Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

Sermon: November 28, 2021 – Advent I – Luke 1: 68-80

Note: Sunday, November 28, 2021, the congregations of Ralph Connor Memorial UC, Canmore and Rundle Memorial UC, Banff joined to worship, in Banff.  For the Ralph Connor congregation, this was the first time in 89 weeks that they had been able to worship in-person, indoors.  Each year in the season of Advent, the scriptures lead us to consider what it is to wait expectantly: our expectant waiting for the full emergence of the new realm of love and justice that …

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Stained Glass Holy Family

Sermon: December 6, 2020 – Advent II – Matthew 1: 18-25

As much as the holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph is held in high esteem, the Bible tells us little about Joseph.   I know way more about the Patriarch Joseph, the one of the technicolour dreamcoat, than I do about this first male influence in the life of Jesus. Watch at https://youtu.be/Eo1ARzyw7i0 Download PDF at Sermon_06December2020-Adv2 On this Sunday of Peace, however, I wish to focus on one thing about Joseph:  he was the one who could have made …

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Sermon: November 29, 2020 – Advent I – Luke 3: 1-6

Hope.  What an important word for us right now. We need hope. With widespread fatigue and discouragement as public health needs necessitate greater restrictions, and the kinds of emotional and spiritual hopelessness that many people are experiencing, we need things that help us find hope: short term hope, close-to-home hope, as well as bigger, more far-reaching hopes for the world.  So long as it brings no harm to self or others, this is a time when we need to be …

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Sermon: December 8, 2019 – Advent 2 – Matthew 3: 1-12

Sermon: December 8, 2019 – Advent 2, the Sunday of Fire – Matthew 3: 1-12 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley This was a hard sermon, to even get the first word onto the page. On Saturdays and Sundays, I am a creature of habit. Unless I have a wedding or funeral or some other immovable commitment, sermons get written at home on the first half of Saturday.  I get up the same time, I …

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Sermon: December 1, 2019 – Advent 1 – Isaiah 11: 1-10

A shoot, growing from the stump of Jesse. How appropriate, in this year when we’ve chosen to build our Advent themes around the classical elements of wind-fire-water-and-earth, to begin with a vivid visual metaphor from nature, of the kind of tenacious, powerful leadership that we see in Jesus Christ. click here for PDF Rather than going immediately to words, let’s spend time “seeing” this stump and wondering about it, because the varied ways we visualize this stump of Jesse and …

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Sunday Christmas Crafts!

Each Sunday in Advent, Children will be making a different Christmas Ornament in Children’s Church time! The Dec 1 ornament will be on the theme of wind/air Dec 8 will be on the theme of fire Dec 15 will be on the theme of water Dec 22 will be on the theme of earth. All are welcome!  Worship and Children’s Church begin at 10:00 AM on Sundays.

Services this week – Dec 1 to Dec 7

SUNDAY WORSHIP – Dec 1, 10:00 AM at Ralph Connor First Sunday of Advent – the Sunday of Air/Wind (Air-Fire-Water-Earth are the 4 Sundays this year) COMMUNITY ADVENT/CHRISTMAS WORSHIP – Sun Dec 1, 7:00 PM at St Michael’s Hall Carols, Lessons & Musical Selections by Canmore’s Churches!! Freewill offering for Food & Friends. CANDLELIGHT SERVICE of REMEMBRANCE – Thur Dec 5, 7:00 PM at St Michael’s Church a quiet time of remembrance during the bustle of holidays.  Featuring Alpine Voices …

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