoved into a dependent clause—a clause from a prayer that I, at least, frequently fail to pay any attention to. (more…)

The First Sunday in Lent — The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The First Sunday in Lent: February 18, 2018

Genesis 9:8-17  |  1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15  |  Psalm 25:1-9

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

And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.

And with those words, we too are driven out into the wilderness of Lent. Jesus goes into the wilderness for forty days to prepare himself for ministry, and we also have our 40 days – 40 days to renew and refocus on our journey with God, to prepare for the glory and mystery of Easter and resurrection. (more…)

Ash Wednesday Service — The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

Ash Wednesday: February 14, 2018

Joel 2:1-2,12-17  |  2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Matthew 6:1-6,16-21  |  Psalm 103 or 103:8-14

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

Today is Ash Wednesday — a day when we remember the frail and flawed aspects of our lives, a day when we embark on Lent, the ultimate penitential season… it seems odd to hear Isaiah’s images of light rising in the darkness and gloom being like the noonday. (more…)

The Last Sunday after Epiphany — The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh

The Last Sunday after Epiphany: February 11, 2018

2 Kings 2:1-12  |  2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Mark 9:2-9  |  Psalm 50:1-6

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

Today, we remember the Transfiguration, a moment on a mountaintop when the fullness of God is revealed in Jesus, a human. In Jesus, we catch a glimpse of God’s power to illumine and transform our whole life. This powerful moment, this manifestation of the divine is followed by God’s command to listen. (more…)

The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany — The Rev. Jonathan Kester

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The Rev. Jonathan Kester

The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany: February 4, 2018

Isaiah 40:21-31  |  1 Corinthians 9:16-23
Mark 1:29-39  |  Psalm 147:1-12, 21c

Preacher: The Rev. Jonathan Kester, Vicar of Emmanuel Church in West Hampstead, London

Good morning, St Michael’s people.  It’s wonderful to be back with you after spending such a beneficial and life-giving sabbatical with you last year.

There’s something profoundly attractive about this great Church, with its richly decorated walls and beautiful Tiffany glass, but above all in its prayerful and holy atmosphere and the warm devotion and friendship of its people, which I feel wraps about me like a cloak whenever I enter this building. (more…)

The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany — The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany: January 28, 2018

Deuteronomy 18:15-20  |  1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28  |  Psalm 111

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

Hello, good people of St Michael’s. Today is our annual meeting, a time to look back over our last year and give thanks for the ministry we’ve been doing together. At the end of the service we will transition from worship into the main part of the meeting, with reports from our cemetery committee chair, our treasurer, and our wardens. There will be numbers and pie charts and blessings to be counted, and it will all take place right here in the church, even the coffee hour right here in the church so that you don’t have to go anywhere – you can stay and take part in this annual update of our common life. And to lead us into that meeting, it falls to me in this sermon to give you a sort of State of the Congregation address. Time to talk about all the good things happening here, and celebrate all of us in our work together. (more…)