Virtual Service – July 10, 2022

2:00 pm

July 10, 2022

Welcome to virtual church!

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

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Announcements

• Are you wanting to spread God’s love and help the wider community?  The Outreach Committee is inviting you to join them!  If you are interested in hearing about their current projects and suggesting future ongoing projects, please join them at Walton on the third Wednesday of every month at 7pm. Please call the office for information or just join us!

• Finally!! This year, we will be back again with the Bronte Coat Drive, tentatively, the third Saturday in October. This has become a co-operative effort between, Church of the Epiphany, St. Dominics Church and Walton Memorial primarily; all of us having the betterment of people of 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 will do not plan to wear next year or ever gain! Donations to be accepted soon. Stay tuned!

• 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) On your behalf, The Walton Outreach Committee

• Children and youth are invited to view this week’s virtual Sunday School lesson online. Are you a happy camper?

• 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

J: Val you got all the paint off your hands.
V: Yes it is so wonderful. We haven’t had a VBS since July 2019. Well, the paint is better than the mortar we could have used to make the North Castle in Bronte Hall.
J: Did I see armour on the table too?
V: Yes, we are learning all week about the Armour of God.  After all the kids, well all of us,  have been through all the changes, and transitions thank goodness God has carried us and protected us like armour.
J: Today we are also celebrating the many UCW hands through the years that have blessed us richly in so many ways through their faithfulness and dedication to our United Churches all around the country, and it particular here at Walton.
V: Congratulations, good and faithful servants!

Call to Worship

This new day is fresh with possibility to encounter the Living Christ.
With bright eyes, let us search.

This new day is fresh with possibility to understand the Living Christ.
With engaged minds, let us ponder.

This new day is fresh with possibility to be moved by the Living Christ.
With compassionate hearts, let us feel.

This new day is fresh with possibility to respond to the Living Christ.
With solid devotion, let us follow.

This new day is fresh with possibility to serve the Living Christ.
With humble intention, let us act.

This new day is fresh with possibility to praise the Living Christ.
With strong voices, let us sing.

 by Rev. Christine Sobania Johnson on her blog, Freshly Squeezed Liturgy

Hymn: “Here I Am Lord”  vs.1 & 2509VU

Call to New Relationship

Are you in love with God? Do you show it in your words, your thoughts, your actions? Are you in love with your neighbour? Do they know this by your presence, your grace, your friendship?
Or are you so obsessed with yourself, that you have no time, no room, no pity for others, or for God?
Let us confess the limits we place on our love, so we might be filled with God’s limitless mercy.

Prayer of Confession

One: They may not be beaten down or lying by the road, but there are people we pass by, Watching God.
All: Some are family and friends we take so much for granted we cannot see how we have stripped them of our love and compassion.
Others are neighbours: 
who have been left half-dead by crushing work;
who have fallen into the hands of despair;
who have been abandoned by all those
who walked on by them.
Many are strangers, people we don’t know,
but quickly judge:
they are weak, or poor, or the enemy,
or because they remind us of who we once were, or could become.
Rescue us from the power of our sins, Righteous One of all generations.
Pour out your justice on us, rather than your judgement, that we would be moved with pity,
and spurred to action; that we would hear of the hope that is ours, and share it with our sisters and brothers; that we would shower mercy on all we meet, even as we have received forgiveness for our sins through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

One: Is there someone who needs your prayers today? In silence we pray for them.

Assurance of Pardon

Children of the Most High: you are forgiven and brought into the kingdom. Be filled with spiritual wisdom. Lead lives worthy of your inheritance. Bear fruit in all you say and do and think.
God has rescued us and redeemed us from our sins, setting aside judgment to shower us with mercy.
We will go and do likewise. Thanks be to God. Amen.

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: “Jesu, Jesu Fill Us with Your Love”  verse  4 – 593VU

Youth Story: – Dirty hands

Val: In today’s Scripture reading the congregation is going to hear the parable of the Good Samaritan. Do any of you kids know that story? It’s about a man who was robbed and beaten up. He lay in the street and two people walked right by him but didn’t stop. Finally a third person stopped and took care of him.

