Virtual Service – June 19, 2022

2:00 pm

June 19, 2022

Welcome to virtual church!

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

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Announcements

• Today is Father’s Day and we’re celebrating with an “Ice Cream Sunday.” Please join us at coffee time and enjoy a scoop of delicious ice cream or vegan gelato following the service.
Looking for last-minute gift ideas for Father’s Day or a special teacher? We’ve got gift cards for sale at face value to Season’s Restaurant and to Ardent Automotive for car detailing, a number of Stratford Festival tickets to a variety of plays for just $26.60 a pair, and of course our popular Mike’s Seville orange marmalade for $5 a jar. Contact the church office to purchase.
• VBS registration deadline is today, June 19th. To register your kids as  campers or volunteers, log into your Church Centre accountor visit waltonmemorial.com
• Children and youth are invited to view this week’svirtual Sunday School lesson online. On this Father’s Day we’re celebrating our Father, who art in heaven.
• Walton’s prayer chain is open. Confidential prayer 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

Val:    Good morning and Happy Christian Family Sunday. Happy Father’s Day Jim! Happy Poppa’s Day!  Happy Pastor Day!
Jim:   Thank you Val. Wait. Why is it Happy Pastor’s Day, Val?
Val:    Well don’t some people call you Father Gill?
Jim:   That’s true. Technically I am Reverend Gill, but I do answer to Father Gill.
Val:    But I thought you were the Bishop of Bronte?
Jim:  Ha ha! That is my honourary title.  But what is important to me today is I am a father and grandfather.
Val:   That is such an amazing gift and blessing isn’t it!
Jim:  Yes it is. I think of my own father who I miss, and all the people who have been father figures all my life and those who have played a role in my life for only a short time. Some of those have sat in these pews over the years and some are sitting here today, or are watching on the virtual service.
Val:   We welcome everyone this morning to join us in worship on this very special day. Let us join together to sing.

Hymn: “Will You Come and Follow Me”   vs.  1 & 5567VU

Call to Worship

One:   Come, fathers and those who father!
Come, all who have fathers-
All:     through birth, adoption, or fostering, or simply by being taken under the wing of someone with a kindly, fathering soul.
One:   Come, those for whom today is difficult and confusing, those for whom today brings anger or grief.
All:     Today we worship in music and prayer the God who loves us with a paternal love beyond anything we could ask for or imagine, beyond what we hope.
One:   Come, let us worship God.
(adapted Chelsaea Masterman, The Gathering L/E 2020)

Opening Prayer

All: Today, gracious God, we think especially of what family and home mean to us, and how important it is to each of us to have a place where we are welcomed and accepted. We are grateful to you for the invitation you have extended to each of us to make our home with you,  that no one will be refused entry into your family, that each of us is acceptable just as we are. May we be sensitive and welcoming hosts for each other and for all who enter this church home, or join us virtually. May we extend a gracious and accepting welcome to all who enter our homes. To you, gracious God, who has welcomed us unconditionally, we give our thanks today. Amen.

(adapted Fern Gibbard, The Gathering L/E 2021)

The Lord’s  Prayer

All: 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:  “Would You Bless Our Homes and Families”  vs. 1 556VU

Youth Story: “Light of God shines through us all.”

Kids of all ages often hear that we are made in the image of God. But they’re not sure what that means. The fact is, one of the perks of having fathers is knowing a little bit more about what God is like!

Today in our Youth Story,  we will help our kids understand how they can trust God by trusting the fathers, father figures, and others who follow God and worship God—because they have a lot in common.

(Val draws a picture of a Dad’s face on a lightbulb…)

How many of you love your dads? How many of you love your moms? What are some of the cool things that parents do for us? Did you know the Bible says that your parents are made in the image of God?

God did not give us parents because they are perfect, whew!  You know we all make mistakes, like all of humankind. Even dads. However, God made parents to share certain qualities with them. And it is through knowing what parents are like that we can know more about what God is like. On this Father’s Day, let’s look at some of the ways that God is like your parents.

