St. Michael's Episcopal Church

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Sermons

Sermon 9.24.2017

Sermon – September 24, 2017 Face of Christ, St. Michael’s Day Gospel: workers in the vineyard I was away from Maine for three weeks in June.  One of the weeks was at a Benedictine monastery, at an icon making workshop.  One of the brothers told me this story. A young seminarian was in spiritual formation. …

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Sermon- 11th Sunday after Pentecost – August 20, 2017

11th Sunday after Pentecost, Charlottesville and Auburn  St. Paul reminds all of us Christians, we were at first outsiders. We are the branch grafted on to the tree- the wild olive shoot, he says, grafted on to the original trunk.  We grew and blossomed from the first call to the Jews.  Remember the parable of…

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Sermon- July 9, 2017 – 5th Sunday after Pentecost

We could call it addiction, or obsession – or besetting sin:   “I do not do what I want; I keep doing the very thing I don’t want… the very thing I hate.” I live with hurtful compulsions. Such unsettling actions surround us.  Any child moving from the delights of infancy into the “terrible twos” is…

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Sermon by the Rev. Dan Warren – January 29, 2017

Sermon on the MOUNT The setting of today’s gospel is significant. It’s the beginning of the Sermon on the MOUNT. Like Moses to Mt. Sinai, Jesus goes to a high place to be in the presence of God. He goes to bring his people on a new Exodus. The people hadn’t come from the palaces…

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No One of Us is Called to be a Christian Alone

No one of us is called to be a Christian alone.  That’s why we’re here, saying our prayers together and having communion.  We are called together into the Body of Christ. No heroes in this business.  Christ opens the way for us to become neighbors, friends; mothers, fathers, sons and daughters  privileged to be part…

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We Live in a Passionate World.

The Old Testament and gospel swirl in sex and politics.  You might say they’re X-rated.  David, as he enters Jerusalem, about to become king, spins in ecstasy, dancing to lyres and trumpets, tambourines, castanets and symbols-  while off to the side Saul’s daughter seethes. Saul, her father, was the previous king.  His daughter is jealous.  Saul,…

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A Sustaining Vision

A sermon by Fr. Ed Greene November 22, 1963, was the day President Kennedy was assassinated.  Those of us who were alive back then can probably remember exactly what we were doing when we first heard the news.  I was in music class at Bowdoin College and the professor announced, “The President has just been…

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The Mystery is that Jesus is Already with…

Here’s a great mystery: WE are already with the Father. WE are loved by God from the beginning. “They were yours from the beginning,” Jesus says.  You may remember in Genesis after each day of Creation, God says it is good, it is good, it is very good – the birds of the air, the…

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Who will Roll Away the Rock?

Last night the church was dark and bare, like the empty tomb. We heard the story of creation, breath moving over the waters, escape from oppression through the desert wilderness, dry bones wanting to turn back, and manna drawing us on to a land of promise. Then the lights came on, bells rung, altar linens…

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