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
  • 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

November 29 – Advent I Sunday

Sermon: “Somethings Afoot”

 November 29, 2020    1st Sunday of Advent

Words of Welcome


Advent Candle Lighting Video: Week One – Hope

Lighting of Advent Candle

Call to Worship

We come from a world of darkness, into Christ’s world of light. We come from a world of weariness, into God’s strength and hope. We come from a slumbering world, strengthened by the Spirit, we come to awaken our souls and watch for the coming of Christ.

 Opening Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, we await your coming, we wait filled with hope, knowing your light will shine in the darkness. We wait anticipating your peace, believing that one day it will fill our world.  We wait embracing your love, may we reach out to share it with our neighbours. We wait with joy, bubbling us in expectation of your birth. Lord we wait, come soon and fill us with your life. Amen.

Hymn: #2 – “Thou Long-Expected Come, Jesus”

1st Scripture: Isaiah 64:1-9 (The Message)

Oh, that you would rip open the heavens and descend, make the mountains shudder at your presence, as when a forest catches fire, as when fire makes a pot to boil, to shock your enemies into facing you, make the nations shake in their boots! You did terrible things we never expected, descended and made the mountains shudder at your presence. Since before time began no one has ever imagined, no ear heard, no eye seen, a God like you who works for those who wait for him. You meet those who happily do what is right, who keep a good memory of the way you work. But how angry you’ve been with us! We’ve sinned and kept at it so long! Is there any hope for us? Can we be saved? We’re all sin-infected, sin-contaminated. Our best efforts are grease-stained rags. We dry up like autumn leaves, sin-dried, we’re blown off by the wind. No one prays to you or makes the effort to reach out to you because you’ve turned away from us, left us to stew in our sins. Still, God, you are our Father. We’re the clay and you’re our potter: All of us are what you made us. Don’t be too angry with us, O God. Don’t keep a permanent account of wrongdoing. Keep in mind, please, we are your people, all of us. Your holy cities are all ghost towns: Zion’s a ghost town, Jerusalem’s a field of weeds. Our holy and beautiful Temple, which our ancestors filled with your praises, was burned down by fire, all our lovely parks and gardens in ruins. In the face of all this, are you going to sit there unmoved, God? Aren’t you going to say something?  Haven’t you made us miserable long enough?

Advent Prayer of Confession

In a few weeks’ time we will be celebrating the birth of Christ, so let us restore our souls, and refresh our spirits, restore us, O God, let your face shine that we may be saved. Though we are complicit in the frenzy of consumerism, the unreality of expectations, the tension of gift giving, and the pressure to attend gatherings, restore us, O God, let your face shine that we may be saved. Though we would like to be more Christ-centred in our daily lives, we know we can turn to God, and be restored. So, we ask, restore us, O God, let your face shine that we may be saved. Amen.

Hymn: #9 – “People, Look East”

2nd Scripture: Mark 13:24-37 (The Message)

“Following those hard times, sun will fade out, moon cloud over, stars fall out of the sky, cosmic powers tremble. “And then they’ll see the Son of Man enter in grand style, his Arrival filling the sky, no one will miss it! He’ll dispatch the angels; they will pull in the chosen from the four winds, from pole to pole. “Take a lesson from the fig tree. From the moment you notice its buds form, the merest hint of green, you know summer’s just around the corner. And so it is with you. When you see all these things, you know he is at the door. Don’t take this lightly. I’m not just saying this for some future generation, but for this one, too, these things will happen. Sky and earth will wear out; my words won’t wear out. “But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, not even the Son. Only the Father. So keep a sharp lookout, for you don’t know the timetable. It’s like a man who takes a trip, leaving home and putting his servants in charge, each assigned a task, and commanding the gatekeeper to stand watch. So, stay at your post, watching. You have no idea when the homeowner is returning, whether evening, midnight, cockcrow, or morning. You don’t want him showing up unannounced, with you asleep on the job. I say it to you, and I’m saying it to all: Stay at your post. Keep watch.”

Sermon: “Somethings Afoot”

Hymn: #5 – “All Earth Is Waiting”

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession and Lord’s Prayer

Lord, we have pulled out the Advent wreath, the Christmas tree, the poinsettias. We dusted off the hymns, unsung for a year, and unearthed the words of your prophets. Yet, in your eyes,

these efforts are for nothing without the regular, persistent, deep pursuit of justice for all people. Our efforts are hollow without consistent work toward peace, reconciliation, and participation in your mission for creation. In our hearts, we do long to be your people, to carry out your mission,

to be lights in the darkness—proof that no darkness can overcome your truth. Awaken us to action. Stir us to courage. Rouse us to prepare a way in the wilderness for your coming, clearing the brush of oppression, racism, injustice, and hopelessness—so that all may see your light and perceive your coming. We ask this in the name of the Christ-child 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: #566 – “Awake, O Sleeper” (Tune #29 – Richmond)

