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May 16 – 7th Sunday of Easter 


 May 16, 2021 – 7th Sunday of Easter

Words of Welcome


Lighting of the Christ Candle

Call to Worship

We are happy to be here, O God, to be with our faithful friends and family members in our church home. We are happy to be here, O God, to share in the music and to listen to your Word. We are happy to be here, O God, to find inspiration for our daily living and purpose in our service of others. We are happy to be here, O God, to remember your faithfulness in Jesus Christ and his love for us.

Opening Prayer

God, Creator of us all, we gather to worship you. We come as individuals, we come in family units, we come as neighbours and friends. We come here where we are known by name, welcomed with all our fragilities and strengths. We gather with kindred spirits who long to live faithful to your calling. Guide us, inspire us, challenge us, comfort us, and nurture us in this time of worship so that we might be enabled to return to our daily lives ready to engage fully with all of your creation. We pray. Amen.

Hymn: #226 – “For The Beauty Of The Earth”

1st Scripture: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 (NRSV)

In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred and twenty people) and said, ‘Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus— for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.’

So one of the men who have accompanied us throughout the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection.’ So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed and said, ‘Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.’ And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.

A Prayer of Encouragement for Families

When the ties of family or relationship become strained, help us, O God, to express our feelings and to listen carefully to each other. When the times of illness or hard testing are upon us, help us, O God, to renew our faith and to know that you are with us. When we are faced with a crucial decision, help us, O God, to share our options and concerns, and to go forward with confidence. When stress or depression get the better of us, help us, O God, to search out the persons who can help and who can fill us with your Easter hope…God will not leave you without power or control; God will lead you into the way of new life. We take courage from the promises and actions of God as we have read about them, believe them, and experience them. God will grant you a fresh start; pardon and peace are yours! Thanks be to God!  Amen.

Hymn: #583 – “Jesus Came, A Child Like Me”

2nd Scripture: John 17:6-19 (NRSV)

‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.

Sermon: “Growing The Family”

Hymn: #509 – “I, The Lord Of Sea And Sky”

Prayers for the Family of God and Lord’s Prayer (Alternate Version found on p. 916 of Voices United)

Our faith blesses us with stories of others who have sought to live in life-giving relationships. As we remember these siblings in faith, remind us of your guidance and presence with us. Let us pray—God of Moses, Aaron, and Miriam; God of Mary, Martha, and Lazurus; God of siblings who cared for one another, offered support and challenge, celebrated together, worked together, argued together, and grieved together. We are thankful for their witness. As they have done may we also seek to live in life-giving relationships with those we would name as siblings.

God of Eli, Hannah, and Samuel, cross-generational colleagues, mentors, and trusted leaders in faith, remind us of the opportunities we have to nurture and care, mentor and discern with one another in this faith community. May we embrace the trust that is offered and shared with respect, care, and humility. God of Ruth and Naomi, who embraced each other despite differences of race and cultural traditions and chose to be family for one another. For all who choose to be family, may your love and hope be sustained day by day. God of Simon and Andrew and James and John, who left the familiar to build new community with Jesus and his followers. Though faithful, they had moments of doubt, of fear, of denial. In our moments of doubt, fear, and denial, may we remember to trust and to take one step at a time. God of Hagar, Abraham, and Ishmael; God of Sarah, Abraham, and Isaac; God of the complicated, and the jealous, and the broken, remind us that this too is real and that you walk with us through these troubling times. God of Mary and John, called to relationships that stretch beyond blood, to care for one another. You invite us too to reach out in welcome, support, and care for one another.

God of the past, God of the present, God of tomorrow, help us to live in relationships that seek justice, love kindness, and ground ourselves in your love for us. And we continue in prayer together, sharing in a paraphrase of the prayer Jesus taught the disciples ….Eternal Spirit, Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver, Source of all this is and that shall be. Father and Mother of us all, loving God, in whom is heaven: The hallowing of your name echo through the universe! The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world! Your heavenly will be done by all created beings! Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.

With the bread we need for today, feed us. In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.

In the times of temptation and test, strengthen us. From trials too great to endure, spare us. From the grip of all that is evil, free us. For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and forever. Amen.

