Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

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: 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: 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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