Alison: This plant reminds me of that story. Do you know why? It needs help. It’s grown too big for this little pot and if someone doesn’t move it to a bigger pot, it will die. Val, do you want to help me?

Val: I would love to help you but…I got all dressed up for church today…and I just got my nails done…and this is a new shirt…if I go digging around in the soil I’m going to get all messy and dirty.

Alison: Sometimes we have to get our hands dirty to help someone out. The best way to love our neighbours is by being willing to help them, even if it means that we have to be inconvenienced. The first two people who passed by the man in the road were a priest and a Levite, who is kind of like a priest’s assistant. They probably preached about loving other people, but they didn’t take the opportunity to do it themselves. 

Val: But the Samaritan was willing to use his time and money to help the man. It probably wasn’t pleasant to dress the man’s wounds, and maybe he arrived later to his destination because he helped him, but the Samaritan did those things anyway. In return, he had the satisfaction of knowing he helped someone the way God would want him to. 

Alison: Now do you see why this plant reminds me of the Good Samaritan? Gardening often involves getting wet, getting muddy, and working hard. However, it’s worth it once we see the beautiful flowers, or tasty fruits and vegetables that grow thanks to our care.

Val: We need to nurture other people the way gardeners nurture their plants – even if it means getting your hands dirty. When we take the time to help others, love grows.

Alison: Let’s pray: Loving God, help us to never walk away from someone in need. Help us never be afraid to get our hands dirty and to do the right thing. Guide us to share your love, even when it seems like hard work. We ask this in your son Jesus’ name. Amen.

Youth Blessing: “Go My Children With My Blessing” – Sing! #284

Scripture Reading:  Luke 10:25-37, Romans 15:14-22 – Susan Sheppard

Luke 10:25-37

The Parable of the Good Samaritan
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, “Love your neighbour as yourself.”
“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”
In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.
A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.
So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.
The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Romans 15:14-22

I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another.  Yet I have written you quite boldly on some points to remind you of them again, because of the grace God gave me  to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. He gave me the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God. I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done—  by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.  It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation.  Rather, as it is written:
“Those who were not told about him will see, and those who have not heard will understand.”
This is why I have often been hindered from coming to you.

Scripture Response: “Change My Heart, O God”  on screen

An Affirmation of Hope

(from 60th Anniversary UCW service in Sydney,  Nova Scotia this week)
We affirm our hope that a new day is dawning upon us.
We affirm our vision of a new heaven and a new earth.
We affirm our belief that the love of God, which is greater than all
understanding, has the power to unite us to participate in the creation of a
new world.
We affirm the hope that turns suffering into a creative process.
We affirm the hope that enables us to act.
God we hope: help us to hope together!
Amen.
(Voices United Hymn Book 656)

Solo: “He Shall Feed His Flock/Come Unto Him” – Alyssa Di Marco

Morning Message:  “One Another #3”Rev. Jim Gill

Over his life, Jesus asked the best questions!  For example the question in today’s reading, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” You probably know the story. We call it the parable of the Good Samaritan. It is one of the stories from the Bible which enters everyday culture when we talk about someone being a “Good Samaritan.”

Well the answer an expert in the law offered to Jesus was this, “The one who had mercy on him.” The “one” who did not walk past the man laying in the ditch after being beaten up by the robber. The Samaritan spent his own energy, time and money to help this man in trouble instead of walking right on by the guy in the gutter. Jesus then told the expert in the law: “Go and do likewise.”

As followers of Jesus we are called to “do likewise” in our daily lives. Today is the 60th anniversary of the UCW, that is the United Church Women. For six decades the UCW has gone and “done likewise” across the United Church of Canada and specifically here at Walton Church.

 

In Romans today we read, “I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another.”  What a great way to also to describe the vibrant history of the UCW.

Each summer for a number of years I have done a thematic series of messages based on a common biblical idea or concept. Did you know there are 59 “one another” statements in the New Testament? That’s just under 60 exhortations in scripture to actually “do” something towards another person. So my summer theme in 2022 is “one another.” What just considering just some of these 59 passages can teach us about being “one another” to “one another.”  Andy Stanley, the best-selling Christian writer, says: “The primary activity of the church was one anothering one another.” I love that phrase “one-anothering one another.”