Hymn: #595 – “We Are Pilgrims”

Commissioning and Benediction

Go into the world: dance, laugh, sing, and create. Go with the assurance of your blessing, O God. Go into the world: risk, explore, discover, and love. Go with the assurance of your grace, O God. Go into the world: believe, hope, struggle, and remember. Go with the assurance of your love, O God. Thanks be to God! The love of the faithful Creator, the peace of the wounded Healer, the joy of the challenging Spirit, The hope of the Three-in-One surround and encourage us today and forever.

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.

May 9 – 6th Sunday of Easter 

Happy Mother’s Day

 May 9, 2021 – 6th Sunday of Easter

Words of Welcome


Lighting of the Christ Candle

Call to Worship (from Psalm 98)

The whole of planet Earth is singing as we come to worship God. Birds are dawn-chorusing, bees are humming and elephants are trumpeting. Seas are roaring rivers are applauding hills are singing a chorus of joy. God’s steadfast love and faithfulness is for us and for all people. And so the orchestras are performing the jazz bands are jamming, the choirs are harmonizing, and the groups are “out of sight.” God has done marvelous things! And the singing will never be done; never ever be done.

Opening Prayer

Lord God of heaven and earth, Creator of our world, and everything in it, yet as close to us as our own breath—holy is Your name. In You we live and move and have our being; we are Your own children, the work of Your hands. We pray that Your Holy Spirit would move among us as we worship, opening our eyes to Your presence, opening our ears to Your Word. Receive the worship of our hearts and minds and bodies; may it be a pleasing offering to You. We pray in the name of Your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ, in whose death and resurrection we find life. Amen.

Hymn: #395 – “Come In, Come In And Sit Down”

1st Scripture: Acts 10:44-48 (NRSV)

While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, ‘Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?’ So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.

Prayer of the Day (inspired by Psalm 98)

You raise your hand and gently begin the concerto of creation: birds carry the melody while stars keep the beat; mountains dance in merriment and little children clap their hands with joy. Love’s Composer, our new songs are lifted to you. The old, old song is made new in our hearts: Christ is Risen! Sing Alleluia! You invite us to sing to a world deafened by despair and haunted by the tunes of fear. Lord of the Dance, our new songs are lifted to you. Believing we cannot carry a tune, we hesitate to join in the chorus of praise sung by all creation. So, you softly and gently hum the melody in our hearts until they burst with you, raising a rousing chorus of Amazing Grace. Music-making Spirit, our new songs are lifted to you. Every song, old and new, is offered to you, God in Community, Holy in One. Amen.

Hymn: #401 – “Worship The Lord”

2nd Scripture:  John 15:9-17 (NRSV)

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

Sermon: “Chosen”

Hymn: #333 – “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”

Prayers for the Family of God and Lord’s Prayer

We are thankful, oh God, for the life of one who saw himself in such intimate relationship with you that he could experience, and could open for us as well, life unlimited, and humanity unshackled. From the depths we have seen him come, blazing the trail for us to follow, so that we, like him, can stride through life like children of God, victorious in our living, and triumphant even in death. Renew in us the promise that life is stronger than death, that your will for us is abundant life, and that by our uniting our lives in harmony with your will, life itself would pulse through us, shaking free the lives of those around us, and rattling the gates of hell itself, to set free those who have felt trapped in patterns of mediocrity, depression and boredom. Enable us to see and to realize the new life you have in store for each of us, and empower us to set it free in the world. So may we come to know this gift as one not for ourselves alone, but for all the world through the vibrant witness of those who have experienced it. We ask this in the name of Christ who taught us to prayer 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: #602 – “Blest Be The Tie That Binds”

Commissioning and Benediction

Love is all you need! The love of a potter for her craft, the love of a sailor for the open water, the love of a mother for her child, the love of a child for a puppy, the love of a teacher for his class, the love of a nurse for her patients, the love of a grandpa for his grandchildren, the love of Christ for his disciples, the Love of God for us, God’s children. Love is all you need! 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: “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.

