Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time
February 1, 2015
"Brothers and sisters: I should like you to be free of anxieties."
I Corinthians 7:32
Clearly daily concerns and the stress of relational responsibilities place a great deal of pressure on us; they also cause us to lose perspective. Saint Paul generalizes that unmarried persons “are anxious about the Lord” and “pleasing him” while those who are married are “anxious about the world” and “pleasing their spouse.”
While it is easy to recognize the anxious faults of other people and, perhaps, offer a solution, the stressful pressure of our own anxieties may not be so apparent! Consider, for instance, our often critical attitude toward anxious couples who have been so distracted about the “unique” details of their wedding that it seems they will never enjoy either the wedding day or the promised new life on which they are embarking. Now consider how many of us have made the preparation and execution of the Liturgy so stressful, complicated, and intense that we (or anyone around us!) cannot enjoy the Paschal Meal that is set before us?
Paul’s wish, as we await the coming of the Lord, is that Christians should be free of all stressful and distracting anxieties. May we never be the source of distracting anxieties for others!
Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days,
that, by the help of your mercy, we may always be free from sin and safe from all distress,
as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ
We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Very Reverend Robert Webster
David Haas and Lori True - February 5 and 6 at Church of the Redeemer, Mechanicsville
St. Michael's Music Ministry
Jenny Ivens, Minister of MusicMusic is integral to the celebration of any liturgical event. The voice of the assembly is the primary voice in any liturgy. Singing unifies and deepens, underscores and heightens our worship. When we sing, we join the heavenly hosts of angels and saints, all those who came before us and all those to follow, in our offerings of praise and thanksgiving to God. We are the voice of Christ alive in the world. Through Abraham, God made us a promise. In Jesus Christ, the promise was fulfilled. Knowing all God does for us, How Can We Keep From Singing? Jesus, following a long tradition, prayed and sang with the disciples. You can join this ancient tradition by becoming a member of a music group dedicated to praising God through Sacred Song. In addition to singing, our lively celebrations are enhanced through the gifts of instrumentalists of all varieties. You can offer thanks to God for the many blessings and gifts he has bestowed upon you, your family and the community of St. Michael Catholic Church. We are offering you and opportunity, what can you offer in return?
The Music Ministry at St. Michael Catholic Church offers a wide variety of musical experiences for parishioners of all ages. We are constantly welcoming new members to our ensembles as they are the lifeblood of all ministries. Whether you are interested in the Children's Choir, the Adult Choir, or an instrumentalist of any kind (guitar, bass, flute, trumpet, drums etc.) you can be sure that you will be joining people with whom you will share many wonderful moments making music and lively fellowship. You will be contributing to the great tradition of musical ministry already established at St. Michael. Your musical talents are treasure that needs to be shared with the community, for the building up of the community and the glory of God!
Arts & Praise Choir
Breath of Heaven-Christmas CD 2011
Calendars and Schedules
Hallelujah Resurrection Easter 2012
How Great is Our God Music Easter 2012
I Will Rise Music - Easter 2012
In The Woodshed
Songs of the Village CD
St. Michael Theatre Group
Sullivan Guardian Ensemble
We The Voice CD