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April 1, 2018 ~ Look Again! ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Easter 2018 – April Fools April 1, 2018 Happy Easter! …. and Happy April Fools! You probably imagined that I’ve just got to talk about the fact that Easter and April Fool’s Day line up on the same day this year. I imagine almost every pastor in the western world is somehow tying this calendar

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March 29, 2018 ~ Maundy Thursday: Hand it On ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Maundy Thursday: Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-3 Pay it Forward – Hand it On This is a night for remembering. It is a night for remembering the Passover, the Exodus and the manna in the wilderness. It is a night for remembering Jesus’ last acts of teaching and service in washing his disciples’

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Palm Sunday ~ The Community around the Cross

Palm Sunday 2018  (Read Lessons Here) Our Palm Sunday liturgy has us live six days in Jerusalem in less than an hour. We start with the Jesus’ procession into Jerusalem on the Sunday before the Passover, where the people shouted Hosannas, waved Palms branches in the air, and cast them carpeted the path before him…

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Jan. 21, 2018 ~Community Worship: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Intro to the Community Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity : Dear friends in Christ, Welcome!  I’m Jeunée Godsey, the priest here at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. As we gather for this service of prayer for unity, we thank God for our Christian heritage, and for God’s liberating and saving action in

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Jan. 6~ Epiphany “I Saw the Light” ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Isaiah 60:1-6; Matthew 2:1-12 “UkeCharist” (Ukulele led worship service with St. David’s Church) “I Saw the Light” “O star of wonder, star of night, Guide us to thy perfect light.” It’s a rather amazing story isn’t it? The Wise men, travelling from the East, outside Judea, follow the light of the star, probably for weeks or

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Dec. 25, 2017 ~ The Story of Martin the Shoemaker ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Christmas Day at St. Michael’s is a simple time of worship. We read the lessons for Christmas which include John 1, “The word made flesh and dwelling among us” as opposed to the Luke 2 story of shepherds, angels, and the manger. You can find those lessons here: http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearABC_RCL/Christmas/ChrsDay3_RCL.html Rev. Jeunee accompanies a few congregational

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Dec. 24, 2017 ~ Birth Story ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

The Rev. Jeunée Godsey                   Isaiah 9:2-4, 6-7 St. Michael’s Episcopal Church       Luke 20: 1-20 Christmas Eve 2017 http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearABC_RCL/Christmas/ChrsDay1_RCL.html Birth Story   Tonight is the night we join the shepherds as we come to visit the newborn baby Jesus laying in a manger in Bethlehem. We are invited to join in the awe and wonder the

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Dec. 17, 2017 ~ Raise your eyes to the Light~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Advent 3B 2017  Dec. 17,2017 Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11;  John 1:6-8,19-28 Psalm 126 Friday morning, I had seen a news alert on my phone from Channel 12 that on both Friday and Saturday evenings, the Space Station would be visible as it crossed over Richmond. I took a screen shot of the info and planned to

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Dec. 10, 2017 ~ The Wilderness ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

The Rev. Jeunée Godsey                    Isaiah 40:1-11 St. Michael’s Episcopal Church          Mark 1:1-8 2 Advent B  Dec. 10, 2017 I’m glad you all are here despite the snow on the ground. I was surprised on Friday with how much we had come down, and then concerned by how it would be by this morning. It

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Nov. 19, 2017 ~ Talents and Opportunities ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Matthew 25:14-30 The story we just heard is often called the Parable of the Talents.    The master entrusts his property to his slaves and goes away for a long time. He entrusts different amounts to different slaves. When he comes back he asks for an accounting. The word “talent” in this story can be

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Nov. 5, 2017 ~ “10 Things to Do Before You Die” ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

10 Things to Do Before You Die ~  Feast of All Saints, Nov. 5, 2017 Revelation 7:9-1; Psalm 34:1-10, 22; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12 Today we are celebrating the Feast of All Saints. All Saints, and its companion feast day, All Souls, which are actually on Nov. 1st and 2nd respectively, are days that we remember the

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Oct. 15, 2017 ~ What’s with the Wedding Garment? ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Matthew 22:1-14 What’s the deal with the wedding garment? I generally try to make the early morning exercise classes at the YMCA downtown. It means getting out of bed at 5 am to hit the 5:45 am class. One of the nice benefits, besides the exercise, is that after class, a core group of us

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Sept. 17, 2017 ~ “Forgiveness: It’s your Job!”~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35 When my daughter was a teenager, I remember one time when I was very angry with her because of an incident where she had broken not only our expectations, but also our trust. Near the end of the argument, when I think both of us were in tears, she vollied, perhaps a

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July 9, 2017 ~ Come, Find Rest ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67; Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Romans 7:15-25a;    Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30  Proper 9A 2017 “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away,” says the Beloved, in the Song of Songs.. “Come to me…  and you will find rest for your souls,” promises Jesus. Come away, my love. Rest! What wonderful words of invitation!