May 2 – 5th Sunday of Easter 

May 2, 2021 (5th Sunday of Easter)

Words of Welcome and Announcements

Lighting of the Christ Candle

Call to Worship

Jesus is the true vine and God is the vine grower. We are the branches. It is God’s word that makes the branches strong and the word bears fruit. The word gives rise to action and action proves our discipleship. God celebrates when we act faithfully and we give back praise and glory, to God.

Opening Prayer

This is the day that you have made, life-giving God. Joining with angels and archangels and with the chorus that is rising throughout all the earth, we will rejoice and be glad this day. You take our endings and you make your new beginnings. Your surprise and astound us in places where we expected that you were absent. You challenge us to reconsider what is possible. Living Lord, Saviour Christ, we praise you, for you are raised by the power of God and there is a new creation and, by your grace, we are in it! Alleluia! Amen.

Hymn: #227 – “For The Fruit Of All Creation”

1st Scripture: Acts 8:26-40

Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Get up and go towards the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over to this chariot and join it.’ So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ He replied, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this: ‘Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth. In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.’ The eunuch asked Philip, ‘About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?’ Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?’ He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

Prayer of Confession

We look for your acceptance and forgiveness, Loving God. We have been slow to trust, yet quick to criticize. We have been reluctant to give, yet ready to take advantage. We have known the words to say, but have kept them to ourselves. We have been challenged to bring change, but have failed to get started. We have been aware of the opportunity to witness to our faith, but have let the moment pass. And we are conscious of those times, O God, when we have denied the way of integrity and compassion shown to us by Jesus Christ…God will not leave us without hope.  The graceful gift of Jesus is proof positive of that “blessed assurance.” We are accepted by God. God will enable us to express our troublesome thoughts and memories. We are forgiven by God. God will give us confidence to speak of new things, to work in new ways, and to cooperate with new people. We are renewed by God. Pardon and peace are ours! Thanks be to God!  Amen.

Hymn: #226 – “For The Beauty Of The Earth” (Tune #81)

2nd Scripture: John 15:1-8

‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.

Sermon: “Expanding the Boundaries”

Hymn: #606 – “In Christ There Is No East Or West” (Tune #344)

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession and Lord’s Prayer

Just like your disciples long ago, we peer into the tombs of our hearts. So many things fill our inner tombs—broken relationships, failed attempts at self-improvement, shame, anger, missed opportunities, debilitating grief. Lord, some pieces of ourselves feel like they have been dead forever and other things so affect our living that although we breathe, we feel dead within. We lift up to you all that is within us. When those who came to Your tomb looked within, they found two men in dazzling clothes, but couldn’t find you. So often we too go through difficult times and can’t find you. Perhaps we, too, are looking in the wrong places. You are always with us, but often in ways that defy our expectations. Just as the tomb couldn’t limit You, neither can we. Open our minds, ears, eyes, and hearts to all the ways that you dwell in our midst. Lord, there is no tomb that You can not break through, including the tombs in our hearts. May we experience Your resurrection this year, inside out. May we experience life in places that we thought were dead. May we experience Your reconciliation in relationships that we thought were damaged forever. May we find Your peace in things that once gave us anxiety. May we experience healing in the places that have been hurting for too long. May we see your presence in all the times that we always thought we were alone. As we celebrate the empty tomb, we rejoice that death does not have the final victory, but rather that life, love, and goodness prevail. Lord, break open our lives to receive all the love, forgiveness and freedom that You so freely give. May we allow Your resurrection make a difference in how we live. May we forever live in hope of all that is yet to be. We ask all of this in the name of the One who taught us to prayer 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: #232 – “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You”

Commissioning and Benediction

O most loving God, you are there for us. You are strength, in tough times; you are comfort, in times of loss; you are a challenge, in apathetic times; you are faith, in doubting times; and you are Love, for us and with us – an integral part of us, at all times. Go with us as we return to the world this day. And may God raise you from all that would entomb you; May Christ Jesus call you by name and go ahead of you; And may the Holy Spirit empower you for all that is good. We go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Amen.

Choral Closing: “He Is Lord” (sung twice)

He is Lord, He is Lord,

He is risen from the dead and He is Lord.

Ev-‘ry knee shall bow, ev’ry tongue confess

That Jesus Christ is Lord.







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