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February 28 – Lent II


February 28, 2021 – 2nd Sunday Of Lent


Words of Welcome


Lighting of the Christ Candle

Call to Worship

Covenant God, God of Abraham and of Sarah, we come before you. You will keep your word! Covenant God, God of Amos and of Jeremiah, we come before you. You will keep your promises! Covenant God, God of the New Covenant in Jesus, we come before you. The cross is your trusted sign! Covenant God, God whose love is sealed in the waters of baptism, we come before you. Your covenant endures!

Opening Prayer

Gracious God, we want to see your goodness in the land of the living – here and now, in this world of flesh and blood, in the midst of deep fear and desperate hopes. Give us the grace to put our trust in your mercy, even when our hearts cry out in fear. Help us to notice the whisper of your presence amid all the noise and news that clamour and threaten. Let your love, like a healing stream, flow through us and carry us onward to a new day. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Hymn: #663 – “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”

1st Scripture: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 (NRSV)

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.’ Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, ‘As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. God said to Abraham, ‘As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.’

Psalm: Psalm 22 (Part Three and Part Four p.746)

Hymn: #269 – “The Care the Eagle Gives Her Young” (tune 326)

2nd Scripture: Romans 4:13-25 (NRSV)

For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, ‘I have made you the father of many nations’)—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become ‘the father of many nations’, according to what was said, ‘So numerous shall your descendants be.’ He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith ‘was reckoned to him as righteousness.’ Now the words, ‘it was reckoned to him’, were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.

Sermon: “From Tears to Laughter”

Hymn: #637 – “Jesus, Saviour, Pilot Me”

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession and Lord’s Prayer

Long before the change of name, before the first signs of new life showed the beginnings of promises fulfilled, You asked Abram to make his home among foreigners, and share the blessing that was to come. And now, O God, you ask the same faith of us: The faith to count ourselves among the least, to find our place alongside the poor and broken; The faith to trust in your mercy and your promises, and to share what we have received; The faith to wait expectantly for your reign of justice and equity, together with those who most need its gifts. Teach us to be children of Abram, sharers of the blessings we enjoy: The blessing of plenty shared with those who have need, The blessing of healing shared with those who are sick and wounded, The blessing of joy shared with those who celebrate and of tears shared with those who grieve, The blessing of friendship shared with those who are excluded, and of solidarity with those who fight injustice,  The blessing of peace shared with those in conflict, and of confrontation shared with those who bring harm; And in some small way, may our faith and our sharing, help to bring your promises into being in our world. As always we ask this in the name of the one who taught us to join our voices together and to say: 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: #634 – “To Abraham And Sarah” (tune 331)

Commissioning and Benediction

Summon up your courage; Jesus is calling you to follow the difficult but faithful path. We will resist temptation, resist the easy way out; we will reflect carefully on our areas of testing; we will search out the Way of Jesus thoroughly, carefully, we will find strength with our fellow travelers along the way, we will follow the Way, courageously, faithfully, even sacrificially! Rejoice in God’s loving presence, with you continually. May the Lord walk beside you to comfort you. May the Lord walk above you to watch over you. May the Lord walk behind you to keep you safe. May the Lord walk before you to show you the way.

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.

February 21 – Lent I

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February 21, 2021 – 1st Sunday Of Lent

Words of Welcome


Lighting of the Christ Candle

Call to Worship

We go with Jesus into the wilderness. We feel the need to get away to reflect and to pray. We stay with Jesus in the wilderness. We sense the power of the Tempter calling us to the easy, self-serving way. We endure with Jesus in the wilderness, aware of a Supportive Presence showing us a faithful way, a compassionate path. We return with Jesus from the wilderness, renewed in body, mind, and spirit, ready to be about God’s work.

Opening Prayer

God of revelation, unveil your Kingdom in our midst. Show us who we truly are in you: expose the illusions that distort our vision, deliver us from temptations that contort our living, open our eyes in this time of trial – that resistance may be the secret of our joy and our joy a sign of your shalom. Amen.

Prayer of Confession and Assurance

Lent is a good time to look carefully at our patterns of life and faith in your presence, O Most  Understanding God. Where we have followed the path of deception, change our direction. You will change our direction. Where we have not taken the feelings of others into account, give us sensitivity. You will give us sensitivity. Where we have hung back from working for the common good, bring us back into fellowship. You will engage us in faith community. Where we have ignored the practice of prayer and forsaken the Word, faithfully renew us. You will renew us. Where we have missed opportunities to stand with the powerless, give us courage. You will give us courage. God hears your silently offered prayers and stands ready to bring you a fresh start as members of the family of God. We will renew our faith and practice; we will begin again with joy and determination. God stands ready to help you as you rededicate yourself to the Christian way.  Pardon and peace are yours!     Thanks be to God!  Amen.

Hymn: #114 – “Forty Days And Forty Nights”

1st Scripture: 1 Peter 3:18-22 (NRSV)

For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight people, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

Hymn: #115 – “Jesus Tempted In The Desert”

2nd Scripture: Mark 1:9-15 (NRSV)

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’ And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’

Sermon: “Fear Not”

Hymn: # 143 – “My Song Is Love Unknown”

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession and Lord’s Prayer

Almighty God, be with us as we contend with our lives and all our challenges. Thank you for listening as we bring before you the troubles that undermine us. We affirm, it is written, “One does not live by bread alone.” Strengthen and sustain our families and our communities. Nurture the bonds between us and inspire us to live with empathy and forgiveness. Help those struggling with work or facing uncertainty in their futures, that they may find peace in your abundant love.

