Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

Julian Cell

Evensong ~ May 8, 2019

This Wednesday, we sit with the writings of the 14th century English contemplative, Julian of Norwich. Her Revelations of Divine Love speak of the Mothering role of Christ, amidst a series of visions she experienced of a God motivated by love, not wrath: “I it am, the Might and the Goodness of the Fatherhood; I it am, the Wisdom of the Motherhood; I it am, the Light and the Grace that is all blessed Love: I it am, the Trinity, …

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Evensong, May 1st

And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here. ~St Augustine   Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time. ~Martin Luther   The life-sparking energies of the Divine touch the infinite potential of Life; green emerges out of earth and we breathe afresh the mystery of spring. Deep peace, filling spirit and …

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Unforgetting – Good Friday service 2019

Rev. Bill Millar writes, “As part of the “Open Out” process at Ralph Connor in which we explored the call to diversity in the future, we identified the need to recognize and celebrate the diversity of the past. This Good Friday worship service was part of that process. click here for full PDF document “The evening was rainy and bitterly cold … but as the service ended a flock of geese flew in formation above us, from west, always a symbol …

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Evensong ~ The Season of Easter ~ Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front by Wendell Berry   Love the quick profit, the annual raise, vacation with pay. Want more of everything ready-made. Be afraid to know your neighbors and to die. And you will have a window in your head. Not even your future will be a mystery any more. Your mind will be punched in a card and shut away in a little drawer. When they want you to buy something they will call you. When …

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Evensong ~ Wednesday March 27, 7:15 ~ Ralph Connor United Church

Evensong ~ Lent IV ~ Midway through the Journey   Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good ways lie; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls… Jeremiah 6:16   Gather for a “Pot Luck” style service, bringing offerings of song, word, prayer, ritual or reflection to share at the mid-point of this Lenten exploration.   There was someone I loved who grew old and ill One by one I …

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Ash Wednesday Evensong March 6 at 7:15 pm

Lent offers the gift of wilderness wandering, free of expectation.   Listening … clear of mind, sharp of sight, open to wonder and  to listening deeply, as if for the first time,   and yes, to stumbling, perhaps often, upon all that lies upon these ancient paths, paths made new again through trust in all that is yet to unfold ….. (If you so desire, bring a mid-size rock to contribute to the cairn we shall construct over the weeks of the …

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Wednesday February 27 – EVENSONG – 7:15 pm

Being Light Uphold the Light that your inner light may illumine fear-filled hearts… Light comes with each new dawn. yield to the Light within; become a chalice of light for the world! Nan Merrill   A “holon” is something that is simultaneously a whole by itself and yet a part of larger whole. A drop of water in the air, or a steam or the ocean, is a holon. We are all holons   How is one to live a …

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