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Father Andrew Stoessel
Fr. Andrew Stoessel

From the Rector
You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Acts 1:8

According to the Book of Acts, Jesus spoke these words to his disciples just prior to his ascension. He had already told them to wait in Jerusalem to receive what God had promised, to be “clothed with power from on high.” After reaffirming they will receive the power of the Holy Spirit, he was lifted out of their sight. The Holy Spirit (perhaps present all along) became known in them and through them to others. The “church” came into being to carry forth God’s mission of healing, reconciliation, and compassion.

The Day of Pentecost celebrates and acknowledges the Holy Spirit at work in the church and through its members. Its power is given to us in our baptism, reaffirmed in our confirmation, and grows brighter through our worship, prayer, and service to one another. It propels us forward. It strengthens us. It comforts us. It infuses us. And from time to time, we ad-just our sails to capture its power.

At the moment, the Spirit—and the calendar—is propelling us into the summer months, even if it has been unseasonably cold and rainy recently. The “program year” winds down and draws to a close.
...Read more in the Newsletter

Kelley Callahan
From the Church School

It was a beautiful morning for gardening on "Rogation Sunday." Three hard-working church school children planted beautiful annuals in front of the Davenport House. After the service, Father Andrew blessed the plantings—and the planters—in the tradition of Rogation Sunday. (“Rogation Sunday” is traditionally the day when the Church prays for God’s blessings on the fruits of the earth and the labors of those who grow our food.)

The Spring Intergenerational Service took place on Mother’s Day. The youth choir and its two amazing soloists did a phenomenal job leading us in song and many members of the church school helped lead the service by ushering, presenting oblations, reading lessons, and writing and reading the Prayers of the People. Each one did an outstanding job. ...Read more in the Newsletter

Dr. Douglas Major
Dr. Douglas Major
From the Music Director

Special from the Newsletter editor: On Sunday, June 4, the Day of Pentecost, St. Michael’s heard the magnificent premiere performance of a new anthem, “He is the Way” by Douglas Major. The text is an excerpt from W.H. Auden’s long poem, "For the Time Being" (1942). The music, given in celebration of the marriage of Christinah Rose Barnett and Topaz Gabriel McGarrigle, and in other times would have had us dancing down the aisle. This piece and our Offertory Anthem, “Holy spirit, heavenly dove,” also by Doug, stirred the Holy Spirit within us, and reminded us how blessed we are to have Doug Major and our Adult and Youth choirs in our midst. Trinity Sunday, June 11, will be the Adult Choir’s last Sunday before summer until their return in September. ... Read more in Doug's Column

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

Summer Worship Schedule (July/August)
Sundays at 9:00 am, Rite II
Wednesdays at 9:30 am, Rite II

Church School
each Sunday at 9:45 am

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

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

Family Promise
Thank you to all who helped out with Family Promise at the Marblehead Unitarian–Universalist Church 8/6–13.
The week of 8/27 we will again help the UU Church take care of homeless families, providing supper and friendship. If you can help fix a meal or provide company for an early evening or seek further information about involvement with the initiative, contact Katie Hoyer or Annette Nicolas.

Thrift Shop Call for Volunteers
Mark your calendar for Tue 8/29 at 4:00 pm when we will be clearing out summer items and beginning two days of thorough cleaning before reopening for Labor Day weekend. Many hands make quick work! And please let us know if you know of any recycling destinations for our removed items.

Altar Flower Donations
One of the gifts of Spring and Summer is wonderful flowers in our gardens. Through the summer months, if anyone has flowers from their gardens that St. Michael's could use on our altar, please contact Anne Foster.

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.

Sat 8/12
11:00 am St. Michael's Team at Lifebridge (Salem)

Sun 8/13 Pentecost 10
9:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Tue 8/15
7:00 pm Vestry Meeting

Wed 8/16
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:00 am Church Staff Meeting

Thu 8/17
7:00 pm Property Committee Meeting

Sun 8/20 Pentecost 11
9:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
The Rev. Jess Petty, Celebrant
10:15 am Historic Church Committee

Wed 8/23
9:30 am Morning Prayer
Eric Fiahlo celebrating
NO Staff Meeting

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June–August 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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