Christ Church on the Common

The Episcopal Church in Gardiner, Maine

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July 25, 2021 Sermon

Kerry Mansir July 25, 2021 Christ Church Gardiner Pentecost 9   I don’t know about you, but David’s story in Second Samuel this morning makes me a little squirmy.  Because, well because, it’s about sex.  And I grew up in the South where you weren’t supposed to talk about sex, and you definitely weren’t supposed…

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July 18, 2021 Sermon

Kerry Mansir Christ Church Gardiner July 18, 2021 Pentecost 8   This morning, I want to talk about covenants.  Covenants are a recurring theme in our scriptures, and in Second Samuel this morning, we hear that David is concerned about the ark of the covenant living in a tent when he himself is living in…

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Sermon for July 11, 2021

Kerry Mansir Christ Church Gardiner July 11, 2021 Pentecost 7 Since 2002, Jeff and I have made the trek from Maine to Kentucky most summers—always by car, never flying. We love a good road trip. After 2005, our road trips included 1 kid, then 2 and then 3. And while Jeff is a good sport…

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Sermon for June 13, 2021

Kerry Mansir Christ Church Gardiner Third Sunday after Pentecost June 13, 2021 In the Gospels, Jesus is always trying to explain the Kingdom of God to us with these mysterious parables like the ones we heard today. In the first, he compares the kingdom to seed scattered on the ground that sprouts and grows. And…

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Sermon for June 20, 2021

Kerry Mansir June 20, 2027 Christ Church Gardiner Pentecost 4   We all know the story of David and Goliath, right?  Or at least we think we know the story.  It was definitely a highlight in our children’s bibles, though if you read the books of First and Second Samuel and the beginning of first…

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Sermon for June 6, 2021

Kerry Mansir September 30, 2018 Pentecost 19 In our scriptures, God is hardly ever as straightforward as God is here in Samuel.  The elders come to the prophet Samuel asking for a King.  After all, they want to be like all those other kingdoms around them who are kind of kicking their butts and taking…

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Sermon for May 2, 2021

Kerry Mansir Christ Church Gardiner May 2, 2021-Easter 5   I’ve had two stories on my mind this week.  Two stories about baptism.  Two very different stories. The first is the baptism story in Acts from our reading this morning.  What an extraordinary story… This story of the Ethiopian eunuch and his baptism is one…

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Sermon for April 25, 2021

Kerry Mansir Christ Church Gardiner April 25, 2021-Easter 4   I reached a milestone in the pandemic yesterday. After being separated for over a year because of COVID, I was finally able to gather outdoors with a small group of friends that I’ve been sharing playdates with and seeking parenting wisdom from for almost ten years. …

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Sermon for April 18, 2021

Kerry Mansir April 18, 2021 – Easter 3 Christ Church Gardiner   Last week I asked the question, “What does the resurrection of Jesus make possible?”  And I said that we would be looking at this new community being formed in the Book of Acts, the earliest church, for help in answering that question.  …

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Sermon for April 11, 2021

Kerry Mansir April 11, 2021 – Easter 2 Christ Church Gardiner   After Jesus’ resurrection, it seems that he knew his disciples would need some time to get used to the idea.  The Gospels of Matthew, Luke and John all give us stories like the one we heard today, what is often referred to as…

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