Virtual Service – April 10, 2022

2:00 pm

April 10, 2022

Virtual Servce

Welcome to virtual church!

Today’s service will be offered in 2 formats – video and text.

• View the video below
• download and print the service from this document – link

For the latest news and updates from Walton, please check our Facebook page, Instagram and website. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for videos of service, the choirs and more!

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


Announcements

• Holy Week We invite you to celebrate Holy Week with us at Walton, whether virtually or in-person:
Good Friday, April 15 – 10:00 am live service, 2:00 pm virtual service posted. Advance registration is required.
Easter Sunday, April 17 – 8:00 am Bronte pier service rain or shine, no registration required.
Easter Sunday, April 17 – 9:30 am live service with Sunday School and Youth Groups & 11:00 am live service. 2:00 pm virtual service posted.  Advance registration is required.

• Ukraine relief We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine.  We have sent your donations totalling $6,270. to the relief effort for Ukraine through the Canadian Red Cross. We believe in the generosity of the Walton membership and ask you to continue with this very critical help. We are so grateful for your caring. If you would like to make a donation for relief for the people of  Ukraine, you can do it through your givings account at Walton.  No amount will be too small in such dire circumstances. Click here to go to our website to donate by credit card, or drop a cheque through the mail slot at Walton marked for Ukraine relief. Thank you in advance for anything you are able to donate. ~ The Outreach Committee

• The CVITP Committee (Community Volunteer Income Tax Program) is still taking appointments throughout April. If you need help filing your return, have a modest income, and a simple tax situation, the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program may be able to help you. For details about the Free Tax Clinic, you can visit the following online page: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/campaigns/free-tax-help.html or call Ruth at 905-631-6188 or John at  905-869-1484 for further details. Tax assistance will be by appointment only – if we remain on COVID watch, we will operate out of the Walton parking lot, and by phone and by e-mail/internet.  If the closure has been somewhat lifted, we will have you come to Walton masked for an appointment with a tax preparer.

• Gift Card Sale – Now’s your chance to  “Shop ‘Til You Drop” and support Walton’s Ministry and Mission at the same time, with our Gift Card Sale.
Here’s how it works:
Many generous businesses and individuals have donated gift cards to the church for local businesses, services, restaurants, and experiences. We have also received a number of discounted tickets for the Stratford Festival to sell as a fundraiser. The church office is selling these cards and tickets at face value, with all proceeds going to support our General Fund, on a first-come, first- served basis.
At each entrance/exit of Walton, there is a paper list of gift cards. Please pick up a copy and take it home if you wish. Read it at your leisure, and select the card(s) or tickets of your choice from the list and contact the church office, Tuesday through Friday to arrange payment and pickup/delivery time, office@waltonmemorial.com or  905-827-1643. It’s that easy!  Thank you to our generous donors and purchasers for your support.

• Children and youth are invited to view this week’s virtual Sunday School lesson online. On this Palm Sunday, we’re cheering for Team Jesus. Are you?

• Walton’s prayer chain is open. Confidential prayers requests can be sent to office@waltonmemorial.com

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


Land Acknowledgement

As we gather today on these treaty lands, we are in solidarity with Indigenous brothers and sisters to honour and respect the four directions, lands, waters, plants, animals and ancestors that walked before us, and all of the wonderful elements of creation that exist. We acknowledge and thank the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation for being stewards of this traditional territory.

Welcome & Announcements

Good morning!  We meet this morning with palms in our hands, and hope in our hearts. This is Palm Sunday; we sing Hosannas and praise our Lord and King. Let us cry out like the stones and fill the earth with singing and praise.

Hymn:  “All Glory, Laud and Honour”  vs. 1122VU

Call to Worship

One:  Who comes this way?
People: I wonder who is he?
Two: They say he is the Christ.
One:That means Messiah,
People: That means the Anointed One, the Savior, the  King!
Two:Who comes this way?
People: Is it really him?I want him to beat the Romans and save us from poverty and hunger.
One: Is he victorious? Is he powerful? Is he scary?
Two:Where is he from Greece? Rome? Jerusalem? Oakville?
People:They say he comes from Bethlehem and grew up in Nazareth and Galilee.
One:Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?
People: Who comes this way?
Two:Who is he? Why are we cheering him on?Is he good or bad? He must be rich to get such praise.
One: Stop waving that branch in my face!Move away! Let me see around this parade.Put me on your shoulders.I need a higher glimpse of him.I just want to see his face and then I will know who he is, let me see…
People: Wait!
Two:Wait?
People: It is only a man.
Two: And he is just on a donkey, no conquering steed.
One:It is only a man, what is so great about him?
People: Hosanna! Hosanna in the Highest!
Two: Hosanna means “save us” and “we pray.”
One:But who is this man that will save us?
People: Who comes this way?
One & Two: We lift our hands and hearts to welcome Jesus here!

(adapted by Pastor Shannon Keeney at First United Methodist Church in Littleton, NH.)

