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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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Ash Wednesday 2019

Kerry Mansir Christ Church Gardiner March 6, 2019 Ash Wednesday     Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent.  The word, Lent, actually means spring, and although these cold March days here in Maine don’t much feel like spring, the daylight is growing each day and there is at least the promise…

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Feast of the Epiphany 2019

Kerry Mansir January 6, 2019 Christ Church Gardiner Epiphany   When I was a kid, we moved around a fair amount, but we always lived in what has been called the “Bible Belt.”  So no matter where I was living, there were very few Sunday mornings that you wouldn’t find me at church.  I spent…

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