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Join us in worship and celebration in our Tercentenary Year!
Father Andrew Stoessel
Fr. Andrew Stoessel

From the Rector
“Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy.”
Exodus 20:8
“Be still, then, and know that I am God.”—Psalm 46:11

We tend to be busy people. There is much to keep up with at home, at school, at work and even at church. The past fall and spring has been a particularly full and exciting time at St. Michael’s. Our successful Capital Campaign and ensuing construction, our 300th Anniversary – lectures, historic services, a symposium – and our normal formative activities such as Church School, Bible Study and various liturgies has kept us on the go. And let’s not forget (how could we!) the Lobster Lunch! All of this is good, vibrant and exciting.

“And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.” (Genesis 2:2-3)

In the midst of all going on, we also need to rest and recharge. The next two months offers a time to find Sabbath rest. ... Read more in the Newsletter

Kelley Howells
Kelley Howells

From the Church School

There is still a great deal of activity here at St. Michael’s Church over the summer! We are nearing completion of the downstairs work and the addition of the new lift. Soon renovations and the painting of the church ceiling will begin, as well as landscaping and the raising of the new steeple. Look for more information to come.

We will also be planning some of our favorite activities such as the blessing of the backpacks, as well as special activities focused on our tercentenary celebration. Look for dates to be determined soon. ... Read more in the latest Church School Notes

Dr. Douglas Major
Dr. Douglas Major

From the Music Director
The Red, White, and Blue Concert, on Saturday, July 5th at noon will include The National Anthem, The Stars and Stripes Forever/The Washington Post March by John Philip Sousa, music by Gershwin and Joplin, and Name That Tune!—a ten-song quiz/medley. The person with the most correct answers wins 2 Lobster Rolls (a $25 prize). The concert is free—completely free! ... Read more in Doug's Column
Steeple under construction
St. Michael's interior Fr. Andrew speaks in Parish Hall St. Michael's interior shot St. Michael's Church
Lobster Lunch 2014 promo Howie Gate Belltower First Communion group photo
Organ Recital Series Lecture Series promo Special Exhibit 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

July/August Worship Schedule
Holy Eucharist
Sundays at 9:00 am, Rite II
Wednesdays at 9:30 am, Rite II

Nursery care
downstairs each Sunday from 9:30–11:30 am (resumes in September)

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.

Our Vision
is to be a Mission-driven Episcopal congregation that by 2014 will be widely recognized as a vibrant, open, and inviting community, known for liturgically-centered worship and music, for lifelong learning, for pastoral presence and service to communities near and far, for good stewardship of our resources, and for celebration of our legacy as an historic church.

St. Michael's staff roster

Steeple Raising Set for THU 8/28
Work on tower repairs is proceeding on schedule with structural steel put in place this past week. Next Thursday, Summer Street will be blocked at the church. The base will be assembled, raised, and secured. After brief speeches at about 12:15 pm, the top part of the spire will be raised about 12:30 pm. All are invited for celebratory cake on the lawn afterwards! More here

Photos of the Steeple and more!
Check out our Flickr page to see photos of the bell tower repairs, the steeple at the factory, this year's Lobster Lunch, and the prize-winning St. Michael's float in the Horribles Parade.

On the Air with MHTV
Patsy and Lia from MHTV’s “Marblehead Youth News” recently visited St. Michael’s, and Vestry member and Tercentenary Committee chair Rob Howie was kind enough to give them a tour of the church. Watch the video segment

Altar Flowers
If anyone has flowers from their gardens that St. Michael's could use on our Altar this spring and summer, please contact Anne Foster.

Wed 8/20
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Sun 8/24 11 Pentecost
9:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Rev. Jess Petty, guest preacher and celebrant, plus John Skelton, organist
10:00 am Thrift Shop Meeting

Wed 8/27
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Delivery of the church steeple

Thu 8/28
12:15 pm Short ceremony and raising of the church steeple
Cake on the lawn follows!

Sun 8/31 12 Pentecost
9:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II

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July/August 2014
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last update 08/18/2014