Virtual Church – November 1, 2020

8:30 am

November 1, 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

• Upper Rooms for November and December are now available at the church. Please contact the office if you would like to purchase one.

• FALL SPECIAL….MIKE’S SEVILLE MARMALADE is available for curbside delivery through the church office – $3.00 per jar. Please contact the office at 905-827-1643 or email the office at office@waltonmemorial.com to make arrangements. All proceeds go to Walton Treasury to fund programs and ministries.

• White Gift virtual service – call for participants!
Like all our services, White Gift is going to be different this year. Our virtual White Gift service this year will be led by our children and youth, as always, but instead of participating in a play, we’re asking Walton’s kids and teens to share their special gifts via photo and video. Whether their gift is singing, playing an instrument, dancing, juggling, or creating art, we want to share it with Walton’s congregation in this special service, as we encourage everyone to share their gifts of support with Wesley Urban Ministries this Christmas season. Think of it as a virtual talent show for a great cause!

Submitted videos should be no more than 2-3 minutes in length.
Videos should be recorded horizontally, not vertically.
Subject matter/music should be church-appropriate .and related to the message of the Christmas season.
Videos and photos will be included in the virtual service video, which is sent to Walton’s subscribers and shared on social media. Participating children will be identified by their first names only.
Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, November 18th.
Email videos and photos to sundayschool@waltonmemorial.com

•  If you need Rev. Jim for a pastoral emergency, please email him directly at jamescgillwuc@gmail.com

Welcome

Good Morning and welcome to Walton United Church as we remember All Saints Sunday today. Let us join in worship and thank God for those saints in our lives who have blessed us with their teachings, mentoring, and living examples of how God wants us to live and love others.

Call to Worship

We gather here this morning in God’s presence and in the midst of the communion of saints
To remember all those who have died,
To do more than remember.
Together, we acknowledge the loneliness we still feel.
We come to give thanks for the lasting influence they have in our lives.
We come seeking God’s transforming power,
That we may carry on the caring work begun by them in God’s name.
Let us join our hearts and lives together with all the saints throughout time as we worship God this day!
(Bev Leadbeater, The Gathering, Pentecost 1, 2019)

Opening Prayer

Who are God’s saints?
The people who God’s love shines through.
People of all ages and all genders?
The people who God’s love shines through.
Ones who have died, ones who now live, and ones who are yet to be born?
The people who God’s love shines through.
Who are the saints of God?
All God’s people. All around the world. Yesterday, today, forever.
The people who God’s love shines through!
With God’s love shining through us, we too are saints who worship God! Alleluia! Amen.
(R. Bott, The Gathering, Pentecost 2020)

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.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:34-46

Jesus Denounces Scribes and Pharisees
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. They love to have the place of honour at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father—the one in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.

Message: Heinz 57

Heinz used to be the “go-to” ketchup brand for Canadians before they pulled out of Leamington. The expression Heinz 57 is still used, however, to describe something with many different parts or origins in its makeup. I think the term also describes today’s message. Today is All Saints Sunday, Communion Sunday, Time Change Sunday and the last Sunday before our neighbours to the south hold their national elections.

In our teaching today from Jesus in the Good News according to Matthew, we hear an important lesson for all of us. Jesus says, “The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Last night was All Hallows Eve, aka Halloween. Walton did not host our Annual Masquerade this year, our fun family gathering that celebrates October 31st from a Christian point of view. All Hallows Eve, October 31st, is the prelude to All Saints Day November 1st, sort of how Christmas Eve is the prelude to Christmas Day.

November 1st is the day we not only remember the “big S” saints but also the “small s” saints who have touched our lives. We try to learn from their example and their inspiration. In our personal lives and in our congregation’s life we have been blessed by many saints both past and present. One of the challenges of Covid is that we have not been able to hold large worship services to celebrate the lives of some of Walton’s saints who went to be with Jesus over these last 8 or 9 months.

We give thanks and are so grateful for how they blessed this family of faith and the enduring legacy they have left us both personally and congregationally. Think of the saintly ones who have touched your life both inside and outside Walton. They are a true gift. They most likely have been those who did as Jesus said, “The greatest among you will be your servant.”
Today is our annual communion for All Saints Day, which we usually celebrate by coming forward to the front of the sanctuary and walking towards the cross to receive chancel communion. We invite you to prepare the elements you may have where you are this day and participate with us in this Lord’s Supper. Those who prepare and serve communion in person here at Walton are always so touched by the essential servant aspect of this sacramental ministry. For the greatest gift is not being served, but serving – whether it is the bread or wine of communion, or a Walton Outreach sponsored dinner at a local shelter or our annual turkey dinner which would normally be held next Sunday.

Today time falls back one hour. Since COVID, people tell me it’s hard at times to know what day it is, let alone what time of day it is. Many of our markers of daily life have been altered in one way or another. One of the reasons we pre-record our weekly virtual services is so people can watch the services at any time of day, from anywhere in the world. There are those who watch them more than once or send the services to their family or friends as well as sharing online. Servanthood can be lived out on social media by sharing our virtual worship with others.

