Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

Sermon: September 13, 2020 – Psalm 95: 1-7

note: this was preached at our first in-person Worship service since mid-March 2020, at the Ball Diamond at Millennium Park, Canmore AB.   Two very different things happening in coming weeks will converge to shape today’s message, and our worship services from now ‘til Thanksgiving. watch at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD6VvULF-00 or download PDF at Sermon_13September2020-Outdoors First, it’s the season of Creation, a time when we look at our role as stewards of the earth, and the connection between God, and the earth, and …

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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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Sunday Worship online – August 2, 2020

Join us at https://youtu.be/sCxVe7L6qtY for our online Sunday worship, honouring a colleague in Ministry who died of COVID in July: Rev Vickey Gibbs of Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church in Houston.    Her message of being “a follower, not a fan” of Jesus is a powerful statement of Christian discipleship. Click here for a sermon from 2016, recounting the impact of Rev Vickey and RMCC Houston: Sermon_21August2016

Sermon: June 28, 2020 – Psalm 145: 8-14

This coming Wednesday, Canada marks another birthday – 153, this time – and that, for me, is always a time for reflection.  I love many aspects of our national identity – the diversity of landscapes, the prevalence of wildlife, the can-do attitude coupled with a politeness that other nations tease us about.  I also acknowledge the challenges we face: our ongoing need for reconciliation with the peoples who were here long before my ancestors showed up; the warning signs we …

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Sermon: June 14, 2020 – Genesis 1:1 – 2:3

“…and God saw that it was good.” What a beautiful, daily affirmation that even God sees goodness of this planet, perhaps even detecting a note of pride in it . Throughout the first creation narrative in Genesis, is this refrain, confirming the common goodness of all the earth and seas and sky, an interconnection through the Divine life force that dwells in all of it.  In this context, how can we fail to treat the natural world with love and …

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Sermon: April 26, 2020 – Acts 2: 14, 32-33, 36-47

What an amazing time it must have been. click here for a PDF of this Sermon or view at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi8loA1BP8lNAppSRR9_aQQ As described in the book of Acts (2: 42-47), life in the earliest community of Christian believers was just about perfect. “All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need…They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying …

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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: March 15, 2020 (Lent 3) – John 4: 5-42

A week after our final grade 12 exams, my best friend and I took a trip from Regina to the big city of Vancouver. We were sent with very specific instructions on how to explore the east end of downtown on foot.  Along the south part of this zone is lively Chinatown, at the north edge is gentrified, touristy Gastown, but in order to walk from one to the other you had to go through about 3 blocks that were …

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Seven Sacred Teachings and Lent – Tue Mar 10 7 pm

Tony Snow, Indigenous Lead for Chinook Winds Region,  on March 10th at RCMUC led a deep and meaningful time of discussion, inviting us to see how the Seven Sacred Teachings can interact with our observance of Lent.  The seven sacred teachings, broadly held within many Indigenous traditions, are  Love, Respect, Courage, Honesty, Wisdom, Humility, and Truth.  Tony will be presenting additional sessions online at 7 pm on Tuesdays, March 17, 24, 31 and April 7. To register for one of …

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