Virtual Service – July 17, 2022

2:00 pm

July 17, 2022

Welcome to virtual church!

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

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Announcements

• What an amazing week we had at our Knights of North Castle VBS! The campers and junior leaders completed their quest for the Armour of God while having fun, learning new skills and making new friends.
We couldn’t have done it without the support from so many people, from those who helped plan and prepare ahead of time, to all those adults and teens who gave up a week of summer vacation to share God’s love with Walton’s kids. What a blessing you are to the Walton family!
If you are already planning ahead to next year, please mark July 10-14 in your calendars for VBS 2023!

• 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, on 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 not plan to wear next year or ever again! Donations will 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

• 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

Good morning. What an amazing week of learning, growing, fun, excitement, and celebration we had becoming Knights of North Castle. We have a great group of knights who set out on a quest for the Armour of God, and completed each step through truth, justice, peace, faith, and salvation.,

During this week we saw God working through each person involved in VBS. It was amazing and a blessing watching the “Fruits of the Spirit” grow and flourish in each camper, each junior leader and each leader,  no matter their age.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;
against such things there is no law” – Galatians 5:22

Have you ever thought about why Paul called it fruit? Possibly it is because fruit grows. Some of you have developed only the tiniest first buds, barely noticeable in your life.

This VBS week was like that, for most of our leaders and junior leaders were once campers here at Walton’s VBS just a few years ago. I think that was when those buds started to grow. I think this week we were able to plant more seeds and see some new buds appear.

We definitely saw the next step, where some of those buds have opened into beautiful, fragrant and fragile blossoms. In others, especially our teen leaders, we watched those blossoms give way to the hard unripe fruit and, over time, they will grow and ripen to full maturity if they are nurtured properly.

The process takes time. That’s important.

These things aren’t just gifts; you don’t wake up one morning with the gift of gentleness or the gift of self-control. They grow slowly over a lifetime. Growing, maturing in faith and with life experiences.

What a blessing to watch the Holy Spirit working each day, encouraging and helping each one of us grow in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We ask you to continue to pray for our VBS family this year as they grow in faith and in spirit.

Hymn: “Lord of All Hopefulness”    verse 1 & 3   378 LUYH

Call to WorshipOne:  Come, Holy Spirit,

All:    Fill us.

One:  “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves
so that you live in fear again.” (Rom 8:14-15a)

All:   Where we are led by other impulses
we become prisoners again
and our way of being is guided by fear.

One:  Where we are guided by prejudice,
All:    Fill us with love.
One:  Where we are guided by pessimism,
All:   Fill us with joy.
One: Where we are guided by misunderstanding,
All:   Fill us with peace.
One: Where we are guided by superficial quick fixes,
All:   Fill us with patience.
One;  Where we are guided by self-interest,
All:    Fill us with kindness.
One:  Where we are guided by apathy,
All:    Fill us with goodness.
One;   Where we are guided by convenience,
All:    Fill us with faithfulness.
One:  Where we are guided by complacency,
All:    Fill us with meekness.
One:  Where we are guided by temptation,
All:   Fill us with self-control.
One: Come, Holy Spirit,
All: Fill us.
One: Come, Holy Breath,
All: Live in us.
One: Come, Holy Wind,
All: Move through us.
Amen.

(from Aids Candlelight Memorial Service, posted on the Christian Aids Bureau for South Africa)

Opening Prayer

Dear God, grower of spiritual fruit,
Let the fruit of the Spirit blossom, mature, and ripen in my life:
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
There is no law against these.
Let me possess them!
Since I belong to Christ,
I have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Let me live by the Spirit.
Let me walk by the Spirit!
Let me show no self-conceit,
give no provocation,
have no envy toward anyone else.
Let me live in, through, and for Christ Jesus,
as he lives in, through, and for me and his whole church.
In the name of Jesus, I ask you to perfect us,
whatever that may take,
and give us the grace to endure your renovation process.  
Amen.

( adapted from  the Heartlightwebsite)

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:  “Jesus, Teacher, Brave and Bold”  vs. 1  605VU

Youth Story: Armour Up

What an amazing week we just had at VBS. We were all Knights of the North Castle, and we went on a quest for the Armour of God. What is the Armour of God?

Like the metal armour knights wore to protect themselves in battle, the Armour of God protects us.

Protects us from what?

From being tempted to break rules or do something hurtful. From people who would hurt us. From all those bad things we call sins. Our protection from those things comes from God – he is our armour.

You mean God is a shield?

Exactly! And not just a shield. At VBS the kids made a special piece of armour every day. Maybe Rev. Jim could help us demonstrate: (Alison and Val dress Jim in the armour piece by piece).

First, we have the Belt of Truth

This is the Breastplate of Justice

Next are the Shoes of Peace

Then the Shield of Faith

Last but not least, the Helmet of Salvation

Truth, justice, peace, faith, salvation – those are gifts from God which protect us. That is the Armour of God. So what do you need to do? Armour up!  We learned a Bible verse to help us remember what to do. Repeat after me:

Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.

