Trinity Sunday – June 7, 2020

8:30 am

June 7, 2020

Virtual Church

Welcome to virtual church!

It’s Trinity 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 be like to added to our email list.

Sunday Service Video (30 minutes)

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

• Walton’s prayer chain is not closed. 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.
• If you are on your own and unable to get out, or don’t feel safe doing so due to risk factors, the church has an army of volunteers ready to assist with picking up and delivering necessities, prescriptions, groceries, etc. All requests for assistance are confidential; please email the church office or leave a voice mail.

Welcome

Call to Worship

God our Creator,
we call You Father, Mother, Author of Life:
Draw us closer to You, O God.
Christ our Savior,
we call You the Son, the Messiah, the One who Saves:
Draw us closer to You, O God.
Holy Spirit,
we call You the Advocate, the Inspirer, Breath and Wind of God:
Draw us closer to You, O God.
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty;
Heaven and earth are full of Your glory:
Draw us closer to You, O God.
Draw us in, Spirit, Christ and Creator,
that we might journey with You more fully and deeply,
in worship this morning, and in the days ahead.
(adapted Rev Mindi’s Rev-o-lution blog)

Opening Prayer

Lord God, Creator of all; you created us to be your people; a people free to love and to serve you with all our minds, with all our hearts and with all our strength.
So we come to worship our God, leaving behind all that binds us: our doubts and our fears; our darkness and our hopelessness.
Lord Jesus Christ, Saviour of all: you came as a child, gathered into the loving embrace of a family. As an adult, you shared love, laughter and tears with those whom you knew as friends and the love of the Father with all who would receive it.
So we come to love and to honour you, celebrating the companionship of those you have called to be your disciples.
Gracious Spirit, inspirer of all; brooding over us gathered here in your name; eternally breathing life into all of creation; endlessly giving, endlessly comforting.
So we come to be still in your presence; to hear in the silence the whisper of God breathing life into our souls; deepening our unity in the very life of God. Let us worship the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
(adapted Wellspring Liturgy website. http://www.wellsprings.org.uk/ )

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.

Anthem – I Am Not Alone

An Affirmation of Faith

With a grateful heart, I stand to proclaim my faith.
The great God of the universe loves me,
And that love has made all of the difference in the world.
There is not a day goes by that God is not with me
and there is not a moment that I face alone.
Like the loving embrace of a friend, God’s love surrounds me:
When I stumble, God’s love reaches out to me to help me up:
When the things of life weigh heavy on my heart,
God’s love sustains me;
when I am discouraged or afraid, God’s love shelters me:
When I messed up and missed the mark,
God’s love forgives me.
Because God loves me so, I know that every day can be lived with blessed assurance,
my Redeemer lives-
God lives within my heart;
God lives within every heart that makes room for God. Amen.

Scripture Reading

2 Corinthians 13:11-13

Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. 13 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

Matthew 28:16-20

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Morning Message: Rev. Jim Gill

While driving along a street recently in Burlington, I saw a brother and sister out in their front yard playing baseball. It’s the only live baseball I will probably see for quite a while. When the Blue Jays do get back to playing it will probably be to empty stands, for we will be watching on TV. Don’t you just love it in a baseball game when all the bases are loaded, no one is out and a power slugger is next up to bat?

Today is like having all three bases loaded and there are three outs left in the inning. It is Trinity Sunday in the Christian Church today. All the bases are loaded. First we celebrated Ascension Sunday, then last week it was Pentecost Sunday, and the third big Sunday in a row is today – Trinity Sunday.

We talked on May 3rd about the 170th birthday of Walton Church. On Sunday, May 31 we heard about the Pentecost birthday of the Christian church around the world. Today we are celebrating the 95th birthday of the United Church of Canada.

On the front brick wall of our church it says Walton Memorial Church – Methodist. You see, Walton was a Methodist church until 1925. It was 95 years ago this June 10th that the Methodist Church, the Congregational Church and the majority of the Presbyterian Church in Canada created the United Church.

The Trinity of those three founding denominations created a truly Canadian church, from our western shores to eastern shores, from our southern border to our Arctic coast. So this is the first of the three loaded bases – the 95th anniversary of the United Church.

The second loaded base is something that is both historical in nature and very present still today. Today is the first Sunday of June, a day when Lakeshore Road West in front of the church is usually closed down by Halton Police for the annual Airborne/D-Day parade. Today there is no parade but there will be a very small gathering around the Cenotaph to remember June 6th, D-Day, and to remember the Normandy beach landings, especially the Canadian landing zone of Juno Beach.

We also recall on this D-Day Sunday in Bronte that earlier this spring was the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Holland. Walton members past and present were both Canadian liberators and were liberated by the Canadian Forces in the Netherlands. This spring we also marked the 75th anniversary of V-E Day on May 8th, and later this summer the 75th anniversary of V-J Day on August 15th.

