Indigenous Sunday, June 20, 2021

On Indigenous Sunday we have TWO services:  we are honoured to have a local RCMUC YouTube service with Tony Snow, Glenda Crawler, Trudy Wesley, Gloria Snow and Ken Levae – already posted to https://youtu.be/TKyBHbL87fo We are also invited (and encouraged!) to watch the Chinook Winds’ Regional Indigenous Service – also coordinated by Tony Snow, Indigenous Minister for Treaty 7 Lands and Chinook Winds Region.  This service will be available for viewing starting at 10:30 AM on Sunday, June 20th 2021 …

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Sermon: June 13, 2021 – 2 Corinthians 5: 6-17

Occasionally, a Sunday Scripture from the Lectionary will sort of stand there, defiantly, as if to dare the preacher to say something about it. And occasionally I will look back at it with my shoulders in full shrug and reply, “like what?” This week’s reading from Paul’s second letter to the Church at Corinth was like that – talking about faith and courage, life in the body vs. eternal life, seeking God’s favour without becoming boastful, and the newness of …

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Orange Shirt Day

Sermon: June 6, 2021 – Acts 15: 7-19

I am writing this sermon four days after hearing of the discovery at the Kamloops Residential School.  At this moment, I carry within me silent, sorrowful, helpless, culpable emptiness, and am seeking the words God wants to enter that silence. Watch at: https://youtu.be/EpDvYajNs5U    PDF download at Sermon_06June2021 So I humbly ask God, “where are you in this?”  For even if I could find no words at all, I know that God is not absent from this scene. We know …

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2m distancing is still in place

At a glance – Alberta’s plans for the summer, as the 3rd wave of COVID appears to be on the wane.  PLEASE NOTE that until stage 3, masking and 2m distancing remain in place.  For us at RCMUC that would mean no more than 18 in the sanctuary or hall at one time in stages 1 and 2 – with no handshakes or singing or coffee time after service – so we will be remaining with our current pattern of …

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Orange Shirt Day

our hearts break

Our flag will be lowered for the next 215 hours, starting Sunday afternoon, in honour of the 215 children whose lives were lost at the Residential School in Kamloops.   As an Affirming Ministry of the United Church of Canada, we recommit ourselves to love, justice and reconciliation. > May 31 would be a good time for an “orange shirt day” in addition to the official orange shirt day at the end of September.

Sermon: May 30, 2021 – Isaiah 6: 1-8

Sermon: Sunday, May 30, 2021 – Isaiah 6: 1-8 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley Introduction As we begin this service, I invite you to review with me the first half of the Christian year.  We have moved from Advent and the birth of Jesus (Christmas), to the season of Epiphany, a time of revelation and light.  The season of Lent gave time for reflection and self-assessment, Holy Week takes us to Good Friday, the …

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Indigenous History Month – June 2021

Two learning opportunities lead us into National Indigenous History Month, June 2021. 1. Pacific Mountain Region of the United Church presents: Calls to the Church: Listening to the Wisdom of the Elders Four evenings online of learning and listening, with Tony Snow and Rev. John Snow Jr. June 1 – 4, 2021 from 6:30 -7:30 pm PT / 7:30 -8:30 pm MT; registration is free of charge. for more information or to register: https://www.leadershiftpm.ca/register/calls-to-the-church-06-2021 2. the Canmore Museum presents: These Mountains …

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the Cenacle in Jerusalem

Sermon: Pentecost Sunday, May 23 2021 – Acts 2: 1-21

Today we remember the first Christian Pentecost, an event that happened in Jerusalem.  At the time of this recording, a truce has been declared in Gaza and East Jerusalem, and we pause for a moment to pray for peace in that place. Watch at https://youtu.be/qJn5iQlYaT8     Download PDF:Sermon_23May2021_Pentecost I am an unabashed fan of Pentecost, to the point of saying this:  if the festival of Pentecost did not already exist, I think someone would need to invent it.  For when …

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Evensong – May 19 2021

Evensong:  an online contemplative gathering Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 7:15 PM Friends of Spirit Let us gather now, friends of Spirit – travellers in time – to hear the story of Love’s evolving nature Bruce Sanguin Our journey through the season of Easter continues and we reflect on our travels together.   for Zoom login, contact jan.tissandier@gmail.com

Sermon: May 16, 2021 – Psalm 1

You are like a tree, planted by flowing, cool streams of water that never run dry. Your fruit ripens in its time; your leaves never fade or curl in the summer sun. (Psalm 1:3, The Voice translation) Watch: https://youtu.be/QHHf0GMZ5JU     Download PDF at Sermon_16May2021_final Today’s scripture reading, Psalm 1, presents us with this beautiful mental picture of a tree planted by flowing waters.  It contrasts those who choose to be nourished by God’s refreshing waters– those planted or, in some translations, “transplanted” so that …

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