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Sermon: July 28, 2019 – Luke 10: 37-42 (week two)

Today, our gospel reading is the same as last Sunday: the story of Mary and Martha. Mary, the contemplative, got her time last Sunday, through an exploration of the life and words of the English mystic, Julian of Norwich. This week, it’s Martha’s turn, and a different approach. click here for PDF Martha’s story is harder for me, because it strikes close to home and I may not be eager to hear all that Jesus has to say here.  I …

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Summer Services Continue

Worship continues each Sunday at 10:00 AM.  Upcoming preachers are: Rev Greg Wooley – July 28 Rev Jope Langejans – August 4 – Folk Festival Sunday Rev Doug Powell – August 11 Rev Betty Piwowar – August 18 Rev Michael Ward – August 25 Rev Greg Wooley – September 1 – Highland Games Sunday If emergency pastoral care is needed during the month of August, please contact Rev. Michael Ward, Calgary.

Sermon: July 21, 2019 – Luke 10: 38-42, week one

My initial thought, knowing that this Sunday’s reading was the story of Mary and Martha and their differing relationships with Jesus, was to compare and contrast the gifts each of them brought to discipleship, in one sermon.  But as the week moved along I realized this was going to take two Sundays, not just one.  So today, honouring the tradition of Mary, the more mystical or contemplative of the sisters at Bethany, I’m going to share the work of one …

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road from Jerusalem to Jericho

Sermon: July 14, 2019 – Luke 10: 25-37

The gospel of Luke gives us a fine sequence this morning: A teacher of scriptural laws approaches Jesus, and queries him about what one does in order to have eternal life. Jesus engages the man in conversation, turns the question back on him and the lawyer says that the most important commandment in the Torah, is actually two side-by-side: love God, and love your neighbour. Jesus agrees. In response the lawyer asks, “well, who is my neighbour?” How far did …

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Sermon: July 7, 2019 – Luke 10: 1-11, 16-17

One of the things I hear all the time, is people telling me that the place they really meet God, is in nature.   For those of us who choose to live in this amazing, outdoorsy place, and for those who come here on holidays, this makes absolute sense.   The beauty and diversity of these surroundings, from the intricacy of tiny things to the immensity of the mountains, is nothing short of inspirational. click here for a PDF of this sermon …

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Sermon: June 30, 2019 – Matthew 25: 31-40

Is the Kingdom of Heaven more like… An exclusive concert with your favourite musical artist, in a tiny, intimate little setting? Or, A great big event – at a stadium or open field – with that same artist, and a huge audience singing and swaying to tunes you all know by heart? click here for a PDF of this sermon Admittedly, both images are totally non-Biblical and they both have their limitations, especially if you don’t like music.  But in …

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Sermon: Indigenous Peoples Sunday, June 23, 2019 – Isaiah 25: 6-9

I want you to bring to mind the most lavish banquet you can imagine: rich foods prepared just right, tender-crisp vegetables fresh from farm to table, your favourite beverages served with a flair, perfectly ripe fruits and a cascading dessert trolley. (About now my stomach is suggesting that I should have had a bigger breakfast before Church!) That is the image painted for us today in the 25th chapter of Isaiah. click here for PDF of this sermon These words …

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Celebrating Indigenous Spirituality this Wednesday

At the final EVENSONG of the 2018-2019 Church year, we welcome GLORIA SNOW to lead us in a contemplative time of worship.  Gloria is a student for United Church Ministry, from the Stoney Nakoda nation.  We are so honoured to welcome her leadership to this service, and that of her husband KEN LEVAE. Ralph Connor Church, 7:15 PM, Wednesday June 19th. Click here for information about Canmore’s celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day, Friday June 21st. Evensong will return for its …

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Sermon: June 16, 2019 – Acts 17: 16-21

Bible teacher Kenneth Osbeck wrote in 1990 that Jesus Loves me was “without doubt the song that has been sung more by children than any other hymn…and is still one of the first hymns taught to new converts in other lands.” click here for PDF As a child of the 1960s, I can attest to that popularity in my growing-up years.  So I had a look at the old 1930 United Church Hymnary to check the lyrics that I would …

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Evensong at the Labyrinth, June 12th

Evensong, June 12, 7:15 p.m. Breathing together – a Pentecost labyrinth walk      Meet at the Parking Lot on the south west side of the pedestrian bridge that crosses the Bow River (on Bridge Road).  We will walk together to the Labyrinth.   When We Breathe Together A Blessing for Pentecost Day This is the blessing that comes when we leave behind our aloneness when we gather together when we turn toward one another. This is the blessing that blazes among …

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