Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

Evensong summer hiatus

From Summer Solstice to Fall Equinox, our Wednesday Evensong service is “at rest.” We look forward to our 19th year of Wednesday night contemplative worship, starting mid-September. Many thanks to Jan Tissandier, our Evensong coordinator, and the many lay people who have shared in the leadership of this mid-week time of holy contemplation.

Evensong at the Labyrinth, June 12th

Evensong, June 12, 7:15 p.m. Breathing together – a Pentecost labyrinth walk      Meet at the Parking Lot on the south west side of the pedestrian bridge that crosses the Bow River (on Bridge Road).  We will walk together to the Labyrinth.   When We Breathe Together A Blessing for Pentecost Day This is the blessing that comes when we leave behind our aloneness when we gather together when we turn toward one another. This is the blessing that blazes among …

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June 5 Evensong – a walk down the boardwalk, weather permitting

The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is:  Look under foot.  You are always nearer to the divine…than you think….                                                                                                                                                                   John Burroughs  In this season of Pentecost we plan to leave from the Sanctuary to saunter (a la sainte terre) down the Policeman Creek boardwalk  to share readings,  listen to our hearts and the songs of birds. You are invited to bring a favorite spring poem or reading for sharing as we pause at various spots along the Boardwalk.  So many gifts!  What do they …

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Evensong, May 29 at 7:15 PM

We continue in the liturgical season of Easter with a celebration of the poetry of spring.    Praying by Mary Oliver   It doesn’t have to be the blue iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a few Small stones; just pay attention, then patch   a few words together and don’t try to make them elaborate, this isn’t a contest but the doorway   into thanks, and a silence in which another voice may speak. Evensong …

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Evensong, May 1st

And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here. ~St Augustine   Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time. ~Martin Luther   The life-sparking energies of the Divine touch the infinite potential of Life; green emerges out of earth and we breathe afresh the mystery of spring. Deep peace, filling spirit and …

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And the table will be wide. And the welcome will be wide. And the arms will open wide to gather us in. And our hearts will open wide to receive. And we will come as children who trust there is enough. And we will come unhindered and free. And our aching will be met with bread. And our sorrow will be met with wine. ~ Jan L. Richardson Evensong Wednesday, January 30, 7:15pm Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

Evensong – Potluck & Advent

Gather to share in a “pot luck” service where we are invited to bring an offering  of poetry, music, ritual, scripture, prayer…that calls you to the quiet time of Advent…  or simply come to be still as we are called toward the hope and grace of Christmas.                 Advent is the start of the sacred year                 in which we begin again and again…          …

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Evensong with Harpist Olivia Ritchy – Wednesday October 10 at 7:15 pm

In the quiet of the evening, with the twilight drawing nigh, there is music in the darkness as the stars ignite the sky. Pacem, Andy Beck and Brian Fisher   Medicine heals the mind, soul, and spirit by the body, But music heals the body by the mind, soul and spirit. Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Conclusiones Nongentae, 1486   On Wednesday October 10 at 7:15… Rest your mind. Let your soul chant. Savor the resonance of Olivia’s harp-spirit. Photo by …

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Evensong returns this Wednesday, Sept 19

Autumn arrives with a gold-tinged invitation  to slow down and breathe deeply. Look, the trees are turning their own bodies into pillars of light, are giving off the rich fragrance of cinnamon and fulfillment…                          ~ Mary Oliver In this season of radiance and release,  we gather again for another season of Evensong,  a time apart to listen, to sing, to be still.  Settle into the grace of Autumn …

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