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The Episcopal Church in Gardiner, Maine

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Genesis Conclusion-September 29, 2017

Kerry Mansir September 29, 2019 Pentecost 16 Christ Church Gardiner   At long last, we reach the end of the Book of Genesis this week.  And here, at the end of our Genesis stories, we are confronted once again with the nature of blessing.  Its power and its precariousness.  This blessing that has traveled down…

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Joseph and His Brothers-September 22, 2019

  Kerry Mansir Christ Church Gardiner September 22, 2019 Pentecost 15-Joseph   Last night I had dinner in Portland with old friends:  Jen,a family friend that I have known since middle school, and her husband, Bob, who was not her husband but just one of her roommates and a friend when we all lived in…

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Jacob’s Family-September 15, 2019

Kerry Mansir September 15, 2019 Christ Church Gardiner Pentecost 14-Jacob, Rachel and Leah   We have this book at our house called “Women of the Bible,” and it features some of the notable women in our biblical stories alongside famous art portraying them.  My daughters have long been fascinated with this book…and I know what…

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Baptism-September 8, 2019

Kerry Mansir Christ Church Gardiner September 8, 2019 Pentecost 13: Baptism     If you have been following along this summer, you will have noticed by now that we don’t have Genesis readings this week.  Not to worry, next week we will return to the story of Jacob and his many sons and all the…

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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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