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Father Andrew Stoessel
Fr. Andrew Stoessel

From the Rector
Lenten Program Offerings

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday February 14th. St. Michael's will offer two Lenten programs this year:

1) In partnership with St. Andrew's, Grace Church (Salem), and Holy Name (Swampscott), a review, discussion, and reflection on Atul Gawande's book "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" on Wednesday evenings from 6:30–8:00 pm. We will meet in each church on a rotating basis.

2) An Introduction to Contemplative Prayer and Practice, led by Seminarian Isaac Martinez and parishioner Annette Nicolas, on Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm. ... Read more in the Newsletter

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

Church School is walking together through Lent. Our communal discipline is to read the Bible. The students are encouraged to read chapters of their choosing and record what they have read. Each Sunday we will briefly check in and hear about the stories each student encountered. The next two Sundays, the students will be learning about the Sermon on the Mount.

Devotion by Supper Club continues on Tue 3/13 at 6:00 pm, and for our Mon 4/23 meeting, the youth will help those in need at a local soup kitchen. More information to follow! ... Read more in Eric's Column

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

March holds an array of musical events for your calendar, leading us to Holy Week:

Sun 3/4 at 5:00 pm Choral Evensong and Benediction for Lent

Sun 3/18 at 5:00 pm Organ Recital Series featuring Brian Jones. This will be Brian Jones’ third appearance on our series, and his programs are always engaging and delightfully musical. Brian is Emeritus Music Director of Trinity Church, Boston and is Director of the Copley Singers. His program will include music by Schumann, Hollins, Sweelinck, Widor, and J.S. Bach.

Off campus at Christ Church, Andover
Sun 3/25 at 5:00 pm Palm Sunday Brahms' Requiem performed by the combined choirs of Christ Church, Andover and Christ Church, Hamilton, with Jack Russell, conductor, Barbara Bruns and Douglas Major, piano. "A German Requiem", as Brahms called it, is not really a Latin requiem mass, but rather Brahms' own selection of biblical passages set to exquisite music and considered Brahms' masterpiece in the choral genre. Barbara Bruns and I will play the original piano-four-hand arrangement of the composer, and the work will be sung in English.
...Read more in Doug's Column

Holy Week Service Schedule
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

Holy Week Schedule

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

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Church Office voice mail system if worship services are affected by weather conditions.
Please call (781) 631-0657
after 7:30 am.


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

Palm Sunday & First Holy Communion
Holy Week commences with the celebration of Palm Sunday. Per tradition, we will hear the entire Passion narrative from the gospel, this year from the Gospel of Mark. The service includes the "Liturgy of the Palms," whereby palms signifying Jesus' entry into Jerusalem are blessed and waved a the beginning of the service. We will also recognize and celebrate the "first communion" of the children who have taken part in this year's Introduction to Holy Communion program.

Easter Memorial Flower List
Please submit names by Mon 3/26. The suggested donation per listed name is $20. The flowers are displayed for Easter, and the list of names is included in the Easter Vigil and Easter Day bulletins.

Lenten Programs
The final meeting to discuss and reflect on Atul Gawande's book "Being Mortal" will be held Wed 3/21 at 6:30 pm at Grace Church.

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.

Mon 3/19
11:00 am Prayer Shawl Ministry

Tue 3/20
7:00 pm Vestry Meeting

Wed 3/21
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:30 am Bible Study
11:45 am Church Staff Meeting
6:30 pm Lenten Program, Grace Church (Salem)
8:00 pm AA Meeting

Thu 3/22
3:30 pm Introduction to Holy Communion
6:15 pm Youth Choir Rehearsal
7:30 pm Adult Choir Rehearsal

Fri 3/23
11:00 am Wisdom and Friendship Group

Sun 3/25 Palm Sunday
8:00 am Blessing of the Palms and Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 am Child Care
9:45 am Church School
10:00 am Blessing of the Palms and Holy Eucharist, Rite II

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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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