Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

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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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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