Virtual Service – Good Friday – April 15, 2022

2:00 pm

April 15, 2022

Virtual Service

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Prelude: The Old Rugged Cross Linda

Land Acknowledgement Video

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

Good Friday is a difficult part of our faith.
It is a day of shadows and death.
A day when it seems like the sun will never shine bright enough or warm enough.
It is a day of pain and sorrow.
A day when hope dies; when the world seems withered and barren.
It is a sad story to tell
But we will tell it. We will hear it, feel it, and share it.
For it is our story, our hope, and our salvation.

Hymn:  “O How He Loves You and Me” vs. 1 & 2- 349 Celebration Hymnal

Invitation to Worship

One: Today is one of the grey areas of the Christian year: a day when the lights are dimmed and the sky feels overcast even if it isn’t: a day when theologians and poets feel as if a heavy veil is drawn over heart and mind. An inexplicably sad day.

All:  We resist the grey areas, prefer to see everything in black and white, look for cloudless, sunny skies, try not to read between the lines; throw in a bright colour or two to try and enliven the scene.

One:  In the grey light of early morning – after a night in the ecclesiastical high court, and denial by one of his own circle -Jesus found himself at the gates of the reluctant Pilate, who promptly tried to hand him back to the Jews.

All:  And though the sun rose that morning, the whole world turned grey for One who found himself without friend or helper, faced with drinking a cup he’d prayed would be turned away from him, knowing that life was about to be drained out of him.

One:  We are invited to accompany Jesus through this grey day: to be witnesses to his suffering, to keep silence before his cry of dereliction. In our imaginations, let us trudge through Jerusalem until we come to the place of the Cross: and then, let us not turn our faces away.

All:  In this grey day lies all the sorrows and failings of a humanity that strives for high success, yet comes up against human limitations, and falls to the ground in despair. A humanity whose peace plans give way to guns, and whose political promises become papers in filing cabinets.

One:  Here is a day marked by the brokenness of the world. But it is not a day to wallow in misery or to indulge in morbid thoughts about the crucifixion. It is simply a somber, dignified day when we remember how it was for Jesus, and find at the foot of the cross a place to lay down ours and the world’s sorrow.

All:  On grey days it is hard to see clearly, difficult to understand things that aren’t clear. Yet all we are asked to do today is to be present to the sacred story as it is retold, and to the inexplicable, mysterious, wondrous transaction that was, and still is taking place.

(written by Ann Siddall, and posted on the website of the Stillpoint Spirituality Centre.)

Opening Prayer

Loving God,  they took Jesus, and he went out carrying his own cross, to the place of a skull, called in Hebrew, Golgotha. There they crucified him. Help us to know this is not a day for mourning but for awe, wonder, love and gratitude. All we people in faith, bow in reverence, praise Him. All we people of faith, glorify him.  All we people of faith, stand in awe before him. Thank you for the gift of your forgiveness and love.  Amen.

(adapted by Bruce Prewer, and posted on Bruce Prewer’s Homepage)

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.

Duet:  “When You Prayed Beneath the Trees” Jillian & Sarah VanderDoelen

Morning Message:  “The Nails Speak”

Introduction:
Five Nails.  FIve nails were used to crucify Jesus. How well we know the story!
And yet, each year we must live it again.
Each year we must tell the story of the crucifixion as if it happened today.
For indeed it did and does happen today.
This very day, perhaps even in this very room, love is betrayed, justice is mocked, and any hope of salvation is crushed beneath the brutality of the status quo.
And every time, every time, Christ feels our pain, like a nail through flesh and bone.

Nail of Betrayal
I am the first nail, the nail of betrayal.
It can happen rather quickly.  In the beginning, I’m right there with you, sharing the dream, the great vision.
Then one day there are two visions, mine and yours.
My vision is wonderful, exciting, bold, and courageous.
But yours is just in the way.  What I don’t understand is why you always seem so hurt when I choose my dream over yours: my hope, my needs, my survival over yours.  It’s not personal.
(Drop a nail into the bowl.)
Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will greet with a kiss is the man. Arrest him and lead him away under guard.” (go by cross stand with your hands on  your hips)

Nail of Love Denied
I am the nail of love denied.  I stand in the shadows watching, worrying perhaps even aching when I see you so tormented. But I will not step out into the light. I will not stand with you. I will not speak in protest, nor raise a hand to rescue or even comfort. My fear holds me silent.  Brother, sister, lover, child, it matters not.
My fear is stronger than my love.
(A nail is dropped into the bowl.)
“I do not know him.” (cross your arms and turn away from the cross)