Let us pray… Aaaaaaamen!

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

Scripture Reading:  Luke 10: 38-42, Galatians 5:13 -18, 22-25

Luke 10: 38-42

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.

She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.  But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,  but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Galatians 5: 13 -25

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh rather, serve one another humbly in love.

For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”

If you bite and devour each other, watch out, or you will be destroyed by each other.

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.  For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

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

Solo: “I Can Only Imagine” Colin Brennan

Morning Message:  “One Another #4”  Rev. Jim Gill

“Summertime, summertime, good old summertime.” I think that’s how the jingle goes. From people picnicking across the street on the sands of Bronte Beach to backyard BBQs, one of the joys of good old summertime are the fresh fruits and veggies in summer salads. Six months from now in the heart of winter, fresh fruits and veggies will be twice the price and have half the taste, that is if you can even find them at Metro, No Frills, Farm Boy or Food Basics. As well, eating a summer salad outside in the sleet and snow is just not as pleasant as enjoying one on Sunday, July 17.

Each summer for a number of years I have done a thematic series of messages based on a common biblical idea or concept. There are 59 “one another” statements in the New Testament with exhortations in scripture to actually “do” something towards another person. Today I continue my summer theme of 2022 “one another.” 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.”

 

In our reading from Galatians today we hear Paul clearly echoing the words of Jesus in this “one another” teaching. This is what Paul says: “serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. So I say, walk by the Spirit.”

These words from Paul are clear “one another” words to all of us on this summer Sunday. We are to “walk by the Spirit” not by the “law.” We are to live with the fruits of the Spirit which Paul describes as being: “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

I seldom, if ever, repeat a sermon. Today, however, I want to repeat and significantly update a concept that a few of you still mention to me so many years after I used it. It is connecting the biblical spiritual fruit of the spirit to the edible fruit that you and I enjoy. I want to thank Tristen Coffee from Baylor University for this summertime salad concept which I will use to frame this “one another” message. I have enlarged on her idea and certainly have chosen illustrations, events and circumstances beyond what Tristen used to add to my summer series of messages, called “One Another.”

Love, if it was a fruit, it could be a strawberry. When I hear of strawberries I think of Springridge Farms on Bell School Line or Hutchinson’s Farm on Walkers Line. I think back to Sunday, July 2, 2017, and Walton’s wonderful celebration of Canada 150 when we had decorations and fresh-picked strawberries on shortcake in Bronte Hall.  Of course, on this most recent July 1 Canada Day we celebrated the 155th anniversary of the Canadian confederation.

Back to the Fruits of the Spirit and love being a strawberry. “It is not just because the colour red is typically associated with love. Strawberries always grow in little bunches; togetherness is essential for them.” For believers, togetherness is essential for being “one another to one another.” The togetherness of “one another” can take varied shapes, whether live or virtual or somewhere in between.

Joy, in fruit form, maybe is a watermelon, Tristen suggests. Picture this typical Canadian July setting. It’s a very hot summer day and you and family and/or friends are lounging by the pool or lake or splashing and swimming around. You offer a snack to everyone wanting to “one another one another.” The snack is monster fresh slices of dripping watermelon. I recall often trying to eat watermelon with a white golf shirt on rather than a swimming suit. What a mess it always made on my white shirt.

 

The red watermelon stickiness is not a problem by the backyard pool or cottage lake, because you can jump into the water and wash it away. Personally, this Canadian classic scene screams out summer joy to me. God calls us to have joyful hearts rather than gloomy hearts. I like to think maybe God wants us to overflow with joy like a watermelon overflows with juice, without letting the red stickiness of life get in the way to create gloom, defeat and drama. One way to avoid that is to be there for one another. Back when watermelons had larger dark seeds what a joy it was with others to play that game. You know to see who could spit the seeds the furthest? It was a great activity for togetherness. Community is the heart of one-anothering one another, whether with watermelon or not.

Peace is equivalent to the fruit of the cherry when you think of it. I just love fresh cherries and local cherry festivals like the one at Niagara-on-the-Lake. At the end of June, I married a lifelong Walton member at a cherry farm in Vineland. What a peaceful experience walking among the cherry trees and having a reception in their midst.  Some say that cherries help calm our nervous system. I personally know that pure cherry concentrate is an effective natural inflammatory.  The University of Oregon says cherries are rich in two important flavonoids that act as antioxidants. They supposedly also help you sleep. Sleep is just about the most peaceful activity I can think of; most of us certainly need a better quality of sleep.

Forbearance or patience would be the pomegranate for the simple reason that pomegranates take an eternity to eat. Eating one really is complicated but so worth it. Pomegranates require patience to persevere in eating them. Patience as a gift of the Spirit is a real blessing, for we live in a time needing heightened patience from lining up for a passport, to waiting for supply chain back orders to arrive. Of course, the critical wait times at hospital emergency units are a major pursuit requiring abundant patience.

