Virtual Church – July 19, 2020

8:30 am

July 19, 2020

Virtual Service

Welcome to virtual church!

Each Sunday morning we will be sending an email to everyone in the congregation for whom we have email addresses, offering an abridged Sunday morning service — “virtual church.” For the latest news and updates from Walton, please check our Facebook page, Instagram and website.

Please contact office@waltonmemorial.com if you would like to be added to our email list.

Sunday Service Video (30+ minutes followed by the hymns)

Today’s service will be offered in 2 formats – a video and text. If you wish, you can download and print the service from this document – link – or you can read the complete service below.

The hymn-sing is at the end.

Announcements

    • Susan Derrah, a long time member of Walton and our Junior Youth Group Co-ordinator, has stepped down from that role and we want to congratulate and thank her virtually in the service next week, Sunday, July 26th. If you would like to drop her a line or would like your thank you note included in her presentation, please email Val Waldron at familyministries@waltonmemorial.com by Tuesday, July 21st, to pass on your good wishes to Susan.
    • Your contact information needs to be updated! Walton is implementing a new software system which can accommodate all our varied administrative requirements: people & membership database and facilities scheduling, donation tracking and receipting, and event registrations. “Planning Center” has been selected by the office staff, council and financial committee as the program that will best suit our needs. However, in order for us to be able to use the new program effectively, we need your help to update your contact information.
      • In many cases, we only have one email or phone number on file for each household. (For example, do you get this Virtual Service directly to your email, or does your spouse have to forward it to you?) Accurate email addresses and mobile phone numbers for each adult are key pieces of information for staying in touch with many in our congregation. If you think we may have out-of-date/incomplete email addresses or phone numbers for your household please let us know.
      • For those who receive letters or tax receipts we also need to make sure we have the correct postal address on file. If you have recently moved or are not receiving any correspondence from us, we may not have your new address.
      • Email office@waltonmemorial.com
        , with the subject line being “CHANGE IN INFORMATION”, or call the office 905-827-1643. This would really be helpful to make our new program work to benefit both staff and congregation. Thank you!
    • RED PEPPER JELLY by jerry & MIKE’S SEVILLE MARMALADE are available for curbside delivery through the church office – $5.00 per jar. Please contact the office at 905-827-1643 or email the office at office@waltonmemorial.com to make arrangements. All proceeds to Walton Treasury to fund programs and ministries.
    • Food Bank: On behalf of the Burlington and Oakville Food Banks, the Walton Outreach Committee would like to thank you for your generous financial donations since we entered the COVID-19 world. The need has increased hugely in our local areas – families who used to be able to scrape by have been forced to use the services of the food banks to put meals on the table. Families who were already registered are feeling the severity of their situation more than ever. The demand for the food banks is well-documented and we’d like to ask you to donate if you possibly can spare something. You can donate online at the Walton website, which means that the amount will go through your Givings Statement, or drop a cheque through the mail slot at the church, or post your donation to Walton Church, 2489 Lakeshore Rd. West, Oakville, ON L6L 1H9. We have been able to send your donations of $1400 to date – thank you for your generosity and for thinking of others through our current situation. Please be sure to designate either Oakville or Burlington Food Bank if you have a preference and add your envelope number if you know it.
    • Walton’s prayer chain is open. Confidential prayers requests can be sent to office@waltonmemorial.com
    • There is a new option for making your regular offering. You can now set up your own weekly or monthly ‘offering’ from your bank account or credit card, using our secure online payment page. Simply choose the schedule that suits you, and when you wish the recurring payments to start and stop. When each donation is processed you’ll receive an email confirmation, and of course, all donations are eligible for a tax receipt at the end of the year. Go to waltonmemorial.com/donate-recurring, or to find out more contact stuart@waltonmemorial.com
    • A reminder that the church building is still closed, with absolutely no access for congregation members and volunteers. All staff are still working from home and can be reached through their usual contact information or by the central email office@waltonmemorial.com or the central telephone number 905-827-1643. Both are monitored throughout the day.
    • If you need Rev. Jim for a pastoral emergency, please email him directly at jamescgillwuc@gmail.com.

Welcome

Welcome to this virtual time of worship. God is everywhere so we worship God wherever we are by way of computer or other devices.