The website for this month’s 60th anniversary of the UCW says,  “any woman willing to contribute her prayers, gifts, and services for the work of the Church, may join the United Church Women (UCW). Along with providing important networking and social bonding opportunities, the UCW has led discussions on, for example, feminism and restorative justice. Indeed, says the former Moderator Jordan Cantwell, United Church Women are the “hands and feet” of the church.”

What is the history of the UCW you may ask? “Back in 1962 the UCW (United Church Women) was created as the successor to the Woman’s Missionary Society (WMS), a world mission-oriented service and study group that supported almost 100 active missionaries around the world. The Woman’s Association (WA) at that time focused on work in the local church and community. Guilds and Ladies’ Aids were the WA’s forerunners; in the early years, these units went unrecorded, just doing what needed to be done, spiritually, financially, and socially.”  They all joined together to create the UCW 60 years ago.

 

Today, that spirit of generosity continues through active UCWs in communities of faith and regions from coast to coast to coast, united in expressing their devotion to Jesus Christ in Christian witness, study, fellowship, and service. Here at Walton our UCW has and continues to do this week in and week out.  This week from July 11-15,  United Church Women from across the country will be celebrating their 60th anniversary.  An event will be held at the Membertou Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia, to celebrate. The Theme: “Continuing in Hope.”

I think being a good Samaritan is an excellent way to continue hope for the future. It is an excellent way to “one another one another.” One of you here shared with me a recent true local story of an unexpected Good Samaritan who helped them out in Burlington. This person, who is here in this service today, told the story this way:

“Today and for the next few I plan to spend being grateful for the kindness of another human. This morning about 5:45 am I was out with our pet Scottie for our morning walk. I suddenly heard a flock of birds making a lot of racket. I looked up to see what was going on and from the side of my eye I saw a coyote fairly close. He then dashed into a property and I quickly picked up my dog and crossed the street. The coyote then started to track me and got very close. All the while the dog in my arms was growling and barking. I started to run and scream for help and the coyote picked up his pace. I ran on a driveway screaming and a man stuck his head out his door and called me in with the coyote basically at my feet. I got in and he was in his underwear and said to me, ‘I am never up this early, it’s your lucky day.’ He let me sit for a while and then kindly drove me home.

I have since learned that my reaction of running and turning my back on the coyote was absolutely the wrong thing to do. I plan to do some shopping today as a reward for a very kind gentleman (who by the way didn’t look so bad in his underwear) and also buying some sort of horn for our walks.”

We never know how we can “one another one another” by being a good Samaritan to both people and animals. I think God can also use animals to be good Samaritans to us as one of God’s creatures. Some believe that after you have experienced the loss of a close loved one seeing a red cardinal bird is a sign of comfort and hope. In northeast Oakville, on Dundas Street, there is Munn’s United Church. The organist at the church shared this recent true story.

 

“The sweetest thing happened at Munn’s United Church this morning. A red cardinal somehow got into the sanctuary and was there when the building was opened this morning. He flew and flew all service long, trying to get out and couldn’t find a way. Today was Pentecost and everyone wore red, so “Carter” (as I named him or her,) fit right in! During my postlude “Holy Spirit Rain Down,” Carter flew quite close to myself and the choir, sat on the cross, and started to sing. I almost stopped playing as it was so moving. I hope Carter was safely caught and released, and I personally enjoyed the company this morning!” What a powerful story of an animal Good Samaritan of which Jesus talks about today in the reading.

We never know when, where, or how we may be called, presented, or placed in a situation to help others like that story of the manon the Jericho road twenty centuries ago. A frightening moment of uncertainty was transformed into a story of heroism a month after four Good Samaritans chased after a stolen truck on a modern-day road with a five-month-old baby inside near Strathmore, Alta., helping to reunite the infant with its family.

A truck parked near the Travelodge hotel in Strathmore, a town approximately 50 kilometres east of Calgary, was stolen with an infant inside at around 10:30 p.m. on a Saturday. The occupants of the vehicle had stopped to take a break from driving and were standing beside the truck when an unknown man wearing a reflective vest jumped into the driver’s seat and sped away, police said.