Opening Prayer

All: Creator God, as we walk through the streets of Jerusalem we long for the comfort of being in a crowd, to be cheering together, to be shoulder to shoulder with someone else.
I miss the touch of humanity, the hugs of my family, my church family and friends, those I haven’t seen for so long. Thank you for air hugs. I so look forward to being together, able to hold a hand, feel a heart, share a hug.
Let me feel your embrace to satisfy that longing. Help me feel for what is, and be content, and happy with being together, masked and distanced for safety, celebrating this Palm Sunday.
Step by step we will hold each other up, we gather together today  to worship you, and praise you both virtually and in person. As part of the crowd, or by myself, I welcome you.
Reveal to us who you are, how you can be a Saviour in our lives, a Saviour in our world today.
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, the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Youth Story:  Rolling out the Red Carpet

Jim and Val are discussing why Alison asked Val to come prepared to walk the red carpet. Val is wondering how fancy she needs to dress to walk the red carpet? Jim asks Val why she thinks they are having a red carpet for Sunday School. Because each weekend there is another awards show?

No, it has nothing to do with all the award shows, the Grammys, or the Emmys.

Val says, “I’m so silly, of course it’s Palm Sunday, and it has everything to do with Jesus and being welcomed in as the King.  Remember when Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey and everyone welcomes him and throws down palm branches and clothing as he rides through the streets.They are singing and yelling “Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest.”  “Blessed be the King!” It’s like everyone is cheering for him, they way they do for celebrities on the red carpet.

The Sunday School kids are going to have a great lesson today, all about being on Jesus’ team and sharing in all the fun and excitement of the very first Palm Sunday. Check out the virtual Sunday School lesson – the link is in the announcements – to see what the red carpet and Palm Sunday have in common and how Jesus was welcomed into Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday.

Let us pray together:

Loving God, thank you for Palm Sunday, the day we all are cheering for Team Jesus. Hosanna, Hosanna! Help us to remember that Jesus is your Son, sent for each one of us. And the week ahead might be a little tougher as we walk into Holy Week,  but we know the outcome in the end, the hope of Jesus and the resurrection. We pray all this in your son Jesus’ name. Amen.

Anthem:  “A Joyful Jubilant Song”

 

Offering of Ourselves, Our Gifts, Our Tithes

It has been tough for some of us helping the church when finances are being stretched to the limit. We used to be able to give of our time,  you know,  bake muffins, clean up the kitchen, serve coffee or at a dinner, donate to the auction.
So many ways we could help in giving, and I feel I’m not giving enough to my church family.
Remember the little Christmas song:  “What can I give him, poor as I am.” Yes?
“What can I give him?  Give him my heart.”
This morning Lord, I once again offer my heart to you and to your work here at Walton and in the world.
Let us now present and dedicate our offerings.

♥  by secure online payment from your debit or credit card. Click here to go to our donation page to make a single or recurring donation. Multiple funds can be included in one donation by using the “Add Donation” button
♥ by cheque through the mail slot at the Church office entrance or by Canada Post
♥ by Text to Give. Donate securely at any time just by texting a dollar amount to 84321 (eg. $5).  See our Text-to-Give page for more information.
♥ by monthly PAR payments. To sign up contact stuart@waltonmemorial.com

Offering Music: “We Will Glorify the King of Kings”  (Celebration Hymnal # 301)

Offering Prayer

Lord I give you today, what I have.
I have been blessed and I give you some of those blessings back. Maybe it is financially because I have been blessed to have saved well, or perhaps it is physically, and I will offer to give to the food bank,  offer to paint at the church, help fix the fence, or maybe it is as simple as bowing my head and praying for someone who is struggling, offering them strength through me and my words. Lord, we give you our offerings today to use as you wish. Amen.

Solo:  “The Holy City”    Alyssa DiMarco

Scripture Reading:  Luke 19:28-40Video

Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, saying,
“Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’”
So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
They said, “The Lord needs it.”
Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it.
As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road.
As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying,
“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!  Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.”
He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.

Scripture Response: ”When They Heard that Jesus Was Coming”  (More Voices #128 vs. 1)

Morning Message: “Crying Stones #1”  Rev. Jim Gill

I am sure most of us live in homes whose foundation walls are made of either concrete block or poured concrete. Our spiritual home here at Walton is different, at least in this historically-designated sanctuary built in 1912. We are held up  here in the Sanctuary by concrete mixed with countless local stones. You can see this stone foundation wall in places such as the storage cupboards where we keep costumes and Christmas decorations, across from the nursery on the floor below the main washrooms.

Today I begin a two-part series of Holy Week messages entitled, “Crying Stones.” Both today, Palm Sunday, and next Sunday, Easter Sunday, our readings mention stones. A stone, by the way, is something that can be easily moved while a rock cannot.

In today’s reading, Luke mentions Jesus talking about stones crying out loud. It is all found in the context of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem. It is the Sunday before Jesus would be killed on the cross of Calvary. Jesus rode on the back of a borrowed donkey colt. We see this triumphant parade as the setting for great multitudes of people praising Jesus as the “king who comes in the name of the Lord.”

