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July 5 – 5th  Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon: “Simple and Restful

July 5, 2020 –  5th Sunday after Pentecost

Words of Welcome

Lighting of the Christ Candle

Call to Worship

If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest. Take the yoke I give you. Put it on your shoulders and learn from me. I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest. This yoke is easy to bear, and this burden is light. Christ calls us to come to worship, to rest from the things that are troubling us, to learn what Christ can teach of life, to realise what we can offer to others and so to return into the world to serve. Let us worship God.

Opening Prayer

In times of weakness and hour of need, yours is the strength by which we carry on, the shoulder we rest our head upon. When our load is heavy and too much to bear, yours are the arms stretched out to help us the grace that we depend on. In times of weakness and hour of need, your voice is heard, ‘Come… find rest.’ This is grace divine, the path we tread to wholeness of body and spirit, the path that leads to you, and for which we offer our offering of praise. Amen.

Hymn: #415 – “God, We Praise You for the Morning”

1st Scripture: Romans 7:15-25a (NRSV)

I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Confession: A Prayer for the Journeyers

O God, Our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you. You are beyond our busy imaginings, far above our elevated constructions of thought. Yet you meet us in the dust.  Your footprints cross ours. Behind us and before us you tread the path, you lead the way, you exult, you bow low, you lift us up. You look upon us through the face of the poor; you bless us in the nurture of friendship; you challenge us in the cries for justice and the weeping for hope. Yoked to Jesus your Son, joined in oneness with yourself, we strain against your direction and we know ourselves irksome; summoned to follow your way, we burden ourselves and others; asked to stand up, we cower in our own inadequacy and our own discrediting. Forgive us the wrongs we have done to others, to ourselves, to you. Forgive us our bondage to fixed patterns when they no longer serve you; our surrender to newness when newness is folly; our failure to listen to the old people of this land and the old and new who are hurting and hidden beyond our preoccupations. Lift us from our fear that we may see your vision know your wisdom and find our rest in you, through Jesus Christ our Lord…Jesus said: Come to me all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest.

Hymn: #595 – “We Are Pilgrims”

2nd Scripture: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 (NRSV)

‘But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market-places and calling to one another, “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.” For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon”; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners!” Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.’ At that time Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’

Ministry of Music:  Bridge Over Troubled Water

Sermon: “Simple and Restful”

Hymn: #626 – “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”

Prayer of Joys and Concerns and Lord’s Prayer

Wisdom and insight and truth come from your hand, O God, and we are thankful for those who grapple with life, with experiences of sorrow and pain, in order to distill from those experiences new understanding of life, and of your nature and ours. Out of the crucible of experience, on such person drew the concept of the Suffering Servant of God, who would take to himself the sorrows and burdens of a hurting, needing people, and who, by doing so, would show the way back to an experience of your love, and forgiveness, and peace. The entire shape and content of our lives has been changed by this concept and by the life of Jesus, who took up that vision and made of his life and active parable of that kind of reconciling love. May we learn not to clutch the benefits of such costly love neurotically and selfishly to ourselves, but to open ourselves to its influence, that the miracle of redemptive love, experienced through a sharing of life’s pain, may take place for those around us because of our faithfulness. So may the spirit that was within our Lord take life within us and infuse our living and we 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: #806 – “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”

Commissioning and Benediction

Give us a child-like faith as we leave this time of worship: looking with awe at the billowing clouds, and star-spread night sky; celebrating the joy of each new day, finding the deepest lessons in the simplest games, ready to trust and share with friends, prepared to forgive and start again, wondering at the sheer goodness of Jesus, believing totally in the love of our Heavenly Parent. Go confidently in that love, for God goes with you. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

Choral Closing: #965 – “The Lord Bless Thee”

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: the Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: the Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Amen.


June 28 – 4th  Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon: “Jesus In Us

June 28, 2020, (4th Sunday after Pentecost)



June 21 – 3rd  Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon: “Not As the World Gives

June 21, 2020 – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost



June 14 – 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon: “Servants’ Entrance”



Online Worship with Moderator Richard Bott

Beginning Sunday, March 22, 2020, 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 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.

Stay connected:  The United Church of Canada’s Facebook page


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