Sermon: December 8, 2019 – Advent 2 – Matthew 3: 1-12

Sermon: December 8, 2019 – Advent 2, the Sunday of Fire – Matthew 3: 1-12 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley This was a hard sermon, to even get the first word onto the page. On Saturdays and Sundays, I am a creature of habit. Unless I have a wedding or funeral or some other immovable commitment, sermons get written at home on the first half of Saturday.  I get up the same time, I …

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Sermon: Candlelight Service of Remembrance, Dec 5 2019

6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, beloved,[e] whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about[f] these things. 9 Keep on doing the things that …

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Sermon: December 1, 2019 – Advent 1 – Isaiah 11: 1-10

A shoot, growing from the stump of Jesse. How appropriate, in this year when we’ve chosen to build our Advent themes around the classical elements of wind-fire-water-and-earth, to begin with a vivid visual metaphor from nature, of the kind of tenacious, powerful leadership that we see in Jesus Christ. click here for PDF Rather than going immediately to words, let’s spend time “seeing” this stump and wondering about it, because the varied ways we visualize this stump of Jesse and …

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Sunday Christmas Crafts!

Each Sunday in Advent, Children will be making a different Christmas Ornament in Children’s Church time! The Dec 1 ornament will be on the theme of wind/air Dec 8 will be on the theme of fire Dec 15 will be on the theme of water Dec 22 will be on the theme of earth. All are welcome!  Worship and Children’s Church begin at 10:00 AM on Sundays.

Services this week – Dec 1 to Dec 7

SUNDAY WORSHIP – Dec 1, 10:00 AM at Ralph Connor First Sunday of Advent – the Sunday of Air/Wind (Air-Fire-Water-Earth are the 4 Sundays this year) COMMUNITY ADVENT/CHRISTMAS WORSHIP – Sun Dec 1, 7:00 PM at St Michael’s Hall Carols, Lessons & Musical Selections by Canmore’s Churches!! Freewill offering for Food & Friends. CANDLELIGHT SERVICE of REMEMBRANCE – Thur Dec 5, 7:00 PM at St Michael’s Church a quiet time of remembrance during the bustle of holidays.  Featuring Alpine Voices …

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Sermon: Reign of Christ, Nov 24, 2019 – Colossians 1: 15-20

Most of us are familiar with discovering an idea or a technology, that is “radically new.”  A well-worded phrase gives us a new way of conceiving things, or a new technique or technological gadget gives us a radically different way of approaching a problem, and we go forward enlightened in a new way. click here for PDF This week’s reading from the 1st chapter of Colossians, presents us not with something that is “radically new” but rather, something that is …

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Evensong – Wed Nov 20 at 7:15 PM

WINDOWS to the Universe ~ to the Soul Set wide the window. Let me drink the day. Edith Wharton Open the window of your heart and let spirit speak. Rumi People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. Elizabeth Kubler Ross Evensong Wednesday, November 20, 2019 7:15 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church Main Street …

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Sea of Galilee

Sermon: November 17, 2019 – Isaiah 65: 17-25

What are our longings?  What do we yearn for? This is what that the writer of Isaiah 65 was wrestling with, as he searched for Divine hope for the next steps of his people’s journey. click here for PDF Isaiah is a tricky book to pin down.  Though named for “a” prophet, as it appears to have been written by a collection of prophetic authors – at least three, perhaps more – spanning several generations of the people of Judah.  …

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Evensong: Wed Nov 13 at 7:15 PM

Evensong ~ Befriending the end of the Journey ~  November 13, 7:15   “Death is our friend precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence  with all that is here, that is natural, that is love.” Rilke We gather to contemplate befriending death in song, silence and in story,  with the reading of an uncommonly tender, wonderfully warm story  written for children, a meditation on the cycle of life.    “Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person …

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