Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

Sermon: Sunday, March 13, 2022 – Lent II – Luke 9: 28-43a

A reading from the gospel of Luke, chapter 9 (NRSV): 9:28 Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 9:29 And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 9:30 Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. 9:31 They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about …

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Evensong: March 9 , 2022 at 7:15 PM

Lent I:   The Impeded Stream is the One that Sings March 9, 2022, 7:15 p.m.  Lent is a time to remember the light and the sorrow. Lent is a time to embrace the divinity of ambiguity. Our hearts are wide enough to do this. You are invited to join in the ongoing observation of Lent, in chant, prayer, reflection and silence.  Join by Zoom (email evensong@ralphconnor.ca if you don’t have the link) or… join us in person in the Sanctuary.  …

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Sermon: 28 Feb 2021, Lent II – Mark 8: 31-38

At the end of a particularly testy exchange with his disciple Peter, in which they argued about the path to crucifixion and what it meant to proclaim Jesus as the Christ or Messiah, the gospel of Mark has Jesus say these words (pronouns adjusted):  “If anyone wants to come with me… they must forget self, carry their cross, and follow me.  For whoever wants to save their own life will lose it; but whoever loses their life for me and …

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desolate lands

Sermon: Lent I, February 21 2021 – Mark 1: 9-15

Jesus, age thirty-ish, had a new future opened to him.  Baptized by his cousin John, a heavenly voice named and claimed Jesus, and he knew that his life was going to be radically different from then on.   What exactly was this going to look like?  He did not know, but he and God both knew that he needed to find out.  According to the gospel of Mark, the Holy Spirit either led him or propelled him into the barren wilderness …

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March 22, 2020 – Worship online with us!

March 22, 2020 Worship for Ralph Connor Memorial United Church is available online!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kt3edcbl3kY Recorded at several locations in Canmore so that we can keep social distance from one another, then combined into one Worship service.    Our intention is to have an online Worship Service available every Sunday, on the “Ralph Connor Canmore” YouTube channel.     If you would like to worship many times this Sunday, here is a listing of some of the congregations in Chinook Winds Region …

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Seven Sacred Teachings and Lent – Tue Mar 10 7 pm

Tony Snow, Indigenous Lead for Chinook Winds Region,  on March 10th at RCMUC led a deep and meaningful time of discussion, inviting us to see how the Seven Sacred Teachings can interact with our observance of Lent.  The seven sacred teachings, broadly held within many Indigenous traditions, are  Love, Respect, Courage, Honesty, Wisdom, Humility, and Truth.  Tony will be presenting additional sessions online at 7 pm on Tuesdays, March 17, 24, 31 and April 7. To register for one of …

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Sermon: Lent I, March 1 2020 – Matthew 4: 1-11

The 3rd chapter of Matthew, immediately prior to today’s reading, ends with these words: “when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” click here for PDF Knowing the ministry ahead of Jesus,  we current-day readers may …

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Lenten Devotionals Available

Lent 2020 begins on Ash Wednesday, February 26th.    United Church Publishing House (UCPH) produces a devotional book each year, providing reflections for each of the 46 days of Lent (40 days + 6 Sundays).  This year’s book is entitled Faithfully Yours, compiled by Alydia Smith. It features daily scripture, reflections, hymn suggestions, personal questions, and prayers for individual devotions or group study by a wide variety of United Church contributors. The eBook may be ordered here and United-in-Learning is …

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