Later in the service we will share in the Sacrament of Communion and everyone is welcomed to be a part of that.

You might want to take a moment or two to get yourself some bread or crackers and some juice (it doesn’t matter what flavour) or even just a glass of water.

Call to Worship

Let us worship God.

Today is Sunday, the weekly anniversary of Easter, of new life, of resurrection. Wherever you are, whatever is going on in your life, Christ is with you through his Spirit, bringing new life, new hope, new opportunities.

Opening Prayer

Holy and Loving God, we thank you for the gift of this day with all its possibilities. We thank you for your never ending love. We thank you that you are always willing to forgive.

In this time of silence we bring to you our regret for things we have done or said and our regrets for things we should have said or done but did not.

(silent prayer)

Forgiving God, we ask that you put your blessing upon this time of worship. Strengthen our faith; open us to hear your word; and help us to go from this time of worship into the world to serve you wherever we are. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Scripture Reading – Mark 10: 17-22

As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honour your father and mother.’”

He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.”

Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”

When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

Morning Message: Being Vulnerable

Over the past several months we’ve seen all kinds of tables, charts, and illustrations reflecting various aspects of COVID-19. So it got me thinking – what would it look like if I made a graph of how vulnerable I have felt, how insecure I have felt, over the past few months? My vulnerability was quite low, to begin with, but as cases got closer to Burlington where I live, I began to feel a little more vulnerable. In March, when everything closed down, my level of vulnerability skyrocketed! It’s decreasing a little by now. I’m not sure why. Maybe I’ve just gotten used to having long hair again!

Feeling vulnerable and insecure are not easy emotions to deal with and the man portrayed in today’s scripture who approached Jesus was not immune to feeling vulnerable. Mark tells us that this man had many possessions. Matthew’s account adds that he was young. Luke tells us that he was a ruler of some sort. We know that this man told Jesus that he had kept all the commandments since his youth. So we can assume he had some sense of spirituality and some feeling for his faith.

We’re also told that when Jesus invited him to sell all his possessions and then follow him, this man was shocked! “You want me to do what?! Sell my sports car? Downsize my wardrobe? Give up my job with its 7-figure salary?! You’ve got to be kidding me?!” And he walked away from Jesus.

At first glance, we might think the problem was that the man couldn’t give up the things he owned. But I think it was something far deeper than that. I think he was afraid he would be vulnerable if he sold all his possessions because he wouldn’t have his wealth to fall back on if the going got tough.

This part of the story gives us some insight into the mission God calls us to as modern-day Christians. We are called to be vulnerable. Let me quickly make a disclaimer! I am not for a moment suggesting we should just jam into a church building, elbow to elbow, disregarding physical distancing, or throw away our masks. That’s not the kind of vulnerability God wants us to have.

God invites us to be vulnerable as we share the love of God with the hurting. There are so many hurting people – those suffering from a disabling disease – literally millions in our world who are facing the possibility of starvation – those overwhelmed with depression; those being discriminated against for whatever reason and those who feel all alone. It can make us vulnerable when we accept God’s invitation to share God’s love with some of these people.

You overhear a family member telling another family member who is depressed, “Get over it. Just get up and do something. Stop feeling sorry for yourself.” Do you speak to that family member and explain how depression is something deeper than he could imagine and that the other family member needs his support? Or do you play it safe and stay out of it?

A friend tells you that he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Do you risk the emotional involvement to stay with him as a friend, to listen to him, to share his fear and his anger? Or do you turn away where it will be safe for you?

A co-worker tells a racial joke. Do you risk being shunned by saying that’s not appropriate or do you pretend to laugh like everyone else?

You are on a committee to hire someone for an important job. There is one applicant who clearly has more experience and more qualifications for the job than anyone else. The problem is that the other people on the committee keep coming up with excuses why they should not rock the boat by hiring an Aboriginal woman. Do you play it safe and say nothing or do you dare gently to mention to them that not to give her the job is a racist act and we need to do better than that today?

Sometimes when we offer the love of God to the world, we can end up being quite vulnerable. We can end up feeling so uncomfortable that we end up like the man in the scripture who turned away from Jesus.

