Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

EVENSONG

Evensong ~ The Pilgrimage of Advent ~ Wednesday, December 1, 2021 @ 7:15 PM

Treasures of Darkness I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places,  so that you may know that it is I, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.  Isaiah 45:3 Glory be to you, O Eternal Creator of the night, for the whiteness of the moon,  the dance of a billion stars, the infinite stretches of dark space. Let me be learning to love the night… If you wish, have candles to …

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Evensong ~ Wednesday, November 24, 2021 @ 7:15 PM

A Reflection on Love Deep the love, deep the love deep the love that calls us Oh, the love, deep the love, the love that calls us on.  ~ Carolyn McDade May I learn to look at myself with the eyes of understanding and love.

Evensong ~ Gwilatkw – the Season of Blanket ~ Wednesday, November 17, 2021 @ 7:15PM

Gwilatkw, the season of Blanket Snow protecting the sunken roots Woolen warmth woven around my feet: Time of pause to consider Who I am, Whose I am, What I stand for, tall and rooted under snow.  (Evensong November 13, 2002) We gather Wednesday, November 17 at 7:15 via Zoom in this  Season of Blanket. A time for remembering and for healing. Come. All of you is welcome. …I pray to understand the stranger inside me Who will emerge in the …

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Evensong ~ Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 7:15 PM

This Wednesday, on the eve of Remembrance Day, we embrace the lives of two women from the UK:  the 14th century mystic, Julian of Norwich, and the World War I heroine, Edith Cavell, whose body is interred at Norwich Cathedral.   Julian recalled these words, spoken to her in an ecstatic vision from Christ on the cross:  And this word: you shall not be overcome, was said sharply and mightily, for sureness and comfort against all tribulations that may come.  He …

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Evensong: Wednesday November 10 at 7:15 PM

This Wednesday, on the eve of Remembrance Day, our Evensong contemplative service, on Zoom, will embrace the lives of two women from the UK: the 14th century mystic, Julian of Norwich, and the World War I heroine, Edith Cavell, whose body is interred at Norwich Cathedral. Julian recalled these words, spoken to her in an ecstatic vision from Christ on the cross: And this word: you shall not be overcome, was said sharply and mightily, for sureness and comfort against …

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Evensong ~ Wednesday, November 3, 2021 @ 7:15 PM

If you wish, have a candle ready for lighting. Listen. They are with us. They are standing with us even now, at your shoulder while you gather nets, forge steel, harvest crops, lay roads, build houses, tend homes, raise children or stalk moose through the muskeg bog. Can you not feel the comforting presence of them watching over you? Can you not feel the weight of an old and wrinkled hand upon your shoulder or your brow? They are with …

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Evensong ~ Wednesday, October 27, 2021 @ 7:15 PM

The invitation for this season is to remember and honor these stories which live inside of us, many of them unfinished or incomplete. We let the ‘lost human voices speak through us’ and perhaps discover our own deepest longings are woven together with theirs. ~ Christine Valters Paintner, Abbey of the Arts We clasp the hands of those who go before us. ~ Wendell Berry Myth insists that in each of us a great kingdom presides: filled with forests, remote …

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Evensong ~ Wednesday, October 20, 2021 @ 7:15 PM ~

Autumn Healing Rest You are invited to Evensong, a time of midweek grounding and rest.   Teachings come from everywhere when you open yourself up to them.That’s the trick of it, really.  Open yourself to everything and everything opens itself to you.   Richard Wagamese Song for Autumn by Mary Oliver Don’t you imagine the leaves dream now how comfortable it will be to touch the earth instead of the nothingness of the air and the endless freshets of wind? And …

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Evensong ~ Wednesday, October 13 @ 7:15 pm ~

Healing in the Falling Leaves and Shorter Days You are invited to Evensong. A time to rest and ground yourself midweek.   It occurs to me that the secret of fully being here, walking the skin of this planet, is to learn to see things as though I were looking at them for the first time, or the last. Nothing is too small…mundane…unusual Everything is magical. Everything moves my spirit…and I am spiritual… And I am moved to heal. Richard …

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Evensong ~ Season of Creation ~ Wednesday, October 6, 2021 @ 7:15 pm

Season of Creation  Oct. 6, 7:15pm ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You are invited to have beside you, for the service, the following items: For Fire, a candle For Water, a bowl or cup of water For Earth, a bowl of dirt or a rock All the experiences we have in nature are of value to us. They can help us heal physically, emotionally, and intellectually, and our ties to the Creator may be strengthened simply through close encounters with Creation itself. ~ Jim …

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