Celebration Sunday – June 14, 2020

8:30 am

June 14, 2020

Virtual Service

Welcome to virtual church!

Welcome to Celebration Sunday!  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

    • On June 8th, the Ontario government made an announcement that churches are permitted to open at 30% of its building’s capacity. At this time, it as been recently decided by Walton Council and Trustees that it is too soon for Walton to reopen.
      Some of Walton’s leaders and staff have been working on a plan over the last 6 weeks regarding the reopening of Walton. This yet to be approved re-opening plan is based on guidance from many credible sources including the United Church of Canada. It is focused on what they feel is best to ensure the health and safety for our people, volunteers and staff.
      As you can appreciate, there are many different people and situations to take into consideration when creating and then implementing the re-opening plan. We thank you for your patience and understanding. More information will be shared when it is available.
      “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~ Jeremiah 29:11
    • 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

Call to Worship

We gather together in the name of Jesus Christ.
Members of God’s family, and brothers and sisters to one another.
There are no outsiders here amongst us as we join together today.
No one has any special standing or bragging rights.
We have all been brought together by the redeeming love of Jesus.
Let us all join together in worship!
(Christine Longhurst: worship)

Opening Prayer

Loving God, we come this morning with thanksgiving. We thank you God for our church family and we lift all those who worship with us this morning. We are grateful for your blessings you have poured out upon us, keeping us safe and healthy, for the beautiful sunshine and our neighbours, for the help that is only a phone call away. For the blessing to see you in everything we see and do …..

We pray this morning for our grade 3 bible recipients, may they grow in your Word and build a strong relationship with you Jesus, and walk in your steps.

We pray for our grade 5 children who are moving downstairs into the Junior Youth Group Room, and our grade 8’s who are moving over to the Gathering Room, going into the Senior Youth Group, as they meet together new friends, and as they continue on their faith journey with kids their age.

We congratulate and lift our Grade 12’s who graduated this week. Lord, be with them as they look forward to University and College in the Fall. Be with them and their families, give them hope and security in knowing you are in the midst of all that is going on, help them and walk alongside them with decisions and next steps they make in their education and their going off to university or college.

Thank you God for holding each one of us close and guiding us, and leading us through these days, giving us peace, hope, understanding and love. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer by Beth Kelly and Kayla Strike

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.

Congratulations!

    • Grade 3 Bible Presentations & Grade 5s moving up to Junior Youth – Alison King
    • Junior Youth Grade 8 moving up to Senior Youth Group -Susan Derrah
    • Senior Youth Grade 12 Graduation – Wendy & Craig Silva

Scripture Reading: Benjamin & Nathaniel

Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17

A prayer of David.
Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God; have mercy on me, Lord, for I call to you all day long.
Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you. You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Hear my prayer, Lord; listen to my cry for mercy. When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me. Among the gods there is none like you, Lord; no deeds can compare with yours. All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name. For you are great and do marvellous deeds; you alone are God.

Turn to me and have mercy on me; show your strength in behalf of your servant; save me, because I serve you just as my mother did. Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Psalm 100:4

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

Morning Message: Rev. Jim Gill

Many people say it is now hard to tell what day it is when you get up each morning. It seems the traditional markers or milestones of time are absent from daily life. We are out of our old routines and we struggle to create new patterns of being.

Today I want to talk about giving thanks. No, it is not October. But I still want to offer you words of thanksgiving. This is the second Sunday of June which is Walton’s Summer Celebration Sunday. I wish we could have our traditional pizza party in Bronte Hall after the service and our games out on the front lawn after lunch. But we cannot.

In Philippians 4:5-7 it says, Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with THANKSGIVING, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

In every situation let there be prayerful thanksgiving, Paul reminds us today in Philippians. It is just not on the second Monday of October that we are to be overflowing with thanksgiving. On this Sunday we usually present the Grade 3 Bibles, and we celebrate and offer a huge thanks for all our teachers and youth leaders.

From Sept 2019 to June 2020 over the Walton Sunday School year they have taught and led, both face to face and virtually. This teaching – on Sundays and our Friday night youth groups – is not just for our Walton members, but also many children and teens from the wider community. Since March 15 there has been a virtual Sunday School lesson sent out every week to parents and there have been Zoom gatherings for our Youth Groups, and Sunday School for them as well. Thank you, everyone, from parents to leaders, and of course the kids and teens, for adapting to this new way of being.

