Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

Edith Cavell Memorial and Cenotaph, Norwich UK

Sermon: Remembrance Sunday, November 13, 2022 – Luke 7: 1-10

As we read through the New Testament, the LOVE that Jesus calls us to is truly astonishing. Download PDF: Sermon_13November 2022 In the 13th chapter of John, (vv 34-35) Jesus says love is the identifier of a true disciple: “As I have loved you, so you also must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another”. The apostle Paul, in the letter to the Romans (8:35-39), described a loving God’s desire …

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Exshaw Legion Remembrance Day 2022

Remembrance Day Message – November 11 2022

A message delivered at Canmore and Exshaw Cenotaph services, Remembrance Day 2022 by Rev Greg Wooley I’ve always found Remembrance Day to be meaningful, but the place where it really found a home deep within me, was in 1988, in the three small communities I served after ordination. In those towns and villages,  particularly Wadena (population presently 1,300) there was a huge overlap between the Legion and the Church.  Local merchants, teachers and farmers, first generation Canadians and those with …

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Evensong: Wednesday November 10 at 7:15 PM

This Wednesday, on the eve of Remembrance Day, our Evensong contemplative service, on Zoom, will embrace the lives of two women from the UK: the 14th century mystic, Julian of Norwich, and the World War I heroine, Edith Cavell, whose body is interred at Norwich Cathedral. Julian recalled these words, spoken to her in an ecstatic vision from Christ on the cross: And this word: you shall not be overcome, was said sharply and mightily, for sureness and comfort against …

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Sermon: Remembrance Sunday, November 7, 2021 – Revelation 21: 1-6a

Few books in the Bible are as polarizing as the Book of Revelation. It’s the book of the antichrist, the four horsemen of the apocalypse, the number 666, For some, its apocalyptic narrative provides a clear roadmap of the end times, each symbol and event aligned with doomsday. For others, Revelation is easily side-stepped and ignored because of its weirdness. At times, I must admit, I fall into this category. In these days, particularly in the northern hemisphere, the Church …

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Sermon: Remembrance Sunday, November 8, 2020 – 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18

Worry is a difficult and unpleasant companion. Download PDF: Sermon_08November2020 (1)  View at https://youtu.be/ZYLzMMYiMoU Sometimes, worry originates when our brain chemistry gets off-kilter, anxiety, fretting and insomnia take on a life of their own, and therapeutic intervention is required.  But often, worry has an origin you can identify, arising in a time of uncertainty, when we have just enough information to stimulate the fight, flight or freeze instincts and with worry. Sometimes we worry about ourselves – a lingering cough, …

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Vigils for Nova Scotia

In honour of the lives lost in Nova Scotia, our flags at Ralph Connor will fly at half-mast until Friday, April 24.  The United Church of Canada is hosting an online vigil on its YouTube page, Wednesday April 22 at 11:00 AM MDT.  There will be an online vigil entitled “Nova Scotia Remembers” on Friday at 4:00 pm MDT, hosted on the Colchester – Supporting Our Communities Facebook page.  Our hearts are heavy with this tragic and senseless loss of …

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Sermon: Candlelight Service of Remembrance, Dec 5 2019

6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, beloved,[e] whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about[f] these things. 9 Keep on doing the things that …

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Sermon: Remembrance Sunday, November 10, 2019 – Romans 12: 1-3, 9-18

The place where Remembrance Day really found a home deep within me, was at the first United Church pastoral charge I served after ordination. Our “settlement charge” as we called it in those days, was Wadena, Rose Valley and Archerwill in eastern Saskatchewan.  In those communities, particularly Wadena, there was a huge overlap between the Legion and the United Church.  Local merchants, teachers and farmers, first generation Canadians and those with much longer histories on that land, had gone to …

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