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March 5, 2014 ~ Ash Wednesday ~ The Rev. Becki Dean

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51:1-17; 2Corinthians5:20-b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Ash Wednesday; the day we receive the mark of the cross on our foreheads once again reminding us of our own mortality.  You are dust and to dust you shall return.  It is a day all about crosses. I read a wonderful story about an infant

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March 2, 2014 ~ Transformation~ The Rev. Jeunée Godsey

Last Epiphany, Lessons for the Transfiguration  & Baptism of Liam Magee Exodus 24:12-18  &  Matthew 17:1-9 This week I re-posted a church comic on my Facebook page that was originally run in the magazine, Christianity Today.   It’s a group of people around a board room table, probably a vestry or a search committee, telling the

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Feb. 23, 2014~Standing up without Standing Against ~ The Rev. Jeunée Godsey

Matthew 5:38-48 Standing Up without Standing Against  Jesus can’t be serious, can he? Turn the other cheek? Walk the extra mile? Love your enemies? Be perfect? When we look at Jesus’ radical teaching on the Sermon on the Mount, we are confronted with the seemingly impossible standard Jesus has set for us. Jesus takes the

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Feb. 16, 2014 ~ Tough lessons from Jesus ~ The Rev. Becki Dean

Sirach 15:15-20 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 Matthew 5:21-37 Psalm 119:1-8 Let me begin by saying the Gospel has its greatest impact when it is related to the struggles of human existence.  Well, Friends, today we have this in spades.  This particular passage is difficult for a lot of reasons.  For one thing it takes our daily

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Feb. 9, 2014 ~ Salt and Light ~ The Rev. Jeunée Godsey

Isaiah 58:1-9a, (9b-12) 1 Corinthians 2:1-12, (13-16) Matthew 5:13-20 Psalm 112:1-9, (10) You are the salt of the earth!   You are the light of the world! These are great words to take to heart on this particular Sunday. First, today is a Sunday where we are celebrating the Boy Scouts and their mission as part of

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Feb. 2, 2014 ~The Feast of the Presentation

The Rev. John Boucher was our guest preacher. He shared the history of the Feast of the Presentaion Malachi 3:1-4  Hebrews 2:14-18  Luke 2:22-40  Psalm 84 or Psalm 24:7-10


Jan. 26, 2014~ Fishing for Something, or Someone ~ The Rev. Jeunée Godsey

Isaiah 9:1-4 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Matthew 4:12-23 Psalm 27:1, 5-13 Annual Meeting Sunday with New Member Welcoming Fishing for Something, or Someone My grandfather taught my brother and me how to fish. Since my parents divorced when I was just a toddler, and my mother never remarried, my grandfather was very much my father figure.

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Jan. 19, 2014 ~ Don’t Point! (?) ~ The Rev. Becki Dean

Isaiah 49:1-7 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 John 1:29-42 Psalm 40:1-12  was growing up there was something my parents always told me never to do.  Maybe some of you had this same experience.  My parents always scolded me whenever I would point to someone I wanted to bring to their attention.  At the time I had no

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Jan. 12, 2014 ~ This is my Beloved ~ The Rev. Jeunée Godsey

This is my Beloved  When you were baptized, did the heavens open, and did you hear the voice of God? That’s what happened when Jesus was baptized. The story of Jesus’ baptism is so central to understanding who Jesus is and what his ministry was all about that all four evangelists, – Matthew, Mark, Luke and

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Jan. 5, 2014 ~ Come and Worship the Newborn King~ The Rev. Jeunée Godsey

Isaiah 60:1-6 Ephesians 3:1-12 Matthew 2:1-12 Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14    Feast of the Epiphany:   “Come and Worship the Newborn King”  Wise men from the east followed a star for many miles over the desert, just to come and see a small child.  They bore gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, gifts for a king, and

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Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2013 ~ The Perfect Christmas ~ The Rev. Jeunée Godsey

Isaiah 9:2-7  Titus 2:11-14  Luke 2:1-14(15-20)  Psalm 96 As I pulled out my Christmas decorations this year, I found this snow globe which I had purchased during the after-Christmas sales last year. It’s been keeping me company in my office this season. I find something so very comforting and serene about my Christmas Nativity snow

