Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

Sermon: January 27, 2019 – 1 Corinthians 12

Sermon: January 27, 2019 – 1 Corinthians 12 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley final sermon before sabbatical! click here for pdf In a way, I hardly needed to do a sermon this morning, because the Apostle Paul has already preached one, including an extended illustration, in the reading from 1st Corinthians 12.  Or should I say, Paul has preached two sermons, weaving them together in a way that probably seemed like a good idea …

Read moreSermon: January 27, 2019 – 1 Corinthians 12

Sermon: January 20, 2019 – Psalm 36: 5-10

Sermon: January 20, 2019 – Psalm 36: 5-10 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF Scripture readings have a personality all their own.   And in approaching them, the preacher does well to approach in the way that an artisan would approach a piece of stone or a block of wood, asking first what it wants to be, attentive to what needs to emerge from this material rather than trying to force their …

Read moreSermon: January 20, 2019 – Psalm 36: 5-10

Sermon: January 13, 2019 – Isaiah 43 and Luke 3

Sermon: January 13, 2019 (Baptism of Jesus) – Isaiah 43 and Luke 3 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here to download PDF One of the complaints frequently heard about very holy places in the world, is how crowded and commercialized they get.  And indeed, our visit to the Jordan River last spring was hardly what you’d call “solitary.”  In the dusty parking lot there were 20 or more tour buses, and room for …

Read moreSermon: January 13, 2019 – Isaiah 43 and Luke 3

Sermon: Epiphany Sunday, January 6, 2019 – Matthew 2: 1-12

As we see the Magi progress through the key journey of their lives – starting at their comfortable, settled status quo, then being called out of that and ending up in the very presence of Jesus, the light of the world, the Word made Flesh – we may see our lives in a new way. I’m not suggesting you head out and get fitted for a superhero costume…

Sermon: December 23, 2018 (Advent 4) – Luke 1: 26-45

Sermon: December 23, 2018 (Advent IV) – Luke 1: 26-45 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley <PDF feature not presently available> Three years ago, when preaching on Ruth and Naomi, I mentioned in passing a movie-rating test commonly known as the Bechdel test… and on this fourth Sunday of Advent, with its focus on Mary and Elizabeth, a little deeper excursion into this test is warranted. Essayist Rebecca Beatrice Brooks describes the test and its …

Read moreSermon: December 23, 2018 (Advent 4) – Luke 1: 26-45

Sermon: Sunday, December 16, 2018 (Advent 3) – John 1: 15-28

Sermon: December 16, 2018 (Advent 3) – John 1: 15-28 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF What do we know about John the Baptist?  Quite a bit, actually, when we put together the reports from all four gospels: He looked and sounded like a wild man: a coat of camel’s hair, a leather belt around his waist, a diet of locusts and wild honey, roaring his disapproval of the religious establishment …

Read moreSermon: Sunday, December 16, 2018 (Advent 3) – John 1: 15-28

Sermon: Sunday, December 9, 2018 (Advent 2) – Isaiah 40: 1-11

Sermon: December 9, 2018 – 2nd Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 40: 1-11 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF In this year’s Advent journey, we are following the traditional themes for the four Sundays: Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.  Today, the 2nd of the 4 Sundays, our focus is on Peace. Peace is a yearning that is both personal and global. We seek to be “at peace” in ourselves, while also praying …

Read moreSermon: Sunday, December 9, 2018 (Advent 2) – Isaiah 40: 1-11

Sermon: December 2, 2018 – 1st Sunday of Advent, Isaiah 64: 1-9

Sermon: December 2, 2018 (Advent 1) – Isaiah 64: 1-9 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF This is one of those weeks in which it has been somewhat tempting to just take last week’s sermon and preach it again.  Not because it was such a hum-dinger that it could be spoken twice, but because there is such overlap between what we explored last week about proclaiming Jesus as Lord, and today’s …

Read moreSermon: December 2, 2018 – 1st Sunday of Advent, Isaiah 64: 1-9

Sermon: Reign of Christ Sunday, November 25, 2018 – 2 Cor 4: 1-12

Sermon: Reign of Christ Sunday, November 25, 2018 – 2 Corinthians 4: 1-12 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF of sermon Jesus is Lord. Three words, but oh, what a range of responses they raise. As a United Church person, what I run into rather frequently is an aversion to the term “Lord,” whether applied to Jesus or God.  As a term it is masculine and hierarchical; and for those with …

Read moreSermon: Reign of Christ Sunday, November 25, 2018 – 2 Cor 4: 1-12

Gathering of Souls – Evensong

Gathering of Souls You are invited to bring a picture or a remembrance of someone you wish to be remembered and celebrated.   Now he is God not of the dead, but for the living; for to him all of them are alive. Luke 20:38     They shall grow not old, as we that are left to grow old: Age shall not weary them, or the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, …

Read moreGathering of Souls – Evensong