Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

Sermon: October 3, 2021 – Ephesians 2: 13-22

Such dividedness. Insiders and outsiders.  Ethnic and Religious splits. Positions strongly held, to the point of erecting walls of hostility between one another. Differences, even, in what is considered authoritative and true. Watch at https://youtu.be/C9XfrJ_u-7o     Download PDF here: Sermon_03October2021 No, I’m not talking about Alberta or Canada or the US in the year 2021, though I clearly could be.  This paragraph describes the situation addressed by the second chapter of Ephesians. Traditionally considered a letter of the apostle Paul, …

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creation time stole

Sermon: Every Child Matters Sunday – Sept 26, 2021 – Matt. 3: 13-17

Jesus was not the first person to be baptized.  And John the Baptist was not the first person to perform this sacred ritual.  But at the baptism of Jesus, some important things happened. Download PDF here: Sermon_26Sept2021 Jesus was roughly thirty years old when he came to the River Jordan, so he came with much experience.  Whether that was the experience of being a carpenter or stonemason like his father Joseph, or if he had already engaged in formal study …

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Sermon: September 19, 2021 – Mark 9: 30-37

Today’s gospel reading from the 9th chapter of Mark has three parts to it: Jesus delivers troubling news about his death, which his disciples fail to understand; those same disciples quarrel and jostle for position; and Jesus brings a child into their midst, to illustrate just how different his new conception of power is from their tired old views. View at https://youtu.be/escx5Jmmfso      Download PDF: Sermon_19September2021 Let’s look at these three portions, with an intention to experience the wisdom …

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Sea of Galilee

Sermon: August 22, 2021 – John 6: 57-69

The focus scripture for today is John 6:67-68.  In these verses Jesus, watching many people walk away and choose other paths, asks the inner circle of twelve disciples if they, too were planning to leave, and Peter answered with these words: “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life.” Watch at https://youtu.be/Gs0fpaPRpyk     Download PDF: Sermon_22August2021 The words of eternal life. Clearly, in my occupation I like words.  Having the opportunity to preach each Sunday …

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Sermon: June 13, 2021 – 2 Corinthians 5: 6-17

Occasionally, a Sunday Scripture from the Lectionary will sort of stand there, defiantly, as if to dare the preacher to say something about it. And occasionally I will look back at it with my shoulders in full shrug and reply, “like what?” This week’s reading from Paul’s second letter to the Church at Corinth was like that – talking about faith and courage, life in the body vs. eternal life, seeking God’s favour without becoming boastful, and the newness of …

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the Cenacle in Jerusalem

Sermon: Pentecost Sunday, May 23 2021 – Acts 2: 1-21

Today we remember the first Christian Pentecost, an event that happened in Jerusalem.  At the time of this recording, a truce has been declared in Gaza and East Jerusalem, and we pause for a moment to pray for peace in that place. Watch at https://youtu.be/qJn5iQlYaT8     Download PDF:Sermon_23May2021_Pentecost I am an unabashed fan of Pentecost, to the point of saying this:  if the festival of Pentecost did not already exist, I think someone would need to invent it.  For when …

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three Sunday Messages, May 2, 2021 – John 15: 1-8

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener (v 1)” says Jesus to his gathered disciples in his farewell address to them, in the 15th chapter of John.  “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit (v 5); No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me”. (v 4) …

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Sermon: April 11, 2021 – John 20:19-31 and Acts 4:32-35

Sermon: April 11, 2021 – John 20: 19-31 and Acts 4: 32-35 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley Each year, on this first Sunday after Easter, the apostle Thomas pushes me to examine his actions; and each year, a different aspect stands out.  Some years I feel drawn to soften the “doubting Thomas” moniker that has been attached to him, for he only asked for the same evidence that the other disciples had received one …

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Green Exodus Community Meeting – March 5 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM

Green Exodus Community Meeting Register Here March 5, 2021 4:00pm- 5:30pm Thanks for checking out Green Exodus! Perhaps you have joined us for a few or all the four sessions in Canmore. Or perhaps you are thinking of attending for the first time. Everyone is welcome to the Community meeting on March 5. We have been enriched by the voices of Indigenous neighbours who invited us into new ways of knowing the Earth Spiritual but not Religious Folk who want …

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Sea of Galilee

Sermon: February 7, 2021 – Mark 2: 1-22

I know a bit about leather.  From years of coaching baseball, the difference between catching a ball in a new, stiff glove, or one that has been well broken-in and used for a few seasons, is like night and day.  The new glove may look pretty but is prone to having easily-caught balls pop out, whereas the weathered veteran glove is soft, supple, fits your hand just right, allows for a secure catch and easy transfer to your throwing hand. …

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