Sermon: June 28, 2020 – Psalm 145: 8-14

This coming Wednesday, Canada marks another birthday – 153, this time – and that, for me, is always a time for reflection.  I love many aspects of our national identity – the diversity of landscapes, the prevalence of wildlife, the can-do attitude coupled with a politeness that other nations tease us about.  I also acknowledge the challenges we face: our ongoing need for reconciliation with the peoples who were here long before my ancestors showed up; the warning signs we …

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Indigenous Day of Prayer – Worship Service now posted

Join us for Indigenous Day of Prayer – our Sunday Worship Service for June 21, 2020, with guest preacher Gloria Snow.  https://youtu.be/7ERksSa0Kzg The origins of what we now know as National Indigenous Peoples Day began at Stoney Indian Park, in Morley. The1971 the Indian Ecumenical Conference first conceived of June 21 as a National Indian Day of Prayer. The ecumenical conference was organized by Rev. Dr. Chief John Snow Sr. We acknowledge and thank the Stoney Nakoda Nation for initiating …

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Sermon: June 14, 2020 – Genesis 1:1 – 2:3

“…and God saw that it was good.” What a beautiful, daily affirmation that even God sees goodness of this planet, perhaps even detecting a note of pride in it . Throughout the first creation narrative in Genesis, is this refrain, confirming the common goodness of all the earth and seas and sky, an interconnection through the Divine life force that dwells in all of it.  In this context, how can we fail to treat the natural world with love and …

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EVENSONG WEDNESDAY JUNE 10 at 7:15 PM BEING ONE WITH CREATION, Lord, may I love all Thy creatures, the whole and every grain of sand in it.  May I love every leaf, every ray of Thy light. May I love the animals: Thou hast given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Let me not trouble it, let me not harass them, let me not deprive them of their happiness, let me not work against Thine intent. For I …

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Sermon: June 7, 2020 – Ephesians 4: 1-16

In this week when the United Church of Canada reaches the 95-year milestone, my wonderings have gone to what it means to be United, and how we can view unity, not just as practical and efficient, but as an aspect of who we are in Christ. YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/hEqynq64MBI Click here  for a PDF of this Sermon First, a few quick notes regarding this particular form of unity – what it is and what it is not.  There are some related words, …

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What’s Essential about the Church?

From the Bishop-elect of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Missouri, Deon K. Johnson – shared in late May when US churches were being pressured to open their buildings and resume worship before it was safe to do so, because they were an “essential service”: “The work of the church is essential. The work of caring for the lonely, the marginalized, and the oppressed is essential. The work of speaking truth to power and seeking justice is essential. The …

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Julian Cell

Responding to Racism – local vigils

(updated post) IN RESPONSE to Racism – in memory of George Floyd and others – two local vigils have been organized, June 5, 1:00 PM in Canmore’s Riverside Park and June 6, 12:00m noon in Banff’s Central Park. Details are here: https://www.rmotoday.com/canmore/black-lives-matter-vigils-planned-for-canmore-banff-2409535 In addition…Leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and United Church of Canada have issued a joint letter decrying racism.   Tuesday, June 2 was “blackout Tuesday” – a time to stop whatever your …

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