Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

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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Affirming Ministry Vote

After Worship on Sunday, September 15th, a Congregational Meeting will be held to determine if we will become an Affirming Ministry of The United Church of Canada.  An Affirming Vision Staement and Affirming Plan will also be presented for approval.  All folks affiliated with Ralph Connor Memorial United Church are invited to come and help us determine this important aspect of our future intentions for inclusiveness. The wording of these motions is found at http://ralphconnor.ca/inclusion/

Sermon: September 15, 2019 – Luke 15: 1-10

The experience of lost-ness is one that resonates at so many levels in so many lives. Most of us can recall a hike that didn’t quite have the landmarks you’d expected, or missing your exit then getting turned around in an unfamiliar city. I hear stories from adults about their earliest or most striking memories from childhood, and becoming separated from their parents in a store or separated from friends exploring the woods, is a really common early memory, along …

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Congregational Meeting Sept 15th

Following a two-year period of study, a congregational meeting will be held after Worship on Sunday, September 15 to decide if RCMUC will become an Affirming Ministry of The United Church of Canada.  An Affirming Vision Statement and Affirming Plan will also be presented,  click here for these documents plus the meeting agenda.  For further info see  http://ralphconnor.ca/inclusion/ 

Sermon: June 30, 2019 – Matthew 25: 31-40

Is the Kingdom of Heaven more like… An exclusive concert with your favourite musical artist, in a tiny, intimate little setting? Or, A great big event – at a stadium or open field – with that same artist, and a huge audience singing and swaying to tunes you all know by heart? click here for a PDF of this sermon Admittedly, both images are totally non-Biblical and they both have their limitations, especially if you don’t like music.  But in …

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Sermon: Indigenous Peoples Sunday, June 23, 2019 – Isaiah 25: 6-9

I want you to bring to mind the most lavish banquet you can imagine: rich foods prepared just right, tender-crisp vegetables fresh from farm to table, your favourite beverages served with a flair, perfectly ripe fruits and a cascading dessert trolley. (About now my stomach is suggesting that I should have had a bigger breakfast before Church!) That is the image painted for us today in the 25th chapter of Isaiah. click here for PDF of this sermon These words …

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Sermon: January 27, 2019 – 1 Corinthians 12

Sermon: January 27, 2019 – 1 Corinthians 12 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley final sermon before sabbatical! click here for pdf In a way, I hardly needed to do a sermon this morning, because the Apostle Paul has already preached one, including an extended illustration, in the reading from 1st Corinthians 12.  Or should I say, Paul has preached two sermons, weaving them together in a way that probably seemed like a good idea …

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Sermon: July 22, 2018 – Mark 6: 30-34, 53-56

Sermon: July 22, 2018 – Mark 6: 30-34, 53-56 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF What a delight this morning to have TWO baptisms in our worship service.  And on this day when the waters of baptism call us to consider once more, what it means to have Christ’s mission of love in the world dwell within us, we have this gospel lesson in which Jesus encounters people who are coming …

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Sermon: April 29, 2018 – Matthew 28: 16-20

Sermon: April 29, 2018 – Matthew 28: 16-20 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for a printable pdf of this sermon The Bible can be a very emotional and evocative book. I hear the words of the Beatitudes, “blessed are the pure in heart, blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5: 8-9) and my shoulders relax, I breathe deeper and more easily. I see a hillside in Galilee and eager disciples absorbing each word …

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