Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta


Missing the 7 pm bells?

At 7 pm each night, we’re all encouraged to make joyous noise as a note of thanks to our first-line responders.  Part of this has been the peals of the Church bells at St. Michael’s Anglican and Ralph Connor United.  Unfortunately, the next few days both bells will be silenced – at St. Michael’s, an ongoing silence as their bell is broken, and at Ralph Connor, a temporary silence due to the sanctuary & narthex floor refinishing.  For those wishing …

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Evensong – Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 7:15 PM

Evensong – Wednesday, May 27, 2020 A door opens in the centre of our being and we seem to fall through it into the immense depths which, though they are infinite, are all accessible to us. ~ Thomas Merton Somewhere in our lives there are people…or perhaps it is we ourselves Who are here to create new visions, to dream wider dreams, to hope beyond the ordinary And to cling to very little during this time of breaking through into …

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Evensong – Wednesday, May 20, 2020 – 7:15 pm

Evensong    Ah — a resting place, where we come to understand it is not required of us to wrestle constantly and passionately with our God — nor pursue relentlessly all God’s decrees as we understand them, but only that we listen and wonder and hope and pray… Edwina Gateley   Join us virtually for mid-week Evensong, Wednesday, May 20, 7:15pm

Evensong – Wednesday, May 13, 2020 @ 7:15 pm

Evensong, Wednesday May 13, 2020  They can be like a sun, words. They can do for the heart What light can For a field. ~John of the Cross Give me a small line of verse from time to time, O God, And if I cannot write it down for lack of paper or light, Then let me address it softly in the evening to your  Great Heaven. But please give me a small line of verse. ~Etty Hillesum, An Interrupted …

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Dance as prayer – April 29 Evensong

Evensong by Zoom – this Wednesday at 7:15 PM Prayer is moving. Prayer is offering our bones back to the dance. Prayer is letting go of everything that impedes our inner silence. God is the dance and the dance is the way to freedom and freedom is our holy work. ~ Gabrielle Roth People danced communally to celebrate the seasons’ cycles, to express joy, reverence and grief, and to commemorate challenges overcome. We find in the energy of the dance …

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Vigils for Nova Scotia

In honour of the lives lost in Nova Scotia, our flags at Ralph Connor will fly at half-mast until Friday, April 24.  The United Church of Canada is hosting an online vigil on its YouTube page, Wednesday April 22 at 11:00 AM MDT.  There will be an online vigil entitled “Nova Scotia Remembers” on Friday at 4:00 pm MDT, hosted on the Colchester – Supporting Our Communities Facebook page.  Our hearts are heavy with this tragic and senseless loss of …

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Earth Day Evensong

Once again, Evensong gathers by Zoom – Wednesday April 22 at 7:15 PM.  Login details are attached to the weekly Evensong email – or contact office@ralphconnor.ca We should be listening to the stars in the heavens and the sun and the moon, to the mountains and the plains, to the forests and rivers and seas that surround us, to the meadows and the flowering grasses, to the songbirds and the insects and to their music especially in the evening and …

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Julian Cell

Julian of Norwich – Evensong online – April 15 at 7:15 PM

Christianity can help us realize that death and resurrection are part of the evolutionary path toward wholeness; letting go of isolated existence for the sake of deeper union. Something dies but something new is born—which is why the chaos of our times is, in a strange way, a sign of hope; something new is being born within. Out of chaos, a star is born. Breakdown can be break through if we recognize a new pattern of life struggling to emerge.  …

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