However, we are not alone. We are invited to be vulnerable just as Jesus was vulnerable. His life was one of vulnerability. Jesus didn’t lose favour with the powerful people of his world because he told cute little stories about sheep. He lost favour because he dared to tell challenging parables that often made the outcast, the hated, the lowly as the heroes. It was Jesus’ vulnerability, his valuing of the poor, the sick, the people on the fringe, the outcast that turned the favour of the community against him and then to his death.

We are not alone. We are empowered today, when we dare to be vulnerable, by the Spirit of the vulnerable, living Christ, who empowers us to do what we could never do on our own.
This is a strange and scary time, and when you are frightened it is difficult to be vulnerable. Yet God not only calls us to be vulnerable as we share the love of God with the world, God promises to support us, to strengthen us, to encourage us through the gift of the Spirit of the

Living, vulnerable Christ.

Dare to be vulnerable and remember that Christ’s Spirit is with you.

Anthem: You Raise Me Up

Sacrament of Holy Communion

Invitation

This is the Table of the Risen Christ. Wherever you are on your faith journey, you are invited to share in this celebration of God’s love.

Communion Prayer

We praise you, loving God, for creating all things, for making us in your image, and for seeking us when we turn from you. We thank you for coming to us in Jesus Christ, who was faithful even to death on a cross, and who lives among us still.

We share this meal in remembrance of him, offering you our lives in praise and thanksgiving. At this time, we also remember all with whom you would have us share your feast. We pray for those who grieve the loss of a loved one through COVID 19 or other health issues; those who face discrimination; those who struggle with a relationship break-up or financial insecurity or failing health.

Fill us with your Spirit, to make us one in Christ, and one in love for you and for all people-as in word and deed, we seek your reign of peace and justice on earth. Glory be to you, eternal God, through Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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 and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Breaking of the Bread and Pouring of the Wine

Jesus gathered with his disciple in the upper room to share in the Passover feast. He gave thanks and then he broke the bread saying, “Take, eat. This is my body given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

And at that same meal he took the cup saying, “This cup is the new covenant. As often as you drink of it, do so in remembrance of me.”

These are the gifts of God for the people of God.

Sharing of Bread and Wine

Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life.
Jesus Christ, the True Vine.

Prayer after Communion (in unison)

Gracious God, may your gifts of love transform and enliven us that we may live lives of thanksgiving. May your presence among us provoke such longing for your realm, that we will never be satisfied until the whole earth knows your justice, your peace, and your love. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen
(adapted from “Celebrate God’s Presence”. Used with permission)

Offering of Ourselves, Our Gifts, Our Tithes

We come now to our offering. The offering plate is not at the front of the sanctuary, but rather it is by the Allen entrance at the rear of the church where the ramp is. We’ve placed it on the floor there, below the mail slot. Many people use the mail slot during these COVID days to be their offering plate. Some post a letter with a stamp on it through Canada Post and it’s delivered through the mail slot. Others come and place envelopes with their offerings through the mail slot. Not a conventional way of having an offering plate, but throughout the week it’s there and when people place their envelope through the door or the postal worker puts the letter through, the offering lands on the offering plate lying on the other side of the door.

We receive our offerings.

♥ by secure online payment from your bank or credit card.
♥ One-time payment – waltonmemorial.com/donate
♥ Weekly or monthly payments – waltonmemorial.com/donate-recurring
♥ by cheque through the mail slot at the Church office entrance or by Canada Post.
♥ by monthly PAR payments. To sign up contact stuart@waltonmemorial.com

Offering Prayer:

In gratitude and humble trust we bring our best today to serve your cause and share your love with all along life’s way. O God, who gave ourselves each day until life’s work is done. Amen.

Benediction: (based on Ephesians 3:16-19)

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.

Walton’s Musical Message

This morning on Facebook and on YouTube, we’re sharing a video where Linda shares with us several of our favourite hymns! Sing along!

    • Christ Taught Us Of a Farmer
    • Soil of God, You and I
    • Seed, Scattered and Sown
    • Here I Am, Lord
    • The Closing Prayer

In case you missed it…

Here is Rev. Jim’s mid-week update from Wednesday, July 5th

Walton’s Virtual Choir premiered their first performance, “How Can I Keep From Singing?”