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Father Andrew Stoessel
Fr. Andrew Stoessel

From the Rector
Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely the LORD is in this place—and I did not know it!" And he was afraid, and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the household of God, and this is the gate of heaven."—Gen. 28:16-17

On Sunday 9/27, St. Michael’s Church celebrated Michaelmas, recognizing the Feast of St. Michaels and All Angels and the parish’s namesake. (As permitted, the date was transferred from its official day of 9/29 to the Sunday preceding.)

The ten people at the 8:00 am service said service participated in a meditative, quietly joyful celebration. The one hundred plus people at the 10:00 am joined in festal service with a procession, incense, song, and prayer. At the 10:00 am service, the church welcomed two new members into the Household of God through their baptisms. One of the baptizees—at the mature age of six months—was expressive of her participation especially as the baptismal water was poured over her forehead. Vocally filled with God’s spirit during the baptism, she then found peace, sanctuary, and safety in her parent’s arms. The other baptizee—a bit younger at just over two months old—meditated deeply with his eyes closed during the baptismal, stirring only slightly as the water washed over him. ... Read more in the Newsletter

Kelley Howells
Kelley Howells
From the Church School

What a busy September we have had! We began by going back to our two service schedule at 8 o’clock and 10 o’clock and started our programming year. Nursery care is back in full swing with Natalia and Anneliese at the helm. We are grateful that they have both returned this year! Please tell your friends that we have child care each Sunday from 9:30-11:30 am and would love to have infants through preschoolers join us! September seemed like a month of trainings. Members of our parish participated in Godly Play Instruction at All Saint’s Church in Belmont, a Safe Church workshop at St. Andrew’s Church in Marblehead, and an Acolyte training class here at St. Michael’s. Hopefully, all gained the instruction and inspiration needed to make the year ahead the best one ever. ... Read more in the latest Church School Notes

Dr. Douglas Major
Dr. Douglas Major
From the Music Director
Now that fall is officially here, we begin our full program of musical activities at St. Michael's Church. On Sunday 10/4 at 5:00 pm, we will sing our first Evensong and Benediction service, with St. Michael's Choir singing music by T. Tertius Noble and Thomas Tallis. I feel a "once removed" connection with Dr. Noble, even though I never met him. He was the teacher of my teacher, Dr. Paul Callaway, back in the 1930s, and Callaway often spoke of him. Noble was the first choirmaster at St. Thomas' Church and Choir School in New York City. ... Read more in Doug's Column
St. Michael's steeple
Together Reredos St. Michael's interior shot Andover Evensong promo
Michaelmas 2014 Howie Gate Evensong promo First Communion group photo
Organ Recital Series St. Michael's steeple Organ Recital Series promo St. Michael's interior from back
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Regular Worship Schedule
Holy Eucharist
Sundays at 8:00 am, Rite I
Sundays at 10:00 am, Rite II
Wednesdays at 9:30 am, Rite II

Child Care
downstairs each Sunday from 9:30–11:30 am
resumes Sunday September 13th

Choral Evensong
1st Sunday of each month at 5:00 pm


Our Mission is to seek transformation in God's grace by worshipping God in prayer, song, and study; loving and serving our neighbor in and outside our parish Community; and being good stewards of God's creation.

St. Michael's staff roster

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Blessing of the Animals
This Sunday 10/4 at 1:00 pm, bring your cats, dogs, and other pets for a blessing. This is the Sunday closest to the Feast Day of St.
Francis. Meet on the lawn at the corner of Washington and Summer streets.

Photos of the Steeple and more!
Check out our Flickr page to see photos of the Tercentenary Michaelmas Celebration with the Bishop of London, the Blessing of the Animals, the steeple raising, and more.

Sun 10/4
8:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
1:00 pm Blessing of the Animals
5:00 pm Choral Evensong

Tue 10/6
5:00 pm St. Michael's Team at My Brother's Table (Lynn)
6:00–8:00 pm Supper Club, Parish Hall

Wed 10/7
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:30 am Staff Meeting

Thu 10/8
4:45 pm Youth Choir Rehearsal
7:30 pm Adult Choir Rehearsal

Sat 10/10
10:30 am St. Michael's Team at Lifebridge (Salem)

Sat 10/17
6:00 pm St. Catherine's Guild Fall Fashion Gala
Get your British on for a Downton Abbey-themed evening of fashion, food, and frivolity!

Sun 10/18
5:00 pm Organ Recital Series Kickoff—Featured Performer: Douglas Major

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October 2015
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