Rev Rita’s
@home Worship Experience’

Hello! I am back from a ‘stay at home & mostly offline’ week of continuing education. I spent time reading and reflecting as well as ‘retreating’ with the guidance of an online prayer retreat. Today I am sharing with you a quote I discovered last week….. something to think about…. something to pray about.

If I am very aware that I do not love much,
the way is not to try to love more,
so much as to spend more time
in trying to open myself
to receive the love of God.

— Damaris Parker-Rhodes in Plain Living by Catherine Whitmire

Stay well. Stay connected.
Rev Rita ph/text 403-560-5197

Weeks ago, Hugh and Levica Markides shared the news that Grace United Church in LaxKw’alaams B.C. (north west of Port Rupert) burned down on Saturday Jan 30th. When Hugh was a park ranger, he sometimes attended meetings in that community. The 147 year old building was completely destroyed. I know that our hearts go out to those folk who have lost an essential part of who they are.  Your prayers are needed to help this faith community to persevere and recover as they rebuild. At times like these, even being well-insured, means that there will be additional expenses Financial donations are also appreciated.

Here are links to donate and attached information from Treena Duncan who is the executive minister of our Chinook Winds Region and Pacific Mountain Region.

Listen to Rev.Rita’s latest message

Check out “Rita’s Tweets” a photoblog of Rita and Frog’s adventures while on sabbatical in 2019!

Past Services

April 2021
Easter Sunday April 4
Good Friday April 2

March 2021
March 28
March 21
March 14
March 7

February 2021
February 28
February 21
February 14
February 7

January 2021
January 31
January 24
January 17
January 10

December 2020
December 27
December 24
December 20
December 13
December. 06


November 2020
November 29
November 15
November 8
November 1

October 2020

October 25
October 18
October 11
October 4

September 2020
September 27
September 20
September 13

May 2020
May 24 Message
May 3 Message


December 2019
December 29 service 
Christmas Eve service Choir performing four selections “Angels Among Us”  Michelle Johnston performing “O Holy Night
December 22 service, sermon, Choir performing “Angels Was A-Shoutin’ on Christmas Morn
December 15 service, sermon, Choir performing “Can You Hear the Angels?”
December 8 service, sermon, Choir performing “Angels Keep Rejoicing
December 1 service, sermon,  Choir performing “Angels Among Us

BUC Audio page here

Services cancelled

Since Sunday (March 15, 2020), Sunday worship services in the church are cancelled until further notice. At Balzac United Church, we will not take unnecessary risks when it comes to the health and welfare of our community. We are choosing to be proactive in our response to slow the spread of this virus. Rev Rita and the church board have not taken this decision lightly.
Rev Rita is available to provide support and answer any questions or concerns by phoning or texting 403-560-5197 or email Audio recordings of past worship services are available on our website
Virtual Senior Clubhouse
and Youth night
Every other week we will have a youth meeting, Thursday nights at 7pm. Each online youth meeting, a different youth will be hosting it! planning a fun activity and a prayer with the help of one of us.
Financial Church Support
If you want to financially support our church, there is two ways:

1) Mail a cheque to Balzac United Church, 10076 TWP Rd 262, Balzac, AB T4B 2T3.
Mail is picked up on a regular basis.

2) Using a credit card, you can donate via The national office of our United Church Canada does approve of this online donation method. Balzac will receive your donation less 4% for a processing fee. Your income tax receipt will be issued from Canada Helps.

The Balzac United Church would like to take this opportunity to recognize that we worship on the traditional  territories of Treaty Seven  which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina, and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations.
Recent Sermons
May 2, 2021 02
May 2021

BUC Worship At Home Experience Sunday May 2

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Rev Rita’s Message – Listen to the full message here To begin play Count Your Blessings Then pray- As on a first day you began the work of creating us; as on a first day you raised Jesus from the dead; so on this first day, good Lord, freshen and remake us: […]

April 25, 2021 25
Apr 2021

BUC Worship At Home Experience Sunday Apr. 25

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Rev Rita’s Message – Listen to the full message here Play-  In the Bulb There Is A Flower – Dear Lord, I pray that you bless me during this time of worship.  Bless the music that is played, the reading of your Word, and the prayers that will be said.Remind me of […]

April 18, 2021 18
Apr 2021

BUC Worship At Home Experience Sunday Apr. 18

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Rev Rita’s Message – Listen to the full message here To begin play – This Is The Day Then say- Jesus came to share the good news of God. He came to share in our joy and sorrows so that we may know God more fully.(Take a moment to name your joys […]

April 4, 2021 04
Apr 2021

Easter Worship Service

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Rev Rita’s Message – Listen to the full message here To begin play –  Jesus Christ Is Risen Today Then say – Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! and pray- Living God, long ago, faithful women proclaimed the good news of Jesus’ resurrection, and the world was changed forever. Teach us to keep faith with them, that our witness […]

April 2, 2021 02
Apr 2021

Good Friday At Home Worship

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Rev Rita’s Message – Listen to the full message here To begin play Beneath the Cross of Jesus Then pray- God of Love, as we come to remember the events surrounding Jesus’ final hours of life, open our eyes to see the beauty of Jesus’ self-giving love, and by your Spirit work […]

March 28, 2021 28
Mar 2021

BUC Worship At Home Experience Sunday Mar. 28

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Rev Rita’s Message – Listen to the full message here Palm Sunday Celebration Introduction- In the midst of the bustle of Jerusalem at Passover comes a parade into the city–not filled with grandeur and might–but one that has reverberated through the ages. It continues to call us as a church to […]

Recent Photos
See some photos from the past year!