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March 31, 2019 ~ What’s in a name?~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

This story we just heard has got to be one of the most famous of Jesus’ parables. The title that is most often given to it is “The Story of the Prodigal Son.” Do you know what the word “prodigal” means? I’m sure many of you are smarter than I am. Now, I don’t know

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Mar 24, 2019~ “Fill us with your Fire” ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Exodus 3: 1-15 Lord, Take our eyes and see through them; Take our ears and hear through them ; Take our mouths and speak through them. Take our hearts and fill them with your fire. If you’ve been around St. Michael’s for a while, you’ve heard me pray that prayer many, many times. Fill our

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March 3, 2019 ~ Sacred Space on the Mountain ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Last Epiphany C 2019 – Exodus 34:29-35 Luke 9:28-36, [37-43a]; This year, we have been focusing on the theme of Sacred Space. I’ll bet you would agree with me that being on top of the mountain where Jesus is transfigured, , standing alongside of Moses and Elijah, hearing the voice of God, definitely counts as

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Feb 17, 2019 ~ Be a Tree ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Epiphany 6C – Jeremiah 17:5-10; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:17-26; Psalm 1 Would you rather be a shrub in the desert, or a tree by the water? Jeremiah says, “Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals and make mere flesh their strength,  whose hearts turn away from the Lord. They shall be like a shrub

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Jan. 27, 2019 ~ Mr. Potato Head teaches about the Body of Christ~ Rev. Jeunee

Children’s Sermon meant for all ages. Annual Meeting Sunday. Epiphany 3. 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21 (These are notes to the sermon, not full text.) I’m sitting because I just had my foot operated on… so I can’t stand for long… But it’s like what Jesus did… Jesus Sat to teach. In the story we just

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Dec. 24, 2018~ Home for Christmas

The Rev. Jeunee Godsey ~ Christmas Eve 2018 ~ Home for Christmas I read recently that back On December 17th, 1903, after four attempts, the Wright Brothers flew their “flying machine” for the first time in Kitty Hawk, NC. Wilbur rushed to the local telegraph office and sent the following message: “We have flown for 12 seconds

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Nov. 11, 2018 ~ In God We Trust ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17;  Psalm 127; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44 There’s a lot to reflect on this week. Our midterm elections last Tuesday had record numbers of people turn out to vote. Many of us had to wait quite some time to cast our votes, but everyone I talked to said that the polling places were places of cordiality

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Oct. 14, 2018 ~ Where is God in the Silence?~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Where is God?     Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Psalm 22:1-15; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31 “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? * and are so far from my cry and from the words of my distress?” (Ps 22:1-2) Job cries out: “Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might come

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Sept 16, 2018 ~ Won’t You Be My Neighbor (2)~ Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Being Good Neighbors (2) : Words and Deeds      James 3:1-12 & Mark 8:27-38  It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood! It’s a beautiful day, not because it’s particularly beautiful outside, but because you all are here. I also think its beautiful because we are able to gather here, instead of being flooded out by

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Sept 9, 2018 ~ Won’t You Be my Neighbor? – Part 1~ Rev. Jeunee

Proper 18B September 9, 2018 James 2:1-10, [11-13], 14-17 Mark 7:24-37 Won’t You Be my Neighbor: Loving those different. Good Morning, It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood! I was tempted to start my sermon today by coming in, and changing into a cardigan and sneakers like Mr. Rogers, while signing the “Won’t you be

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July 29, 2018 ~ Pastor’s FOMO = 3 mini sermons ~ Jeunee Godsey

2 Samuel 11:1-15 ; Psalm 14; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21 So, this morning, I’m going to do something that my preaching professor, were she here listening to me, would probably retroactively fail me for!  I’m going to preach three sermons in a row, and they aren’t going to be tied together at all. Two mini-sermons,

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July 22, 2018 ~ CommUNITY ~ The Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Ephesians 2:11-22* The Unity in the Body “Peace to those who are far off and those who are near. You are being built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God…a holy temple in the Lord, with Jesus Christ as the chief cornerstone” (elements of verses 20-22)” Paul’s letter to the Ephesians speaks in lofty

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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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