Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time
September 21, 2014
"The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness.
The Lord is good to all and compassionate toward all his works."
If John 3:16 is the Gospel in miniature, these two psalm verses can be thought of as the Bible in miniature, provided we don’t look away from the line: “slow to anger.” It is just such slow anger that we hear in the landowner’s complaint at the end of today’s Gospel.
The preacher-novelist George Macdonald tells us that God is easy to please but hard to satisfy. In MacDonald’s novel Robert Falconer, the violin teacher says: “I'm so pleased with your playing, Robert, but it's nothing like the right thing yet. It does me good to hear you, though, for all that.” How pleased God is when we answer his call to go into the vineyard at whatever hour! How satisfied God is when we look at matters only God’s way!
Like C. S. Lewis’s Aslan, the Great Lion of The Chronicles of Narnia, our God is good but not tame!
Smile on us, good God,
when we do anything good, true, or beautiful.
Be patient with us as we grow into your generosity. Amen. Alleluia!
St. John Seminary
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