Nail of Injustice
I am the nail of injustice.  I represent the corruption of those who have been given the sacred trust of leadership. They are called to protect and to uphold the values and well-being of the community, but they have become corrupted by their power. All they protect is their own self-interest.
I represent the arrogance of those who feel they know best, those who are willing to twist the law to their own ends. They tell themselves and others that their motives are pure, noble, even. They know the harm they do but are willing to accept the price, so long as they are not the ones who must pay it.
I represent those things best done in the shadows – backroom deals and hidden agendas. They arrested him in the night, far from the cheering crowds, and tried him in the dark hours before dawn.  Where is the justice in this?
(A nail is dropped into the bowl.)
They seized Jesus and led him away, but Peter followed at a distance. (stand by cross, bend  head down, ashamed)

Nail of Complicity
I am the nail of complicity. If the nail of injustice speaks of those who lead, I speak of those who follow. I speak of those who allow injustice to happen, those who stand by shaking their head in dismay and tut-tutting at the actions of others but are not willing to act themselves. We turn a blind eye to the corruption around us. We turn a deaf ear to the cries of the oppressed. We go about our day not waiting to know the many ways we benefit from the suffering of others.
We want the cheapest prices without concern for the labourers, the greatest profit without concern for the methods, the very best
luxuries without concern for those who live in squalor.  Pilate is the one named as complicit, the one who found no harm in Jesus but ordered his death anyway.  But Pilate is not the only one. We are all part of the injustice of our day.
(A nail is dropped into the bowl.)
Pilate gave his verdict that the crowd’s demand should be granted. He released the man they asked for and handed Jesus over to be crucified as they wished. (stand by the cross, cross your arms and look up and freeze)

Nail of Ridicule
Two hands. Two feet. You would think that was enough.
But no, one more nail is needed.
I am the nail of ridicule: the cruel laughter that makes sport of all you hold dear, that belittles and demeans. I am the coward, hiding behind my witty jeers and biting jests.  I need to make you small, so I can feel important.  I am the nail that holds the sign above Jesus’ head, the one that reads “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.” How clever!
(A nail is dropped into the bowl.)
“He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, the chosen one!”
The soldiers mocked him.
“If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself.” (Linda can you please play the first note when I finish speaking.

(Wendy will start acapella from the balcony Were You there when they crucified my Lord, 
Alison will join in. Then Nicole and then Val.)
Then the 2nd verse will go up on the screen and everyone can join in for that verse. 

Hymn:  “Were You There” vs.  2 144 Voices United

Scripture Reading: Mark 15:13-48

The Death of Jesus
At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.  And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”)
When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”
Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.
With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.
The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.  And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”
Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome.  In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.

Scripture Response:  “Jesus, Remember Me”148VU

Pastoral Prayer

Dear God,
The words of his disciple ring in our ears: I do not know this man. The words of the crowd echo in our ears: We have no emperor but Caesar, “Crucify him, Crucify him.”
And we long to think that if we had been there we wouldn’t have denied him, we wouldn’t have run, we wouldn’t have shouted out against him, we wouldn’t have abandoned him to the soldiers and spears.
Yet in our moments of honesty when we see our heart of hearts, we know that the crowd is us.
We know that their words are ours.
We feel it is true, because we run away from the crucifixions around us.
We shout aloud in the din of vengeance and estrangement and hatred that makes our world.
And the sound of the hammering of nails, we replace with the music of our own private headphones, adding our own soundtrack to drown the cries of those who are crucified.
So God, on this day,  this one day we ask that you let those sounds through so that the banging of the hammer draws blood in our soul, so we are touched just for this moment at least just for this one Good Friday moment with the pain.
We name the pain, as the hammer falls on the nail: War, Hunger, Violence, Homelessness, Hatred, Rape, Coercion, Child Trafficking, Pollution, Racism, Hate Crimes, Homophobia, Prejudice,  Exploitation, Abuse.
We have averted our eyes and let the hammer fall on the innocent.
O God, in our shame, transform this sadness, transform our hearts, transform us toward your new world, where there is the sound of spring again.
Bring forth your new creation now, we ask.
Not so that our guilt may be washed away, but so that the pain of each victim, of each heartbreak, of each loss, may know your new day of joy.
In the spirit of him who was crucified, whom we call the Christ, who lives and reigns with you.
Make it so, Easter God.
Make it so. Amen.

(adapted  by Pastor Sandy, and posted on the First Church blog.)

