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

 September 27 – 17th  Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon: “The Inside Track?”

 

September 27, 2020  –  17th Sunday After Pentecost

Words of Welcome

Announcements

Lighting of the Christ Candle

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 25)

We lift up our souls to you, Holy God. We trust the Lord with our past, present, and future. Teach us, Lord, that we may know your ways. Guide our every move, Holy One, that we may walk in your paths of love and mercy. Let us worship the One who leads us in what is right. Together, let us worship God!

Opening Prayer

Great and Loving God, for this day and each day, we thank you. In the generosity you show us each day, in the beauty that can’t be measured, in the simple kindnesses that are pure gold, in forgiveness and newness that are unending, you make us rich. Help us to follow your lead: to create and to bless, to give without counting the cost, to trust and share, and to rejoice. Give us outrageous faith, God, the kind that moves mountains and makes a difference to our neighbours, here and across the globe. May our worship and our offering be courageous, bringing us face to face with the world’s needs. We are neighbours to those who are rich and poor, to those who are weak and strong: and we are all of these ourselves. Use our faith, Lord, to heal and to bring hope. May our actions be a witness to your life in us as we serve in your name. Amen.

Hymn: #271 – “There’s A Wideness In God’s Mercy”

1st Scripture: Philippians 2:1-13 (The Message)

If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion. Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father. What I’m getting at, friends, is that you should simply keep on doing what you’ve done from the beginning. When I was living among you, you lived in responsive obedience. Now that I’m separated from you, keep it up. Better yet, redouble your efforts. Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.

A paraphrase of Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16

I do not know the meanings of my stories; I merely pass them on as they were passed to me. Only you can decide what they mean to you. This is our story. This is where we came from.

When you hear this story, you must also tell it, so that others may also know where they came from. Our story is not limited to our own lives. We belong to a long line of travelers, snaking in single file through history; We bear with us the beliefs, the convictions, the experiences bequeathed to us by those who passed this way before. From Abraham and Sarah, from Rachel and Jacob, from David and Bathsheba, from Mary and Jesus, we learn our family story. Only by knowing where we have come from can we know where we are going. Only by knowing who we are can we know that God is with us. Once upon a time, we were slaves. We were exploited for economic growth, and held captive by capital. But God freed us from the prisons of our past. God flung open our minds, and let us see new possibilities. By signs and symbols, God led us to new life. In arid canyons of crisis, God showed us how to drink deeply of life. In barren wastelands of despair, God gave us hope.

Hymn: #338 – “Ask Me What Great Thing I Know”

2nd Scripture: Matthew 21:23-32 (The Message)

Then he was back in the Temple, teaching. The high priests and leaders of the people came up and demanded, “Show us your credentials. Who authorized you to teach here?” Jesus responded, “First let me ask you a question. You answer my question and I’ll answer yours. About the baptism of John—who authorized it: heaven or humans?” They were on the spot and knew it. They pulled back into a huddle and whispered, “If we say ‘heaven,’ he’ll ask us why we didn’t believe him; if we say ‘humans,’ we’re up against it with the people because they all hold John up as a prophet.” They decided to concede that round to Jesus. “We don’t know,” they answered. Jesus said, “Then neither will I answer your question. “Tell me what you think of this story: A man had two sons. He went up to the first and said, ‘Son, go out for the day and work in the vineyard.’ “The son answered, ‘I don’t want to.’ Later on he thought better of it and went. “The father gave the same command to the second son. He answered, ‘Sure, glad to.’ But he never went. “Which of the two sons did what the father asked?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said, “Yes, and I tell you that crooks and whores are going to precede you into God’s kingdom. John came to you showing you the right road. You turned up your noses at him, but the crooks and whores believed him. Even when you saw their changed lives, you didn’t care enough to change and believe him.

Sermon: “The Inside Track?”

Hymn: #347 – “Retell What Christ’s Great Love Has Done”

Prayers of The People and Lord’s Prayer

God of our past and our future, God of healing and hope, We come before you with grateful hearts, trusting that you walk with us through every situation. Today we pray for those who facing danger and despair in these times: those living with hunger that never ends, those facing daily unrest and violence, those challenged by the coronavirus pandemic and measures to control it, and all those anxious about their future…

And we pray for those who work to relieve suffering in these places and those working to bring justice and peace. Bless them all with your courage. We pray for all those wrestling with sorrow or discouragement in any area of their lives; For those living with illness or pain; For those bearing up with chronic conditions or disability; For those who know the grief and change of bereavement…

And we pray for all those who work to bring healing and comfort and agencies which offer support and care in our community. Bless them all with your compassion. We pray for all who feel helpless or hopeless in this present time: For those facing unemployment, struggling to make ends meet; For those caught up in the pain of misunderstanding or broken relationships; For any working through situations of conflict at home or at work…

And we pray for all who offer guidance and support to face these challenges and for those who lend skills in reconciliation or mediation Bless all these with your wisdom and patience. God of our past and our future, God of healing and hope, We pray for the ministries of The United Church of Canada, and for national and international staff members who represent Christ in our name during such challenging times. We pray for our own congregation and the churches of our Horseshoe Falls Regional Council, and for ministers and other leaders who seek wisdom for decision making. Help all of us engage each day with faithfulness. Guide us, encourage us, and inspire us to meet the challenges before us and give us the commitment to keep following Jesus, who taught us to pray together, saying:

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: #601 – “The Church Of Christ In Every Age”

Commissioning and Benediction

Live wholeheartedly; God calls us to make every minute count. Live adventurously; God calls us to go into uncharted places and challenging situations. Live faithfully; God calls us to remember where true allegiance lies. Live compassionately; God calls us to notice and to work alongside those ignored or forgotten. As we go from this time of worship, may we be inspired to live as God calls us to live. May we go knowing that God goes with us in this adventure called life. May the Love of God surround you, May the Grace of God astound you, May the Hope of God ground you.

Choral Closing: #662 “Lead Me, God”

Lead me, God, lead me in your righteousness; make your way plain before my face. For it is you, and you, God only, who makes me to dwell in safety.

 

September 20 – 16th  Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon: “What is It?”

September 20, 2020 – 16th Sunday after Pentecost

 

September 13 – 15th  Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon: “The Miracle of Forgiveness”

September 13, 2020  15th Sunday after Pentecost

 

September 6 – 14th  Sunday after Pentecost

 Sermon: “Truth Telling”

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 September 6, 2020 – 14th Sunday after Pentecost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Covid-19

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: 

https://edgeucc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/StoryMapBasic/index.html?appid=31fd5eef00194dd18d770098cb82526d&extent=-158.2538,29.7205,-32.0428,69.0505

 

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 HISTORY

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