In Genesis 1:26,  Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

What does it mean to be made in God’s image?? Here are some things that your fathers, father figures, (and moms too!) share in common with God.

First, God is love.(Val draws a heart.)  God loves his children. When your parent looks at you in a loving way, or is thrilled with little things you do, or come in to kiss you while you’re asleep,  they feel the same way God feels about you. God adores you, and parents, caregivers help us know that.

Second, God is leadership. (Val draws  the word “leader” on the light bulb.) God is the ultimate leader and God gave parents lots of those skills. When Dad tells you to mind your mother, or respect your brother or sister, do your chores, or love your neighbour, these are things that God wants him to tell you, because God feels the same way!

Third, God is patient. (Val draws the word “patient” on the lightbulb) Have you ever seen your dad or your mom get really upset? Have you ever seen them so upset because you were misbehaving, and then they remembered to calm down? God is like that. God is very patient. God does not like to  be upset with  his children. But, if kids are being dangerous, to themselves or others, God can get troubled. If God sees someone picked on in school, God can get very upset at the bullies.

Do not be that person!  Don’t be a bully!

There can be consequences to our actions. God will defend those who are mistreated and be disappointed with the meanies. Listen to your Dad and try not ever to be a meanie.

Fourth…God likes to have fun! (Val draws the word “fun” on the light bulb.). Does your dad like to play basketball with you? Or baseball? Or throw the Frisbee? Does he like to take the dog to the beach and splash in the water with him? What does your dad do for fun?

God loves a good time. Parents work hard, but they enjoy downtime too.  Some Jewish traditions say that when God made the animals God smiled and laughed aloud, because it was so much fun! Just like God, your dad  and mom enjoy laughter and joy and being with their children.

Finally… God is spirit.  (Val draws the word “spirit” on the light bulb.) Have you ever talked to your parents about heaven or God’s presence in our lives, or anything spiritual? You will see that parents who have embraced Jesus instinctively understand that we are not alone in the universe. They call on God. They pray to God and worship God. They have a relationship with God, through the Holy Spirit.That’s what makes most of our dads and father figures the light of our lives.

(Val screws the light bulb into the light and lights up the room.)

The difference between a good dad and mom and a great Christian dad and mom is that the second can light up with the love of Jesus! On this Christian Family Sunday,  Father’s Day, let’s thank God for giving us dads and moms and so many different kinds of father figures. Thank him for letting us get to know about our Heavenly Father better by enjoying our earthly fathers and mothers.

Let us pray: Loving God, we thank you today for loving each one of us, and putting wonderful parenting figures in our lives. Help us to live and learn from them, to love and care for one another with your patience, peace and love.  We pray this all in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Hymn: “Go My Children With My Blessing”  vs. 1946LUYH

 

Scripture Reading:  John 15:1-17, Galatians 3:12-15    Warren

John 15:1-17

The Vine and the Branches
“I am the true vine. My Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch joined to me that does not bear fruit. He trims every branch that does bear fruit. Then it will bear even more fruit.
You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.
Remain joined to me, just as I also remain joined to you. No branch can bear fruit by itself. It must remain joined to the vine.
In the same way, you can’t bear fruit unless you remain joined to me.
“I am the vine. You are the branches. If you remain joined to me, and I to you, you will bear a lot of fruit. You can’t do anything without me.
If you don’t remain joined to me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and dries up.
Branches like those are picked up. They are thrown into the fire and burned.
If you remain joined to me and my words remain in you, ask for anything you wish. And it will be done for you. When you bear a lot of fruit, it brings glory to my Father. It shows that you are my disciples.
“Just as the Father has loved me, I have loved you. Now remain in my love.  If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love. In the same way, I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.  I have told you this so that you will have the same joy that I have. I also want your joy to be complete.  Here is my command. Love one another, just as I have loved you.  No one has greater love than the one who gives their life for their friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.  I do not call you slaves anymore. Slaves do not know their master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends. I have told you everything I learned from my Father.  You did not choose me. Instead, I chose you. I appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit that will last. I also appointed you so that the Father will give you what you ask for. He will give you whatever you ask for in my name.  Here is my command. Love one another.