Commissioning and Benediction

In the darkened sky that hangs over humanity, hope seems a futile dream. But we have hope as we leave this church. Hope stirs in the resolution to celebrate the joys of each day. Hope stirs as we assert our confidence in the Christian community. Hope comes clear when we pass through the testing times, battered but unbroken. Our hope finds a focus in the journey of a young couple to Bethlehem 2000 years ago – a journey in which we join. And may God clothe you in the light of Christ; May Christ Jesus teach you his ways; And may the Holy Spirit keep you alert and prepared for the coming day of the Lord.

Choral Closing: #1 – “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (Verse 1 only )

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel

that mourns in lowly exile here until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.


November 22 – Reign of Christ Sunday

Sermon: “A Thousand Small Candles

 November 22, 2020

Reign of Christ/Christ the King


Words of Welcome


Lighting of the Christ Candle

Call to Worship

Christ reigns! Christ reigns to open our hearts with thanksgiving. Christ reigns! Christ reigns to bring us together in fellowship. Christ reigns! Christ reigns to deepen our prayers and enliven our praise. Christ reigns! Christ reigns to put our faith into practice. Reign over our hearts and minds and actions, Christ Jesus.


Opening Prayer

Sovereign God, ruler of all creation, you sent Jesus to testify to the truth: that you alone are the Lord of life. Help us to listen always to his voice so that we may proclaim his realm of justice, peace, and endless love; through Christ, who reigns forever. Amen.

Hymn – #314 – “Come Now, Almighty King”

1st Scripture: Ephesians 1:15-23 (NRSV)

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love towards all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Hymn: #273 – “The King Of Love”

2nd Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46 (NRSV)

‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Then he will say to those at his left hand, “You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.” Then they also will answer, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?” Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.’

Meditation: “A Thousand Small Candles”

Ministry of Music – Simone Caruso

Sacrament of Communion

Hymn: #472 – “O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts”

The Holy One is here. God’s Spirit is with us. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to God. It is right to offer thanks and praise.

It is indeed good and right to give you thanks and praise, O God of many names. You made a covenant with Noah and caused nations, in their amazing diversity, to spread over the face of the earth. As of old you led your people out of a land of enslavement to a land of promise, so, too you led our ancestors, and some among us, into new lands of possibility – there to find you anew. In the fullness of time, you sent Jesus, in every aspect human as we are. He grew up in a small town in Galilee, far from the seat of religious and civil power. He spoke with a distinct accent. He learned of the breadth of your grace from a Gentile mother. Beside Jacob’s well, he was moved by an encounter with a minority woman and disclosed his messianic identity.

Therefore with these and our other ancestors in the faith, both named and unnamed, who through the ages and all over the world have borne courageous witness to the hope within them, we praise you, saying: Holy, holy, holy God, Power of life and love! Heaven and earth are full of your glory! Hosanna through the ages! Blest is the One who comes to bring justice to your earth!

On the last night he spent with his friends, Jesus took an age-old tradition of his people and transformed it into something new. He took bread, staple food of his land, blessed and broke it, and gave it to those around him saying, “Take, eat, this is my body broken for you. Whenever you do this, remember me.” After supper he took a cup of wine, common drink of his people, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink this, all of you, this is the new covenant in my blood.

Each time you do this, remember me.” By remembering Jesus in this way now, we claim our common heritage as we proclaim the mystery of faith: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Send, O covenant God, your Holy Spirit upon us and what we do here, that we and these gifts, empowered by your Spirit, may become signs of shalom to one another and to all peoples of the earth. Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory is yours everywhere, now and forever. 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.

Blessing of Elements and Partaking

Prayer after Communion : Eternal God, we thank you that you have called your people from east and west, and north and south, to feast at the table of Jesus Christ. Keep us faithful to your will. Go with us to the streets, to our homes, and to our places of labour and leisure – that whether we are gathered or scattered, we may be the servant church of the servant Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

Hymn: #213 – Rejoice, the Lord is King

Commissioning and Benediction

Go from here as those committed to bring Christ’s reign closer. We will be a challenge to the powerful; we will be a support to the suffering; we will be a word of hope to the despairing; we will be a beacon of hope to the uncertain; we will be an encouraging presence to the venturesome. Go with confidence, go in peace! And now 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: “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.


November 15 – 24th Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon: “Truth Telling

November 15, 2020  24th Sunday After Pentecost

Words of Welcome


Lighting of the Christ Candle


Call to Worship

Come! Share the joy of the Lord and delight in God’s goodness! Praise God who gives each person a special gift to be nurtured and shared and so Lord, we thank you for these gifts! Come, let us worship God who entrusts us with so much and Lord, make us worthy of your love and trust in us.


