And the table will be wide. And the welcome will be wide. And the arms will open wide to gather us in. And our hearts will open wide to receive. And we will come as children who trust there is enough. And we will come unhindered and free. And our aching will be met with bread. And our sorrow will be met with wine. ~ Jan L. Richardson Evensong Wednesday, January 30, 7:15pm Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

Sermon: January 27, 2019 – 1 Corinthians 12

Sermon: January 27, 2019 – 1 Corinthians 12 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley final sermon before sabbatical! click here for pdf In a way, I hardly needed to do a sermon this morning, because the Apostle Paul has already preached one, including an extended illustration, in the reading from 1st Corinthians 12.  Or should I say, Paul has preached two sermons, weaving them together in a way that probably seemed like a good idea …

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Season of Epiphany – Evensong Wednesday, January 23

One of the lovely things a person can do for another person is to awaken the power and sacrament of their imagination, because when you awaken someone’s imagination, you are giving them a new kingdom, a new world.   ~ John O’Donohue “You say God speaks to you, but it’s only your imagination.” …words spoken by the inquisitor to Joan of Arc during her trial for heresy. “How else would God speak to me, if not through my imagination?” Joan replied. …

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Sermon: January 20, 2019 – Psalm 36: 5-10

Sermon: January 20, 2019 – Psalm 36: 5-10 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF Scripture readings have a personality all their own.   And in approaching them, the preacher does well to approach in the way that an artisan would approach a piece of stone or a block of wood, asking first what it wants to be, attentive to what needs to emerge from this material rather than trying to force their …

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Sermon: January 13, 2019 – Isaiah 43 and Luke 3

Sermon: January 13, 2019 (Baptism of Jesus) – Isaiah 43 and Luke 3 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here to download PDF One of the complaints frequently heard about very holy places in the world, is how crowded and commercialized they get.  And indeed, our visit to the Jordan River last spring was hardly what you’d call “solitary.”  In the dusty parking lot there were 20 or more tour buses, and room for …

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Evensong Resumes

LET US GATHER FOR AN EPIPHANY FEAST WEDNESDAY JANUARY 9, 2019, 7:15 CHALKING THE DOOR A WORD TO GUIDE OUR ONWARD JOURNEY POT LUCK POETRY ~ SONG SHARING A SIMPLE POT LUCK MEAL Bring along a simple dish to share if you can, if not there will be enough for all. IN THIS AND EVERY SEASONMAY WE SEE THEM,THE WISE ONESWHO COME BEARING GIFTS TO US.THEY ARE THEREON THE THRESHOLD OF OUR AWARENESS,OFFERING WHAT WE MOST NEED. ~JAN RICHARDSON

Sermon: Epiphany Sunday, January 6, 2019 – Matthew 2: 1-12

As we see the Magi progress through the key journey of their lives – starting at their comfortable, settled status quo, then being called out of that and ending up in the very presence of Jesus, the light of the world, the Word made Flesh – we may see our lives in a new way. I’m not suggesting you head out and get fitted for a superhero costume…