Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta


Circle Dance: a Meditation in Motion – Evensong

Circle Dance:  a Meditation in Motion “Everything in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances.” ~ Maya Angelou Every  child Has known God, Not the God of names, Not the God of don’ts, Not the God who ever does anything weird, But the God who only knows four words  and keeps repeating them, saying: “Come dance with Me.” Come Dance. -Hafiz Evensong, November 14th, 7:15 p.m.

Evensong – Wednesday October 31 – Halloween

At the base of this mountain High above the valley Stillness drops down drapes the forest, dresses us, washes our feet, enters us with each inhalation This is the altar of the Sacred This is the Bread of the Great Thanksgiving. ~ Fed, by Antoinette Voûte Roeder Who can tell how lovely in June is the honey locust tree, or why a tree should be so sweet and live in this world? Each white blossom on a dangle of white …

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EVENSONG – Wednesday, Oct 17 – 7:15 pm

Fin and feather, flesh, blood and bone: the earth calls its creatures to leave the familiar, turn again into the unknown; to move steadily and continuously and at great risk toward an invisible goal, expending great energy with the possibility of failure… ~ Marianne Worcester Now I am revealing new things to you, things hidden and unknown to you, created just now, this very moment. Of these things you have heard nothing until now so that you cannot say, Oh …

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Evensong with Harpist Olivia Ritchy – Wednesday October 10 at 7:15 pm

In the quiet of the evening, with the twilight drawing nigh, there is music in the darkness as the stars ignite the sky. Pacem, Andy Beck and Brian Fisher   Medicine heals the mind, soul, and spirit by the body, But music heals the body by the mind, soul and spirit. Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Conclusiones Nongentae, 1486   On Wednesday October 10 at 7:15… Rest your mind. Let your soul chant. Savor the resonance of Olivia’s harp-spirit. Photo by …

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Evensong: Listening with an Awake Heart

In this season of radiance and release, we gather for Evensong, a time apart to listen, to sing, to be still. Birch Chose one low hanging leaf heart shaped Still attached to Mother Birch and listen to all it has to say.  The cue will be obvious when it’s your turn to speak Its palm will fall on yours, face down Blind sentences touching the breath of your hand then whispering the language that gold understands Choose one low hanging leaf, heart …

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Evensong, Wednesday September 26, 7:15 pm

Once, long long ago . . . yet somehow, not so very long . . . when all the animals and rocks and winds and waters and trees and birds and fish and all the beings of the world could speak . . . and understand one another . . . ~ Old Turtle, Douglas Wood In the silence of the morning, when the dawn has just begun, as the moon is softly fading with the rising of the sun. …

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Evensong returns this Wednesday, Sept 19

Autumn arrives with a gold-tinged invitation  to slow down and breathe deeply. Look, the trees are turning their own bodies into pillars of light, are giving off the rich fragrance of cinnamon and fulfillment…                          ~ Mary Oliver In this season of radiance and release,  we gather again for another season of Evensong,  a time apart to listen, to sing, to be still.  Settle into the grace of Autumn …

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Final Evensong Until Fall Equinox

All My Relations come, Every nation come, All My Relations under the sun, We Are One As the sun spirals its longest dance, cleanse us As nature shows bounty and fertility, bless us May all beings live with loving intent, And fulfill their truest destiny ​ ​ May the longtime sun shine upon you​ ​ May all love surround you​ ​ And the pure Light Within you guide you on your way Evensong, June 20, 2018, 7:15 PM Solstice and …

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Bathing in song with Alpine Voices Threshold Choir, Wednesday, June 13

Welcome to the song, Welcome to the circle. We’ll wrap you in our voices, We’ll carry you home. ~ Lila Allen Rest in the gentle singing of   Alpine Voices Threshold Choir Evensong Wednesday, June 13, 7:15pm Ralph Connor Memorial United Church Next week, June 20 ~ Eve of the Summer Solstice  and National Indigenous Peoples Day Last gathering until Evensong resumes in September Watch for a summer film series on Wednesday evenings  

Evensong, June 6th, 7:15 p.m.

Evensong, June 6th, 7:15 p.m. An evening of circle dance … a meditation in motion. No prior experience necessary and all are welcome!   I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world. I may not complete this last one but I give myself to it. I circle around God, that primordial tower. I’ve been circling for thousands of years and I still don’t know: am I a falcon, a storm, or a great song? – …

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