St. Michael’s Welcomes You
Join us in worship and celebration in our Tercentenary Year!
Father Andrew Stoessel
Fr. Andrew Stoessel

From the Rector
Jesus replied [to Nathanael], "Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these."
John 1:49–50

“You will see greater things than these.” Bishop Richard Chartres, Bishop of the London, emphasized these words in his sermon at a special Michaelmas service celebrating St. Michael’s 300th Anniversary on Sep. 28th. In his sermon Bishop Chartres spoke eloquently about the story of St. Michael’s as being one of survival and resurrection over its 300 years. As such, it is a story grounded in the self-giving love of God in Jesus Christ. He spoke of the option we have, individually and corporately, to embody this self-giving love as the Body of Christ as St. Michael’s moves into its next 300 years.

While Sep. 28th marked our anniversary in an inspiring way, further tercentenary offerings continue. In particular, St. Michael’s welcomes the new Bishop of the Diocese of Massachusetts, the Rt. Rev. Alan Gates on Sunday, Oct. 12th. Just as our 300th celebration lifts and points us toward a hopeful future, so too does Bishop Gates’ recent consecration as Diocesan Bishop. ... Read more in the Newsletter

Kelley Howells
Kelley Howells

From the Church School

This past Sunday, Oct. 12th, we were honored to be the second parish visited by our new Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Alan Gates. The Bishop presided over the 10 o’clock service and spoke eloquently in his sermon about not making excuses, and instead making time for the important things in life, including our faith and our families.

Following the service, we headed outside on a beautiful morning to join the Bishop while he offered a blessing for all of the capital campaign projects. He then joined us for fellowship in the newly carpeted parish hall where he told us a bit about himself, answered questions from the crowd, and received gifts of a St. Michael’s mug,  a 300th anniversary commemorative wooden box, and a CD from our choir.
... Read more in the latest Church School Notes

Dr. Douglas Major
Dr. Douglas Major

From the Music Director

Enthusiasm, dedication, and skill—all three of these on the part of our Choir singers made for a magnificent musical offering, both at Evensong on Saturday, Sep. 27th and at our Festival Eucharist for Michaelmas on the 28th. We offer congratulations and thanks to those who sang so beautifully, both in the St. Michael’s Choir and in our Youth Choir. I want to offer my special thanks to the parents of the Youth Choir who were so supportive and ready to help when needed as we prepared for our big celebrations. Well done, good and faithful servants! ... Read more in Doug's Column

Michaelmas 2014 service
Organ Recital promo Fr. Andrew speaks in Parish Hall St. Michael's interior shot Bishop Chartres
Michaelmas 2014 Howie Gate 300th Anniversary Evensong First Communion group photo
Organ Recital Series St. Michael's weather vane Blessing of the Animals 2014 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

Nursery care
downstairs each Sunday from 9:30–11:30 am

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

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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.

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

Funeral: M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE
A celebration of the life of BIshop Shaw will be held on Sat. 11/1 at 2:00 pm at Trinity Church (Copley Square, Boston). Visitation hours will be held on Fri. 10/31 from 4:00–9:00 pm at the Monastery Chapel of the Society of St. John the Evangelist (980 Memorial Drive, Cambridge).

Apple Pies & Chutney
We are selling pies (now) and chutney (after our 11/15 chutney chopping session) for your Thanksgiving table. Contact Pam Oppelt to reserve a pie or to help with the chopping!

Help Wanted: Nursery Care
We still need an adult nursery care provider for Sunday mornings from 9:30–11:30 am now through 6/7/15. The pay is $15 per hour for two hours. If interested, email Fr. Andrew.

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.

Mon 10/27
11:00 am Prayer Shawl Ministry

Tue 10/28
7:30 pm Lecture: Prof. Tom Connolly, "Crypt of the Mind", H.P. Lovecraft

Wed 10/29
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:30 am Bible Study
5:00 pm Youth Service Group at Lifebridge (Salem)

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

Sat 11/1
Turn clocks back one hour

Sun 11/2 All Saints Sunday
8:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 am Re-interment and Blessing of the bones in the Crypt
9:30 am Church Chapel, Nursery Care
10:00 am Holy Baptism & Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 pm Choral Evensong & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Tue 11/4
5:00 pm St. Michael's Team at My Brother's Table (Lynn)
6:00 pm Supper Club

Thu 11/6
6:30 pm St. Catherine's Guild

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October 2014
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St. Michael's was founded in 1714, and we
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last update 10/26/2014