Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta


Evensong – Wednesday February 20 at 7:15 pm


For you created my inmost being;

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Psalm 139

Ancient and young, oldest

bone of the planet that was just

last week laid bare by the blunt

sculpting of the ice: it seemed a land designed

to summon mammals – haunched and shouldered,


Did we even notice

that the red pine sprang directly from the rock

and swayed in wind like gospel choirs?

~ Don McKay, Precambrian Shield


Bones, bones are everywhere
and nowhere.
Wind tosses them across dunes
and bare rock,
into dry washes and arroyos,
the way seeds are scattered
on the sides of hills
waiting years
to become cactus.

Bone Woman sifts through the sand
and the sand beneath the sand
One by one by one,
she collects
each lonely bone.  

~ Megan McDonald,
The Bonekeeper

Evensong, February 20, 7:15pm
Ralph Connor Memorial United Church