Sermon: Thanksgiving Sunday, October 10, 2021 – Mark 10: 17-27

At Thanksgiving, we acknowledge that God is the source of life, the earth and all living beings. At Thanksgiving, we open ourselves to others with God’s own generosity. It may seem strange to have the gospel lesson about Jesus and a rich man seeking eternal life as our Thanksgiving scripture reading.  If truth be told, it’s the gospel reading for the Sunday between October 9th and October 15th , not specifically designated as a “Thanksgiving” reading at all; but to …

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Thanksgiving Sunday

With regret, our in-person outdoor Thanksgiving service has been cancelled. We had hoped to have one more outdoor service at the Ball Diamond on October 10th… but in order to reduce the risk of Thanksgiving super-spreaders,  revised government regulations have decreased the allowable size of outdoor gatherings, from 200 all the way down to 20.  With this in mind, we are cancelling our outdoor service.  We’ll be posting worship to our usual location, the Ralph Connor Canmore YouTube channel, followed …

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Sermon: October 3, 2021 – Ephesians 2: 13-22

Such dividedness. Insiders and outsiders.  Ethnic and Religious splits. Positions strongly held, to the point of erecting walls of hostility between one another. Differences, even, in what is considered authoritative and true. Watch at https://youtu.be/C9XfrJ_u-7o     Download PDF here: Sermon_03October2021 No, I’m not talking about Alberta or Canada or the US in the year 2021, though I clearly could be.  This paragraph describes the situation addressed by the second chapter of Ephesians. Traditionally considered a letter of the apostle Paul, …

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Sermon: Every Child Matters Sunday – Sept 26, 2021 – Matt. 3: 13-17

Jesus was not the first person to be baptized.  And John the Baptist was not the first person to perform this sacred ritual.  But at the baptism of Jesus, some important things happened. Download PDF here: Sermon_26Sept2021 Jesus was roughly thirty years old when he came to the River Jordan, so he came with much experience.  Whether that was the experience of being a carpenter or stonemason like his father Joseph, or if he had already engaged in formal study …

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Evensong Resumes Wed Sept 22nd

Evensong at the Equinox, Sept. 22, 7:15 PM   The autumn equinox… a time when the sun rests above the equator,  and day and night are divided equally.  It heralds a season filled with change, celebrates the harvest,  and ushers in the brilliant beauty of death.  Autumn is a season of transition… We are invited to rest into its mystery. ~ Christine Valters Paintner, Abbey of the Arts Let evening come. …Let the stars appear and the moon disclose her silver …

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Sermon: September 19, 2021 – Mark 9: 30-37

Today’s gospel reading from the 9th chapter of Mark has three parts to it: Jesus delivers troubling news about his death, which his disciples fail to understand; those same disciples quarrel and jostle for position; and Jesus brings a child into their midst, to illustrate just how different his new conception of power is from their tired old views. View at https://youtu.be/escx5Jmmfso      Download PDF: Sermon_19September2021 Let’s look at these three portions, with an intention to experience the wisdom …

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September 30 – Orange Shirt Day events

Here are some local events on Sept 30th – National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. the TOWN OF CANMORE is having an event at the Civic Centre at 12 noon to honour the survivors of residential schools and the children who never returned home.  We will gather in ceremony with our Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney) neighbours outside at the Civic Centre Plaza (902 7 Avenue, Canmore) to remember in prayer, in dance, in voice, and in tradition. the TOWN OF BANFF and Parks Canada …

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Sermon: September 12, 2021 – Psalm 19

Figuring out one’s priorities is no easy feat. Do I focus on my own needs, the needs of those closest to me, the needs of communities that I am part of, or the needs of all living beings and the planet itself?  With so many needs, how do I best align my choices with God’s hopes – especially at a time when many of us feel that our capacity is at a low ebb? Watch at https://youtu.be/4j35tkU9vAI   Download PDF:  Sermon_12September2021 …

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Sermon: August 29, 2021 – James 1: 17-27

The book of James is one of those books you probably know a couple of quotes from, even if you couldn’t specifically place them.  James 2:20 says that “Faith without works is dead” and in today’s reading, James 1:22, working the same angle, urges the reader/listener to “Be Doers of the Word, and not Hearers only.” Watch at https://youtu.be/C6Pa_0VBiK8  Download PDF at Sermon_29August2021 Even for those who aren’t overtly religious, these quotes ring true.  The things that we say are …

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