Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

Sermon: Orange Shirt Sunday, September 25, 2022 – Luke 15: 1-10

Storytellers over the ages have understood that stories told in threes can have great power.  This morning’s scripture lesson gave us two-thirds of a group of three parables about being lost and being found.  Jesus tells of a shepherd who leaves a flock of 99 to find one missing sheep, and of a woman who notices that a coin is missing – one coin out of ten that separate her from poverty, or from shame, or from both – and …

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Sermon: September 18, 2022 – 1 Corinthians 1: 18-31

> a sermon preached at Rundle Memorial United Church, Banff AB I have a particularly strong, positive emotional connection with some scriptures. When I see them coming up in the Sunday Lectionary, I can feel my response, a lightness combined with positive anticipation.  Most often, it’s scriptures that are, by nature, quite emotional: the parable of the prodigal son, or the parable of the good Samaritan, for example. Curiously, I have that same kind of connection with today’s reading from …

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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: Sunday, March 27 – Luke 15: 1-3, 11-32 – Lent IV

This parable: the story of the prodigal.   This parable has within it such depth of connection with the human condition, and with the deep grace of the Divine. The elements of the parable are well-known: two siblings, one parent.  Although Dad is still very much alive, the younger son cashes in his inheritance early, goes far away and wastes it all on the high life.  Things go sour for him, and he drags himself home, hoping to catch on as …

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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

our hearts break

Our flag will be lowered for the next 215 hours, starting Sunday afternoon, in honour of the 215 children whose lives were lost at the Residential School in Kamloops.   As an Affirming Ministry of the United Church of Canada, we recommit ourselves to love, justice and reconciliation. > May 31 would be a good time for an “orange shirt day” in addition to the official orange shirt day at the end of September.

Sermon: May 30, 2021 – Isaiah 6: 1-8

Sermon: Sunday, May 30, 2021 – Isaiah 6: 1-8 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley Introduction As we begin this service, I invite you to review with me the first half of the Christian year.  We have moved from Advent and the birth of Jesus (Christmas), to the season of Epiphany, a time of revelation and light.  The season of Lent gave time for reflection and self-assessment, Holy Week takes us to Good Friday, the …

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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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Indigenous Day of Prayer – Worship Service now posted

Join us for Indigenous Day of Prayer – our Sunday Worship Service for June 21, 2020, with guest preacher Gloria Snow.  https://youtu.be/7ERksSa0Kzg The origins of what we now know as National Indigenous Peoples Day began at Stoney Indian Park, in Morley. The1971 the Indian Ecumenical Conference first conceived of June 21 as a National Indian Day of Prayer. The ecumenical conference was organized by Rev. Dr. Chief John Snow Sr. We acknowledge and thank the Stoney Nakoda Nation for initiating …

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