Sunday, October 2, was the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels at Christ the Redeemer, Danvers, and their seventh anniversary as a parish. Bishop Bill preached at all three services, celebrating Holy Communion at the 11 o’clock, in addition to greeting the church at their adult education class for a 45 minute question and answer session. The 11 o’clock service included a choral procession, a solemn procession, and a sung high eucharist in honor of Michael, the Archangel, and all the other angels who serve the Lord.
Bishop Bill preached on the Gospel reading for St. Michael’s, which is John 1:43-51, the account of Jesus calling Philip and Nathaniel, who was told to “Come and see,” when he doubted Philip’s testimony about the Messiah. He expanded on the text by looking at the message of John the Baptist, who also encouraged others to come and see for themselves. John the Baptist’s ministry was to prepare a way for the Lord in people’s hearts, and as the foundation of that way is laid, the call to “Come and see” goes out to all who are willing to walk it. In the same way we can encourage those around us to come and see what we have seen about Jesus.
And what can we expect to see? To Nathaniel, Jesus said, “You shall see the angels ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” Whether we see this truth with spiritual eyes or not, it is the angels who testify to the Lordship of Jesus. In Him, we are invited to join the angels and archangels who forever worship and serve Him, and we can pray with confidence that the angels help us at His command.