Sermons

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…)

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Kyle Oliver

The Rev. Kyle Oliver

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost: August 26, 2018

1 Kings 8:[1, 6, 10-11], 22-30, 41-43  |  Psalm 84
Ephesians 6:10-20  |  John 6:56-69

Preacher: The Rev. Kyle Oliver, Assisting Priest, St. Michael’s Church

This week I repeatedly re-lived a memory from, I think, my junior year of college.

I was walking down Regent St. in Madison, WI. I was talking to my mother on my brand new cell phone: my first, in fact.

My mother was concerned. It was below zero outside, with nasty wind, and I was on my way to go jump in a lake. (more…)

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost: August 19, 2018

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14  |  Psalm 111
Ephesians 5:15-20  |  John 6:51-58

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

One of the standard jokes in New Yorker cartoons is the mountaintop guru – a person climbs a mountain seeking wisdom, and when they get to the top, the guru answers their question. One cartoon reads, ‘What’s the meaning of life? If I knew that, I wouldn’t be sitting on this mountain.’ In another, the guru pouts to the climber, ‘Don’t you want to hear about the day I had?’ In still another, the climber is shocked to discover as he reaches the top that the guru is his mother.

The search for wisdom can take us to strange places. (more…)

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost — The Rev. Katharine Flexer

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The Rev. Katharine Flexer

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost: August 12, 2018

2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33  |  Psalm 130
Ephesians 4:25-5:2  |  John 6:35, 41-51

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

Maybe you don’t try God’s patience as much as I do, but I have several times had the distinct sense that God was giving me The Look. You know, the I-told-you-so look. It usually comes with a sigh. It usually happens in times when I have worked myself into a state, worrying over details and futures, when I’ve fretted over whether my carefully crafted plans will work out, only to have everything quite obviously come together…quite obviously not by my own doing. (more…)