When the Pharisees in the crowd heard the people’s shots of praise and jubilation directed at Jesus they are quite troubled. The Pharisees say to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” In today’s cultural language they wanted the whole parade cancelled, silenced, removed from Twitter, if you will.

The Pharisees must have known they were powerless to stop the excitement of the people. Instead, their approach was to call on Jesus to stop what they believed to be blasphemy. Jesus did the complete opposite. He replied, “I tell you, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Hence this, our Holy Week series of messages called “Crying Stones.”

You ask how exactly do stones cry? I have only heard them crack in the sudden extremes of immense heat or cold, for example dousing a hot burning campfire built on stones with cold lake water. They can make loud cracking sounds. What then did Jesus mean by this statement about stones crying out? Did he mean that the stones would literally start shouting praises to the Lord? Most certainly, not.

The expression “the stones will cry out” seems to be more a figure of speech and isn’t to be understood as a literal statement of fact. The meaning seems to be that it is more likely that the impossible would happen, that is crying stones, than for the King of Kings to enter Jerusalem without the honour of this Palm Sunday parade filled with shouts of praise.

In saying that the stones will cry out, Jesus indicates that the people’s shouts of joy should be heartily encouraged, not  purposely suppressed as the Pharisees desired. The people of Jerusalem were expressing great joy with Jesus’ arrival. It is why we traditionally wave palm branches with joy in services on this Sunday each year. Colossians 1:16 says that all creation was made for God’s glory, that everything in creation declares his praise. Really though, it is you and I who are created in God’s image; it’s we who should be praising God rather than stones.

Ironically, shortly after Jesus’ triumphant entry, the people quickly became quiet. And then, by Friday of that same week, the crowds would yell for Jesus to be crucified.

The idea of stones crying out in praise to God is a startling image. Throughout Scripture there are similar passages that present inanimate objects praising God. For example, in Psalm 114:6, the mountains leap.  Also in Isaiah 55:12, which are the words of our Voices United hymn book song # 844, “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” Throughout Psalm 148, there are numerous examples of created things praising their Creator such as the sun, moon, stars, heavens, water, sky, animals, and people.

Some of you will have palms today, maybe fresh ones or dried ones in the form of a cross like the one I hold. The palms, in whatever form you may have, are all about praising God. Wave them literally or figuratively to cry out even louder than any stones may ever shout. For, “They took branches of palm trees and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Hymn:  “Ride On, Ride On In Majesty” (Voices United # 127)

Sacrament of Holy Communion

Invitation to Communion – Invitation to the Virtual Congregation as well.

Face the music. Jesus calls us to follow him, not just to another party of praise, but to the hard work of bringing God’s love and justice into this world of violence and fear. Let us prepare ourselves by confessing our sins today.

Prayer of Confession

One: Source of all Life, we gather as your people, broken and regretful.
All: Eternal One, hear our prayer of confession.
One: We like the path of life to be easy, comfortable, untroubled.
We get angry and impatient when problems arise and hardships persist.
All: Please, forgive us.
One: We like the way to be fun and happy. We do not want the hard way that Jesus takes.
All: Please, forgive us.
One: We like power on our side and miracles for our benefit.
We do not like to confront the powers that be nor to face the drudgery of everyday living.
All: Please, forgive us.
One: We want to live free of fear, confrontation and risk. We do not like to face the music.
All: Please, forgive us.
One: Merciful One, forgive us our sins and strengthen us to be truly faithful.
All: Help us follow Jesus and face the music. Amen.

Words of Promise

God hears the confession of our hearts and lips. Through faith we are forgiven and in hope are empowered for new life.

Hymn:  “Jesus Remember Me”   (Voices United # 148)

Communion

As we hear once again the words of Paul describing the Last Supper Jesus had with his friends before his arrest, trial and death, let us each feel a new commitment to journey with Jesus to face the music, to face hardships, disappointments, and even suffering and harm for what is right. Hear the words Paul shared with the people of Corinth, explaining this mysterious and powerful gathering:

“For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”

Sharing the bread and the cup

“The bread of life!”
“The cup of salvation!”
“Come for all things are ready.”

Because we are keeping our masks on through the service,  when you leave shortly, you will be given  the sacraments, you are welcome to partake in your car in the parking lot, or take it home or you could  watch the virtual service and take part in the communion that way at a later time.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

On this first day of the week that is called “Holy Week,” we thank you for Jesus’ courage to do your will. Strengthen us through this meal to stand by him, to truly be the courageous body and blood of the faithful, and to accept risk and confrontation as elements of faithfulness. As this week passes, speak to us through its events, reminding us of your constant love, surprising grace, and caring power.  Amen.

Benediction

As we leave today we shout Hosanna in the Highest, knowing we walk into Holy Week, a week of change of heart, a week of pain, a week of heartache as we witness the cross and all it represents. Blessed in knowing Easter morning is coming, may that hope live in our hearts and our minds as we journey through the week ahead. May you be blessed by God the Father, Christ our Saviour and the comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

(Distribution of the Elements as people leave the Sanctuary)

Music:  “One Bread, One Body”


In case you missed it…

Here is Rev. Jim’s mid-week update for date