Christ Church on the Common

The Episcopal Church in Gardiner, Maine

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Sunday after the Ascension: May 24, 2020

Kerry Mansir Sunday after Ascension May 24, 2020 Christ Church Gardiner   May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be always acceptable to you O God, our strength and our redeemer.   We heard today the story of the Ascension of Jesus told in two slightly different ways.  Which…

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Easter 3: April 26, 2020

Kerry Mansir April 26, 2020 Easter 3 Christ Church Gardiner     Bock’s beautiful retelling of the Road to Emmaus is a sermon in itself. It reveals for us the intense emotions that all of those who loved and followed Jesus would have been feeling on the day the empty tomb was discovered.  In this story,…

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Easter 2: April 19, 2020

Kerry Mansir Christ Church Gardiner Easter 2 April 19, 2020     Unless, I see. Those were the words of Thomas when the disciples told him that Jesus had visited them the night after the resurrection.  The others got to see Jesus and even to touch him.  Why not Thomas?   Let me see my…

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Maundy Thursday 2020

Maundy Thursday Sermon April 9, 2020     Tonight we observe Maundy Thursday.  Maundy from the Latin, mandatum, where we get our word, commandment. On this night, Jesus gives his last and greatest commandment to his disciples.  “Love one another,” he says.  “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.  By this,…

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Palm Sunday April 5, 2020

Palm Sunday April 5, 2020   Loving God, we thank you for the gift of your Word and as we ponder it, open our hearts and our minds to hear you. Amen. If you worshiped with us last week, you may remember that I spoke about all the different emotions that have bubbled up for…

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Holy Week Services and Easter Message

Maundy Thursday Service https://www.forever.com/app/users/christ-church-episcopal/files/5b98f255-ea62-42a9-bb3f-ac3b4f8af100/5kwphq417kjdl6bu3rfn51yd3   Good Friday Tenebrae Service https://www.forever.com/app/users/christ-church-episcopal/files/edcb4894-05cd-4ede-a37a-4200e23a3b59/e54xveqmtrapv85fyhv92wkiy   Easter Message from the Rector https://www.forever.com/app/users/christ-church-episcopal/files/b77eebc9-bb20-4444-8078-c5e3ca9cc293/2957ri5zvtwkmf533hi94ow3a            

Lent 5 on Facebook Live-March 29, 2020

Kerry Rhoads Mansir Christ Episcopal Church March 29, 2020 Lent 5: Facebook Live Sermon   Yesterday, I started writing this sermon while sitting on my back deck.  The sun was out, the breeze was mild, and it felt delightful.  Birds were flitting around the feeder.  Jeff was out for a run, and the kids were…

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Lent 4 on Facebook Live

Kerry Mansir Lent 4: Facebook Live March 22, 2020 Christ Church Gardiner   One summer when I was a little girl, my family took a trip to Mammoth Cave National Park—not too far from our home in Muhlenberg County.  Mammoth Cave is the largest cave system in the world with over 500 miles of underground…

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Lent 3: Facebook Live Sermon

Kerry Mansir March 15, 2020 Can you imagine if someone instructed Jesus to stay away from people?  It was the willingness of Jesus to be near people…all people…even those who others thought were unclean or unworthy that made him who he was.  The Gospels tell stories of the intimacy of Jesus with all those in which…

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Christmas Eve 7pm Sermon

Christ Church Gardiner Christmas Eve-7pm 2019   Good evening and welcome to Christ Church on this beautiful and sacred Christmas Eve. In the hustle and bustle of the season, I always feel like on this night, when we gather here to worship and hear the story anew of the birth of Christ, we can finally slow…

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