Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

Sermon: April 19, 2020 – John 20: 19-31

One assumption that I bring to sacred texts, is that these ancient words can always speak into our present situation. Take, for example, today’s reading from John, with the disciples gathered behind closed doors, and Christ suddenly appearing in their midst. click here for PDF In a typical year, I might focus on their being “gathered together” because in a typical year, we would be gathered together, singing together, praying together, seeking grounding and guidance for the days and weeks …

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Sermon: June 16, 2019 – Acts 17: 16-21

Bible teacher Kenneth Osbeck wrote in 1990 that Jesus Loves me was “without doubt the song that has been sung more by children than any other hymn…and is still one of the first hymns taught to new converts in other lands.” click here for PDF As a child of the 1960s, I can attest to that popularity in my growing-up years.  So I had a look at the old 1930 United Church Hymnary to check the lyrics that I would …

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Ash Wednesday Evensong March 6 at 7:15 pm

Lent offers the gift of wilderness wandering, free of expectation.   Listening … clear of mind, sharp of sight, open to wonder and  to listening deeply, as if for the first time,   and yes, to stumbling, perhaps often, upon all that lies upon these ancient paths, paths made new again through trust in all that is yet to unfold ….. (If you so desire, bring a mid-size rock to contribute to the cairn we shall construct over the weeks of the …

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