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Father Andrew Stoessel
Fr. Andrew Stoessel

From the Rector
Deep Peace of the Son of peace to you

Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace of the shining stars to you
Deep peace of the Son of peace to you.
God’s blessing be yours
And well may it befall you. Amen.

I “discovered” this blessing while on vacation in downeast Maine on the Penobscot Bay this past June. I say “discovered” because there is a very good chance I’ve read or heard it before. Last month it appeared as brand new to me. It stirred my soul. I’ve used it in a few liturgies since, only to discover further that many other people know it as well. As is said, the blessings of God are new every day!

The pastoral setting of Penobscot Bay—earth, sea, air, flora and fauna—certainly helped that offering of peace arise. Yet it was that petition, “Deep peace of the Son of peace to you” that resonates even more. In the aftermath of the tragic, terrible mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL, in the uncertainty of what’s next from the Brexit referendum vote, even in the anxiousness of the presidential campaign, the deep peace Jesus offers is sought after and much needed now. ...
Read more in the Newsletter

Kelley Howells
Kelley Howells
From the Church School
I would like to share some news with you all that
Father Andrew shared during announcements this month. I will be taking on a new full-time position this coming fall as a Third Grade teacher at the Tower School here in Marblehead. Although I am excited for this opportunity, I am very sad to leave this position that I have loved so much, here at St. Michael’s. The friendships that I have made have been so special to me, and I know that I have been truly blessed to have been able to work with such wonderful families and with such a great staff. In particular, it has been a privilege to work for and with, Father Andrew over these past 12 years. I will miss everyone greatly. ...
Read more in the latest Church School Notes
Dr. Douglas Major
Dr. Douglas Major
From the Music Director
Please join me on Monday 7/4 at 12:30 pm for a really fun organ recital in honor of our Independence Holiday! All American music, including The National Anthem, Fanfare by Ronald Arnatt, Pastorale and Aviary by Myron Roberts, Cape Ann Portraits by Major, and Major's own arrangement of The Stars and Stripes Forever by J.P. Sousa. We'll also sing Marblehead's Official Town Anthem, thanks to Bill Conly. The program, of course, will
include a "NAME THAT TUNE" contest, and the
winner gets 2 Heavenly Lobster Rolls! Come one, come all, the event is FREE! ... Read more in Doug's Column
Steeple at sunset
Together Lobster Lunch promo St. Michael's interior shot Steeple at sunset
Michaelmas 2014 Howie Gate Evensong promo First Communion group photo
Organ Recital Series St. Michael's steeple Organ Recital Series promo Pancake supper promo
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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

Summer Worship Schedule
Holy Eucharist
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
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.

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Summer Service Schedule
Sunday worship continues through the summer at St. Michael’s. For the months of July and August we shift to one Sunday service—Holy Eucharist, Rite II—at 9:00 a.m. Our 9:30 am Wednesday service continues as well.

Altar Flowers
One of the gifts of spring and summer are the wonderful flowers in our gardens and on our altar. Contact Anne Foster (or the Church Office) if you have flowers in your garden that can be cut for the altar. Thank you!

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.

Wed 8/10
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:30 am Staff Meeting
8:00 pm AA

Sat 8/13
11:00 am St. Michael's Team at Lifebridge (Salem)

Sun 8/14
9:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Tue 8/16
7:00 pm Vestry Meeting

Wed 8/17
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:30 am Staff Meeting
8:00 pm AA

Sun 8/21
9:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Wed 8/24
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:30 am Staff Meeting
8:00 pm AA

Sun 8/28
9:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II

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