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Sermon: Thanksgiving Sunday, October 13, 2019 – Luke 17: 11-19

Borderlands. We live in a world where border crossings have an ominous tone.  We are familiar with the endless vehicle lineups at the US/Canada border, or queues at the airport, going through a mental checklist – do I have citrus fruit with me?  What’s the total value of purchases?   But in much of the world, border crossings evoke images of Walls being built and families separated… migrants rescued from sea… the Irish, concerned what their border might become again…Palestinian workers …

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Move Mountains – Fri Oct 11 at Spring Creek Opera House

  CYAN’s Move Mountains Candidacy Social is a pre-election event that is brought to you by young adults, for young adults. This is the chance for us, to get together, listen to live music, and create a platform for our voices. Not only will there be live music from local artists- The Ramblin’ Hey Ho Ha’s , there will also be our local Federal candidates in attendance, ready to share their platform and listen to your questions, comments and concerns. …

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Richard Wagamese

Evensong, Wed Oct 9 at 7:15 PM

Evensong, Oct 9, 2019, 7:15 pm Gratitude: Season of Creation I raise the pipe of my being to the rising sun in openness and humility. With my eyes closed, I give thanks to the life giver and ask for strength to be humble through the course of this day. I smudge myself with sacred medicines and give thanks for the blessings that are already present in my life. I ask for nothing. I only offer thanks. Then, in gratitude and …

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Evensong, Wed Oct 2 at 7:15 PM

The alchemy of grace … the season of autumn, the season of Creation.  Come for a contemplative evening of song, poetry, and silence.   All are welcome.   Again I resume the long lesson:  How small a thing can be pleasing, how little in this hard world it takes to satisfy the mind and bring it to its rest. –        Wendell Berry, Sabbaths I lay my heart on the altar of stars, I make my bed on ancient stone, With the trees, …

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Climate March in Canmore Sept 2019

October 1 – Climate Panel at Civic Centre

Fighting Climate Change – Take Heart, and Take Action! a panel presentation and conversation October 1, 2019 – 7- 9 pm Canmore Civic Centre Council Chambers You are invited to attend this public forum on October 1, 2019. You will hear from a very diverse list of speakers, and have a chance to ask questions. Panelists will address the questions: · Given your area of expertise – Why is climate action essential? · What have you seen that helps you …

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Orange Shirt Day

Sermon: September 29, 2019 – Luke 16: 19-31

Today’s gospel reading, Jesus’ parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, pushes us.  It pushes us by its very vivid, physical portrayal of heaven and hell.  It pushes us by its portrayal of the rich and the poor.  It pushes us by its description of the chasm between these two people and their final realities. It pushes us, by wondering about what could change this scenario of ultimate separation. click here for PDF HEAVEN AND HELL I am repeatedly indebted …

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Evensong Returns! September 25 at 7:15 PM

Evensong Ralph Connor Memorial United Church Wednesday, Sept. 25, 7:15pm   Look, the trees are turning their own bodies into pillars of light, are giving off the rich fragrance of cinnamon and fulfillment…   ~ Mary Oliver, In Blackwater Woods   In Praise of the Earth Let us remember within us The ancient clay, Holding the memory of seasons, The passion of the wind, The fluency of water, The warmth of fire, The quiver-touch of the sun And shadowed sureness of the moon. …

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Sermon: September 22, 2019 – Psalm 113

My Mom grew up on a farm near the town of Bruce Mines, Ontario, home of the first hard-rock copper mine in Canada, predating confederation by 20 years.  When the mines were open, which was sporadic at best, they contributed much to the local economy, but they also contributed the dreaded respiratory diseases, silicosis and black lung, to the men who mined there.  Most of the local men, then, knew two things: (1) they’d better have access to some farm …

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Sermon: September 15, 2019 – Luke 15: 1-10

The experience of lost-ness is one that resonates at so many levels in so many lives. Most of us can recall a hike that didn’t quite have the landmarks you’d expected, or missing your exit then getting turned around in an unfamiliar city. I hear stories from adults about their earliest or most striking memories from childhood, and becoming separated from their parents in a store or separated from friends exploring the woods, is a really common early memory, along …

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