Morley Christmas Project 2020

We have celebrated with Morley for a number of years.  This year more than ever, there are Elders who need our support. Elders get OAS so they do not qualify for the Morley Food Bank.  Most elders have 5 or more people living with them, usually grandchildren. RCMUC will, along with 6 other churches, reach out with gifts to the most needy Elders in all three Bands: Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley. This year instead of turkeys, cookies, a mitten tree, …

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Worship online – Nov 15 and 22

On Sunday, November 15, online worship will be posted at https://www.jasperunitedchurch.com/ as we join Rev Nancy Monteith and the good people of Jasper UC for our online service. On Sunday, November 22, our friend and Honourary Associate Minister, Rev Michael Ward will be our online preacher at our usual location, https://studio.youtube.com/channel/UCi8loA1BP8lNAppSRR9_aQQ Many thanks to Rev Howard Thornton of St Michael’s Anglican, for providing pastoral coverage while Rev Greg Wooley is catching up on Study-and-Holiday leave.

Sermon: Remembrance Sunday, November 8, 2020 – 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18

Worry is a difficult and unpleasant companion. Download PDF: Sermon_08November2020 (1)  View at https://youtu.be/ZYLzMMYiMoU Sometimes, worry originates when our brain chemistry gets off-kilter, anxiety, fretting and insomnia take on a life of their own, and therapeutic intervention is required.  But often, worry has an origin you can identify, arising in a time of uncertainty, when we have just enough information to stimulate the fight, flight or freeze instincts and with worry. Sometimes we worry about ourselves – a lingering cough, …

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Sermon: November 1, 2020 – Matthew 23: 1-12

Sometimes, when I read a scripture lesson in which Jesus says something really, really pointed, I wonder if I am on the giving side or the receiving side of what is being said.  Today’s scripture lesson, in which Jesus denounces hypocrisy with a version of the classic-and-catchy phrase, “practice what you preach,” leaves no such ambiguity.  As someone who first stepped up to a pulpit in 1981 and has had the audacity to do in the years since then, “preach” …

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Sermon: October 25, 2020 – Matthew 22: 34-40

LOVE is at the core of today’s gospel lesson. The first three gospels all recount the same story, of Jesus being asked which commandment is greatest, and in the fourth gospel Jesus volunteers some thoughts expressing the same sentiment. View at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQoyXyzgGug  Download PDF at Sermon_25October2020 In today’s reading from Matthew, and in the 12th chapter of Mark, the setting is the same as it was in last week’s gospel reading:  Jesus, recently and not-too-quietly arrived in Jerusalem, is asked …

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Sea of Galilee

Sermon: October 18, 2020 – Matthew 22: 15-22

An argument could be made, that even before he spoke his first parable, even before he gained his first disciple, even before the first person came to him for healing, Jesus was the kind of person the authorities would watch with suspicion.  The reason?  He was from Galilee. View at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNRuCVCrm_Y  PDF at Sermon_18October2020 What do we know about the Galileans?  For years, I have heard that mostly-rural Galilee would have been regarded as somewhat of a “backwater” in the …

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World Food Day: October 16th

World Food Day Prayer by Michael Shewburg Creator of all that is, all that has ever been, and all that will ever come, in the season we know in the North as autumn, we offer gratitude for the cycle of the seasons. In this season we begin to reap what we have sown, tended to, prayed over, and fretted on. In all of this, we know that you have been there, watching over your creation and all its creatures. We …

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Sermon: Thanksgiving Sunday, Oct 11,2020 – 2 Cor.9: 6-10

Thanksgiving Sunday is a day for returning thanks, for expressing our gratitude.  What I’d like to do today, is to go one step beyond that… from gratitude, to generosity. Listen at Ralph Connor Canmore YouTube Channel,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGwCVmy7pIs PDF download here: Sermon_11October2020_Thanksgiving Today’s scripture reading from 2nd Corinthians uses an agricultural analogy that is easily relatable: “the one who plants little harvests little, and the one who plants plenty harvests plenty.”  Anyone who has put seed in the ground, will know …

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Thanksgiving Worship at the Ballpark – Oct 11 at 11 am

Thanksgiving Sunday, October 11 at 11 AM will be the third outdoor worship service for Ralph Connor Memorial United Church.  You are invited to join us at the ball diamond at Millennium Park, 5th Avenue at 1st Street in Canmore.   https://youtu.be/XH6FzWnarvQ It was so good to be together in our previous two September services, surrounded by trees and mountains and lots of fresh air, and we look forward to a cool day outdoors… but we’re accustomed to dressing for …

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Sermon: October 4, 2020 – Jonah 3: 1-10

This week, illumination has come from a few different angles… and if all goes well, they will converge at something resembling a sermon! watch at https://youtu.be/EkyucrRnq1w  download PDF at Sermon_04October2020 The first angle, is from the spiritual practice we have been following all month: the Examen.  The first three steps of the Examen are all pretty agreeable: Asking God for light, Giving thanks, and Reviewing the Day. Step four, which we take today, requires some heavier lifting:  “Face your shortcomings …

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