Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

Indigenous Sunday, June 20, 2021

On Indigenous Sunday we have TWO services:  we are honoured to have a local RCMUC YouTube service with Tony Snow, Glenda Crawler, Trudy Wesley, Gloria Snow and Ken Levae – already posted to https://youtu.be/TKyBHbL87fo We are also invited (and encouraged!) to watch the Chinook Winds’ Regional Indigenous Service – also coordinated by Tony Snow, Indigenous Minister for Treaty 7 Lands and Chinook Winds Region.  This service will be available for viewing starting at 10:30 AM on Sunday, June 20th 2021 …

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Indigenous History Month – June 2021

Two learning opportunities lead us into National Indigenous History Month, June 2021. 1. Pacific Mountain Region of the United Church presents: Calls to the Church: Listening to the Wisdom of the Elders Four evenings online of learning and listening, with Tony Snow and Rev. John Snow Jr. June 1 – 4, 2021 from 6:30 -7:30 pm PT / 7:30 -8:30 pm MT; registration is free of charge. for more information or to register: https://www.leadershiftpm.ca/register/calls-to-the-church-06-2021 2. the Canmore Museum presents: These Mountains …

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Sermon: May 16, 2021 – Psalm 1

You are like a tree, planted by flowing, cool streams of water that never run dry. Your fruit ripens in its time; your leaves never fade or curl in the summer sun. (Psalm 1:3, The Voice translation) Watch: https://youtu.be/QHHf0GMZ5JU     Download PDF at Sermon_16May2021_final Today’s scripture reading, Psalm 1, presents us with this beautiful mental picture of a tree planted by flowing waters.  It contrasts those who choose to be nourished by God’s refreshing waters– those planted or, in some translations, “transplanted” so that …

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three Sunday Messages, May 2, 2021 – John 15: 1-8

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener (v 1)” says Jesus to his gathered disciples in his farewell address to them, in the 15th chapter of John.  “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit (v 5); No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me”. (v 4) …

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Sermon: April 25, 2021 – 1 John 3: 16-24

Today I’d like to talk about what it means to ABIDE in God’s love.  But a bit of internet Dictionary work tells me I’d better define that term. To me, ABIDE is a very warm word, directly related to the word ABODE.  To ABIDE, to me, is to be very much “at home” – to be in a place, or engaged in a relationship, where falsehood, or societal expectations can fall away, and I can safely be myself.  That, however, …

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Alberta Curriculum Proposal and the TRC calls to action

Indigenous Perspective in New Alberta Curriculum: Alberta Education has recently released the draft of a new curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 6. This curriculum is in direct violation of a promise the Alberta Government made on March 27, 2014, at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission event in Edmonton. That promise included Indigenous Curriculum in all grades including teacher training and materials. Individuals who support this promise must contact the Alberta Government. It is through age appropriate curriculum that students are …

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Sermon: March 21, 2021 – Lent V – John 12: 20-33

Legacy. One’s legacy can be a tough thing to ponder.  While a legacy doesn’t necessarily wait until one has died, the word does remind me of my mortality; and the other tricky thing about assessing my legacy is that it’s only partly about what I pass along.  My legacy will rely heavily on how it lives on in the lives of others. Watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg03gUdh4qE  Download PDF at Sermon_21March2021 Now, before going any further I must name that some legacies …

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Sermon: January 31, 2021 – Mark 1:14-20 and John 1: 35-39

A note of thanks before I begin: one of the great gifts of online worship, is that I get to experience other preachers, which we were rarely able to do when everyone was in their own building at the same time, many of us without an online presence.  Two sermons I have heard recently on the call stories of Jesus to the early disciples have greatly influenced my approach to today’s Bible texts, so I’d like to give a shout-out …

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Annual General Meeting: January 31st, report available here

This Sunday, January 31 the Annual General Meeting for the RCMUC 2020 calendar year will be held on Zoom, at 11:00 AM.  Zoom login details were emailed on Wednesday January 27th. Please email minister@ralphconnor.ca if you don’t have that link! Click  here   to download the 2020 Annual Report.  You will also need to download the following four financial files: BalanceSheet – page 63 Budget Overview – page 64 Funds – page 65 Profit and Loss – pages 66 and …

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Sermon: 30 August 2020, Romans 12: 9-18

A few years ago, a popular thing in home décor stores was “house rules” posters to put up in your kitchen or as needed, to assist in the harmonious running of a household.  Typically, they started with things like, “if you make a mess, clean it up”… “if you take it out, put it back”… often ending with “if it cries, love it.”  Handy, helpful advice for people living together. watch at https://youtu.be/QhSLfk3WFOY– download PDF at Sermon_30August2020 The Bible, in …

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