Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

Sermon: January 13, 2019 – Isaiah 43 and Luke 3

Sermon: January 13, 2019 (Baptism of Jesus) – Isaiah 43 and Luke 3 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here to download PDF One of the complaints frequently heard about very holy places in the world, is how crowded and commercialized they get.  And indeed, our visit to the Jordan River last spring was hardly what you’d call “solitary.”  In the dusty parking lot there were 20 or more tour buses, and room for …

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Sermon: Sunday, December 16, 2018 (Advent 3) – John 1: 15-28

Sermon: December 16, 2018 (Advent 3) – John 1: 15-28 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF What do we know about John the Baptist?  Quite a bit, actually, when we put together the reports from all four gospels: He looked and sounded like a wild man: a coat of camel’s hair, a leather belt around his waist, a diet of locusts and wild honey, roaring his disapproval of the religious establishment …

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EVENSONG – Wednesday December 5 at 7:15 pm

Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent. ~ Parker Palmer   Love after Love The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each will …

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Sermon: December 2, 2018 – 1st Sunday of Advent, Isaiah 64: 1-9

Sermon: December 2, 2018 (Advent 1) – Isaiah 64: 1-9 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF This is one of those weeks in which it has been somewhat tempting to just take last week’s sermon and preach it again.  Not because it was such a hum-dinger that it could be spoken twice, but because there is such overlap between what we explored last week about proclaiming Jesus as Lord, and today’s …

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Sermon: November 4, 2018 – Luke 10: 25-37

Sermon: November 4, 2018 – Luke 10: 25-37 Ralph Connor Memorial Untied Church – Rev. Greg Wooley click here for PDF What a great scripture reading today.  Jesus, pushed to pick one of the 613 commandments of the Hebrew Scriptures to stand above all others, snags two and links them together: “love God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind” (Deuteronomy 6: 4-5), and “love your neighbour as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18).  When his questioner asked Jesus a follow-up question, …

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Sermon: September 30, 2018 – Mark 9: 30-37

Sermon: September 23, 2018 – Mark 9: 30-37 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore, AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF A happy-making skill that many people have, is song recognition.  Especially if the song comes from those teenage years when so many things lock themselves permanently into memory, many of us can hear the first bar or two of a popular song from long ago, even if we haven’t heard it for ages and, in most cases …

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Sermon: September 16, 2018 – Mark 8: 27-38

SERMON: September 16, 2018 – Mark 8: 27-38 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF North of the Sea of Galilee is a beautiful nature preserve, going once more by its ancient name of Banias (or in some dialects, “Panias”). In the days of Jesus, however, it had a different name: Caesarea Philippi. Two weeks ago, we heard that place name as we read the 42nd Psalm – a Psalm in which …

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Final Evensong Until Fall Equinox

All My Relations come, Every nation come, All My Relations under the sun, We Are One As the sun spirals its longest dance, cleanse us As nature shows bounty and fertility, bless us May all beings live with loving intent, And fulfill their truest destiny ​ ​ May the longtime sun shine upon you​ ​ May all love surround you​ ​ And the pure Light Within you guide you on your way Evensong, June 20, 2018, 7:15 PM Solstice and …

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Sermon: June 3, 2018 – Psalm 139: 1-18

Sermon: June 3, 2018 – Psalm 139: 1-18 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley For a printable PDF of this Sermon click here This week, Shannon and I were talking about the 139th Psalm and how much we both love it. And the next thing we realized, is that neither of us had preached on this Psalm on a Sunday – at funerals, yes, but not in Sunday worship.  So it was time to take …

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