Virtual Service – August 28, 2022

2:00 pm

August 28, 2022

Welcome to virtual church!

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

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Announcements

Good News!  Walton’s UCW meetings are starting up again! We welcome all ladies of any age who care to join us in Bronte Hall for our first fall meeting on Thursday, September 8, in the afternoon.  1:30 pm is our new meeting time.  Tea, coffee and cookies will be provided. We look forward to seeing many familiar friends, and new faces are especially welcome as we reconvene after a lengthy break. Refreshments and a brief business meeting will be followed by a thought-provoking discussion on “Pandemic Positivity” led by Rev Alexandra Arden. Please call the office at (905) 827-1643 if a drive is needed. Mark your calendars for the 2nd Thursday of each month: October 13, November 10 and December 8 all at 1:30 pm.

Rally Day is coming up; mark your calendars now! Sunday, September 11th marks the last of our 10:00 am summer services and the start-up of our regular Sunday School and youth programming on Sunday mornings.

Upcoming Bible Study “Christian Community” will be starting Thursday, September 22nd, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Bronte Hall. The study will run for 10 weeks, on consecutive Thursday mornings. We all yearn for a sense of community. The topic of community seems to be even more relevant in the world and in each of our lives, as we look back over the last two and a half years. What does the Bible say about Christian community? What does Christian community mean to you today?  A time to gather, discuss, question, listen, share, laugh, and ponder, as we explore the meaning of Christian community together. Everyone is welcome. Please sign up through the church office to ensure everyone has a copy of the book. The cost of the book is $10.00 and is available through the church office. If you have any questions, please speak to Cathy Winn.

Choir is starting up again! Junior, Youth and Chancel Choirs are starting up again on Thursday, September 8th, here at Walton. Mark it on your calendar and start warming up those vocal cords! Jillian will meet with the Junior Choir from 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm in the Gathering Room. Linda will meet with the Youth Choir in the Sanctuary from 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm. The Chancel Choir will meet at 8:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Masks will be required while you are in the building. Stay tuned for more information and updates as we get closer to the start-up.

Upcoming Prayer Shawl Ministrygathering on Thursday, September 22, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in Bronte Hall. The Prayer Shawl Ministry knits and crochets Prayer Shawls which are given out to people in the Walton community and beyond.  Each child baptized at Walton receives a Prayer Blanket, made by the members of this ministry. The Prayer Shawls and Prayer Blankets are made with love and prayers, a reminder of God’s presence in our lives and in the world. Do you like to knit or crochet? Why not join us for a time of laughter, sharing, creating, prayer, and supporting others in this special ministry? New members are always welcome. Some supplies are provided. Please speak with Cathy Winn through the church office. The October meeting will be Thursday, October 20th, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Art & Treasures sale – VIP preview: Walton is holding an Art & Treasures sale in Bronte Hall on Saturday, September 10 from 10 am-4 pm. We have lots of beautiful artwork, household items and attic treasures available for purchase. The sale will be open to the public, in conjunction with the Bronte Arts Market happening in our parking lot that day.  As a Walton member or friend, you get VIP early access to view and purchase items during coffee time following the service on Sunday, August 28th  and Sunday, September 4th  before we open up the sale to the wider community. Come check out the wonderful and unique sale items, which were generously donated to the Walton Auction Committee from the pre-covid auction. 

Weeding Team –  We need a few people who will help some others weed the south and new east gardens. If you can help out, let the office know. Thank you.

Bronte Coat Drive is back! Tentatively, on the third Saturday in October. This has become a cooperative effort between the Church of the Epiphany, St. Dominic’s Church and Walton Memorial primarily; all of us having the betterment of the people in our area as our goal. So, sew on that button, empty those pockets, sponge out that stain, and please give us your coats that you don’t plan to wear next year or ever again. Donations will be accepted at the church starting September 4th. 

Calling all knitters The Bronte Coat Drive Committee needs knitted scarves for our annual coat distribution event. If you could knit a scarf 5’ – 6’ long in black, grey or navy, we would be most happy to include it as a giveaway on October 15th, 2022. As you may know, many people in our community are grateful to receive a coat from this event, and they are delighted to also receive a warm scarf (or hat or gloves)! 

