Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

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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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Sermon: 30 August 2020, Romans 12: 9-18

A few years ago, a popular thing in home décor stores was “house rules” posters to put up in your kitchen or as needed, to assist in the harmonious running of a household.  Typically, they started with things like, “if you make a mess, clean it up”… “if you take it out, put it back”… often ending with “if it cries, love it.”  Handy, helpful advice for people living together. watch at https://youtu.be/QhSLfk3WFOY– download PDF at Sermon_30August2020 The Bible, in …

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Sermon: August 23, 2020 – Exodus 1:8 – 2:10

I’m going to start our exploration of today’s reading from the book of Exodus, by fast forwarding to the life of Jesus of Nazareth. watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e56Cfu77iAY  PDF at Sermon_23August2020 Three snapshots from the life of Jesus: According to the gospel of Matthew (2:16-18), immediately following Jesus’ birth, his family heard of a plot by Herod to have all the male babies in the land killed. They escaped, by going to Egypt until things had settled down. Following a ministry that …

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Sermon: August 16, 2020 – 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26

When we are at our best, Christians embody their faith.  We look to Jesus Christ as an embodiment, or incarnation, of the Divine, referred to in the gospel of John as “the Word made Flesh.”  God’s presence in the person of Jesus, expresses that this physical world and these physical bodies are places where we experience holiness, sacredness, Divine acceptance, and love.  Theologians like Marcus Borg (pp.39-54) encourage us to view salvation, not as some deferred exit plan from life, …

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Sermon: August 9, 2020 – 1 Kings 19: 3-15

A few Sundays ago, on July 5th, I put the question out there, about the impact that the Bible had made on your life – what principles life that you would consider to be explicitly “Biblical,” or scriptures that had walked with you through the highs and lows of life. Similar wonderings travelled with me this week as I prepared to preach on 1st Kings 19, except this time the question is about hymns – or phrases from hymns – …

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Sermon: July 12, 2020 – Matthew 9:35 – 10:8

So much of our energy as a Church community needs to go into being an open, inviting, welcoming host.  Especially with the commitment we have made as an Affirming Ministry, we are to ensure that any and every person arriving at the Church door experiences a genuine welcome, with visible signs of welcome and the removal of any obstacle to their full inclusion and participation in the life and work of the congregation.  This remains important work to us, even …

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Sermon: July 5, 2020 – Psalm 119: 105-112

Download PDF Sermon_05July2020    and/or Watch at https://youtu.be/_RYEaGU0IYo Walking in the dark can be a dangerous endeavour.  Not so much at home, where I am familiar with where the furnishings are and can easily find my way around even in the middle of night, but when I am not at home, a flashlight or candle or the “flashlight app” on my cell phone are most welcome in avoiding things I don’t want to discover with my feet or my forehead. …

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Sermon: Ascension Sunday May 24, 2020 – Acts 1: 1-11

One of the ways to tease out a Christian denomination’s priorities and theology, is to look at how they name their Churches.   If a denomination tends to use phrases like “Crown of Glory Christian Fellowship” that suggests a very different approach than “Historic Holy Trinity Parish” and that suggests a very different approach than “your subdivision named here, Church”. Video link: https://youtu.be/ysU15cRvzrU PDF link: Sermon_24May2020 So on this Sunday when we mark the going up, or “Ascension” of Christ into …

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Sermon: May 17, 2020 – John 14: 1-21

“Whether it’s the first day of kindergarten, the start of a new job, puberty, or retirement, change – even when it is welcomed – tends to be challenging to cope with…. The notion of liminality offers an interesting perspective on the human experience of [organizational] change. View at https://youtu.be/9JDKrLkWwq8 Download a PDF of this sermon here. “Anthropologists use the term ‘liminality’ to describe the sense of chaos and ambiguity that a social group endures during a time of transition. Coined …

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Sermon: Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 – John 20: 1-18

The calendar indicates that April 12, 2020, is Easter Sunday.  And here it is!  The Church building is not open, a public gathering at Riverside wasn’t allowable, a few of you are still providing essential services and we thank you profusely for that, but most of us are pretty much spending our days at home. Yet even with the strangeness of these necessary restrictions, Easter Sunday is here and the message and power of Easter are not diminished, regardless of …

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