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Father Andrew Stoessel
Fr. Andrew Stoessel

From the Rector
Let the rumble of the traffic diminish and the song of the birds grow clear and may the Son of God come striding towards you walking on these stones.—Caroline Moore, for St. Aidan’s Chapel, Bradford Cathedral, West Yorkshire, England

The above prayer comes from a small book, A Celtic Liturgy, compiled by Pat Robson, published by the SPCK in 2008. I bought the book six years ago while on sabbatical in northern Wales. I had just finished a course there on Celtic Christianity. The book has been sitting quietly on my shelf since. Moved by something—let’s say God’s Spirit, who knows my needs before I ask—I picked it off my shelf just before leaving for vacation a little over a week ago. I’m glad I did.

Both Sue and I feel blessed to be able to return in past years to the same summer cottage overlooking Penobscot Bay in downeast Maine. We find it a very peaceful and restorative place.  Looking out across the water we frequently spot seals, porpoise, and various large and small birds: eagles, osprey, loons, cormorants, eiders and other ducks, and different gulls. On land we hear the ethereal call of a wood thrush, the happy chirping of chickadees, and the bright songs of warblers. We glimpse the occasional rabbit, squirrel, fox and deer. ... Read more in the Newsletter

Kelley Howells
Kelley Howells
From the Church School
Please join us this summer in July and August for our Sunday service at 9:00 am or stop by and help with the Watering Brigade! Our Kick off and Registration day for the 2015–16 Program year will be on Sunday 9/20. Regular Church School sessions will begin on Sunday 9/27. ... Read more in the latest Church School Notes
Dr. Douglas Major
Dr. Douglas Major
From the Music Director
Please join us on Sunday 7/5 at 12 noon, for the Independence Day Organ Recital (free). I'll be playing music by American composers, Sousa, Gershwin, and Joplin, and to mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait,” which will be narrated by Victor A. Wild. As always there will be the fun "Name That Tune" contest. The winner receives two free lobster rolls! ... Read more in Doug's Column
Church interior from rear
Holy Week Services Why We Sing lecture promo St. Michael's interior shot Stations of the Cross promo
Michaelmas 2014 Howie Gate Evensong promo First Communion group photo
Organ Recital Series St. Michael's weather vane Organ Recital Series promo St. Michael's interior from back
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Summer Worship Schedule (July & August)
Holy Eucharist
Sundays at 9:00 am, Rite II
Wednesdays at 9:30 am, Rite I

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

Child Care
downstairs each Sunday from 9:30–11:30 am
resumes Sunday September 13th

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.

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Altar Flowers
One of the gifts of spring and summer is 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!

Summer Archives Intern
Please welcome Leigh Zepernick, Salem State graduate student in history, who will be helping us organize our Tercentenary and related documents this summer. Do you have materials or photos from Tercentenary activities? Please leave them in the Parish Office and indicate whether you would like them returned. Or email Frances Nilsson.

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.


Wed 7/29
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:30 am Staff Meeting

Sun 8/2
9:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II (one service only)

Tue 8/4
5:00 pm St. Michael's Team at My Brother's Table (Lynn)

Wed 8/5
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:30 am Staff Meeting

Sat 8/8
10:30 am St. Michael's Team at Lifebridge (Salem)

Sun 8/9
9:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II (one service only)

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last update 07/27/2015