Thrift Thursday – July 28th in Banff

THRIFT THURSDAY – at Rundle Memorial on Thursday July 28 you will have an opportunity to see the Thrift Shop in action between 2 and 5 PM. Volunteers from both churches will be there to show you around and answer any questions. At 5 PM we will move upstairs to the lounge for a potluck dinner and further socializing. Participants are asked to bring either a salad or dessert – a meat dish will be provided. Also, you may bring a donation for the Thrift Shop …

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Standing against transphobia

Hate speech exists. Yes, even in our mountain towns, recently-expressed words and sentiments of transphobia and homophobia remind us that there is still much work to be done in making our community a safe and healthy place for all, explicitly including those who identify as 2SLGBTQ+. In 2019 RCMUC committed itself to be an Affirming Ministry, embracing Christ’s love and desire for justice, inclusion, and affirmation for all. In July 2022 we recommit ourselves to these goals, and stand with …

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Summer Worship Continues in Canmore

This summer of 2022 we welcome guest preachers to the pulpit of Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore:  Rev Michael Ward on July 24, August 7 and August 14; Rev Sheena Trotter Dennis on July 31.  While we will not be live-recording these services, by the wonders of modern technology we will have YouTube services featuring these same preachers, posted each Sunday on our “Ralph Connor Canmore” YouTube channel (along with an “anthem of the week” each Wednesday). Rev Greg …

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Sermon: July 17, 2022 – 2 Corinthians 12: 2-10

(initially preached at Rev Greg Wooley’s first Sunday at Ralph Connor, ten years ago on July 8, 2012 – with updates in [ ] ) As you may have heard, [from 2000 to 2012] I worked in a school in Calgary. One day [around 2002] a young boy – grade 2 or 3 at best – was summoned to the office first thing in the day.  Never a good sign.  He had to meet with my office compatriot, Richard, who …

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desolate lands

Sermon: July 10, 2022 – Luke 10: 25-37

Just out of curiosity, I asked Professor Google a question this week: “which are the most popular parables of Jesus?” A review of a half dozen totally non-scientific articles shows that two parables seem to make everyone’s top five list: the parable of The Prodigal Son, and today’s gospel reading, the parable of The Good Samaritan. And no wonder. If we take it as presented in the gospel of Luke, it is a towering story of unexpected and even unreasonable …

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Sermon: July 3, 2022 – Luke 10: 1-11, 16-17

A few times in my life, I have taken on the task of doing door-to-door fundraising, most often for a health-related charity. As an introvert, door-knocking not number one on my list of “things I like to do” but so long as I was clear on the cause, especially if I had a personal connection to the cause and perhaps even a first-hand story to tell, it was doable.  I will say that it became both more easily doable – …

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Sermon: June 26, 2022 – Galatians 3: 23-29

When bad news & good news are intertwined, what do we hear? Download PDF:  Sermon_26June2022  Watch: https://youtu.be/nQXKlcqedLI Seventeen years ago, when I was coaching my son’s Little League baseball team, one of his teammates was a really athletic boy who was fairly new to baseball, and whose self-image was, shall we say, “a work in progress”.  As coaches, we were encouraged to help each child develop confidence at a number of different positions, including pitcher if they were so inclined, …

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Sermon: Sunday, June 19, 2022 – Psalms 42 and 43

A good story – whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, an oral tradition that has been kept alive for generations or an off-the-cuff recounting of what happened to you five minutes ago – is one that has a point of contact with the listener/reader.  It may touch on shared experiences that the recipient has also had, or it may just be told in a relatable way. Today’s reading from Psalm 42 and 43 – considered by most Bible scholars to actually …

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Sermon: June 12, 2022 – 1 Kings 17: 8-16

Today’s reading from 1st Kings, the encounter of the prophet Elijah and the Widow at Zarephath, is a story that invites us to see the big picture, and to come right up close as well. At first glance, there’s just the three characters, a crucial need, and a moral to the story.  There’s the prophet Elijah, a widow and her son, and the desperate need for food.  When a perpetual supply of ingredients is provided by God so that there …

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Sermon: Pentecost Sunday, June 5, 2022 – Acts 2: 1-21

At Pentecost we see evidence that diversity and unity can coexist.  At the first Christian Pentecost, two different groups gathered with Holy intent in Jerusalem, at the same time: the followers of Jesus, mostly from Galilee, anticipating the gift of the Spirit; and Jewish people from around the Mediterranean who had come for the festival of Shavuot.  Soon the Spirit was there as wind, as tongues of fire and as a variety of tongues being spoken and understood.  There was …

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