Today is also the Sunday before the US elections. We pray for our American neighbours and their elections on Tuesday. Most of us watching this service today cannot vote, though I know some of you here in Canada and those in the US who watch our services can vote. So as I would say before any Canadian election, I encourage those of you who are eligible to get out and vote. You are serving by casting your ballot.

Over the years I have personally known many candidates and elected politicians at all levels of government of various political stripes. I still do today. The best ones exemplify what Jesus said: “The greatest among you will be your servant.” The purpose of political office is not to be served but to serve.

I pray this Heinz 57 message has blessed you in some way. Go be the servants Jesus calls us to be.

Sacrament of Holy Communion

Those who we celebrate on this All Saints Day are people who loved/love their God. They are a people whose strong faith is consistent with their behaviour. In this life, they may suffer because of their witness to Christ. In their death, we believe they will experience no hunger, nor thirst and no longer will they be oppressed. They will inherit the Kingdom of God. We give thanks to God for their lives. We sing our thanks with joyful voices.

On this All Saints Day we remember and celebrate saints of yesterday and of today; faithful people who set their hopes on Christ and who with their lives praised God. May our hearts and minds be open to new realities in Christ. We want to be counted among saints who will inherit your kingdom

May we, in this time, commit ourselves to living lives that are pleasing to God.

Prayer of Confession

Forgive us Lord for our failure to live with integrity. We want to sing your praises, O God. We want to show with our lives our love for you. We want you to be pleased with us. But there are times O God, when we forget your promise; that those who love you will receive the kingdom. There are times when to be popular; to be approved of by our friends and family; to be “somebody” in the eyes of the world is so enticing. Sometimes the desire to protect ourselves from criticism outweighs the greater need to speak to the injustices we see all around.

All: Remind us, dear Lord that we too can live with that kind of integrity.  Be patient with us.

Assurance of Pardon

Beloved in Christ, God has such love for us and knows the intent of our hearts. Be assured that God cares and has already forgiven whatever needs to be forgiven. We gather around this holy table at the invitation of our God and in communion with generations past and generations yet unborn. We come in praise of God, always and forever. We have been made holy in Christ.

At this table, we are mindful of the virtuous and godly living of saints that has become an inspiration for us. Through them may we come to know the inexpressible joys God prepares for those who love God.

Let us pray:

At your table, O God, we receive the gift of bread and cup. These are the symbols you provide that remind us of your love. We thank you, Almighty God, for creating the gift of life. We thank you for the life and ministry of Jesus and for the sustaining work of the Holy Spirit. We thank you for faithful living of saints for all centuries. We thank you for the witness of those who gave their lives in your service.

 In the presence of this cloud of witnesses, we gather around this table.  

We remember that on the night of betrayal and desertion, Jesus gathered with his disciples for the Passover meal. He blessed and broke the bread, saying: 

“This is my body which is broken for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”

We remember that in the same way Jesus took the cup, after supper, and looked forward to your reign, saying:

      “This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
Do this as often as you drink, in remembrance of me.”

Eternal God, we stand in sacred community with all the faithful and before these gifts of your love.

We ask you to send your Holy Spirit on this bread and wine on our gifts, and on us. Strengthen your universal church that it may be the champion of peace and justice in all the world. Restore the earth with your grace that is able to make all things new. Amen.

Prayer of Thanksgiving Following Communion

We thank you, most holy God, for refreshment at your table where, along with your saints, we receive all Christ’s gifts. Provide for your church on earth a strong faith and increased love for one another. Give us the grace to praise you with our lives in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
(used with permission)

Anthem: Jesus is the Answer/Seek Ye First!

Offering of Ourselves, Our Gifts, Our Tithes

Invitation to Offering
Virtually, we bring before our God and this community of faith our dreams and our nightmares, our hurts and our joys, our successes and our failures, our convictions and our doubts, our mentors and our villains, our best and our worst, our confession, our thanksgiving, and our praise. We offer, in symbol and in fact, our offering. We give.

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♥ 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

May our giving this day uplift the values of the mentors, the heroes, and the saints of our lives so that their faith and values might be a benchmark for all those in leadership of any sort, and that would be all of us. Amen.
(David Lander, The Gathering, Pentecost 2019)

Benediction

Like the saints before us, each one of us has special talents and gifts with which to serve. Go forth, discern your gifts, and share them with your neighbour, with your community, with the world in love and peace. Amen.
(George Allan, The Gathering, Pentecost 2019)

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!

♬ For All the Saints
♬ Let Us Break Bread Together
♬ Communion Responses
♬ Here We Gather at Love’s Table
♬ Sent Forth by God’s Blessing

In case you missed it…

Here is Rev. Jim’s mid-week update from Wednesday, October 28th