Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

Sermon: June 16, 2019 – Acts 17: 16-21

Bible teacher Kenneth Osbeck wrote in 1990 that Jesus Loves me was “without doubt the song that has been sung more by children than any other hymn…and is still one of the first hymns taught to new converts in other lands.” click here for PDF As a child of the 1960s, I can attest to that popularity in my growing-up years.  So I had a look at the old 1930 United Church Hymnary to check the lyrics that I would …

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Sermon: Pride Sunday, June 2, 2019 – John 17:20-26

When I was growing up, “proud” was a difficult word, at least in the circle of modesty I grew up in.  It was OK to tell someone you were proud of them,  and we could be proud of our war veterans, in the way we’ve been hearing this past week at the 75th anniversary of D-Day – but in the opinions of my family and my Church, to be “proud” of one’s self was to be a “prideful” person, and …

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Sermon: May 26, 2019 – Psalm 67 and John 1: 1-5, 14

“Faith, hope and love are the very nature of God, and thus the nature of all Being.   Each of these Three Great Virtues must always include the other two in order to be authentic: love is always hopeful and faithful, hope is always loving and faithful, and faith is always loving and hopeful.  They are the very nature of God and thus of all Being.  Such wholeness is personified in the cosmos as Christ, and in human history as Jesus.  …

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Sermon: May 19, 2019 – Revelation 21:1-6 and John 13: 31-35

This morning we have heard two readings, both speaking of something NEW: the new commandment of love that Jesus gives his disciples in the gospel of John, and the vision of a new heaven and a new earth, in the book of Revelation. click here for PDF of this sermon Occasionally in our lives, things emerge that are brand-new.  A new learning or a new opportunity comes out of nowhere and transforms the path we are on, or, conversely,  something …

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Norwich Cathedral

Sermon: May 12, 2019 – Psalm 23 and John 21

It was my great joy to spend Holy Week this year in the UK, at Norwich Cathedral.  What drew me there, was a series of lectures by Rev. Dr. Malcolm Guite, a Minister, Poet, Chaplain and Musician based at Cambridge University who had been invited for the week.  Each evening from Monday to Thursday, and then mid-day on Good Friday, Malcolm would follow a similar pattern: some introductory thoughts, then read one of his scripture-based sonnets, reflect on it then, …

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Sermon: May 5, 2019 – Acts 9 and John 21

Sermon: May 5, 2019 – Acts 9: 1-6 and John 21: 1-14 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here to download PDF This morning feels very much like the first school day back after an extended summer holiday, with the task in front of me the classic “What I did on my summer vacation” assignment.    And I suspect that parts of sermons for months to come, will have a bit of that sense to …

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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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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 …

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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 …

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