Offering of Ourselves, Our Gifts, Our Tithes

For the love of the world, Jesus offered everything he had, even life itself.  In response to this powerful gift of love let us offer our gifts and our lives to God, as we share in our offering.
(Frances Flook, The Gathering L/E 2021)

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Offering Hymn:  “There Is A Redeemer” vs. 1  308 Celebration Hymnal

Offering Prayer

Loving God, you have shown us the depth of your love through the cross. 
May these gifts also show the depth of our love for you, and our commitment to your kingdom. 
We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Invitation to Communion

All are welcome to this table, whether you have felt the pain of Good Friday before or whether you come each year to listen and remember and are still looking for what the meaning of today is. Jesus is waiting for you to come, to ask, to accept the gift he freely offers to you today.

Let us join together and share the gift of bread and wine always remembering the love and peace God offers each one of us. Let us pray.

Consecration & Distribution of the Elements

Thanksgiving Prayer

Thank you God for your forgiveness and for your love that the cross represents and gives us each day. May we look forward to the hope and love of Easter morning as we leave this table knowing that you live. Amen. 

Hymn:  “Easter Hallelujah” (You are invited to join in the singing of the chorus)

(words by Kelley Mooney, music by Leonard Cohen)

 

Benediction

Our service ends now. We have been faithful to our friend and stayed with him in his suffering and death.Today, this is how the story ends. And yet we are a people with hope, and so we wait, and we trust, and we pray when we do not know the outcome, and we remember Jesus.


Announcements

• Easter Morning Sunday, April 17th, 2022, at 8:00am Pier Service No registration is required. On pier, if weather permits, and under gazebo if raining

• VBS Volunteers Wanted – Calling all adults and university students! We need your help to make our VBS day camps the most fun and exciting week of the summer. We are looking to fill a few key roles on our camp leadership team. Volunteers for these positions should be able to commit to a full 5-day week from July 4-8 and / or July 11-15. Full days are ideal, but some roles can be divided into morning (8:30-12:30) and afternoon (12:30-4:30) shifts. Leaders will work with a team of helpers, and will have detailed manuals, training, and support. 

➤ Bible Study Leader – Leader delivers age-appropriate lessons and supporting activities based on the VBS theme of the day. Leader is responsible for preparing each day’s materials and supplies, setting up the Bible Study area before lessons and cleaning up after. Lesson plan outlines and suggested activities / games are provided.

➤ Snacktivity Leader – Leader plans, prepares, and serves healthy and fun snacks based around the VBS theme (2 per day). Leader is responsible for stocking and preparing ingredients and supplies needed each day, along with ensuring all snack items meet food allergy restrictions. Leaders should be familiar with safe food handling guidelines and kitchen hygiene, and are  responsible for set up and cleaning of the kitchen daily. A planning guide with suggested snack ideas is provided. 

➤ Games Leaders – Games leaders plan and supervise a variety of high-energy, age appropriate group games which can be enjoyed outdoors on the front lawn or in the mini gym. Leaders are responsible for preparing each day’s materials and supplies, and setting up and cleaning up the games area each day.

➤ Craft leader – Craft leaders are responsible for planning, preparing, and supervising 2 daily craft activities that fit the VBS theme. Leaders are responsible for sourcing and organizing all materials and supplies, and for daily set up and clean up of the craft area.

High school students and junior leaders stay tuned – we will have lots of volunteer opportunities for you as well!

    • 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
    • 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.

    • On a recent grocery shopping trip, I came to realize that my dollar was not going as far as I wished.  I was there to buy fresh vegetables, like broccoli, celery, lettuce, tomatoes etc. After a few tough weeks of grey skies, and alternating weather of rain, freezing rain and even snow flurries, I had become a ‘couch’ potato(or sloth), watching t.v. and over-snacking.

I decided to ‘get green’ and get healthier. My shopping experience was an eye-opener. If I bought all the vegetables I desired, I’d have to cut my meat budget in half (at least). I ended up buying a veggie platter with a variety of vegetables instead of my original list. I’m only buying for two right now, and I could manage that for now and reconsider for next time.

It made me think…how do families of four or more do this every week? Obviously, some can’t and have to make tough choices, harder than mine.  They then consider going to a food bank to feed their families.

My plea today is for all of us to help those families making these tough choices every week for their families. By donating to the Fare Share Food Bank we can help stock the shelves so that these families can get the help they need.  Of course, you can bring items to the church on Sunday or throughout the week or you can donate through your Walton envelopes. The money received can be used to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meat, eggs, cheese and milk to share with their clients on their next visit.

Every donation helps. Items needed most can be found on their website (www.oakvillefoodbank.com) Please donate throughout April and beyond.
On your behalf, Walton Outreach

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