The chase ended about 40 minutes later outside Strathmore, with the baby safe. Police praised the Good Samaritans, saying they provided crucial information on the truck’s whereabouts. They called the RCMP and stayed on the line with the dispatcher as the truck peeled out of town and onto a rural dirt road.  The Good Samaritan said she was driving so fast to keep up with the truck that she had to stop herself from looking at the speedometer, fearing she would slow down. They all encouraged her to keep going, telling her she was doing a great job.

We never know when, where, or how we may be called, presented, or placed in a situation to help others. As Paul wrote today in our second reading. “I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another” . Let us “one another one another” from UCW to whatever road in life we are travelling.

Encircling Others with Prayer – responsive

God of all things seen and unseen, if you had insulated yourself from the pain of the world, then your name could not be love and our condition would be without hope. Thank you for being so personally involved, for revealing your complete commitment in Jesus of Nazareth. Through him we pray with hope, in him we pray with love.

Let your healing love be known this day by all who suffer ailment of body, or distress of mind, or agony of spirit.  Please reveal your compassion,
Loving God, bring wholeness to all.

Let your intimate love be known today by all who feel forgotten or lost, and all who are walking in the dark valley of despair. Please reveal your compassion,
Loving God, bring wholeness to all.

Let your fierce love this day redress the wrongs of all who suffer exploitation, injustice, abuse, neglect, violence or unwarranted imprisonment. Please reveal your compassion,
Loving God, bring wholeness to all.

Let your nurturing love today encourage those who are gathering resolve to make tough decisions, take on new responsibilities, or break free from some bondage.
Please reveal your compassion,    
Loving God, bring wholeness to all.

Let your relentless love this day upset congregations that have become self-centered or even contemptuous of other churches.  Please reveal your compassion,
Loving God, bring wholeness to all.

Let your reconciling love today gather together the separated Christians, and make them aware of the fellowship and mission of the one, universal body of Christ.  Please reveal your compassion,
Loving God, bring wholeness to all.

Let your inspiring love this day rejuvenate pastors, priests and prophets who have become weary to the very roots of their souls. Please reveal your compassion,
Loving God, bring wholeness to all.

Thank you for hearing us, most loving God. With the whole body of believers in time and eternity, we want to love, praise and serve you, today and evermore. Through Christ Jesus your true Son. Amen!
(adapted by Bruce Prewer, and posted on Bruce Prewer’s Homepage)

Offering of Ourselves, Our Gifts, Our Tithes

When God calls you to give of yourself.  Do you stop to look at why, or who, or when he gives you the nudge? Of course we need to feel safe, I’m not saying that you should just jump in, but then I am saying if God is calling you to jump in, don’t you think he is going to take care of you?

I know for some of us, it would be act first, think it through later, but for others jumping into danger is asking too much. We are not to judge one another, but to be ready and willing to do God’s work. Let us now share what we have to help one another and to build God’s kingdom here on Earth

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Offering Hymn: “Give Thanks” on screen

Offering Prayer

Loving God, we thank you for the UCW women who have worked so hard through the years to help out in so many different ways in our church community. For their prayers, faithfulness, caring hands who have looked after others, lived your word, and taught your scriptures, made cookies, helped at dinners, purchased things for our kitchen, our office, our sanctuary. A caring community of women who have tried to live and work to build God’s kingdom by being there for their church and one another over the years. We give thanks for 60 years of United Church Women. We thank you Lord for all those who have shared what they have today in their offering to help others who need help today. We pray this grateful prayer in your son Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Hymn: “Kindred in Spirit through Jesus Christ”  vs. 1, 3, 4178MV

Benediction

May the God of hope go with us every day,
filling all our lives with love and joy and peace.
May the God of justice speed us on our way,
bringing light and hope to every land and race.
Praying, let us work for peace,
Singing, share our joy with all,
Working for a world that’s new,
Faithful when we hear Christ’s call.

(From the UCW 60th service)

Closing Hymn: “A Closing Prayer”on screen

Announcements


In case you missed it…

Here is Rev. Jim’s mid-week update for Wednesday, July 6th