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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Evensong summer hiatus

From Summer Solstice to Fall Equinox, our Wednesday Evensong service is “at rest.” We look forward to our 19th year of Wednesday night contemplative worship, starting mid-September. Many thanks to Jan Tissandier, our Evensong coordinator, and the many lay people who have shared in the leadership of this mid-week time of holy contemplation.

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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June 5 Evensong – a walk down the boardwalk, weather permitting

The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is:  Look under foot.  You are always nearer to the divine…than you think….                                                                                                                                                                   John Burroughs  In this season of Pentecost we plan to leave from the Sanctuary to saunter (a la sainte terre) down the Policeman Creek boardwalk  to share readings,  listen to our hearts and the songs of birds. You are invited to bring a favorite spring poem or reading for sharing as we pause at various spots along the Boardwalk.  So many gifts!  What do they …

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Sermon: Pride Sunday, June 2, 2019 – John 17:20-26

When I was growing up, “proud” was a difficult word, at least in the circle of modesty I grew up in.  It was OK to tell someone you were proud of them,  and we could be proud of our war veterans, in the way we’ve been hearing this past week at the 75th anniversary of D-Day – but in the opinions of my family and my Church, to be “proud” of one’s self was to be a “prideful” person, and …

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Evensong, May 29 at 7:15 PM

We continue in the liturgical season of Easter with a celebration of the poetry of spring.    Praying by Mary Oliver   It doesn’t have to be the blue iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a few Small stones; just pay attention, then patch   a few words together and don’t try to make them elaborate, this isn’t a contest but the doorway   into thanks, and a silence in which another voice may speak. Evensong …

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Sermon: May 26, 2019 – Psalm 67 and John 1: 1-5, 14

“Faith, hope and love are the very nature of God, and thus the nature of all Being.   Each of these Three Great Virtues must always include the other two in order to be authentic: love is always hopeful and faithful, hope is always loving and faithful, and faith is always loving and hopeful.  They are the very nature of God and thus of all Being.  Such wholeness is personified in the cosmos as Christ, and in human history as Jesus.  …

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