Ryerson Sunday Services on YouTube

Worshipping at Ryerson During Covid-19

  • Park in the Ryerson lot and enter through our new doors facing Wilson Street
  • Masks are required to enter the building and must be used when physical distancing is not possible
  • A greeter will have you sanitize your hands and will take information for contact tracing
  • An usher will advise as to where you are allowed to sit in the pews
  • You will make your way into the sanctuary practicing physical distancing.
  • There will be no bulletins, no hymn books or Bibles available
  • All words will be on the screen; we will not be singing hymns
  • Offering plates are placed at the doors when you enter or exit the sanctuary
  • We will not Pass the Peace and Rev. Graham will not shake hands
  • An outdoor space on the front lawn will offer refreshments after worship (bring your own travel mug)
  • We will be restricting use to one bathroom, the accessible one by the cloakroom
  • We will continue to create and post our YouTube service each week.
  • Please feel free to contact Rev. Tim at revtim@cogeco.net or 226-218-3322

 October 25 – 21st Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon: “Take It Up With Jesus”


October 25, 2020 – 21st Sunday after Pentecost

Words of Welcome


Lighting of the Christ Candle

Call to Worship

(inspired by Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30-31, Luke 10:27, Deuteronomy 6:5)

We are called to love the Lord our God. We are called to love with all our heart and soul. We are called to love the Lord our God. We are called to love with all our mind and strength. We are called to love the Lord our God. And we are called to love our neighbour as ourselves. Come, let us love our God and share God’s love in this time of worship!

Opening Prayer

Spirit, life and soul of all creation, in moments of change, when everything we know starts to fade away and yet before we know what is coming, bless us with confidence in your wisdom and guidance. Remind us of the glory of the earth as the leaves begin to change. Help us to let go of what is no longer needed. Free us from holding tightly to old ways and habits when your Spirit calls us to a new day and a new way in creation. We pray in the name of Jesus, who shows us the way. Amen.

Hymn: #240 – “Praise, My Soul, The God Of Heaven”

1st Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 (NRSV)

You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, but though we had already suffered and been shamefully maltreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.

Psalm: Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17

God, you have been our refuge in every generation. Before the mountains were brought forth, before earth and world were formed, from age to age everlasting, you are God. You turn frail humans back to dust, saying: ‘Return, you mortals.’ For a thousand years in your sight are as yesterday, a day that is past, a watch in the night. You sweep them away like a dream, like grass that is fresh in the morning, like grass which in the morning is green, but in the evening is dried up and withered. Your anger consumes us; your wrath overwhelms us. You set our misdeeds before you, our secret sins in the light of your countenance. All our days pass away under your anger; our years come to an end like a sigh. The days of our life are seventy years, even eighty, if we are strong; but all that the years bring is toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away. Yet who understands the power of your anger? Who considers the fierceness of your wrath? Teach us to count our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.

Hymn: #593 – “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us With Your Love”

2nd Scripture: Matthew 22:34-46 (NRSV)

When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. ‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ He said to him, ‘ “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’ Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: ‘What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?’ They said to him, ‘The son of David.’ He said to them, ‘How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying, “The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet’ ”? If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?’ No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

Sermon: “Take It Up With Jesus”

Hymn: #28 MV – “Fresh As The Morning”

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession and Lord’s Prayer

Faithful God and Holy Friend, we do not have enough words to thank you for all you have given us and the love you share with us in Christ Jesus. In the silence of this time, help us review the week just past, remembering the ways we encountered you—in the beauty of creation, the support of friends, the wisdom of books, the joy of music, the energy of exercise, through study and prayer. (A time of silence is kept.) God of comfort and challenge, we are grateful for your presence in these uncertain times at home, at work and at school. We give you thanks for your attention to the small details and the large responsibilities we face. Be with us as the months of pandemic continue. Give us patience to keep each other safe and make us attentive to the needs of those around us. In silence we name before you those finding these days especially difficult.

(A time of silence is kept.) God of persistence and inspiration, we remember before you the many who struggle to recognize your presence or fail to hear your voice amid all the competing voices in our world. We pray for those feeling depressed or anxious, those facing grief and loneliness, and those who are worried about their health or their security. (A time of silence is kept.) Do not forget these people even if they forget you. Comfort them and fill them with peace. God of justice and leadership, We pray for our country and all other nations facing immense challenges with COVID-19. Guide decision makers and keep the hearts of those with resources open to those who do not have enough. We pray for places where justice is lacking, where violence threatens, or leaders are untrustworthy. Strengthen voices of wisdom and acts of courageous compassion to tend the needs of people most at risk. God of grace and guidance,

You call us to be your hands and feet, your voice and comfort in the world, following the example of Jesus. Equip us to respond to the needs around us in his name and make us bold to get started right here and right now. For we dare to pray the words Jesus taught us: 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: #528 – “God Of Life”

Commission & Benediction (inspired by Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Matthew 12:28-34)

Hear this: the Lord our God is the one and only Lord. Therefore go out into the world and love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and love others as you love yourself. And may God give you justice and freedom; May Christ Jesus set you free for love; and may the Holy Spirit go where you go and protect you on your way. We go in peace to love and serve the Lord, in the name of Christ. Amen.

Choral Closing: #454 – “May God Who Creates You”

May God who creates you give you light;

May God who sustains you make you wise;

May God who protects you give you joy,

May God who surrounds you give you peace.

October 18 – 20th  Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon: “Sing Your Joy”


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