Christ Church on the Common

The Episcopal Church in Gardiner, Maine

Parish News for the Week of September 9, 2018

Christ Church Parish News

Newsletter for the Week of September 9, 2018


Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost


Holy Communion – 7:30 am

Sunday School – 9:45 am

Holy Communion with Music — 10:00 am   

Nursery is available at 9:45 for the 10:00 service

Parish Calendar

Sunday, September 9:        Outreach Committee 11:30 am

Tuesday, September 11:    Warden’s Meeting 3:30 pm

Buildings and Grounds 6:00 pm

Wed., September 12:          Holy Communion with Healing Prayers 10:00 am

Bible Study 10:45 am

Choir Rehearsal 6:30 pm

Thurs., September 13:        Women’s Book Group 10:00 am

Friday, September 14:         Quilting for the Homeless 10:00 am

Sunday, September 23:      Women of Christ Church 11:30 am



New  Fall Programs Beginning

Sunday School at Christ Church

Sunday School is offered during the 10 am worship for kids in kindergarten through 6th grade in the downstairs classroom.  Kids may be dropped off at the classroom between 9:45 and 10:00 am. The teachers will bring them to the sanctuary during the Peace so that they may take Communion with their family. On the fourth Sunday of each month, instead of Sunday School, kids will be invited to participate in the 10 am worship service.

Our Sunday School curriculum is lectionary-based which means the kids hear the same Bible stories that their parents hear in church.  This gives families an opportunity to discuss together what inspired or baffled them in the scripture, and it allows for a common theme to run through the entire church during the liturgical seasons.

In the classroom, the kids will learn prayers and songs and about the liturgical calendar and how the Christian story is played out through the year.  Perhaps the most important component of the curriculum will be the fun projects tied to the biblical stories and service projects the kids will take part in to help the community.  We want Sunday School to be an active and lively experience for our kids!

If you have any questions, please email Kerry at

“Breaking the Silence:  God’s Command to Speak Out”Join us for our weekly Wednesday Bible Study beginning September 12 at 10:45 am in the Guild Room.  We will gather for coffee, refreshments, and conversation to study Bible stories where people break silence to speak out against oppression – and seek justice.   Beginning in Genesis, where God speaks a creating word and breaks the silence of Chaos to bring Light into being, we will learn how God’s people are called to be an active voice in the world today.

Women’s Book Group

Beginning September 13th, the Women’s Book Group will meet on Thursday mornings at 10 am in the Library.  Our book for the fall is A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master” by Rachel Held Evans.  Buy your copy soon and join us for fellowship and fun discussion!


Sunday Adult Forum

9am in the Guild Room Beginning September 16

Fall Discussion–Paul: Radical or Reactionary?

Join us as we discuss the letters of Paul.  What do we know about Paul’s life?  Which letters did he actually write?  What did he think about women in the church, government, slavery … What can we learn from Paul about being a Christian in today’s complicated world?


Support for Kairos Prison Ministry

Kairos volunteers minister to incarcerated individuals, their families, and those who work with them.  They present 4 day “retreats” in Christianity for inmates in correctional institutions.  On October 11-14, our local group will be at the Maine State Prison in Warren.  They invite us to support this weekend through prayer and “agape” gifts such as art, prayers, or words of encouragement.  A Prayer Vigil schedule and Rules of Agape may be found on the bulletin board, as well as brochures about the Kairos Ministry. Thank you.


Christ Church  – A Community of Prayer

Parish Prayer List: Please pray for Charles Hicks, Debra Newell, Justin Marquis, Bob Evers, Debbie Annese and Cynthia Bean.

Family and Friends on the Long-Term Parish Prayer List: Betty King, Freda Pearson, Carrie Stevens, Rose Andrews, Jody Clark, Marge Alexander, Nick and Joannie Decker, Joan Lane, Dorna Tracy, Jen Lagasse, Peggy Albert, Nancy Stillings, Wesley Brown, Bob Cone, Erv Nason, Mary Fowler, Robert Beaulieu, Malinda & Family, Marie Atkins, Jacob, Raymond, Dale, Paul G, Royce Thompson, Steve Cross, Joseph Hand, Russ Laurs, and Jennifer.