FOOD BANK…the need is real  Every summer the food bank deals with reduced food and money donations because of families going on vacation and leaving town. Unfortunately, the families that depend on the food bank year-round still need that support. Please help by donating through your Walton envelopes, electronically through the website, or by bringing food items to put in our donation box outside Bronte Hall.  It was mentioned that canned fruit and cereal are items needed right now.  Go to the Fare Share website to find a complete list – www.oakvillefoodbank.com

Children and youth are invited to view this week’s virtual Sunday School lesson online. Change is in the air…

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

Good morning and welcome to the last weekend of August.  Can you believe how quickly this summer has flown by?  It seems like we were just announcing that the 10:00 summer services are starting this week. Time seems to march forward. Doesn’t it? No matter what! Sometimes I wish we could slow time down, and have an extra hour or two in a day. Really, what would you do with an extra hour or two?

This morning as we come to worship, let’s be grateful for the time we have together today, to pause all our busy-ness and just come before God. Grateful for these moments to praise and worship the almighty King. Let us join together in singing.

Hymn: “Will You Come and Follow Me”  verses 1 & 4   567VU

 

Call to Worship

Let us sing…
Praise be to God!
Who dared to take on human flesh and dwell among us.
Praise be to God!
Who did not turn back in the face of evil and death?
Praise be to God!
Who continues to dance through our lives even now.
Let all that have breath sing praise to God.
(written by Katherine Hawker, on Liturgy Outside)

Opening Prayer

Call to Reconciliation

Our sins are not to be hidden from God.
Rather, we bring them into the Light and lay them on the Table,
trusting in the One who shaped us for goodness
and will transform our brokenness into wholeness.
Please join me as we pray, saying,

Unison Prayer of Confession

Searching God, we are so attached to our possessions, we have trouble sharing them.  
We are so connected to our pleasures that we cannot feel the pain of those around us.  
We are so stuck on ourselves, we cannot sense our souls slipping away into the shadows.
Most merciful God:
loosen us from the grip of the world, so we may feel your healing touch.
Sever us from our sin, so your Spirit might bind us to you.
Reshape us, redeem us, renew us, so we may take up our crosses and follow our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Silence is kept

Assurance of Pardon

The God who calls us is the God who created us;
The God who formed us is the God who forgives us.
This is the Good News—we are God’s new creation.
In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God. Amen.
( written by Thom Shuman, and posted on Lectionary Liturgies)

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 Hymn: “Gather Us In”  verse 1    529 LUYH

Youth Story: “Fill Me Up”

Alison holds up a bowl of colourful candies,

Who likes Smarties? Which one is your favourite colour? Why? Just because you like that colour best or do blue Smarties actually taste better than red ones?

Smarties each look different from the outside, but let’s see what happens when we cut a few open. All the candies look the same on the inside. They have a hard candy shell, and the middle is filled with the same thing – yummy, delicious chocolate! Mmmmmmmm! We might think the green one is going to taste different, but when you look inside, they aren’t different after all.

Aren’t people kind of like that? Sometimes we think people who don’t look like us must be very different from us. Perhaps because of that, we don’t make an effort to say hello, or make friends with them. Some people even worry that being different makes someone weird or scary. But people are really just like Smarties. We are all the same on the inside, no matter what our shell looks like.

One way we are the same is that we were all created to be filled. Not with chocolate, like a Smartie, but filled with Jesus’ love. That’s even better! Without the chocolate, a Smartie is just a fragile, empty shell. And, we, without Jesus’ love, are fragile and empty too. He gives us strength, so we can’t be broken like an empty shell. He fills us with his love and light.

Smarties were meant to be shared, and so was Jesus! He wants us to go out into the world and share his message of love with everyone. Let’s all do that this week. And let’s say a prayer.

Loving God, thank you for your many blessings. Thank you for the gift of your son Jesus, who gives and strength and fills us with love. Help us share those gifts with others, today and every day. AAAAAA-men!

Youth Blessing: “Go My Children With My Blessing” 946 LUYH

Scripture Reading:  Luke 14: 25-33, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-18

Luke 14: 25-33  – The Cost of Discipleship

Now large crowds were travelling with him, and he turned and said to them,  “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple.  Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.  For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it?

Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him,  saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand?

If he cannot, then while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. So, therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-18

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control your own body in holiness and honour, not with lustful passion, like the gentiles who do not know God; that no one wrong or exploit a brother or sister in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, just as we have already told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God did not call us to impurity but in holiness. Therefore whoever rejects this rejects not human authority but God, who also gives his Holy Spirit to you.

Now concerning love of the brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anyone write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, and indeed you do love all the brothers and sisters throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, to aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we directed you, so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and be dependent on no one.

The Coming of the Lord

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died,[b] so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died.[c] For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died.[d] For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Scripture Response: “Come to My Heart” verse 1    661VU

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 have messed up and missed the mark,
God’s love forgives me.
Because God loves me so, I know that my life has value.
Because God loves me so, I know that my life has meaning and purpose.
Because God loves me so, I know that every day can be lived with a blessed assurance, my Redeemer lives –
God lives within my heart;
God lives within every heart that makes room for God.
Amen.
(unknown author)

Solo: “How Great Thou Art”   Bo Wisser

Morning Message:  “One Another” – Part 8 – Rev. Jim Gill

“Monopolize conversations and belittle or look down on people they perceive as inferior. They expect special favours and unquestioning compliance with their expectations. They take advantage of others to get what they want. They have an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others.” What am I describing in these words? Whose actions are these, you ask? Well, these are just some examples of what the Mayo Clinic says is narcissistic behaviour.

Narcissism has been discussed often lately in all types of media, with an ex-president and perhaps future presidential candidate as a living definition of the word. But like so much that happens today, narcissism is not new to our times. While past generations didn’t have Twitter, they still had to deal with narcissistic personalities. Even in the time of Jesus, there was narcissism, otherwise, Jesus would not have spoken about it.

The parable of the feast guests, which was read today in the service, is just such a case. Of course, a narcissist would expect the best place at the banquet. But Jesus says no to this way of living and being. Instead, we are called to take what Jesus calls “the lowest place” at the dinner party. Begin in coach seating, if you will, and it is up to the dinner’s host to move you to first-class seating if they wish. You don’t have a God-given right to front-row seating. No one said you are entitled to a private box at every home game. What I think is so funny and ironic about this parable, is that in most churches people prefer the back row to the front row. I think that is for other reasons. But you get Jesus’ point.

This morning I continue my summer series of messages on the “One Another” theme. This is based on the biblical statements in the Christian Scriptures or New Testament which give wise advice about “one another.” We have been especially considering how we can “one another one another” in a practical way. In short, how we care for each other in Christian community whether that’s a virtual or live face-to-face community.

In addressing the narcissist, Paul wrote to the Philippian Church with these words of advice: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” One would assume there were issues in the Church at Ephesus around conceit and ambition. We see the story Jesus told of seating arrangements at the banquet feast echoed in Paul’s words to the believers at Ephesus.

Christian blogger Alex Kirk, not to be confused with the Blue Jays catcher with a similar name, writes about this Ephesians passage. Alex says, “Selfish ambition and vain conceit can motivate, but Paul knows that they poison communities.”  Hear that it can be a poison. Selfish ambition and vain conceit can poison countries, organizations, families, teams, relationships and yes, even churches. I know of a congregation where one person was not the church treasurer, nor the minister, nor the church administrator, yet had to approve every single dollar spent in whatever way. Even if it was something as straightforward as buying more toilet paper for the washrooms, it all had to be approved beforehand by this individual. This person wanting control by having every decision going through them eventually poisoned the church’s working environment for both the staff and key volunteers in the congregation.

Alex the blogger continues writing, “Selfish ambition and vain conceit cause us to look only to our interests. When we do that, we miss out on the interests of others and, as a result, we miss out on joy.” You see, that selfish ambition and conceit Paul talks about in the letter to the Ephesians is a joy robber. It sucks the air out of a room. It deflates a positive culture in any organization.

Alex makes some excellent additional points:

“- Does this mean you can’t have dreams and aspirations? No. Jesus himself had the most ambitious mission in all of history: the restoration and reconciliation of the cosmos. You can’t out-dream and out-aspire Jesus.

– Does this mean you can’t want to feel good about yourself? No.

