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August 16 – 11th  Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon: “A New Definition


August 16, 2020 – 11th Sunday after Pentecost

Words of Welcome and Announcements

Lighting of the Christ Candle

Call to Worship

Let us gather our hearts and minds from busy-ness and bothering, from worry and weariness, from distraction and despair. Let us gather our hearts and minds for prayer and praising, for singing and for wonderment and joy. Let us worship God in the beauty of holiness.

Opening Prayer

Enduring One who offers grace to all who come to you, we come this day, glad of this sacred time to be “especially” with you; glad of this sacred time when we can set aside, for a while, that which would distract us or drag us down, or keep us from hearing you; and glad to draw near to your high place of the heart, where you help us to see more clearly. In our spaces of rest and reflection, of nurture and quenching, and of peace and healing, may we see your kingdom so clearly that we are filled with overwhelming joy. Amen.

Hymn: #224 – “Sing A Happy Hallelujah”

1st Scripture: Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 (NRSV)

I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.

Litany of Praise (based on Psalm 67):

May God be merciful to us and bless us; may God smile with kindness upon us. Then everyone on earth will learn to follow God, and all nations will see God’s power to save. Let the people praise You, O God—let all the people everywhere praise You! May the whole world celebrate and sing for joy, because You judge fairly and with integrity, and guide all people, near and far. Let the people praise You, O God—let all the people everywhere praise You! Our God has richly blessed us, providing abundantly for all our needs. May God continue to bless us, and may the whole world come to know and worship our God. Amen.

Hymn: #619 – “Healer of Every Ill”

2nd Scripture: Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 (NRSV)

Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.’ But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.’ He answered, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ But she came and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’ He answered, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ She said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed instantly.

Sermon: “A New Definition”

Hymn: #358 – “When Jesus The Healer”

Prayers of the People and Lord’s Prayer

For two great gifts of life we are deeply grateful, O God, the gift of faith that has been shared with us by others, and the opportunity for our own sharing, by which we ourselves can become instruments in the ongoing stream of faith. Through these gifts are kept alive, from one generation to another, the knowledge of your love for us, and our place in your plan for the redemption of the world. Touch us with your grace, that our sharing of our faith may not be arrogantly offensive with an attitude of superiority, but sensitive and perceptive, caring for the feelings of others who follow their own vision of truth. Equip us with imagination and love, that we may share our faith as gift rather than obligation, remaining open to the insights and to the faith gifts we can receive from those whose perspective is different from our own. So may our understanding of your will, and of our place within it, continue to grow through faithful witness, and through openness to one another. We ask this is the name of Jesus Christ who taught us to pray together: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Hymn: #650 – “O God of Bethel”

Commissioning and Benediction

Go out into the world in peace; have courage; hold on to what is good; return no one evil for evil; strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak, and help the suffering; honour all people; love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit. May God bless you and keep you. May God’s face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May God look upon you with kindness and give you peace. Amen.

Choral Closing: “Go Now In Peace”

Go now in peace. Never be afraid. God will go with you each hour of ev’ry day. Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true. Know he will guide you in all you do. Go now in love, and show you believe. Reach out to others so all the world can see. God will be there watching from above. Go now in peace, in faith and in love.



August 9 – 10th  Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon: “Daring Attempts

 August 9, 2020 – 10th Sunday after Pentecost



August 2 – 9th  Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon: “Given All We Need



 July 26 – 8th  Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon: “We Don’t Know How To Pray?


July 26, 2020 – 8th Sunday after Pentecost






Please keep checking our Faith Communities and COVID-19 webpage for all the latest updates.

Online Worship Resources

Beginning Sunday, March 22, Moderator Richard Bott will be offering an online worship service each Sunday for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak. This will be a video recorded service you can join in on our website or Facebook page. The prayers, hymns, and reflections from the Moderator’s online worship will also be available in audio and text form.

If you would like to participate in the live version of this worship service, please join on Zoom, Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. PDT, 7:00 p.m. EDT, 8:30 p.m. in Newfoundland. The recorded version of this is what will be shared on Sundays.