Opening Prayer

Gracious and generous God, you are always with us, offering guidance, healing and hope. We know that with things seem dark or are dazzlingly bright; when troubled times assail or peace reigns; there you are with us. Continue to guide and challenge our lives. Lead us in pathways of service and away from trails of fear and anxiety. Open our hearts to receive your healing transforming love that we might serve you more faithfully; for we ask these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Hymn: #142 – “Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross”


1st Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (NRSV)

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When they say, ‘There is peace and security’, then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labour pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then, let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.


Affirmation of Faith (unison) (inspired by Matthew 25:16-20, Matthew 9:35-38)

I believe in a God who created all things and seeks for all to be in communion as God’s people. I believe in Jesus Christ who showed us how to share love, and who commissioned us to go out into the highways and byways inviting all to be a part of God’s work in the world. I believe in the Holy Spirit who leads and guides us into the world, then touches the lives of those around us in ways that make them receptive to love. I believe in the harvest and the call for laborers to receive and respond, sharing light and life with the world.  Amen.


Hymn: #647 – “Travel On, Travel On”


2nd Scripture: Matthew 25:14-30 (NRSV)

‘For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, “Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, “Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, “Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.” But his master replied, “You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”


Sermon: “Truth Telling”


Hymn: #686 – “God of Grace and God of Glory” (tune Cwm Rhondda)


Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession and Lord’s Prayer

Oh great teller of stories that shape and mould our lives, stories of love that creates, redeems and sustains us, we are thankful for all of the ways your spirit has come to us; for the stories that convict us of failures to be what you would have us be, for stories that reveal to us some new aspect of your will for us, and for the world where you have placed us. Keep us open to the stories others tell, that our understanding of faith, and of your way with humanity, may not be narrow or restricted, limited by our own experiences, but may be enriched by those who have other tales to tell of your way with them. Make us aware of those who have no such stories to tell, who have lived without the knowledge that has touched us so that our lives can never be the same. Give us the grace to tell our stories in such a way that others may find themselves drawn in to a circle of love and faith, of decision and commitment, of purpose and fulfillment. So renew us as your people, that the story of our relationship with you may go on being spun until the end of our lives and beyond, a story of re-creation and of life made new through the coming of your spirit in Jesus Christ our Lord, and in all who follow him and in who’s name we pray: 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: #248 – “When Long Before Time”

Commissioning and Benediction

We go from this time of worship to bring the change that God whole-heartedly seeks. We will search out our talents carefully; we will use our abilities generously; we will share our time graciously; we will open our horizons adventurously; we will comfort the suffering tenderly; we will confront the powerful openly. And the God who gave us Jesus will give us peace. God’s blessing be upon us as we leave and return changed to our homes. May we strengthen and encourage one another in our shared vision. And may the blessing of our adventurous Creator God go with us. And may the blessing of the Son, who showed us how to live, re-shape us. And may the blessing of the dancing Spirit joyfully enable us in our renewed living.  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.


November 8 – Remembrance Sunday

Sermon: “To Remember Is To Work For Peace


November 8, 2020   Remembrance Sunday

Time of Remembrance

Remembrance Images

Laying of the Wreath

In Flanders Fields (by John McCrae)

In Flanders fields the poppies blow, between the crosses, row on row, that mark our place; and in the sky the larks, still bravely singing, fly scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead.  Short days ago we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, loved and were loved, and now we lie in Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die we shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders fields.

We Shall Keep the Faith (by Moina Michael)

Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields, sleep sweet – to rise anew! We caught the torch you threw and holding high, we keep the faith with all who died. We cherish, too, the poppy red that grows on fields where valor led; It seems to signal to the skies that blood of heroes never dies, but lends a luster to the red of the flower that blooms above the dead in Flanders Fields. And now the torch and poppy red we wear in honor of our dead. Fear not that ye have died for naught; We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought in Flanders Fields.

Last Post

Minute of Silence

The Rouse

God Save The Queen:

God save our gracious Queen, Long live our noble Queen, God save the Queen:

Send her victorious, Happy and glorious, Long to reign over us: God save the Queen.

O Canada – VU #524

O Canada! Our home and native land!

True patriot love in all of us command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,

The True North strong and free!

From far and wide, O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Words of Welcome


Lighting of the Christ Candle

Call to Worship

Past struggles shape us, O God and we are called to remember their impact. The heroism of ordinary men and women challenges us, O God and we are called to honour their memory.

The dark side of conflict influences us, O God and we are called to recognize its power. The sacrifice of military personnel and civilians, humbles us, O God and Greater love has no one than this, that one lays down one’s life for another.

