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Father Andrew Stoessel
Fr. Andrew Stoessel

From the Rector
“On this day the LORD has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

A remarkable thing happened to me one Saturday in late March. I had gone for a walk through the Bird Sanctuary on Marblehead Neck. Near the Flint Street entrance I came across a group of crocuses. I almost missed them. I was in the rhythm of my walk and lost a bit in the rhythm of my thoughts. I wasn’t looking for crocus per se. If anything, I was glad that there was no snow on the ground. But they caught my eye. I stopped to admire them. Then I saw more in the same area. This led to a conscious effort to look for growing buds on trees. There they were, nearly imperceptible. 

Despite the unseasonable cold and wintry-mix storms of late, spring is in motion. The remarkable thing that happened was the awakening of my consciousness to witness this. Again. Yes, it is plain to see, and yes, spring comes each year at this time. But I feel it was a true gift to be drawn to those crocuses, and a gentle reminder of God’s presence about us every minute of every day. ... Read more in the Newsletter

Kelley Howells
Kelley Howells

From the Church School

This past Sunday, April 13th, Palm Sunday, the children greatly enjoyed being part of the Palm Sunday procession and were quite adept at fashioning those palms into crosses. I was especially proud of the way that those children who were able to make the crosses easily, were so willing and eager to help those who were struggling.

We were so proud of the children receiving First Communion on Sunday! (See their picture in the gallery above.) They had each dedicated themselves to our gatherings on Thursdays for the last five weeks and learned a great deal about the Last Supper and the symbols and meanings behind the Eucharist that we share in Church each week. It was so touching to see these children come forward with their families to receive this important sacrament.

There will be No Church School on Easter Sunday, April 20th. We will return to Church School on April 27th when we will be learning about Easter and Jesus Ascending into heaven. ... Read more in the latest Church School Notes

Dr. Douglas Major
Dr. Douglas Major

From the Music Director

Please join us for Choral Evensong on Sunday, April 6th at 5:00 pm, when the St. Michael's Choir will be singing a magnificent set of Evening Canticles by Herbert Howells. He composed over 30 settings of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, and this one was written for the King's College Choir in the early 1950s. The Magnificat highlights the upper voices of the choir and ends with a powerful statement of the Gloria Patri; the Nunc Dimittis features our tenor soloist Greg Kazan.

The music for Holy Week will include my setting of the Passion According to John, anthems by Kenneth Leighton and Charles Villiers Stanford, and an Easter piece new to our repertoire entitled Sing Ye to the Lord by Edward Bairstow, who was organist at York Minster. ... Read more in Doug's Column

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Evensong promo Howie Gate Belltower First Communion group photo
Organ Recital Series Lecture Series promo Organ Recital: Nancy Granert 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

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

Choral Evensong
1st Sunday of each month (Oct–May)
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

Lecture Series Continues 4/30
Edward Nilsson will discuss what St. Michael's Church looked like upon completion in 1714 and the likely 17th century English and Dutch antecedents of the church. All are welcome!

June 7th Symposium
Registration is now open! Get your tickets to this exciting day-long program.

Parish Hall renovations in progress
Please note that parking in the Summer St. circle is restricted to the construction crew weekdays from 7:00 am–3:30 pm. Thank you!

Mon 4/21 Patriots' Day
Office Closed

Tue 4/22
4:30 pm St. Michael's Team at My Brother's Table, Lynn (extra session)

Wed 4/23
9:30 am Holy Eucharist
10:30 am Bible Study

Thu 4/24
NO Youth Choir Rehearsal
7:30 pm Adult Choir Rehearsal

Sat 4/26
11:00 am Memorial Service: Donald Seamans

Sun 4/27
8:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 am Church School
10:00 am Eucharist, Rite II

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April 2014
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