Dance as prayer – April 29 Evensong

Evensong by Zoom – this Wednesday at 7:15 PM Prayer is moving. Prayer is offering our bones back to the dance. Prayer is letting go of everything that impedes our inner silence. God is the dance and the dance is the way to freedom and freedom is our holy work. ~ Gabrielle Roth People danced communally to celebrate the seasons’ cycles, to express joy, reverence and grief, and to commemorate challenges overcome. We find in the energy of the dance …

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Sermon: April 26, 2020 – Acts 2: 14, 32-33, 36-47

What an amazing time it must have been. click here for a PDF of this Sermon or view at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi8loA1BP8lNAppSRR9_aQQ As described in the book of Acts (2: 42-47), life in the earliest community of Christian believers was just about perfect. “All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need…They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying …

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Vigils for Nova Scotia

In honour of the lives lost in Nova Scotia, our flags at Ralph Connor will fly at half-mast until Friday, April 24.  The United Church of Canada is hosting an online vigil on its YouTube page, Wednesday April 22 at 11:00 AM MDT.  There will be an online vigil entitled “Nova Scotia Remembers” on Friday at 4:00 pm MDT, hosted on the Colchester – Supporting Our Communities Facebook page.  Our hearts are heavy with this tragic and senseless loss of …

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Earth Day Evensong

Once again, Evensong gathers by Zoom – Wednesday April 22 at 7:15 PM.  Login details are attached to the weekly Evensong email – or contact office@ralphconnor.ca We should be listening to the stars in the heavens and the sun and the moon, to the mountains and the plains, to the forests and rivers and seas that surround us, to the meadows and the flowering grasses, to the songbirds and the insects and to their music especially in the evening and …

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Sermon: April 19, 2020 – John 20: 19-31

One assumption that I bring to sacred texts, is that these ancient words can always speak into our present situation. Take, for example, today’s reading from John, with the disciples gathered behind closed doors, and Christ suddenly appearing in their midst. click here for PDF In a typical year, I might focus on their being “gathered together” because in a typical year, we would be gathered together, singing together, praying together, seeking grounding and guidance for the days and weeks …

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Julian Cell

Julian of Norwich – Evensong online – April 15 at 7:15 PM

Christianity can help us realize that death and resurrection are part of the evolutionary path toward wholeness; letting go of isolated existence for the sake of deeper union. Something dies but something new is born—which is why the chaos of our times is, in a strange way, a sign of hope; something new is being born within. Out of chaos, a star is born. Breakdown can be break through if we recognize a new pattern of life struggling to emerge.  …

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Sermon: Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 – John 20: 1-18

The calendar indicates that April 12, 2020, is Easter Sunday.  And here it is!  The Church building is not open, a public gathering at Riverside wasn’t allowable, a few of you are still providing essential services and we thank you profusely for that, but most of us are pretty much spending our days at home. Yet even with the strangeness of these necessary restrictions, Easter Sunday is here and the message and power of Easter are not diminished, regardless of …

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Good Friday Service has been posted

Our 2020 virtual Good Friday service features dramatic monologues from the foot of the cross, by Judas Iscariot, Mary Magdalene, Mother Mary, and a Roman Centurion.  See it on our “Ralph Connor Canmore” YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi8loA1BP8lNAppSRR9_aQQ Our Easter morning service will be posted at this same link, by sunrise time on Sunday, April 12th.   Though we cannot gather in person, we are honoured to record these services in our homes, and share them with you. Blessings of this holy weekend, …

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