Galatians 3:12-15

The law is not based on faith. In fact, it is just the opposite.
It teaches that “the person who does these things will live by them.” (Leviticus 18:5)  Christ set us free from the curse of the law. He did it by becoming a curse for us. It is written, “Everyone who is hung on a pole is under God’s curse.” (Deuteronomy 21:23)  Christ Jesus set us free so that the blessing given to Abraham would come to the Gentiles through Christ. He did it so that we might receive the promise of the Holy Spirit. The promised Spirit comes by believing in Christ.

The Law and the Promise
Brothers and sisters, let me give you an example from everyday life. No one can get rid of an official agreement between people. No one can add to it. It can’t be changed after it has been made. It is the same with God’s covenant agreement.

Scripture Response: “Jesus Remember Me”148VU

Solo:  Jeff MacLean

Morning Message:  “One Another # 2”Rev. Jim Gill

Often when I am writing a message, something happens to reinforce the sermon. As I was typing these words from Jesus for today: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener,” Alison says to me, “Jim there is a call for you on line one. ” I take the pending call and it’s an invitation to dinner at a vineyard.

So here I am working on this Jesus passage about the relationship between Jesus and ourselves – “I am the vine; you are the branches” – and I get invited to a vineyard. God has both a sense of humour and perfect timing. I would assume there will be lots of people at vineyard restaurants this weekend celebrating Father’s Day on this Christian Family Sunday in June. Wherever you may be gathering this weekend I wish you a happy Father’s Day.

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 this year is that idea of “one another,” and what just some of these 59 passages can teach us about being “one another” to one another.

 

Back to the vineyard. Well back to Jesus’ actual passage on the vineyard, which also ends with “one another” words. Jesus says, “This is my command: Love one another.”

As I said back on June 5, Mark Howell quotes Andy Stanley at a conference he attended.  Stanley said, “The primary activity of the church was one-anothering one another.” I love that phrase “one-anothering one another.” We are called to this one-anothering by Jesus, led by the Spirit. We see it every week as the Holy Spirit works, guides, nudges and pulls at times. It is the still small voice inside us. Do we hear it? Do we listen to it? Do we respond?

Another writer did a creative matchup between 1 Corinthians 13 and practical suggestions on how you and I can go about “one-anothering one another.” I have played off her concepts to offer some more locally applied suggestions for this June Christian Family Sunday.

 1. Love others by encouraging them.

“Love is patient, love is kind… The street that divides the City of Mississauga and the Town of Oakville is named after Winston Churchill who said, “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” The power of encouragement is what kids would call a “super power.” As Dads, as parenting figures, encouragement is one of the critical gifts we can pass on to the next generation. The encouragement to “keep on keeping on” through the good and not so good times.

 2. Pray for one another 

“…it does not envy…” Pray for someone else rather than being that “green eyed monster” that envy can create within us. It is one of the Ten Commandments is it not? Not coveting what someone else has or does not have is a much better way of one anothering one another. Envy is being jealous of the greener grass in the next field, rather than caring for the field in which God planted you in.

 3. Act humbly towards others 

“…it does not boast, it is not proud…” Doesn’t a humble brag drive you crazy? Have you heard these parental humble brags? “ Ouch. My neighbor told me I look ‘new parent tired,’ but the baby — as always — slept straight through the night without making a peep!” or, “I just took Elise to Chuck E. Cheese only to have her ask why we couldn’t go to the library instead. I guess that’s what happens when your three-year-old already knows how to read!” or, “I am officially broke. Who knew having a nationally-ranked junior golfer would be so expensive?”  Showing true humility is another way of “one-anothering one another.”

4. Be hospitable to everyone 

“…it does not dishonor others…”  How we as fathers and father figures drive with the kids in the car teaches so much to the next generation. Do we honour others by caring enough to use our turn signals, stop when the red sign says stop and leave a safe space between ourselves and the next car in front of us? As Corinthians says, loving one another is showing honour to others by positive parental example.

