Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

Sermon: September 30, 2018 – Mark 9: 30-37

Sermon: September 23, 2018 – Mark 9: 30-37 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore, AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF A happy-making skill that many people have, is song recognition.  Especially if the song comes from those teenage years when so many things lock themselves permanently into memory, many of us can hear the first bar or two of a popular song from long ago, even if we haven’t heard it for ages and, in most cases …

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Sermon: September 16, 2018 – Mark 8: 27-38

SERMON: September 16, 2018 – Mark 8: 27-38 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF North of the Sea of Galilee is a beautiful nature preserve, going once more by its ancient name of Banias (or in some dialects, “Panias”). In the days of Jesus, however, it had a different name: Caesarea Philippi. Two weeks ago, we heard that place name as we read the 42nd Psalm – a Psalm in which …

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Sermon: September 9, 2018 – James 2: 1-10, 14-18

Sermon: September 9, 2018 – James 2: 1-10, 14-18 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF When my kids were teenagers, a conversation game called “would you rather” started to be popular – shared between friends, or on one of those days when the teacher wanted to give the class a fun break.  Basically, it is what it sounds like: two scenarios are proposed, and you need to choose which one you’d …

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Sermon: September 2, 2018 – Psalm 42

Sermon: September 2, 2018 – Psalm 42 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF Shannon and I grew up on the Prairies, and when it came time to decide where to go to seminary, we sensed that we would do well to go leave the Prairies, to give us an experience of a different perspective before returning home to begin our Ministries. The “elsewhere” we landed at, in the fall of 1984, …

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Sermon: August 26, 2018 – John 6: 51-68

Sermon: August 26, 2018 – John 6: 51-68 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF The focus scripture for today’s message, is John 6:67-68.  In these verses Jesus, watching many people walk away and choose other paths in life, asks the inner circle of twelve disciples if they, too were planning to leave, and Peter answered with these words: “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life.” …

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Sermon: August 19, 2018 – Proverbs 8: 1-21

Sermon: August 19, 2018 – Proverbs 8 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev. Greg Wooley click here for PDF To my mind, one of the greatest compliments that someone can give, is to refer to someone as wise, for the gift of wisdom has its own unique aura.  When receiving sage advice from someone, we speak of being “in the presence of wisdom” as though it is an entity unto itself: not just a quality that the …

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Sermon: August 12, 2018 – John 6: 35, 41-51

Sermon: August 12, 2018 – John 6: 35, 41-51 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev. Greg Wooley click here for PDF Marcus Borg, the very accessible scholar whose works we’ll be studying again this fall, spoke of the distinction between what has been written about the “pre-Easter Jesus” (Jesus in his historical lifetime) and the “post-Easter Jesus” (what Jesus became after his death).  Others, before and since, have referred to this as the difference between “the Jesus …

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Sermon: August 5, 2018 – Ephesians 4:25-5:2

Sermon: August 5, 2018 – Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF FOLK FESTIVAL SUNDAY: I did not grow up in a “Bible-quoting” household.  We did lots of other things that gave shape to our days as a “Christian” home, but quoting scripture wasn’t part of it.  There were a couple of Bible Story books that got read as bedtime stories, but other than that, scripture was used …

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Sermon: July 29, 2018 – John 6: 1-15

Sermon: July 29, 2018 – John 6: 1-15 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF I begin today’s message with two questions.  The first question is, What feeds me? And the second question is, for what do I hunger?  At first glance, these two questions may seem like the same thing – and in a perfectly aligned, well-adjusted life, I suppose they would be. My soul, or my belly, or the two …

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Sermon: July 22, 2018 – Mark 6: 30-34, 53-56

Sermon: July 22, 2018 – Mark 6: 30-34, 53-56 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF What a delight this morning to have TWO baptisms in our worship service.  And on this day when the waters of baptism call us to consider once more, what it means to have Christ’s mission of love in the world dwell within us, we have this gospel lesson in which Jesus encounters people who are coming …

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