Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

Sermon: September 12, 2021 – Psalm 19

Figuring out one’s priorities is no easy feat. Do I focus on my own needs, the needs of those closest to me, the needs of communities that I am part of, or the needs of all living beings and the planet itself?  With so many needs, how do I best align my choices with God’s hopes – especially at a time when many of us feel that our capacity is at a low ebb? Watch at https://youtu.be/4j35tkU9vAI   Download PDF:  Sermon_12September2021 …

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Green Exodus Community Meeting – March 5 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM

Green Exodus Community Meeting Register Here March 5, 2021 4:00pm- 5:30pm Thanks for checking out Green Exodus! Perhaps you have joined us for a few or all the four sessions in Canmore. Or perhaps you are thinking of attending for the first time. Everyone is welcome to the Community meeting on March 5. We have been enriched by the voices of Indigenous neighbours who invited us into new ways of knowing the Earth Spiritual but not Religious Folk who want …

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desolate lands

Sermon: Lent I, February 21 2021 – Mark 1: 9-15

Jesus, age thirty-ish, had a new future opened to him.  Baptized by his cousin John, a heavenly voice named and claimed Jesus, and he knew that his life was going to be radically different from then on.   What exactly was this going to look like?  He did not know, but he and God both knew that he needed to find out.  According to the gospel of Mark, the Holy Spirit either led him or propelled him into the barren wilderness …

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GREEN EXODUS – soft launch, Friday January 22nd

Are you astonished  by the beauty of the world – especially the Bow Valley corridor? Are you wanting the empowerment of community as you engage with the needs of this planet? Are you fed by a sense of sacredness or Spirituality in your life’s journey? The Green Exodus: The Canmore Series –  will use contemplation, creativity, community and a fresh look at the Cosmos to refresh and realign our relationship with the Earth. We will draw on the lineage of Indigenous, …

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Evensong ~ The Longest Night ~ Monday, December 21, 7:30 pm

Poem for Advent  Amidst ten thousand losses and swirling joys, at this very instant  on the sacred Earth  I wait. Come to us  Beauty, Wisdom, Goodness, Peace,  Solace, Grace, Counsel, Love. See the open archway this cold night Air, rich as gold, flows. Fine snow glistens on our faces. Each flake, every exquisite crystal blossom  is a covenant of your love told a thousand thousand times. ~ Patricia Van Ness   In her book, “The Stillness of Winter: Sacred Blessings …

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rushing waters

Sermon: September 6, 2020 – Psalm 46

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging”. (Psalm 46: 1-3)   What a dramatic beginning to our Psalm today, and to our month-long journey in the season of creation. Watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dC3Dk4Q4E0 Download PDF at Sermon_06September 2020 The Psalmist draws these terrifying pictures from …

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Earth Day Evensong

Once again, Evensong gathers by Zoom – Wednesday April 22 at 7:15 PM.  Login details are attached to the weekly Evensong email – or contact office@ralphconnor.ca We should be listening to the stars in the heavens and the sun and the moon, to the mountains and the plains, to the forests and rivers and seas that surround us, to the meadows and the flowering grasses, to the songbirds and the insects and to their music especially in the evening and …

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Evensong – Wed Jan 8 2020 at 7:15 PM

The magi reveal the gifts they have brought of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Gold represents the honour brought to a King, frankincense is a connection to the divine by raising our prayers heavenward, and myrrh a holy oil of anointing. Carry your treasures and give them away freely. ~ Christine Valters Paintner There is so much love in the world. There is so much good. Smile at people you go past even if they don’t smile back, they feel that …

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Evensong: Wed Nov 13 at 7:15 PM

Evensong ~ Befriending the end of the Journey ~  November 13, 7:15   “Death is our friend precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence  with all that is here, that is natural, that is love.” Rilke We gather to contemplate befriending death in song, silence and in story,  with the reading of an uncommonly tender, wonderfully warm story  written for children, a meditation on the cycle of life.    “Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person …

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