Christmas Eve Messages 2019

Here are PDFs of the 2019 messages from the 5:00 PM all-ages service at the Creekside Community Hall, and the 8:00 PM service of Carols and Lessons at Ralph Connor. ChristmasFamilyService-500PM-2019 or http://ralphconnor.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/ChristmasFamilyService2019.pdf ChristmasEve800PM-2019 or http://ralphconnor.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/2019-ChristmasEve8pm.pdf

Sermon: December 22, 2019 – Matthew 1: 18-25 – Advent IV

A word study isn’t generally the snappiest way to begin a sermon, but there’s a word in the story of Joseph that’s worth unpacking, in this Sunday when we look at the “earthy” story of Joseph and Mary and Jesus and God.  It’s the Greek word, Tekton. Click here for PDF In the lands around Lake Galilee, near where Jesus grew up, there’s an abundance of buildings that look just the same: greyish-black brick.  If you didn’t know better, you’d …

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Evensong – The Longest Night – Wednesday, December 18, 2019

As the darkness deepens, gather in the warmth and beauty of the sanctuary for poetry, carols, and special music by Cathy Harrop, Heather MacFadyen, Cathy Robinson, and Breanna Temple Smolicz.  In a time of holy birth and sacred wandering, may there be stars in the sky hope in the heart feet on the ground. May we hold conversations as sacred and gather in community to support one another. May there be faith for the long winters night, strength for the journey love …

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Sermon: December 15, 2019 – Luke 1:46-55 – Advent III

The third Sunday of Advent is typically the Sunday of Mary, mother of Jesus.  It is also, in this year’s Advent exploration of the classical elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, chosen to be the Sunday of Water.  These two, Mary and Water, do not come together by accident. click here for PDF Water plays such a key role in scripture: the first words of the Bible, the beginning of the first chapter of Genesis, are “When God began …

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Evensong – Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The season of Advent is upon us, the space to be still … prepare … wait. We add the lighting of the third candle, Water, to those of Wind and Fire. Let there be a season when holiness is heard, and the splendor of living is revealed. ~Rebecca Parker~ Deep peace of the running wave to you, Of water flowing, Rising and falling, Sometimes advancing, sometimes receding. May the stream of your life flow unimpeded. Deep peace of the running …

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Sermon: December 8, 2019 – Advent 2 – Matthew 3: 1-12

Sermon: December 8, 2019 – Advent 2, the Sunday of Fire – Matthew 3: 1-12 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley This was a hard sermon, to even get the first word onto the page. On Saturdays and Sundays, I am a creature of habit. Unless I have a wedding or funeral or some other immovable commitment, sermons get written at home on the first half of Saturday.  I get up the same time, I …

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Sermon: Candlelight Service of Remembrance, Dec 5 2019

6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, beloved,[e] whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about[f] these things. 9 Keep on doing the things that …

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Sermon: December 1, 2019 – Advent 1 – Isaiah 11: 1-10

A shoot, growing from the stump of Jesse. How appropriate, in this year when we’ve chosen to build our Advent themes around the classical elements of wind-fire-water-and-earth, to begin with a vivid visual metaphor from nature, of the kind of tenacious, powerful leadership that we see in Jesus Christ. click here for PDF Rather than going immediately to words, let’s spend time “seeing” this stump and wondering about it, because the varied ways we visualize this stump of Jesse and …

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