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The Episcopal Church in Gardiner, Maine

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Jacob and Esau–September 1, 2019

Kerry Mansir September 1, 2019 Christ Church Gardiner Pentecost 12   While I am really enjoying reading these pivotal Genesis stories this summer, they are long.  And we still have to skip over some of them or we would still be reading Genesis during the Christmas season.  But even as long as this morning’s reading…

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Binding of Isaac-August 18, 2019

Kerry Mansir August 18, 2019 Pentecost 10: Binding of Isaac Christ Church Gardiner       Yesterday afternoon I was sitting in the theater with Catherine and Sarah and our friend, Thew, watching the new version of “The Lion King.”  It was a guilty pleasure as I knew that my sermon wasn’t finished yet.  So,…

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Pentecost 9: Hagar and Ishmael and Making Space for Lament

Kerry Mansir August 11, 2019 Pentecost 9 Christ Church Gardiner   Last Sunday we woke up to the news of a third mass shooting within a week.  I was on vacation with my family in Kentucky and had been slow to follow the news and so I discovered the tragedies of El Paso and Dayton…

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Pentecost 7: Abram and Sarai

July 28, 2019 Christ Church Gardiner Pentecost 7: Abram and Sarai   This week, we continue our exploration of the Genesis narratives with the beginning of Abraham and Sarah’s stories, or Abram and Sarai as they were called before God gave them new names.  They are the mother and father of both the Jewish and…

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Pentecost 6: Tower of Babel

Christ Church Gardiner July 21, 2019 Pentecost 6: The Tower of Babel   Good morning.  I realize that it is a little warm in here.  So rest assured that I will not stand up here this morning and deliver a lengthy address on the diverse scholarly interpretations of our Genesis story for today, The Tower…

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Pentecost 5-Noah’s Ark

Christ Church Gardiner July 14, 2019 Pentecost 5_Noah’s Ark     When we hear a reference to Noah’s Ark, we may think of the murals on the walls of our childhood Sunday School classrooms or a theme for children’s nurseries.  When Patrick was a baby, his nursery had a sweet watercolor of the animals waiting…

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Adam and Eve–June 30, 2019

3rdSunday after Pentecost Adam and Eve June 30, 2019 Christ Church Gardiner   If you ask people about Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden, you will often hear something like this… That’s the story of the first man and woman and original sin.  The woman is tempted by Satan to eat an apple,…

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First Creation Story-June 23, 2019

Christ Church June 23, 2019 Second Sunday after Pentecost Genesis 1-2:4   When I was a little girl, a Saturday morning treat was homemade biscuits with chocolate gravy.  Yes, I said CHOCOLATE gravy.  A thin milk chocolate sauce that you pour over buttered biscuits.  Trust me…it’s delicious.  There were many Saturday mornings in my childhood…

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May 19, 2019 Sermon

Kerry Mansir Christ Church Gardiner May 19, 2019: Easter 5C   Jeff and I met in April of 2001 and were married 18 months later.  Almost a quarter of the time we were dating or engaged, we lived in different states.  But we didn’t want a long courtship or a long engagement—no need to live…

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Easter Sermon 2019

Easter Sermon Christ Church April 21, 2019   No story has power, nor will it last, unless we feel in ourselves that it is true and true of us. Those are words from John Steinbeck’s novel, East of Eden.  I read those words this week, and I couldn’t help wondering how they applied to today’s…

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