Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

Sermon: February 16, 2020 – 1 Corinthians 3: 1-9

Last Sunday night was the annual broadcast of the Academy Awards.  As usual, we tuned in to about half of it and as usual, we’ve seen perhaps two of the films that generated nominees, but that doesn’t lessen our enjoyment of the evening.  It is frustrating that the Academy just can’t bring itself to nominate female directors or non-white actors, which points to bigger issues in the industry and society  around whose stories get told, and by whom, but that …

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Sermon: December 22, 2019 – Matthew 1: 18-25 – Advent IV

A word study isn’t generally the snappiest way to begin a sermon, but there’s a word in the story of Joseph that’s worth unpacking, in this Sunday when we look at the “earthy” story of Joseph and Mary and Jesus and God.  It’s the Greek word, Tekton. Click here for PDF In the lands around Lake Galilee, near where Jesus grew up, there’s an abundance of buildings that look just the same: greyish-black brick.  If you didn’t know better, you’d …

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Sermon: December 15, 2019 – Luke 1:46-55 – Advent III

The third Sunday of Advent is typically the Sunday of Mary, mother of Jesus.  It is also, in this year’s Advent exploration of the classical elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, chosen to be the Sunday of Water.  These two, Mary and Water, do not come together by accident. click here for PDF Water plays such a key role in scripture: the first words of the Bible, the beginning of the first chapter of Genesis, are “When God began …

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Sermon: Affirming Sunday, Oct 27, 2019 – Genesis 9, Galatians 3

Sermon: Affirming Ministry Sunday, October 27, 2019 Genesis 9: 12-17 and Galatians 3: 26-29 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF of this sermon This morning, we engage in worship, and discipleship, in celebration, and in covenant.  We acknowledge the brokenness of the world as it is experienced, and the unifying grace of the Divine which is at the heart of our existence.  We look to a God who gives and affirms …

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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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road from Jerusalem to Jericho

Sermon: July 14, 2019 – Luke 10: 25-37

The gospel of Luke gives us a fine sequence this morning: A teacher of scriptural laws approaches Jesus, and queries him about what one does in order to have eternal life. Jesus engages the man in conversation, turns the question back on him and the lawyer says that the most important commandment in the Torah, is actually two side-by-side: love God, and love your neighbour. Jesus agrees. In response the lawyer asks, “well, who is my neighbour?” How far did …

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Gathering of Souls – Evensong

Gathering of Souls You are invited to bring a picture or a remembrance of someone you wish to be remembered and celebrated.   Now he is God not of the dead, but for the living; for to him all of them are alive. Luke 20:38     They shall grow not old, as we that are left to grow old: Age shall not weary them, or the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, …

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Sermon: October 14,2018 – Mark 10: 17-31

Sermon: October 14, 2018 – Mark 10: 17-31 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF There’s not much that I remember from High School chemistry classes, but I do remember the way we were taught difficult concepts, which I thought at the time was very clever and still do. First time through, we would be given a set of examples in which everything worked out beautifully – all the math worked out, no complications. …

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Sermon: September 2, 2018 – Psalm 42

Sermon: September 2, 2018 – Psalm 42 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF Shannon and I grew up on the Prairies, and when it came time to decide where to go to seminary, we sensed that we would do well to go leave the Prairies, to give us an experience of a different perspective before returning home to begin our Ministries. The “elsewhere” we landed at, in the fall of 1984, …

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