Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

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: June 28, 2020 – Psalm 145: 8-14

This coming Wednesday, Canada marks another birthday – 153, this time – and that, for me, is always a time for reflection.  I love many aspects of our national identity – the diversity of landscapes, the prevalence of wildlife, the can-do attitude coupled with a politeness that other nations tease us about.  I also acknowledge the challenges we face: our ongoing need for reconciliation with the peoples who were here long before my ancestors showed up; the warning signs we …

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Sermon: September 22, 2019 – Psalm 113

My Mom grew up on a farm near the town of Bruce Mines, Ontario, home of the first hard-rock copper mine in Canada, predating confederation by 20 years.  When the mines were open, which was sporadic at best, they contributed much to the local economy, but they also contributed the dreaded respiratory diseases, silicosis and black lung, to the men who mined there.  Most of the local men, then, knew two things: (1) they’d better have access to some farm …

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