After one month on the Parish Prayer list the names of those for whom we have prayed are moved to the Long-Term list for 2 more months.  Please let us know if anyone should remain on the list after this time or needs to be removed.  To add yourself, family, or friends to the prayer list, please add the name to the Intercessory prayer book located next to St. Ann’s Altar or contact the office at 582-3354 or

Prayer for the Episcopal Transition in MaineGod of Grace, we give you thanks for all of the blessings of our common life and ministries as the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, and for our leaders who are guiding us through this season of change. Grant to the Discernment and Transition Committees open hearts, minds, and spirits as they receive the Holy Spirit’s gifts of faith, hope, and love to aid their work. We ask  that you send courage and vision to our next bishop of Maine as she or he discerns your call.

The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: For the congregations of St. Peter’s, Bridgton, and St. Ann’s, Windham. For students and educators in the new school year. For all Christian Education and Sunday School programs

Outreach Prayer Concerns: Our sister parish of St Jacques, Rosette, Haiti, and the school children and teachers; Chrysalis Food Pantry; St. Francis Pet Pantry and Bridging the Gap.

Pray for peace among the nations, especially in Korea, Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq; and for an end to violence and terrorism throughout the world.

Pray for our country, for the hungry, the homeless, the unemployed, the immigrant, the refugee, and the forgotten.  Pray for the addicted and those who care for them.  Pray for victims of abuse.  Pray for those who live alone. Pray for an end to gun violence and for sensible gun safety laws. Pray for those who have lost their way.

Pray for those we find it hardest to love – and all those the Church has injured or offended.


Service Ministers for Sunday, September 2, 2018


7:30 am 10:00 am
Ushers Hank & Lucille McIntyre Jess Robbins & Ernie Atkins
Lessons Hank McIntyre Dottie Washburne
Prayers Hank McIntyre Becky Colwell
Acolyte/Chalice Mary Jayne Monroe Sue Smith
Coffee Billie Ellis Belle & Gary Clendenning
Counters Nancy Rines & Becky Colwell


Scripture Readings for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost


The Collect

Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


The First Lesson

Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,

and favour is better than silver or gold.

The rich and the poor have this in common:

the Lord is the maker of them all.

Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity,

and the rod of anger will fail.

Those who are generous are blessed,

for they share their bread with the poor.

Do not rob the poor because they are poor,

or crush the afflicted at the gate;

for the Lord pleads their cause

and despoils of life those who despoil them.


The Response

Psalm 125

Qui confidunt

1 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,

which cannot be moved, but stands fast for ever.

2 The hills stand about Jerusalem; *

so does the Lord stand round about his people,

from this time forth for evermore.

3 The scepter of the wicked shall not hold sway over the land alloted to the just, *

so that the just shall not put their hands to evil.

4 Show your goodness, O Lord, to those who are good *

and to those who are true of heart.

5 As for those who turn aside to crooked ways,

the Lord will lead them away with the evildoers; *

but peace be upon Israel.

The Epistle

James 2:1-10, [11-13], 14-17

My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, “Have a seat here, please,” while to the one who is poor you say, “Stand there,” or, “Sit at my feet,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you?

You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.[ For the one who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery but if you murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment will be without mercy to anyone who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.]

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.


The Gospel

Mark 7:24-37

Jesus set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”


Happening Elsewhere:

·  E-Waste Recycling Event, Saturday, September 8, 9-3 in Augusta Civic Center north wing parking lot. Cash donations made that day will support the Augusta Warming Center. Clean out your stashed broken or out of date electronics. We’ll take the items to recycle, you give us a cash donation. Your donation is how we raise money to offer our services: the Warming Center, Everyday Basics Pantry and Addie’s Attic (clothes). For more information please call Sarah at 207 248-1782.

·  Sts. Matthew & Barnabas (20 Union St., Hallowell; parking via the lot on Academy St. near the railroad tracks) invite us to the next Theological Discussion with Rev. David Matson on Friday, September 14 beginning at 5:30 pm. All are welcome to join our lively discussions!

·  Public Supper, Saturday, September 22, 5-6:30 p.m. at Sts. Matthew & Barnabas (20 Union St., Hallowell; parking via the lot on Academy St. near the railroad tracks). All your favorite casseroles, bean dishes, and desserts for $7 adults, $4 kids 12 & under, $20 families of 4 or more.


Christ Episcopal Church

2 Dresden Avenue, Gardiner, Maine 04345


Priest-in-Charge: Stephen D. Muncie: (207) 406-0333


Assisting Priest: Kerry R. Mansir: (207) 624-1841


Senior Warden: Elizabeth (Liz) Hall: (207) 333-0381

Junior Warden: Billie Ellis: (207) 588-6000

Parish Secretary: Becky Colwell  Parish Office: (207) 582-3354

Office hours are from 9am – 2pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday






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