Services this week – Dec 1 to Dec 7

SUNDAY WORSHIP – Dec 1, 10:00 AM at Ralph Connor First Sunday of Advent – the Sunday of Air/Wind (Air-Fire-Water-Earth are the 4 Sundays this year) COMMUNITY ADVENT/CHRISTMAS WORSHIP – Sun Dec 1, 7:00 PM at St Michael’s Hall Carols, Lessons & Musical Selections by Canmore’s Churches!! Freewill offering for Food & Friends. CANDLELIGHT SERVICE of REMEMBRANCE – Thur Dec 5, 7:00 PM at St Michael’s Church a quiet time of remembrance during the bustle of holidays.  Featuring Alpine Voices …

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Evensong – Wed Nov 27 at 7:15 p.m.

The season of Advent is upon us.  In the midst of the busy and commercial season of pre-Christmas,  join us for mid-week sabbath in which we find space to be still, prepare and wait.   Let there be a season when holiness is heard, and the splendor of living is revealed. Stunned to stillness by beauty we remember who we are and why we are here. There are inexplicable mysteries. We are not alone.             …

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Sermon: Reign of Christ, Nov 24, 2019 – Colossians 1: 15-20

Most of us are familiar with discovering an idea or a technology, that is “radically new.”  A well-worded phrase gives us a new way of conceiving things, or a new technique or technological gadget gives us a radically different way of approaching a problem, and we go forward enlightened in a new way. click here for PDF This week’s reading from the 1st chapter of Colossians, presents us not with something that is “radically new” but rather, something that is …

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Julian Cell

Evensong – Wed Nov 20 at 7:15 PM

WINDOWS to the Universe ~ to the Soul Set wide the window. Let me drink the day. Edith Wharton Open the window of your heart and let spirit speak. Rumi People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. Elizabeth Kubler Ross Evensong Wednesday, November 20, 2019 7:15 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church Main Street …

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Sea of Galilee

Sermon: November 17, 2019 – Isaiah 65: 17-25

What are our longings?  What do we yearn for? This is what that the writer of Isaiah 65 was wrestling with, as he searched for Divine hope for the next steps of his people’s journey. click here for PDF Isaiah is a tricky book to pin down.  Though named for “a” prophet, as it appears to have been written by a collection of prophetic authors – at least three, perhaps more – spanning several generations of the people of Judah.  …

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Evensong: Wed Nov 13 at 7:15 PM

Evensong ~ Befriending the end of the Journey ~  November 13, 7:15   “Death is our friend precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence  with all that is here, that is natural, that is love.” Rilke We gather to contemplate befriending death in song, silence and in story,  with the reading of an uncommonly tender, wonderfully warm story  written for children, a meditation on the cycle of life.    “Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person …

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Sermon: Remembrance Sunday, November 10, 2019 – Romans 12: 1-3, 9-18

The place where Remembrance Day really found a home deep within me, was at the first United Church pastoral charge I served after ordination. Our “settlement charge” as we called it in those days, was Wadena, Rose Valley and Archerwill in eastern Saskatchewan.  In those communities, particularly Wadena, there was a huge overlap between the Legion and the United Church.  Local merchants, teachers and farmers, first generation Canadians and those with much longer histories on that land, had gone to …

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Evensong – Wed Nov 6 at 7:15 PM

TAKING LEAVE Ours and Others’ I hear the last car leaving Everyone so kind You would have loved seeing so many dear friends at one time Now I’ll be making friends with gone Shari Ulrich Decide carefully The life you would love to look back on When your time comes to turn and take leave John O’Donohue In this thinned-veiled season all are welcome  to a contemplative evening of song, prose, and silence                   …

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