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Bandits complete sweep of proud Canucks.

Congratulations Canucks for the drive in this 40th Anniversary Season, the Ragan Posse is proud to be boosters, and we will be there next season cheering you on!!!! Go Canucks Go!!!

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Last night the Rainbow Chapel held its last event, we bore witness as the Calgary Canucks defeated the Drumheller Dragons 4-1 at the Max Bell Arena.  The Alberta Junior Hockey League is family fun, community building and renewing where all can come together…much like what we attempted to do with the Rainbow Chapel.

Yip the Rainbow Chapel was a simple home base ministry that reached out to all of God’s children regardless of well pretty much anything.  We were a ministry based on inclusion of all.  Throughout the years even before we named it, there was the chapel in existence, involving sacraments, breaking bread together, prayer, retreats, meditation, services….so whether you just knew us through a participant, spiritual direction, mentoring, the Denny’s Bible Study, Timmy’s Book Club gathering, Brunch n’ Bible, Contemplative Worship; House Church; Communi(on)ity, Movie n Pizza Nights or Summer Book Club…know that our prayer is simple that we continue to discover the Holy Mystery and live out of that love.

In Unitarian Circles they snuff out the chalice at the end of a gathering; in Mainline Churches they extinguish the Christ Candle…the mythology being that the service is complete and the gathering is dispersing…yet it is backwards, for it is not that the gathering is complete, or Christ has left the building.

Rather the extinguishing of the light on the altar… the reflection and meditative of the gathering is the act of the Holy Spirit blowing through and this light igniting each and everyone of our own lights again…an outward act of a soul renewal…it should be as powerful a sacrament as communion for this is saying we are taking the light of Christ within us to shine out of us…

Just as Jesus stated in John 15:12 (CSB):

12 This is My command: Love one another as I have loved you.

As the light is extinguished we take that love internalized, and the Benediction is not the end of worship, but the beginning for a new week or personal and communal transformation within this love…so the chapel leaves you with a simple Benediction:

In the name of our Loving Creator; the wisdom and compassion of our brother, Jesus of Nazareth; and the comfort and joy within the family of the Holy Spirit may you be blessed with love, and out of this love live…for ever and ever…amen.

Christ Light– Out 🙂

May you RE- IGNITE it each day within.



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Well I doubt I will actually endeavour to answer the question, but as some know I have had a love/hate relationship with the church and for years have been hosting events outside my local faith communities as my safety net for the inevitiable about face when the church attacks.

Today in Sunday School (yes our church has a Sunday School for adults) we were exploring Psalm 119, when my eyes fell on verse28:

Psalm 119:28

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

28 I am weary[a] from grief;
strengthen me through Your word.

The footnote refers to the translation as well as “my soul weeps” which encapsulates how I have struggled with the institution of church. So my plan b has always been there, which over the past few years has taken the shape of Rainbow Chapel which has offered many opportunities for spiritual formation.

Yet it has also held me back from full engagement or commitment if you will to a faith community, because I am always waiting for the other shoe to drop.  Even my kids have showed this type of behaviour by becoming a tag team of two for safety.

So what has come through prayer and this verse to the family, to mop up this weeping of the soul?

Simple, we have landed in what appears through action and word to be a safe community. So to fully engage one needs to take steps of faith…the step of faith?

The closing of the Rainbow Chapel Ministries, our last event is as follows:

Shawna & I have been running a home based ministry for quite a few years, our latest initiative was a bible study on Saturday nights, after prayerful consideration we are closing this part of our ministry off and trusting the spirit to guide us into our next way to reach out and teach. Here is our final event if anyone can make it:
The Calgary Canucks are gonna be (Drumheller) Dragon slayers as the hockey regular season draws to a close. Adults $13, seniors $6, 13-17 yrs $6 and children under 12 free. FREE Parking! and cheap munchies, great family fun with rush seating. Come out and celebrate the Rainbow Chapel Ministries that are coming to a close this night…during our few years we have reconnected 8 people to their faith, reinvigorated passion for the scriptures, explored spirituality and God through such things as contemplative worship, brunch & bible, Communi(on)ity, and “Speaking Christian” book group. We thank all those who have been apart and hope everyone can make it out for some fun 🙂

Thank you to all those who have been part of my (our) parachurch ministries over the last 12 years, it has been a blessing…if you are seeking a place for spiritul formation that is safe, I will direct you to:

Crossroads Community Church

And we ask for your prayers as the family lives into being fully apart of a spiritual community.


Evan Bayko, one of my son’s favourite Calgary Canucks players (AJHL) passed away from epilepsy. The Calgary teams are hosting a night on January 30, 2012 in support and rememberance…please attend:

A Night for Evan Poster

In the early church, communion/eucharist/lord’s supper was the point of gathering for the church community.  What does that mean? It basically means all those in the household/area that professed or wanted to discover the living Christ, came together to eat and grow together.

This fall, this type of communion is being reinvigorated within NE Calgary‘s community of Rundle. On Saturday evenings, we shall gather for a simple potluck meal together, and explore the Christian Testament (there is a poll in our Facebook group to vote) to further our spiritual journey. But it will not just be scripture study, we are community based, we also support our local NE end AJHL team, Calgary Canucks, so on those Saturdays with a game, we shall enjoy it together…perhaps scipture study and board games, media or whatever form it takes to more deeply explore that which we are learning and applying to our lives.

For Clare and Francis of Assisi in the 12th century spoke about scitpural learning, that it is not about memorization, it is not about book knowledge, or scholarly works, it is about soul memory, ingesting, learning, and living out.

This is an open invite to Communi(on)ty for all, contact us directly, or ask to be added to the FB group or and join the gathering.