Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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Sermon: November 4, 2018 – Luke 10: 25-37

Sermon: November 4, 2018 – Luke 10: 25-37 Ralph Connor Memorial Untied Church – Rev. Greg Wooley click here for PDF What a great scripture reading today.  Jesus, pushed to pick one of the 613 commandments of the Hebrew Scriptures to stand above all others, snags two and links them together: “love God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind” (Deuteronomy 6: 4-5), and “love your neighbour as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18).  When his questioner asked Jesus a follow-up question, …

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Sermon: October 28, 2108 – Mark 10: 26-32

Sermon: October 28, 2018 – Mark 10: 46-52 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF An important part of engaging a Bible story, is to pay attention not only to what it does say, but also what it does not say.   In our reading today from the gospel of Mark, there is a pivotal moment when the action could have unfolded in a number of different ways, and what Jesus says and …

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Sermon: October 14,2018 – Mark 10: 17-31

Sermon: October 14, 2018 – Mark 10: 17-31 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF There’s not much that I remember from High School chemistry classes, but I do remember the way we were taught difficult concepts, which I thought at the time was very clever and still do. First time through, we would be given a set of examples in which everything worked out beautifully – all the math worked out, no complications. …

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Sermon: October 7, 2018 – Matthew 6: 25-34

Sermon: October 7, 2018 – Matthew 6: 25-34 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF Seven months ago, Shannon and I stood with roughly 40 other pilgrims at the top of a hill – the same hill,  according to tradition, where Jesus spoke the Sermon on the Mount. We were ready to take a quiet downhill walk to the Sea of Galilee, and on the way, look and listen to what nature …

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Sermon: September 30, 2018 – the book of Esther

Sermon: September 30, 2018 – the book of Esther Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF On October 9th – one week from Tuesday – we begin studying a book with a big long title,  Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words have lost their meaning and power – and how they can be restored. (After Worship, there will be a sign-up clipboard in Gordon Hall so we can get a better idea of …

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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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