Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

Sea of Galilee

Sermon: January 19, 2020 – John 1: 29-42

Two weeks ago, we marked the festival of the Epiphany, based around Matthew’s recollections of the Magi coming to adore the Christ child.  Today, our gospel lesson fast forwards thirty years, and switches authors from Matthew to John, but many of the same story elements remain. Click here for a PDF of this sermon The Magi were well trained in matters of the Spirit.  Either they were Zoroastrian priests or trained in what we would call astronomy and astrology, combining a …

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Sermon: Reign of Christ Sunday, November 25, 2018 – 2 Cor 4: 1-12

Sermon: Reign of Christ Sunday, November 25, 2018 – 2 Corinthians 4: 1-12 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF of sermon Jesus is Lord. Three words, but oh, what a range of responses they raise. As a United Church person, what I run into rather frequently is an aversion to the term “Lord,” whether applied to Jesus or God.  As a term it is masculine and hierarchical; and for those with …

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Sermon: August 26, 2018 – John 6: 51-68

Sermon: August 26, 2018 – John 6: 51-68 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley click here for PDF The focus scripture for today’s message, is John 6:67-68.  In these verses Jesus, watching many people walk away and choose other paths in life, 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.” …

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Sermon: August 12, 2018 – John 6: 35, 41-51

Sermon: August 12, 2018 – John 6: 35, 41-51 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev. Greg Wooley click here for PDF Marcus Borg, the very accessible scholar whose works we’ll be studying again this fall, spoke of the distinction between what has been written about the “pre-Easter Jesus” (Jesus in his historical lifetime) and the “post-Easter Jesus” (what Jesus became after his death).  Others, before and since, have referred to this as the difference between “the Jesus …

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