You’re made in God’s image…Being united with Christ and his mission propels us into ambitions that engage our world for good, to love and bless and serve everyone we can. We don’t cave into the self-centeredness of vain conceit because that is a trifle compared to the infinite goodness offered to us in Christ.”

Alex concludes his article by saying, “And because we’ve been given God’s Spirit, we understand now that self-centred, vain ambitions are a false path to true joy.”

In this same chapter from Ephesians, Paul writes of Jesus: “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross! (Phil. 2:6-8)

Our model for living the Christian life is what we call “servant leadership.” As I said back on Sunday, August 14, we are called at times to “take out the garbage.” Remember what Jesus modelled for us on Maundy Thursday? In that Upper Room at the time of the first Lord’s Supper, Christ washed the feet of his disciples. This is the model Jesus gives us, but churches often struggle with that image at times. 

Chuck DeGroat is an associate professor of pastoral care and counselling at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. He writes about the most prominent characteristics of narcissism in church life, whether the person is leading a soup kitchen or a super megachurch on TV.  De Groat says these are the main characteristics. I think you and I can relate to these – not just in the church but in many areas of our lives.  

• Centring all decision-making on themselves
• Impatience or an inability to listen to others
• Delegating without giving proper authority or with too many limits
• Feelings of entitlement
• Feeling threatened or intimidated by other talented staff
• Needing to be the best and brightest in the room
• Inconsistency and impulsiveness
• Praising and withdrawing
• Intimidating others
• Last but not least, a new term to me: Fauxnerability (a faux or fake vulnerability)

“One anothering one another.” Jesus captured the idea so well when he told us about which seat to take at the banquet. Not front row centre, not the gold seats, not ground level behind the catcher.

Pastoral Prayer

Holy and Gracious God, You, the one of prodigal grace; We give you thanks for the gift of life and the blessings of this life, for family and friends and love abundant.
Lead us through the trials, the suffering and sorrow, the challenges and struggles and frustration,  the tired times, despair and bleak places, back to you, and love abundant.
Be with those who weep or cannot sleep who have no peace, who seek release, and comfort them with love abundant.
Fill us with hope, sustained in your mercy, with patience and stamina upheld by your Holy Spirit in your prodigal grace.
Transform us and all our broken ways transform us so that we can be made whole and in wholeness may we be the hands and heart of Christ.  Amen.

(adapted by Terri, and posted on RevGalBlogPals)

Offering of Ourselves, Our Gifts, Our Tithes

Waiting and Watching
You call me to wait on You, Lord, but I get tired of waiting. Your answers to my prayers, Your call for me to serve You, the promise of Your coming Kingdom, they all seem to take so long.
You tell me to watch for Your coming, Lord, but I’m not sure how to prepare for… a thief in the night,
an undisclosed time, and Your disconcerting habit of secrecy and mystery.
Yet, something inside whispers that You’re not all that hard to find; That You’re always coming to me,
and that both the waiting and the watching are more about being open to You now, than about trying not to be surprised in the future.
And so I will keep waiting, and I’ll try to stay alert so that I can catch the glimpses of Your glory that fill my day, every day, and I will share that knowledge with others, as I share my blessings with others as well.
The offering will now be received.
(adapted by John van de Laar, and posted on his excellent website, Sacredise)

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Offering Hymn: “Give Thanks” (on screen)

Offering Prayer

All: Caring God, as you receive our offering, remind us how to share your love with the world.  Make us aware of the opportunities to be angels in the lives of another. Inspire us to seek the needs of our community and to act, that we might lessen the struggle and challenges for each other.  Encourage us to use the ways you’ve blessed our lives that we might be a blessing for others. Amen.
(Gill Le Fevre, The Gathering, Pentecost 1, 2022)

Hymn: “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with  Your Love”  verses 2, 3 & 4

Benediction

One: The world is waiting for a message of love and new life: go and proclaim this message with all that you have.
All:  We go, knowing that we are not alone.  Amen! 
(Beth  W. Johnston,  The Gathering, Pentecost 1, 2022)

Closing Hymn: “We Are Pilgrims”  verse 1    595VU

Announcements


In case you missed it…

Here is Rev. Jim’s mid-week update for Wednesday, August 24th