Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

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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Sermon: June 10, 2018 – John 17: 17-23

Sermon: June 10, 2018 – John 17: 17-23.  93rd Anniversary of Church Union. Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here to open a PDF version of this sermon June 10, 1925: the inaugural service of the United Church of Canada   It would have been quite the spectacle: eight thousand delegates, representing two of the largest Protestant denominations in Canada, all of the Methodists and about 2/3 of the Presbyterians, plus the smaller Congregationalist association, …

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Sermon: June 3, 2018 – Psalm 139: 1-18

Sermon: June 3, 2018 – Psalm 139: 1-18 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley For a printable PDF of this Sermon click here This week, Shannon and I were talking about the 139th Psalm and how much we both love it. And the next thing we realized, is that neither of us had preached on this Psalm on a Sunday – at funerals, yes, but not in Sunday worship.  So it was time to take …

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Sermon: Trinity Sunday, May 27, 2018 – John 3: 1-17

Sermon: Trinity Sunday, May 27, 2018 – John 3: 1-17 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley Please click here for a downloadable version of this sermon In the game of golf, there is a long-standing tradition known as the mulligan.  While not existing in ANY of the official rules, and in fact completely contrary to them, a mulligan is a do-over – re-taking a shot that you flubbed the first time. For those of you …

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Sermon: April 29, 2018 – Matthew 28: 16-20

Sermon: April 29, 2018 – Matthew 28: 16-20 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for a printable pdf of this sermon The Bible can be a very emotional and evocative book. I hear the words of the Beatitudes, “blessed are the pure in heart, blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5: 8-9) and my shoulders relax, I breathe deeper and more easily. I see a hillside in Galilee and eager disciples absorbing each word …

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