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Father Andrew Stoessel
Fr. Andrew Stoessel

From the Rector
Prepare Ye the Way

“A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God... Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people shall see it together.” (Isaiah 40:3, 5)

Sunday 12/3 marks the first Sunday of Advent and the beginning of a new church year. The season of Advent is a time of preparation and expectation. Theologically and spiritually speaking it is preparation for the coming of a new time when God’s reign is fully realized. As Christians, a first step towards this new time is the birth of Jesus, the incarnation of God’s Word. We acknowledge that this happened over 2,000 years ago. With this theological and spiritual underpinning, we prepare for Christmas and all that preparation encompasses: where and with whom we are going to spend Christmas; what to buy and what to give; decisions on Christmas cards or not; holiday parties or lack thereof, just to name a few

It is easy to get caught up in all the extra busy-ness, and easy to become distracted and anxious from that spiritual underpinning. More than just preparing for Christmas, the Advent season offers an intentional time of opening our hearts and minds to God’s presence and God’s signs in and around us. In our preparation, it helps to stop and take a breath, and know God is with us. ... Read more in the Newsletter


Eric Fialho photo
Eric Fialho
From the Church School
The busy time of year is here!

The busy time of the year is here for Children and Youth Ministries at St. Michael's as the Christmas pageant approaches. The pageant has been cast, and more youth are welcome to participate in various roles—such as angels and shepherds. The schedule for pageant rehearsals is posted in the church, and has been sent out to parents and grandparents. 

In the Church School rooms we have been moving into learning about the church year. On 12/3 we will learn about the season of Advent, the incarnation (simplified terms of course), and what it means to await something. The children at Church School have very inquisitive minds, and their knowledge of theology is sometimes astounding. They often easily grasp large ideas about their faith, their community, and God. We have been utilizing the one room school model lately and lessons have been drawn partially from Weaving God's Promises—a curriculum that bridges all ages.
... Read more in Eric's Column

Dr. Douglas Major
Dr. Douglas Major
From the Music Director
Come one, come all—O come all ye faithful!

Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany always bring light and life to St. Michael's Church. There are many wonderful events that bring our community together as well as enable us to welcome our Marblehead friends and neighbors. Here are the special musical events for the season:

Sun 12/10 Advent Lessons and Carols
At 5:00 pm, St. Michael's Church presents Advent Lessons and Carols, with traditional carols "O come, O come Emmanuel", "Sleepers, Wake, a voice is calling", and "I sing of a maiden", and the Magnificat by Thomas Tallis. The service of readings and music is free open to all; a reception follows in the Parish Hall.

Sun 12/24 Christmas Eve Services
- At 5:00 pm, the Family Service with Pageant and Eucharist (Music by the St. Michael's Youth Choir)
- At 9:45 pm, the Festival Eucharist for the Nativity of Christ (Music by the St. Michael's Adult Choir) will feature traditional carols, beautiful anthems, and seasonal organ music. ... Read more in Doug's Column

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Annual Meeting promot
Together Evensong promo St. Michael's interior shot Organ Concert promo
First Communion group photo St. Michael's steeple Howie Gate image Michaelmas 2014

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

Church School
each Sunday at 9:45 am
(Sep–Jun)

Child Care
downstairs each Sunday from 9:30–11:30 am

Choral Evensong
1st Sunday of each month at 5:00 pm
(Oct–May)

*Weather Alert*
Fr. Andrew will leave a message on the
Church Office voice mail system if worship services are affected by weather conditions.
Please call (781) 631-0657
after 7:30 am.

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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

Family Promise
Our families will be back at the U-U Church from Sun 1/14 through Sun 1/21. We will not have another host week until August. Anyone can help setting up on Sun 1/14 and preparing meals during the week. We need our trained volunteers to help with dinner hosting and overnight shifts. If you are interested in helping, becoming trained, or have general questions about the program, contact Katie Hoyer or Annette Nicolas.

Encounters in the Holy Land
During her visit to St. Michael's, Bishop Gayle Harris spoke of her recent trip to the Holy Land and an upcoming trip planned for this September. Brochures are available in the foyer with information about the opportunity, including dates and cost.

Stewardship Annual Pledge
Participation in the Annual Pledge is a key component of financial support to keep St. Michael's in operation. Your pledge is important, valued, and appreciated. We hope you will be prayerful and thoughtful in considering your support of St. Michael's.

Photos of the Steeple and more!

Check out our Flickr page to see photos from Tercentenary events, the Heart of Christmas Fair, our Lobster Luncheon, the Blessing of the Animals, the steeple raising, and more.


Tue 1/16
Annual Committee Reports Due
7:00 pm Vestry Meeting

Wed 1/17
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:30 am Bible Study
11:45 am Church Staff Meeting
8:00 pm AA Meeting

Thu 1/18
6:15 pm Youth Choir Rehearsal
7:30 pm Adult Choir Rehearsal

Sat 1/20
3:00 pm Concert Series: American Songbook
featuring vocalists Sarah Hunter and Katie Hoyer, accompanied by Nick Yeager (bass), Doug Major (piano), and Ian Hunter (percussion)
click to see the concert poster

Sun 1/21
8:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 am Child Care
9:45 am Church School
10:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Mon 1/22
11:00 Prayer Shawl Ministry
6:00 pm Supper Club

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Download our latest newsletter here (PDF):
December 2017

Note: We are transitioning to a seasonal publication schedule and plan to produce the next edition of the newsletter in April.

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