Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

Every Child Matters

One year after Tk’emlups

We remember, with lament, the announcement one year ago from Tk’emlups, of the results of the ground-penetrating radar explorations.  Though survivors of the residential schools had shared this news for decades, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action (2015) had spoken these realities to the people of Canada, last year’s discovery/recovery was an important moment in which many more Canadians became fully aware of the atrocities of the schools. For the past year we have shared the TRC …

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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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Every Child Matters

Sermon: June 6, 2021 – Acts 15: 7-19

I am writing this sermon four days after hearing of the discovery at the Kamloops Residential School.  At this moment, I carry within me silent, sorrowful, helpless, culpable emptiness, and am seeking the words God wants to enter that silence. Watch at: https://youtu.be/EpDvYajNs5U    PDF download at Sermon_06June2021 So I humbly ask God, “where are you in this?”  For even if I could find no words at all, I know that God is not absent from this scene. We know …

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Julian Cell

Responding to Racism – local vigils

(updated post) IN RESPONSE to Racism – in memory of George Floyd and others – two local vigils have been organized, June 5, 1:00 PM in Canmore’s Riverside Park and June 6, 12:00m noon in Banff’s Central Park. Details are here: https://www.rmotoday.com/canmore/black-lives-matter-vigils-planned-for-canmore-banff-2409535 In addition…Leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and United Church of Canada have issued a joint letter decrying racism.   Tuesday, June 2 was “blackout Tuesday” – a time to stop whatever your …

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Sermon: Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020 – Acts 2: 1-21

JOIN US ONLINE FOR COMMUNION this Pentecost Sunday: Pentecost Sunday, is widely regarded as the birthday of the Church, so today’s message starts with the not-very-liturgical words, Happy Birthday!   We won’t be having cake, but later in the service as we share in a socially-distanced communion service, we will have bread and wine or whatever celebrative beverage suits the occasion for you – and I hope that the mood of celebration permeates this time of worship.  This week, our focus …

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