Moderator’s Letter to All Communities of Faith

“Grace and peace to you, in the love of the Creator, the peace of Christ, and the communion of the Holy Spirit. I am writing to you on the evening following the announcement by the World Health Organization that the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has reached a pandemic state. Here in Canada, while the number of presumptive and confirmed cases remains low, Canadians are being asked to prepare for an increase in the number of people affected by the virus….

“Scripture talks a lot about fear—often in the form of “Don’t be afraid!” I know that can be hard to do, but I think there is an important call to us as people of God and followers of Jesus. In those moments when fear gets huge, we have the opportunity to love even more and, in that love, to help one another.”

In this time of COVID-19, we pray:
When we aren’t sure, God,
help us be calm;
when information comes
from all sides, correct and not,
help us to discern;
when fear makes it hard to breathe,
and anxiety seems to be the order of the day,
slow us down, God;
help us to reach out with our hearts,
when we can’t touch with our hands;
help us to be socially connected,
when we have to be socially distant;
help us to love as perfectly as we can,
knowing that “perfect love casts out all fear.”

For the doctors, we pray,
for the nurses, we pray,
for the technicians and the janitors and the
aides and the caregivers, we pray,
for the researchers and theorists,
the epidemiologists and investigators,
for those who are sick,
and those who are grieving, we pray,
for all who are affected,
all around the world…
we pray
for safety,
for health,
for wholeness.

May we feed the hungry,
give drink to the thirsty,
clothe the naked and house those without homes;
may we walk with those who feel they are alone,
and may we do all that we can to heal
the sick—
in spite of the epidemic,
in spite of the fear.

Help us, O God,
that we might help each other.

In the love of the Creator,
in the name of the Healer,
in the life of the Holy Spirit that is in all and with all,
we pray.

May it be so.

—A prayer during times of COVID-19 by the Right Rev. Richard Bott, originally posted on Facebook. Moderator Bott encourages the sharing of prayers he posts throughout his term.

Ryerson Reads 2020

Everyone welcome to join us as we discuss this book in April!

Please call 905 648 2731

Regional Structure – Horseshoe Falls

Effective January 1, 2019, the organizational structure for communities of faith within the United Church changed from the Presbytery system.  Hamilton Presbytery ceased on December 31, 2018.  Ryerson now falls within the area known as –

Horseshoe Falls Regional Council


Click for Regional Councils Map: 



Watch for further updates and correspondence as details are finalized.

Annual Reports 2020

Annual Reports 2020 have been produced in a new easy to read, 8-page format.  Check up on new projects and the work of our committees.  Reports are available electronically or pick up your copy at the church. 


Rev Tim Graham celebrates 1st anniversary

The Reverend Tim Graham celebrates his first year anniversary as Ryerson’s full-time minister.  A graduate of Queen’s Theological College, Rev Tim began his tenure here on February 5, 2019.  He comes to us with many years of experience in ministry and great enthusiasm.



Ryerson Heritage Book Image

Please find our Ryerson history in downloadable format. 

History was compiled by Norma Sheldrick in celebration of Ryerson’s 200th anniversary.

Season of Creation

“Season of Creation”


The United Church of Canada introduced Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost in 2010.  From September to Thanksgiving, congregations celebrate the fact that creation is an integral part of the whole Christian year. The “tree” logo was designed for this occasion and orange was selected as the corresponding liturgical colour.

Flowing within and outside the Elm tree is a blue Circle, a symbol of God’s eternity. It is blue, the color of the sky and heaven and symbolic of wisdom and clarity.  A Cross of gold (worth, splendor, wealth and Jesus’ ‘royalty’) fills the Circle, both within and outside the Tree. It is an alisee patee cross, recalling the consecration cross of the very ancient church and thus the holiness of life. It also reminds us of a Celtic cross whose spirituality maintains the intricate link between humanity and nature. The square at the intersection of the cross recalls God as Mystery. The four colors also represent the four elements of creation: earth /brown, air /white, fire /orange and water /blue.

The colour orange was:

  • the Early Christian colour for confessors, monastics, and matrons
  • worn in some Russian churches during summer fasts; in Western rites, some mainline Protestant churches propose orange as a colour for fall
  • some Orthodox Churches use scarlet, orange, or rust