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 email@example.com or 226-218-3322
September 27 – 17th Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon: “The Inside Track?”
September 27, 2020 – 17th Sunday After Pentecost
Words of Welcome
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!
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”
September 6, 2020 – 14th Sunday after Pentecost