Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

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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Sermon: May 29, 2022 – Acts 16: 16-34

“The true measure of your character is what you do when nobody’s watching.” First attributed to Charles Caleb Colton nearly 200 years ago, there have been versions of this quote repeated far and wide since then, most notably by legendary UCLA Basketball Coach John Wooden, who wanted his players to understand that integrity matters off the court and on the court.   As an aside, I think of a quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln, “Don’t believe everything you read on the …

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Sunday, February 27, 2022 – meet Jordana Wright!

Our Sunday worship service for February 27 features a presentation by Jordana Wright.  Jordana, from Toronto, is an innovative young Church leader who has developed Activate Space and Coffee Hour, two programs that connect Church and community.  We are so thankful that she reached out to us, to be part of our Black History Month events. This week’s service is posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8Q9Cc6TMLw and an introduction/overview of Jordana’s presentation is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uowFLhP-q-I

Sunday, Feb 6 – Worship with the Moderator

On Sunday, February 6th, 2022 at 11:00 AM Mountain Time, Ralph Connor and Rundle are invited to join in the closing Worship Service of the “A Cup of Hope” event that Rev. Greg has been attending this week.  Our preacher will be the Very Rev Richard Bott, Moderator of The United Church of Canada. The livestream link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kixOHaDB540 . Watch it at 11 AM – or if you prefer to watch later in the day or later in the …

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Sermon: January 30, 2022 – 1 Corinthians 12: 4-27

Note: I am greatly indebted to my spouse, Rev Shannon Mang, for much of the groundwork that went into today’s sermon.  Some of these words are hers, some are mine, some are quoted from or influenced by other authors, and I trust that the Holy Spirit has been at work knitting it all together! – GW Watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXaOe44PDcs  Download PDF: Sermon_30January2022 The community of Jesus followers at Corinth were a messy bunch.  The apostle Paul loved them deeply, but …

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Sermon: January 2, 2022 – Epiphany Sunday – Matthew 2: 1-23

One of my favourite aspects of the narrative of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany is how, at each turn, we are shown God’s commitment to those who hold neither status or power.  The circumstances of Mary’s pregnancy is outside what genteel society would approve of, and Jesus’ birth happens amidst the livestock. The family that raises Jesus is neither from Jerusalem nor from a priestly family: they are Galileans, from the high country of Nazareth, the household of a builder.  The …

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Indigenous Sunday, June 20, 2021

On Indigenous Sunday we have TWO services:  we are honoured to have a local RCMUC YouTube service with Tony Snow, Glenda Crawler, Trudy Wesley, Gloria Snow and Ken Levae – already posted to https://youtu.be/TKyBHbL87fo We are also invited (and encouraged!) to watch the Chinook Winds’ Regional Indigenous Service – also coordinated by Tony Snow, Indigenous Minister for Treaty 7 Lands and Chinook Winds Region.  This service will be available for viewing starting at 10:30 AM on Sunday, June 20th 2021 …

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Indigenous History Month – June 2021

Two learning opportunities lead us into National Indigenous History Month, June 2021. 1. Pacific Mountain Region of the United Church presents: Calls to the Church: Listening to the Wisdom of the Elders Four evenings online of learning and listening, with Tony Snow and Rev. John Snow Jr. June 1 – 4, 2021 from 6:30 -7:30 pm PT / 7:30 -8:30 pm MT; registration is free of charge. for more information or to register: https://www.leadershiftpm.ca/register/calls-to-the-church-06-2021 2. the Canmore Museum presents: These Mountains …

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Sermon: May 16, 2021 – Psalm 1

You are like a tree, planted by flowing, cool streams of water that never run dry. Your fruit ripens in its time; your leaves never fade or curl in the summer sun. (Psalm 1:3, The Voice translation) Watch: https://youtu.be/QHHf0GMZ5JU     Download PDF at Sermon_16May2021_final Today’s scripture reading, Psalm 1, presents us with this beautiful mental picture of a tree planted by flowing waters.  It contrasts those who choose to be nourished by God’s refreshing waters– those planted or, in some translations, “transplanted” so that …

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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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