5. Serve others with love

“…it is not self-seeking…”  A serving heart is so critical to this biblical concert of “one another.” One-anothering is a two-way street, not a one-way street. Sometimes you serve someone else; sometimes they serve you. Funny how passing the offering plate again in weekly services has, in one small but important way, been a renewed physical expression of that mutual serving. Someday soon we pray we will be passing the communion tray to one another.

 6. Live at peace with one another 

“…it is not easily angered…” We live in angry times. There is much division. Later this week the Walton youth and others will use water-based paint to paint a rainbow on our front retaining wall facing Lakeshore Road, in honour of Pride Month. Last year when we received anonymous calls on the office voicemail with such vitriol about our beautiful temporary wall art. 1 Corinthians 13 reminds us that loving one another is about not easily being angered, about living at peace with one another, including those different from ourselves.

  7. Show love with forgiveness

“…it keeps no record of wrongs…” “One-anothering one another” is about not keeping a laundry list of wrongs. We do not roll out a litany of past sins and failures; rather we both seek forgiveness and offer forgiveness on the two-way street of loving one another.

 8. Don’t badmouth others

“…Love does not rejoice in evil…” Gossiping, back stabbing, and slandering have become a national pastime. In many ways they take the place of real media news and real human conversation. We are called to rejoice in the good rather than rejoice in the evil. Look to the positive. Good parenting is about upholding the positive in each child’s life.

9. Speak truth to others in love

“…but rejoices with the truth…”  I just love that verse of scripture in Galatians 4 where Paul writes, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” In loving one another, let’s all think about such things.

 10. Bear other’s burden

“…It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres…”  Two weeks ago I spoke about the concept of bearing one another’s burdens. That idea lies at the heart of my series of messages this summer. Some of the time you bear my burdens and some of the time I bear your burdens, and so on. There is that critical mutuality of burden-bearing as believers, as members of the family of faith.

In conclusion, we end with those words of I Corinthians 13

“…Love never fails.”  For love keeps going, and going, and going. Father’s Day blessings to you all.

Pastoral Prayer

Holy and gracious God, we give you thanks for family, friends, life, love, (name your blessings), for all the blessings you have bestowed upon us.
In Your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of our mothers and fathers, your desire for us leads the way. May we have the ears to hear the cries of this world – responding with Your hope.
In Your mercy, hear our prayer. Compassionate One, fill us with your love that we may see deeply into all the needs around us,
(name the hurts, needs, and hope you are carrying.)
Help us to care with Your heart.
In Your mercy, hear our prayer. May Your love, Your grace, Your compassion, Your mercy, carry us away, this day and lead us with love to be Your hands and heart in the world.
Amen.

( by Terri on RevGalBlogPals)

Offering of Ourselves, Our Gifts, Our Tithes

As we are blessed by the God of wonder and love, let us share the gifts we have received in blessing to others.  Let us commit ourselves to acts of love, as we continue to worship God through the presentation of our offering.

(adapted Lori Van Santvoort-Jansekovich, The Gathering L/E 2022)

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Offering Hymn:  “Give Thanks” (on screen)

Offering Prayer

All:  God of Great gifts, we give you these gifts today knowing that you are the Father of gifts.
You mother us constantly providing for us, caring for us.
As we have been abundantly provided for, so we give abundantly to the work that you give us to do, the work of the church, the care for those who are poor. Accept these gifts in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

(written by Carol Penner, and posted on Leading in Worship)

Hymn:  “Blest Be the Tie that Binds” Vs. 1,3,4602 VU

Benediction

Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Send us out to live lives that glorify you
Help us to be people of peace
Empower us to recognize your call
In our families
In our communities
In our workplaces and schools
In our churches and in our world. Amen.
(by Tim Watson in “Sunday Morning Prayer” posed on Lighting Beacons)

Closing Hymn: “Sent Forth By God’s Blessing”   verse 2481VU

Announcements


In case you missed it…

Here is Rev. Jim’s mid-week update for Wednesday, June 15th