You have probably been doing more walking than usual this spring, especially if you have a dog. I try to walk every day to and from the manse to the Church. I was walking along a Bronte street the other day when I ran into a Walton family. One of the children who goes to Sunday School, demonstrated for me using maple keys spread out on her driveway, her very detailed seating plan for the sanctuary which she had thought out to reopen the church when the time is right.

I am so thankful for people of all ages who care about their church home in different ways here at Walton. We have another individual who, with her dogs on foot or with her husband in their car, check out the church a couple of times a day, at all hours of the day. They are Walton’s unofficial security guards, along with the people who look down with watchful eyes from the Bronte Harbour Club Condo beside Walton.

We are not opening just yet. We put the safety and health of our congregation as our #1 priority. It does not seem that now is yet the time to reopen. We are going to do some intentional waiting to discern when is the best, safest time to reopen. I give thanks for the insightful input from wise and thoughtful people of Walton through this process since early March. We think about not just ourselves in deciding but we think of others. We ask what our decisions will mean to others and their well-being.

I also give thanks today for this stack of books. I treasure so greatly what is in these printed pages. These are some of the Walton Church photo directories which the congregation has had produced every four or five years. They are full of photographs of the people and activities of Walton. Also at the back, there’s a directory of contact info. Yes, the last one is a little out of date but is still both a treasure book and resource for reaching out. 2021 is the next time we may consider such a project.

The building has been closed for 3 months now but the congregation has never ever been closed. The open door of our care and concern was never shut. The faithfulness and generosity of our loving hearts never came to a halt. We have hundreds of people out being the church 7 days a week in the dozens and dozens of communities in which our people live and serve in the name of Jesus of Nazareth. The mission of the church is bigger than our empty Youth Hall or empty Bronte Hall or empty Sanctuary or empty choir loft.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

On this day, O God, we give thanks in all kinds of communities, or even in solitude. Our desire in this moment is to come before you with our prayers of thanksgiving. For some of us the words we offer will flow easily from our lips. For others trying to name our blessings might be a little bit more difficult.

This last while has been very different from previous years: social distancing, being alone, not being able to be with family or friends, worries about COVID, our jobs, crowding out our sense of blessing.These realities may reshape our prayers from a few months ago. To seek joy may lead through heartbreak. Whatever our reality is, O God, We ask that you help us focus not so much on material things , whether their abundance or scarcity, but rather on how we are living our lives.

Help us recognize all the ways you are present in our lives. Help us gather the strength we need for today and for all of our tomorrows. Grant us the satisfaction of intimacy with Jesus, your great gift to us, through whom you offer Living Water, Bread of Life, more than we can ask or even imagine.

Help us to extend our prayers of thanksgiving to you into tomorrow with joyful spirits.We are loved and blessed and thankful. Amen. (adapted H. Andrews, ucc.org worship)

Anthem: Never Forget to be Thankful Junior Choir

Offering of Ourselves, Our Gifts, Our Tithes

God calls us to love our neighbour, sharing our gifts and blessings is our way of answering that call to help and care for one another. Let us give thanks and offer to God our offering this morning, living our love for one another.

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♥ Cheque through the mail slot at the Church office entrance or by Canada Post.
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Offering Prayer

God of all creation, thank you for the wonderful things you have made. Thank you for the universe full of stars and planets. Thank you for our world, full of life. Thank you for making each one of us. Thank you for loving each one of us. With thanksgiving and joy we have returned to you a portion of the blessings you have given to us. Take us and use us to share your love with the world. Amen.
(adapted the Diocese of Bath and Wells website. http://www.bathandwells.org.uk/)

Benediction

Today, in our prayers in our virtual service, may we see clearly all that is beautiful and call it a blessing. May we recognize the way in which our lives are intertwined with the lives of others and with all of God’s creation. May we be bold to praise God with our thanksgiving, seeing all that we have, reaching out in hope and love to others. Go now in God’s peace and love. (adapted H. Andrews, ucc.org worship)

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!

    • He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
    • Jesus Loves Me
    • For the Fruit of All Creation
    • May the God of Hope

In case you missed it…

Rev. Jim’s midweek update from Wednesday, June 10th

 
 
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