Evensong – Wed Jan 22 at 7:15 PM

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is …

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Sea of Galilee

Sermon: January 19, 2020 – John 1: 29-42

Two weeks ago, we marked the festival of the Epiphany, based around Matthew’s recollections of the Magi coming to adore the Christ child.  Today, our gospel lesson fast forwards thirty years, and switches authors from Matthew to John, but many of the same story elements remain. Click here for a PDF of this sermon The Magi were well trained in matters of the Spirit.  Either they were Zoroastrian priests or trained in what we would call astronomy and astrology, combining a …

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Annual Meeting and Report

The Annual Meeting (AGM) of Ralph Connor Memorial United Church for the calendar year 2019 will be held Sunday, January 26, 2020 after morning Worship.  The Annual Report may be downloaded here , or you may pick up a printed copy of the report on Sunday the 19th, or at the Church Office from Tuesday to Friday, 11 AM to 1 PM.  This AGM also functions as the AGM for our two outreach Ministries, the Bow Valley Syria Refugee Project …

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Sermon: January 12, 2020 – Acts 10: 34-43

Cozy, predictable circles of care, are a good thing. click here for a PDF of this sermon Our twins developed a circle of best friends when they were in grade 3.  Twenty three years later, that group still stays in regular contact, and when they get together at Christmas when everyone’s back in the city, it’s like they were never apart.  Their shared history and acceptance of one another’s transitions through childhood, adolescence and young adulthood is a beautiful, important …

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Norwich Cathedral

Sermon – Epiphany Sunday, January 5, 2020 – Matthew 2: 1-12

Have you ever been somewhere, but not exactly known why you were there? No, I’m not talking about going into a room to get something then forgetting what it was before getting there, an increasingly familiar experience for me as time marches on.  < Click here for PDF of this sermon > What I’m aiming at here, is feeling compelled to travel somewhere, or enroll in a seminar or workshop, or attend a public event, with only a vague and …

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Evensong – Wed Jan 8 2020 at 7:15 PM

The magi reveal the gifts they have brought of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Gold represents the honour brought to a King, frankincense is a connection to the divine by raising our prayers heavenward, and myrrh a holy oil of anointing. Carry your treasures and give them away freely. ~ Christine Valters Paintner There is so much love in the world. There is so much good. Smile at people you go past even if they don’t smile back, they feel that …

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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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Bow River and 3 Sisters GW

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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