Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

Sermon: April 24, 2022 – John 20: 19-31

Occasionally, something happens in one’s life, or in the shared experience of a community, that forever changes how a scripture lesson will be read. Watch at https://youtu.be/7MEmgCLkpXM  Download PDF: Sermon_24April2022 For me, a scripture whose interpretation was changed by an event is today’s gospel reading about Jesus entering a closed gathering of disciples one week, and revisiting them a week later when Thomas was with them.  And the event that changed how I read these words, was the early days …

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Sermon: January 16, 2022 – Luke 4: 14-21

Watch at https://youtu.be/7zHNqhKFNfE  Download PDF at Sermon_16January2022 What do you consider to be your life’s purpose?  A couple of years ago, a team from WorshipHouse Media went around the US asking people this question, and here is what they heard: https://www.worshiphousemedia.com/mini-movies/4577/what-is-your-purpose {this is a “preview” version of the video; the actual video seen in Worship has been purchased from the vendor} Unless you have been thinking about recently in a structured way, that would be a really hard question for …

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Sermon: November 14, 2021 – 1 Samuel 3: 1-10

Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.  (1 Samuel 3: 9, 10) There are many “call stories” in the Bible, and the one we heard today is ready for the stage. The characters in this scene are an aging priest named Eli, his young charge Samuel, and off stage, a voice which the audience understands to be the voice of God, though not immediately understood as such by young Samuel.  From previous scenes and scenes yet to come we have …

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Sermon: July 12, 2020 – Matthew 9:35 – 10:8

So much of our energy as a Church community needs to go into being an open, inviting, welcoming host.  Especially with the commitment we have made as an Affirming Ministry, we are to ensure that any and every person arriving at the Church door experiences a genuine welcome, with visible signs of welcome and the removal of any obstacle to their full inclusion and participation in the life and work of the congregation.  This remains important work to us, even …

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Sermon: Ascension Sunday May 24, 2020 – Acts 1: 1-11

One of the ways to tease out a Christian denomination’s priorities and theology, is to look at how they name their Churches.   If a denomination tends to use phrases like “Crown of Glory Christian Fellowship” that suggests a very different approach than “Historic Holy Trinity Parish” and that suggests a very different approach than “your subdivision named here, Church”. Video link: https://youtu.be/ysU15cRvzrU PDF link: Sermon_24May2020 So on this Sunday when we mark the going up, or “Ascension” of Christ into …

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Our Building and our Mission – Feb 23 workshop

After Sunday Morning Worship on February 23, 2020 (and a Soup & Bun luncheon right after Worship) there will be a workshop to consider, revise, update the plans to more closely equip our Church Building to serve the Mission that Christ has given us.  Click here for all the documentation you will need!

Building Survey Summary

Thank you to the 100 respondents to this June’s RCMUC Building Survey.  A brief one-page summary report has been produced, posted here. At this point there are no recommended actions, and the full report is still in the works, but we wanted to honour the time and effort put into responding to this survey about our Church building, and how it helps or hinders our capacity to carry our our Mission.

Sermon: July 7, 2019 – Luke 10: 1-11, 16-17

One of the things I hear all the time, is people telling me that the place they really meet God, is in nature.   For those of us who choose to live in this amazing, outdoorsy place, and for those who come here on holidays, this makes absolute sense.   The beauty and diversity of these surroundings, from the intricacy of tiny things to the immensity of the mountains, is nothing short of inspirational. click here for a PDF of this sermon …

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