Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

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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Sermon: May 26, 2019 – Psalm 67 and John 1: 1-5, 14

“Faith, hope and love are the very nature of God, and thus the nature of all Being.   Each of these Three Great Virtues must always include the other two in order to be authentic: love is always hopeful and faithful, hope is always loving and faithful, and faith is always loving and hopeful.  They are the very nature of God and thus of all Being.  Such wholeness is personified in the cosmos as Christ, and in human history as Jesus.  …

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Sermon: May 19, 2019 – Revelation 21:1-6 and John 13: 31-35

This morning we have heard two readings, both speaking of something NEW: the new commandment of love that Jesus gives his disciples in the gospel of John, and the vision of a new heaven and a new earth, in the book of Revelation. click here for PDF of this sermon Occasionally in our lives, things emerge that are brand-new.  A new learning or a new opportunity comes out of nowhere and transforms the path we are on, or, conversely,  something …

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Sermon: May 12, 2019 – Psalm 23 and John 21

It was my great joy to spend Holy Week this year in the UK, at Norwich Cathedral.  What drew me there, was a series of lectures by Rev. Dr. Malcolm Guite, a Minister, Poet, Chaplain and Musician based at Cambridge University who had been invited for the week.  Each evening from Monday to Thursday, and then mid-day on Good Friday, Malcolm would follow a similar pattern: some introductory thoughts, then read one of his scripture-based sonnets, reflect on it then, …

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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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