Opening Prayer

O God, on this day we remember bitterness and hatred and war, and what they have cost us in our life as a people and as individuals. Be part of our remembering, O God, that we may not remember in vain, making of our memories little shrines to our own greatness. Rather move through our memories, bringing into stark prominence the lessons they hold for us. Be with us as a spirit of understanding, enabling us to see and to recognize the actions that will embody your will for our day. So may our time of remembering and worship bring us closer to a day when your purpose is caught up in the life of our world. Amen.

Hymn: #806 – “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”

1st Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (The Message)

I don’t think, friends, that I need to deal with the question of when all this is going to happen. You know as well as I that the day of the Master’s coming can’t be posted on our calendars. He won’t call ahead and make an appointment any more than a burglar would. About the time everybody’s walking around complacently, congratulating each other—“We’ve sure got it made! Now we can take it easy!”— suddenly everything will fall apart. It’s going to come as suddenly and inescapably as birth pangs to a pregnant woman. But friends, you’re not in the dark, so how could you be taken off guard by any of this? You’re sons of Light, daughters of Day. We live under wide open skies and know where we stand. So let’s not sleepwalk through life like those others. Let’s keep our eyes open and be smart. People sleep at night and get drunk at night. But not us! Since we’re creatures of Day, let’s act like it. Walk out into the daylight sober, dressed up in faith, love, and the hope of salvation. God didn’t set us up for an angry rejection but for salvation by our Master, Jesus Christ. He died for us, a death that triggered life. Whether we’re awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we’re alive with him! So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.

Prayer of Confession: A Prayer for Peace and Words of Assurance

Create peace within us, O God. When emotions swirl, when memories haunt, and decisions will not come easily; be our source of peace, O God. Create peace around us, O God. When indifference rules, when friends surprise, and situations test us; be our source of peace, O God. Create peace through us, O God. When injustice is clear, when a word needs speaking, when action is called for; be our will for peace, O God. Create peace with our faith community, O God. When we need to support each other, when we serve the wider church, when we face the hurts of a suffering world; be our inspiration for peace, O God.  (Time for silent reflection) Peace does not come effortlessly. It requires an openness to new insights, death to old hostilities, and the willingness to accept a new way. We are ready to take up the challenge and accept a new vision. Peace is God’s graceful gift to us. Thanks be to God. Amen.

Hymn: “Let There Be Peace On Earth” (#128 in Songs For A Gospel People)

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.

Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.

With God our creator, children all are we.

Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me. Let this be the moment now.

With ev’ry step I take let this be my solemn vow:

To take each moment and live each moment

In peace eternally.

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.


Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.

Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.

With God our creator, children all are we.

Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony.


Let peace begin with me. Let this be the moment now.

With ev’ry step I take let this be my solemn vow:

To take each moment and live each moment

In peace eternally.

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.

2nd Scripture: John 15:9-17 (The Message)

“I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love. “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.

“You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you.

“But remember the root command: Love one another.

Meditation: “To Remember Is To Work for Peace”

Hymn: #325 – “Christ Is Made The Sure Foundation”

Prayers for the Family of God and Lord’s Prayer

Memories enrich the fabric of our lives, oh God. They are the embroidery by which the rich brocade of our history comes into living, vital colour for us, so that we can know ourselves as part of a tradition, participants in an ongoing sweep of history by which the future unrolls before us, not blindly, or at the whim of chance, but with purpose and direction and in response to decisions and actions. We are thankful for this gift of remembering. Through it we know ourselves to be your people, sons and daughters of your covenant. Keep us from misusing our memories, remembering only the good things of our past, so that we have exaggerated ideas of out virtues, or only the bad experiences so that we forget our capacity to be used by you. But give us sound memories, balanced and accurate and discerning, so that we not only know ourselves as we are, with strengths and weaknesses like all people, but will be able to learn from our remembering, opening the way to wiser, more intelligent living. Use us, then, to move forward the process of history toward that day of which humankind has dreamed so long, the day when your love will shine through the relationships and the institutions of our living, and all humanity will know you as their parent. We pray in your name: 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: #523 – “O God Of All The Many Lands”


Remember the sacrifice, and pray for an end to war and we remember, and we will strive to foster peace. Remember the suffering, and pray that enemies will be reconciled and we remember, and we will help to bring antagonists together. Remember the disturbed lives and terrorized persons and we remember, and we will give, to bring calm and security. Remember the hatred, and pray that love will replace it and We remember, and we will banish the hate that holds us bound.


May God’s extravagant love consume you, Christ’s life and passion inspire you, And the Spirit compel you to do ordinary things with extraordinary love. Go out in peace in the courage and grace of Christ to share God’s extravagant love.

Video: Modern Take On In Flanders Fields

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.







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