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May 7, 2017 ~ Shepherd’s Guide to Abundant Life ~ Rev. Jeunee Godsey

A shepherd’s guide to abundant life ~ Easter 4A 2017 – Good Shepherd Sunday   Acts 2:42-47 ;1 Peter 2:19-25 ;John 10:1-10; Psalm 23 Lord God, we are the people of your pasture, the sheep of your hand. We long for the life, the abundant life, you promise. Amen.  Today’s Gospel contains one of the best promises of the whole

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Mar 19, 2017 ~ You never know who you’ll meet by the well ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

John 4:5-42 You Never Know Who You’ll Meet by the Well                              Lord, We Hunger. We Thirst. We Yearn for your peace. Give us some of that living water. Amen. The story of the woman at the well has been a favorite one of mine for along time. Like with so many other stories in the

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Mar. 12, 2017 ~ Seeking God in the Questions ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Genesis 12:1-4a ; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17; Psalm 121; John 3:1-17 Sermon for the 2nd Sunday in Lent, Year A Seeking God in the Questions Have you ever wished you could just ask God a few questions? When my kids were little we had a book called, Children’s Letters to God, by Stuart Hample, where kids asked God a

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February 5, 2017 ~ Salt and Light ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Salt & Light  – Epiphany 5A 2017   Feb. 5, 2017  [Boy Scout Sunday at 10:30 service]  Isaiah 58:1-9a, [9b-12]; 1 Corinthians 2:1-12, [13-16]; Matthew 5:13-20 You are the salt of the earth! You are the light of the world! These are the words Jesus speaks to his disciples and the crowds during his famous Sermon

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Nov. 20, 2016 ~ That’s My King!~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Christ the King 2016 Jeremiah 23:1-6 ; Canticle 16 ; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43 We’ve come to the end of the journey. The last day in the liturgical church year, Christ the King Sunday. Sometimes relating the image of Christ as our King is hard for us to get our heads around. Certainly, in our

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Nov. 13, 2016 ~ Bible in One Hand, Newspaper in the Other ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Proper 26C 2016  (Post Presidental Election) Isaiah 65:17-25; Canticle 9 ; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19 There is a saying, supposedly attributed to theologian Karl Barth, that says, “One should preach with the newspaper in one hand and the Bible in the other.” The saying points to a truth that one of the preacher’s jobs is to

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Oct. 30, 2016 ~ Zacchaeus ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Proper 26C  Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4; Psalm 119:137-144; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Luke 19:1-10 What a great story we have in the story of Zacchaeus! Some of you know the kids’ song, right? “Zacchaeus was a wee, little man, (Hand out measuring short man) And a wee, little man was he. (Hand down closer to ground) He

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Aug. 28, 2016 ~ We’ve been expecting you ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Jeremiah 2:4-13; Psalm 81:1, 10-16; Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16; Luke 14:1, 7-14 I was on vacation this last week at the cottage of St. Simons by the Sea Episcopal Church in Sandbridge, just south of Virginia Beach.  One of the ministries of this mission church is that during the summer, they get visiting priests from around

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Aug. 7, 2016 ~ The Substance and Assurance of Faith ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Isaiah 1:1, 10-20; Psalm 50:1-8, 23-24: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16: Luke 12:32-40 The Assurance of Faith “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” That’s a promise about God from the very lips of Jesus. Think about that for a moment….It is Your Father’s… Good Pleasure…  to Give you

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July 31, 2016~ Being Rich Towards God ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Hosea 11:1-11Psalm 107:1-9, 43Colossians 3:1-11Luke 12:13-21 Being Rich Towards God A while back, the Wall Street Journal ran a story about a wealthy New York lawyer, Arthur Kramer, who had recently died. His family was told that he had taken out seven life insurance policies worth $56 million.  They were also told that they were

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July 24, 2016 ~ The “P’s” of Prayer ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Hosea 1:2-10; Psalm 85; Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19); Luke 11:1-13 The last month or so, we have experienced a lot of trauma and violence in our country and in the world. Orlando, Minneapolis, Dallas, Baton Rouge, Nice, Munich. Cities that some of us have visited for vacation, or travel to for work, or perhaps even hail

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