Jesus, our Redeemer, rescue us when we stumble. We proclaim, it is written, “Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.” Enable us to admit the temptations of the world, and support us to resist turning away from your teaching. Awaken us to recognize the gifts you have given each one of us, and to see the role we can play in healing your creation. Be with our leaders and those around the world, that they may act with compassion and generosity. Guide them to humbly serve their own countries and to foster peace across our borders. God, our Creator, inspire us with renewed hope. We acknowledge, it is written, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”

Deepen our faith to hear your word and follow your way. Encourage us to bring all our hopes and desires to you in prayer, that in lifting up our souls to you, we may be shaped by your love.

Help us to hear the dialogue of prayer, and to listen in prayer as much as we speak. Comfort those battling ill health to bear their pain with patience, strength and courage. Holy Spirit, our Comforter, sustain us in our times of trial. All this we pray, assured by your eternal love, This day we ask this in the name of the One 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: #262 – “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”

Commissioning and Benediction

You challenge us to reflect and serve, O God. Give us honesty in our looking back; give us generosity in our relationships; give us hope in the midst of turmoil; give us energy to take on faithful endeavors; give us patience when all does not go according to plan; give us endurance as we walk the testing Lenten path. Go with God; God goes with you. Peacefully, securely, God goes with you! Whatever wilderness the Spirit has brought you to: walk in boldness, as a beloved child of God, walk in peace, under the shelter of the Most High, walk in faith, knowing Christ walks with you. 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.


 February 14 – Transfiguration Sunday

February 14, 2021 – Transfiguration Sunday

Words of Welcome


Lighting of the Christ Candle

Call to Worship

Beyond our busyness, above the cold winter floor there is a glory rising born of heaven and reaching out to each one of us, a light that shines through the clouds an invitation seeking all of who we are, that transfigures the world that transforms darkness into hope that brings life from a cross where old life ends and new life is born. In glory Jesus meets us here raising us from depths of valley to the height of the mountain carrying the weight of our humanity to the heights of heavens glory. Let us worship from the mountain and hear again “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”

Opening Prayer

O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining, and whose power we cannot comprehend: show us your glory as far as we can grasp it, and shield us from knowing more than we can bear until we may look upon you without fear, through Jesus Christ, Amen.

Hymn: #574 – “Come, Let Us Sing Of A Wonderful Love”

1st Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Psalm 50

God, the Almighty, has spoken; and summoned the world from the rising of the sun to its setting. God shines out from Zion, a city perfect in beauty. Our God appears, and will not keep silence.

Before you, God, runs a consuming fire, and a mighty tempest rages about you. You call on the heavens above, and on the earth below, to witness the judgement of your people: ‘Gather my people before me, the people who made covenant with me by sacrifice.’ The heavens proclaim your justice, for you yourself are judge.

Hymn: #356 – “Seek Ye First The Kingdom Of God”

2nd Scripture: Mark 9:2-9

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!’ Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

Sermon: “Unveiled”

Hymn: #242 – “Let All Things Now Living”

Prayers of the People and Lord’s Prayer

Holy One, we come before you, many of us feeling like we have climbed just a part of the mountain, and there is so much more of a climb left to even get to point to dream that we might be dazzled by what is Divine. Our loads are heavy, with worry, with regret, with fatigue, with illness, with despair for all in the world that is hurting, in danger, in bondage and more. We trudge ahead, following you, stumbling, hoping, praying…breathing hard, hearts pounding, and yes, even some of us are nimble and skipping. Lead us Lord, to the top of that mountain, where we might be dazzled by your Light, lifted by what is Divine, filled by the sheer delight of what is numinous and ethereal and grounded and real. We pray this, for ourselves, for one another, and for the worlds in which we live in. God of glory, you took your friends with you when you went to pray on the mountain. You revealed to them the glory of Jesus, your beloved Son, on his way to the cross. We do not live on mountaintops, but we, too, would glimpse your glory in the ordinary days of our lives, and in the community of your Son in which you have chosen to dwell. We look for you among people who have no power no rights no voice. We look for you among those who live on the streets of our city, whose housing is inadequate, whose homes are not safe. We look for you among those who grieve a past that is no more and fear a future that seems full of loss. God who meets us in the broken places, shine the light of Christ deep into our lives, so we may carry that light into dark places and point to the One whose brokenness is our salvation. This day we would also join in the prayer given to believers in every age: 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: #104 – “We Have Come At Christ’s Own Bidding”

Commissioning and Benediction

Transform us, O God! Transform our apathy into a willingness to get involved. Transform our nearsightedness into a broad vision, a vision that takes account of those far beyond family and friends. Transform our critical nature; enable us to see the essence of all that is challenging and joyful in others. Transform our faith,        from a narrow set of beliefs, to a questioning, continuous, and practical quest. With the spirit of Christ you will be transformed! In the coming week, may you experience the presence of God with joy. May the holy cloud comfort you. May the divine voice encourage you. May the power of the Spirit transform you, transform us, transform our world. Amen.

Choral Closing: #425 “God, Dismiss Us With Your Blessing”

God dismiss us with your blessing; fill our hearts with joy and peace; let us each, your love possessing, triumph in redeeming grace; O refresh us, O refresh us, travelling through the wilderness. Thanks we give and adoration for your gospel’s joyful sound; may the fruits of your salvation in our hearts and lives abound; may your presence, may your presence, with us evermore be found



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!

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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


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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