Recently we have been saddened by the tragic military crashes of a Canadian Navy helicopter in Greece and a Snowbird Tutor aircraft in Kamloops, BC. Currently we are hearing daily in the media about the service of our Canadian Forces members fighting the war against Covid-19 in nursing homes in Quebec and Ontario. We salute those who have served and sacrificed in the past, and those presently doing so this very day.

The third of the three loaded bases is Trinity Sunday itself. Three fundamental Christian truths are these: The first is that of Jesus’ death on the cross and his resurrection. The second is Jesus was both fully human and fully divine. Third, we only have one God but we know God three ways in what is known as the Trinity.

On the day of Ascension, Jesus said in our Matthew reading, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Paul echoes those Trinitarian words of Jesus when in 2 Corinthians Paul gives this blessing: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.”

The Trinity is really a divine trio for trying times like those we are living in. We get three blessings in one through the Trinity. I said earlier these virtual services are a week-to-week learning curve. Those on the computers, those behind the cameras and those in front of the camera all want each week to build on the lessons we learned the week before.

I have learned from experience that being on my own just holding the mike, or on my own just holding the camera is not as good as some other way of doing it. Yes, I can record on my own. Yes, I can shoot a video on my own. But something can make it a lot better. The audio sounds better. The visual looks better. I made two purchases. A new tripod for the mike and a new tripod for the camera.

This application works for life too. The tripod of blessings from God’s Trinity improves our lives. We are not simply Goddists focused on God the Creator. Our relationship with Jesus does not end with Christ. In the same way there is more to being divinely blessed than just majoring on the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

You would never give a young child their first tricycle with only one of the three wheels working. They would not get too far in life that way. You need three wheels for it to work.
On this Trinity Sunday let us experience the fullness of what is called the Godhead.
On this Trinity Sunday let us pay tribute to those who have given us freedoms and opportunities we enjoy in Canada. I don’t know about you, but these Covid days have just made me even more grateful than ever that I live in this nation of Canada.

On this Trinity Sunday finally let us celebrate the birthday of the United Church. God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit bless you now and forever.

Pastoral Prayer – Caring for Our Neighbours: A Pandemic Pastoral Prayer

In these days of knowing, not knowing, we, like the buds on the trees, are eager to burst forth into the world, into our communities. Hold us gently in place until we are certain in the ways of loving our neighbour.

Let us not toss ourselves and neighbour into thoughtless harm. Let us recall that all life is sacred in your eyes, not only that of the newborn child, but also those with lines of life lived etched upon their hands and faces, and including those whose immune systems are compromised. These, too, are your beloved, whose care we are blessed to bear.

And we seek blessing upon those who have answered a call to care for us in our times of physical healing, no matter our opinion, our ideology, our hardship, Lord. These, we hold in our care as neighbours.

Help us to hear that caring for one another is your command on our lives. Open our ears to hear the tragedy in this time of coronavirus, and not only our own anxiety and grief that may come on blustering words and tired rhetoric. Instead, let us think on how we will make the world a better place, how we will see each other as your children, with no regard to race, skin colour, gender, or social status.

Instead, let us think on what kindness, however small, we might offer someone. Instead, let us remember that our life is not our own, but belongs to you.

Instead, let us dream how we might enter our communities to be a beacon of hope for those living in disorder, to come alongside them while they find order; alongside them while they reorder their lives.

Help us always, Lord, to remember our promise to you that we will care for our neighbour as ourselves. Amen.
(adapted by Reverend Brenda Torrie, Newcastle, Wyoming)

Offering of Ourselves, Our Gifts, Our Tithes

The Spirit is calling us to use our time. The Christ is beckoning us to use our talents. God is desiring us to use our treasures to construct God’s kingdom. Let us celebrate all of creation and each of the ways God appears to us as we share in this time of offering.

– 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

How majestic is the name of the Christ – the one who asks us to love through our gifts. How majestic is the name of the Holy Spirit – the one who energizes us to share our time and talents. How majestic is the name of our God – our source of blessings. May we use our gifts as a way to strengthen our world and build the kingdom of God. Amen.

Benediction

May we go out from here to live in the joy of the wondrous love of the threefold God, in the shaping of the Creator, in power of friendship with Christ, and in the kindness of the Spirit of Life who call us to live, who calls us to love, who calls us to sere, this day, this night, and forevermore.
(Bob Root, The Gathering Pentecost 2020)

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!

    • Holy Holy Holy, Lord God Almighty
    • Praise our Maker
    • Jesus, Come to Our Hearts
    • We Shall Overcome
    • Go now in Peace

In case you missed it…

Rev. Jim’s Mid-week update from Wednesday, June 3rd

 
 
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