Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

Cross River landscape near Radium BC

Sermon: Reign of Christ Sunday, November 20, 2022 – Luke 1: 68-79

Some of you will have grown up in Churches where the Liturgical Calendar of the year is an important thing, and for others it will be a more recent and/or less important.  Today, in the Gregorian Calendar, is just a day – November 20th – but by the Liturgical calendar today is the last day of the year. (For those curious as to how this calendar works, you’ll find a Liturgical calendar posted in Gordon Hall). Known as “Reign of …

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Sermon: December 12, 2021 – Advent 3 – Luke 1: 26-45

The annunciation to Mary, followed by the visitation of Mary and Elizabeth. These are our back-to-back gospel readings from Luke for this third Sunday of Advent, the Sunday of JOY. Watch at https://youtu.be/BZBuymsiMec  Download PDF: Sermon_12December2021-Advent3C The second scene, of young Mary and her much older kinswoman Elizabeth, is a scene particularly bathed in joy, yet it is with some trepidation that I attempt to unpack what is going on here; for I am hindered both by cultural practices that …

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Sermon: November 28, 2021 – Advent I – Luke 1: 68-80

Note: Sunday, November 28, 2021, the congregations of Ralph Connor Memorial UC, Canmore and Rundle Memorial UC, Banff joined to worship, in Banff.  For the Ralph Connor congregation, this was the first time in 89 weeks that they had been able to worship in-person, indoors.  Each year in the season of Advent, the scriptures lead us to consider what it is to wait expectantly: our expectant waiting for the full emergence of the new realm of love and justice that …

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