Kindness, Tristen suggests, is a coconut. This multi-functional tropical fruit is so versatile. Coconuts can be used to make everything from livestock feed to cups, musical instruments to roofing material. There are countless uses for coconut oil, and of course, we can’t forget the coconut-filled treats of Mounds and Bounty bars. Kindness as a fruit of the Spirit is just as multi-functional, for it can be used in nearly every situation as a true way to “one another one another”.

Goodness, as a fruit of the Spirit, would be none other than an orange. Oranges are filled with the goodness known as vitamin C. As followers of Jesus, we are blessed when people around us see (or “ C”)  the goodness vitamin active in our lives.

Faithfulness is represented by an apple, according to Tristen. You know the old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” For so many, the apple is the go-to fruit. Whether Honey Crisp or Fuji or classics like Macintosh or Northern Spy, apples are so dependable a fruit. There were once many commercial apple orchards in this Oakville/ Burlington area with many of those trees still left alive.  We have deep roots with apples in Halton. Like an apple, the faithfulness fruit of the Spirit is so basic to one-anothering one another.

Gentleness as a fruit would be a banana, for you do not want to drop one on the floor. “Why?” you ask. They don’t come with a “fragile” sticker. There is, however, an understood “handle with care” caution attached to a bunch of bananas. We quickly learn from experience they bruise so easily. Most people do not enjoy mushy, beat-up bananas. May we all treat one another with gentleness as we do when dealing with bananas.

Self-control as a fruit of the Spirit is sometimes so very hard to come by in a store. It is like what we have lived through in a shortage of Lysol wipes, toilet paper, wood, and baby formula. You know what else is hard to come by? Starfruit. It is not always available at Costco or Walmart. It’s just not your staple kitchen fruit like an orange or apple. That doesn’t make it any less valuable than the rest of the fruit. You see, many of us struggle with self-control whether with the unhealthy foods we put in our mouths or the unhealthy words which come out of our mouths.

So today, just as a multitude of fruits can constitute our tasty summer salad to go with our July BBQ, we are invited to exhibit these nine spritual attributes, these nine Fruits of the Spirit of God in our daily lives. In doing so we one-another one another to construct a Christ-like life. Takeaway on this summer day: be a fruit salad on July 17 and even January 17.

Call to Prayer

One:  They are there in the Bible: men and women who are as weak, as foolish, as prone to sin as we are. Every page, every story reveals to us our brokenness. Yet every page, every story tells us of the One who longs to make us whole. Let us confess our sins, and clear the way for God’s reconciling love to work within us.  Please join me, as we pray,

Prayer of Confession

All:  In the mirror we call scripture, Revealing God, we see ourselves for who we are and are not. We whine about those who are not doing what we think they should, and ignore our failings. We speak words which nibble away at the life in our family and friends.  We step over the poor on our way to get more and more, ignoring their needs.

Forgive us, Reconciling Love. Sit us down at Jesus’ feet, so we may learn the balanced life you intend for us. Then, and only then, we can set aside our grudges, to offer our gifts to our neighbours; we can stop licking at our hurts, to bring healing to others; we can reach out and welcome our sisters and brothers, even as we have been welcomed into your heart through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

One:  In silence, we pray….. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Christ Jesus comes to reconcile us to God,
so we can be reconciled to one another.
Recreated in God’s image, we are made whole.
When we are in Christ, everything becomes new.
Our past is just that – our past!
Do you really believe this—
that your past is done, and you are a new person?
If so, go out and reflect it in your life.
Thanks be to God!
We will go forth and live as reconciled people. Amen.

( by Thom Shuman, and posted on Lectionary Liturgies)

Offering of Ourselves, Our Gifts, Our Tithes

“Then the way you live will always honour and please the Lord,
and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit.” Colossians 1:10
Lord, we would grow with you and bring forth fruit that is pleasing to you. Fed by your living water, giving sustenance to others, Lord, we would grow with you.
Let us share our blessings today with the giving of our offering.

(adapted contemporary Welsh prayer posted on A Place for Prayer)

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Offering Hymn: “Give Thanks”  (on screen)

Offering Prayer

Creator God, we bring to you today our offering to help nourish and sustain your love and your word in our crazy mixed-up world today. Help us to focus on others, to bring your love, hope and peace to all in need of you,, today and always. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Hymn: “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness”   1 & 4  375VU

Benediction

May God, who has begun a good work in you, continue to be at work in your life, guiding, teaching and equipping you until Jesus Christ returns.

May you live a life centered in the Holy Spirit, a life that bears rich fruit –love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – all the good things that come from following the Spirit, for living this way will bring much glory and praise to God.

In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Closing Hymn: “Olde Irish Blessing”  (on screen)

Announcements


In case you missed it…

Here is Rev. Jim’s mid-week update for Wednesday, July 13, 2022