Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

EVENSONG

Evensong – Wed Jan 8 2020 at 7:15 PM

The magi reveal the gifts they have brought of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Gold represents the honour brought to a King, frankincense is a connection to the divine by raising our prayers heavenward, and myrrh a holy oil of anointing. Carry your treasures and give them away freely. ~ Christine Valters Paintner There is so much love in the world. There is so much good. Smile at people you go past even if they don’t smile back, they feel that …

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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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Evensong – Wed Nov 6 at 7:15 PM

TAKING LEAVE Ours and Others’ I hear the last car leaving Everyone so kind You would have loved seeing so many dear friends at one time Now I’ll be making friends with gone Shari Ulrich Decide carefully The life you would love to look back on When your time comes to turn and take leave John O’Donohue In this thinned-veiled season all are welcome  to a contemplative evening of song, prose, and silence                   …

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Evensong – Wed Oct 16 at 7:15 PM

October 16. Blessings ~ From Gesundheit to Peace be with you, we bestow blessings on one another. Join us, as we contemplate blessings, in word and song. Evensong – a mid-week contemplative oasis, since 2001. each Wednesday at 7:15 PM in the Sanctuary of Ralph Connor Church

Richard Wagamese

Evensong, Wed Oct 9 at 7:15 PM

Evensong, Oct 9, 2019, 7:15 pm Gratitude: Season of Creation I raise the pipe of my being to the rising sun in openness and humility. With my eyes closed, I give thanks to the life giver and ask for strength to be humble through the course of this day. I smudge myself with sacred medicines and give thanks for the blessings that are already present in my life. I ask for nothing. I only offer thanks. Then, in gratitude and …

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creation time stole

Evensong, Wed Oct 2 at 7:15 PM

The alchemy of grace … the season of autumn, the season of Creation.  Come for a contemplative evening of song, poetry, and silence.   All are welcome.   Again I resume the long lesson:  How small a thing can be pleasing, how little in this hard world it takes to satisfy the mind and bring it to its rest. –        Wendell Berry, Sabbaths I lay my heart on the altar of stars, I make my bed on ancient stone, With the trees, …

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Evensong Returns! September 25 at 7:15 PM

Evensong Ralph Connor Memorial United Church Wednesday, Sept. 25, 7:15pm   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 Blackwater Woods   In Praise of the Earth Let us remember within us The ancient clay, Holding the memory of seasons, The passion of the wind, The fluency of water, The warmth of fire, The quiver-touch of the sun And shadowed sureness of the moon. …

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Celebrating Indigenous Spirituality this Wednesday

At the final EVENSONG of the 2018-2019 Church year, we welcome GLORIA SNOW to lead us in a contemplative time of worship.  Gloria is a student for United Church Ministry, from the Stoney Nakoda nation.  We are so honoured to welcome her leadership to this service, and that of her husband KEN LEVAE. Ralph Connor Church, 7:15 PM, Wednesday June 19th. Click here for information about Canmore’s celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day, Friday June 21st. Evensong will return for its …

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