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Dec. 22, 2013~ Joseph the God-Bearer ~ The Rev. Becki Dean

Isaiah 7:10-16 Romans 1:1-7 Matthew 1:18-25 Psalm 80:1-7, 16–18 We know so little about this man, Joseph; earthly father of Jesus.  We assume that he was considerably older than Mary because he was well established in a profession.  He was a carpenter, a worthy profession, although he would have been on a lower rung of

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Dec. 15, 2013

Isaiah 35:1-10 James 5:7-10 Matthew 11:2-11 Canticle 15


Dec. 8, 2013

Isaiah 11:1-10 Romans 15:4-13 Matthew 3:1-12 Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19


Dec. 1, 2013

Isaiah 2:1-5 Romans 13:11-14 Matthew 24:36-44 Psalm 122


Nov. 24, 2014 ~ Christ the King Sunday

Jeremiah 23:1-6 Canticle 4 or 16 Colossians 1:11-20 Luke 23:33-43


Nov. 17, 2013 ~ Understanding our Time ~ The Rev. Jeunée Godsey

Isaiah 65:17-25 Canticle 9 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 Luke 21:5-19   Understanding our Time  “As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.”  Jesus and his disciples are walking though the temple in Jerusalem, a building magnificent in size and

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Nov. 10, 2013 ~ Rules for Life ~ The Rev. Jeunée Godsey

Luke 20:27-38         “Not Rules for the Dead but, A Rule of Life”  What are the rules for getting into heaven?  What does resurrection life look like? The Sadducees in the Gospel we just heard were trying to trip up Jesus with questions about the Resurrection of the Dead, a theological concept that,

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Oct. 28, 2013 ~ “Not Like Everyone Else” ~ The Rev. Jeunée Godsey

Luke 18:9-14 The Pharisee and the Tax Collector Does anyone else think it’s ironic that just as we at St. Michael’s are winding up our Fall Stewardship Campaign and Annual Fund drive, that it’s the Tithing Pharisee who gets the bad rap in today’s Gospel reading?  Which just goes to show us, once again, in

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Oct. 20, 2013 ~ “Don’t Give Up” ~ The Rev. Becki Dean

Don’t Give Up Luke 18:1-8 Have any of you ever had a problem with ants?  About ten years ago Kerry and I remolded our kitchen.  Up to that point ants had never been a problem. But shortly after the renovation was completed we had an infestation of ants. It took us over a year to

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Oct. 13, 2013 ~ Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart ~ The Rev. Jeunée Godsey

October 13, 2013 Luke 17:11-19  “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart”  We teach them to our children as the magic words: “Please” and “Thank you.” We prompt our kids to be polite: “Thank you, Mrs. Greene, for having me over.” Most of us automatically say “thank you” many times a day. You probably say it when

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Oct. 6, 2013 ~ Faith and Service ~ The Rev. Jeunée Godsey

Lamentations 1:1-6 Psalm 137 2 Timothy 1:1-14 Luke 17:5-10 Faith and Service Faith and Service. Those seem to be the themes of our Gospel reading this morning. But, the way Jesus talks about them makes me a little uneasy. “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you could uproot trees.” Is Jesus

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Sept. 29, 2013 ~ St. Michael’s Day ~ The Rev. Jeunée Godsey

St. Michael’s Feast Day Today is St. Michael’s Feast Day. Around the world on September 29th, Christians – especially liturgical Christians like Roman Catholics and Anglican/ Episcopalians – set aside this day to remember the Archangel Michael and all angels. What is an angel? They are beings created by God and are meant to serve

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Sept 22 ~ “Loving God’s People” Stewardship talk ~ Diann Bates, Sr. Warden

Good morning. Last week, Karen Kardian and Chris Gorman spoke about Celebrating God’s beauty, especially as it relates to our children and children’s programs.  As I listened to them speak, I thought of how that thread of celebrating God’s beauty has woven through my life at St. Michael’s and brings us to this week’s portion

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Sept. 22, 2013 ~ The Dishonest Manager ~ The Rev. Jeunée Godsey

Luke 16:1-13 “And the master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly” Now there’s a lesson we can all take home, right? A manager gets fired because he has squandered the master’s property. But before he’s thrown out on his ear, he makes friends with his master’s debtors by reducing their debt. In

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