Virtual Service – June 5, 2022

2:00 pm

June 5, 2022

Welcome to virtual church!

Today’s service will be offered in 2 formats – video and text.  You can download and print the service from this document – link

 

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Announcements

• Let’s celebrate!  Next Sunday, June 12 is Walton’s annual Celebration Sunday. A highlight of the day will be the presentation of Bibles to our Grade 3 Sunday School class during the service, but there is lots more fun planned. Following the service, we’ll enjoy cake at coffee hour, and visit with one another. There will be bubbles, sidewalk chalk, skipping ropes and hula hoops to play with and more!

• VBS registration deadline approaching –
>Welcome to Knights of North Castle – Walton’s 2022 Vacation Bible School summer day camp July 11-15. Registration is closing soon so sign up to secure your spot as a camper or volunteer.

Camp hours
Full day: 8:30am – 4:00pm
Half day: 8:30am – 12:00pm

Ages and eligibility
Campers  – SK to Grade 5
Junior Leaders – Grade 6-8
Teen Leaders – Grade 9-12

Cost*
Full day camper – $110
Half day camper – $55
Junior leader – $55
Teen leader – No charge. Earn volunteer hours for school!
*Confidential fee assistance is available. Please contact the church office for information.

To register online, log into your Church Centre account or visit waltonmemorial.com

• Children and youth are invited to view this week’s virtual Sunday School lesson online. Today we’ve got the power – the power of Pentecost!

• 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

•  Important Announcement: Dear Walton family and friends,
With summer just around the corner, we wanted to let you know of some changes to our weekly worship services and Covid protocols at the church. It’s such a blessing to get back closer to our pre-Covid “normal” operations, while still maintaining those essential precautions which allow everyone to attend services comfortably and safely.

Summer service schedule
Beginning today, Sunday, June 5, we switch to our summer worship schedule with one weekly service at 10:00 am on Sundays. Virtual services will continue to be sent out at 2:00 pm.
Registration changes
Effective today, Sunday, June 5, registration for services and Sunday School is no longer required! Ushers will seat you on arrival, maintaining social distancing between groups. If you have a special need or seating preference, please let your usher know.
Masks are still required
Masks are required everywhere inside the church building. This includes the Sanctuary, Sunday School and Youth Group rooms, entrances, hallways, washrooms, and the kitchen.
Coffee hour / social hour
Coffee hour will take place following the 10am service. It will be held outdoors whenever weather permits, and in the air-conditioned comfort of Bronte Hall during unfavourable weather. When coffee hour is held indoors, masks may be removed briefly for drinking and eating, however, they are strongly recommended at all other times. All servers will be masked indoors.
Children and youth programming
Sunday School programming for grades K-5 will be offered during the 10am service. Junior and senior youth are welcome to assist. Starting today, Sunday, June 5, children and youth will now enter the Sanctuary with their families for the first part of the service. They will proceed to Sunday School following the youth story.
Entering and exiting the building
The Allen entrance (at the back), main tower stairs and Bronte Hall doors may now be used for entering and exiting the church for Sunday services. The choir loft exit will be used in emergencies only.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the church office at office@waltonmemorial.com or 905-827-1643


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 Pentecost Sunday! What an exciting morning this is. Our Sunday School children, our Junior Youth and other Senior Youth are now worshipping with us here in the Sanctuary.  Our church family is all together at last!

Well, not quite everyone, as there are some people who aren’t able to be here in person, but they are here with us in spirit and in love through our virtual/hybrid service.  We truly are very blessed to have worship together, whatever way that is for each person.

Alison and I have had quite the time doing Youth Story videos,  both of us wanting to be excited and share God’s word, but is it tough when the only kid listening to us is Jim…

And well at times, he didn’t really know what we were talking about, cause we were laughing too hard…. Haha..

Remember the time we did the kids’ story in front of all the stuffed animals…

Yeah, I do.

Remember the time when the water in the balloon blew up all over the communion table and the rug.

Shhh, I never told Jim about that!

Ok, ok, before we get ourselves into any more trouble.

We are very blessed to have our children and youth with us in worship. Let us all join together and sing.

Hymn:  “Come, O Holy Spirit”   Verse 1, 2                                                                     23 MV

 

Call to Worship

One:  Come, Holy Spirit, the wind of God, the breath of Life.
All:     Come, Holy Spirit,
One:   Our Advocate, our Counselor.
All:     Come, Holy Spirit,,
One:   Teacher of Wisdom, Reminder of Christ.
All:     Come, Holy Spirit,
One:   Granter of forgiveness, giver of peace.
All:     Come, Holy Spirit,
One:   May we feel God breathing through our worship today whether here in the Sanctuary, or wherever you are watching the service from.  May we receive the Holy Spirit in this place and in this time together.
(adapted Joanna Harader and posted on Spacious Faith)

Opening Prayer

One: Lord, you give life to life!
From Day one, your Spirit brooding over the deep, your wind rushing, your breath filling. As creatures of the earth, we inhale your grace, rejoicing in life abundant. We use our breath, our being, to raise this hymn of praise:
All: Hallelujah to the sun’s hot passion embracing the ground’s great shoulders!
Hallelujahs for the growth from seed to plant greening the earth; its fruit—beauty and food!

Hallelujahs for generations of life tumbling one after another, life creeping, swimming, flying, running, below, above, upon, within. All the world sings, calls, signals, speaks praise to God whose glory grows in all that breathes!
One: Fill us, enliven us to be ambassadors of life divine, breathing out your song in harmony, singing to our Creator, whose Holy Spirit is unending, ageless, eternal and ever new. Amen.
(written by Carol Penner, and posted on Leading in Worship)

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 Story – “I’ve got the power”

Val and Alison are so excited to have kids and youth in the Sanctuary and to do Youth Story in front of them for the first time in more than two years. What a blessing! And to celebrate, Alison has a bag full of special gifts. Not presents for the kids, but items which represent the gifts God gives us.
The first item Alison pulls out and hands to Val is a stone, shaped like a heart. It represents God’s gift of love. He loves and comforts all his children.
The next item is a Bible. God’s Word is a gift to His children because we find His promises and instructions inside.
Next, she brings out a beautiful photo of Val’s family. It is a gift to be a part of God’s family and be able to pray together and help each other.
Finally, Alison brings out two flashlights and hands one to Val. Alison’s shines brightly but Val’s doesn’t work. Val opens it and discovers it doesn’t have any batteries in it. There’s nothing to power the light! The flashlight with batteries reminds us of another very important gift that God has given to believers – the gift of the Holy Spirit.  He comes and lives in our hearts and gives each of us power to live a life that pleases God. That’s a gift he gave us on that Pentecost day so long ago, and the reason we celebrate Pentecost today. We’ve all got the power of the Spirit inside us!

Youth Hymn:  “Spirit of Gentleness”   verses 1 and 4 375VU

 

Solo: “Something in the Water” Jillian Vander Doelen

 

Scripture Readings: James 5:13-20, John 14:8-17, 25-27 Nicole D’Angelo

James 5:13-20

Our first reading is from James 5:13-20, paraphrased from the  United Church, Song of Faith, which is a more recent expanded Creed of the United Church of Canada.

The Prayer of Faith
Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise.  Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.
The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up, and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.
Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.
Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months, it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.
My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another,  you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
(Here’s an affirmation of the Holy Spirit’s role in our lives and our world.  It comes from the United Church of Canada’s Song of Faith)

John 14:8-17, 25-27
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?  Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
“I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

Scripture Response:  “Holy Spirit, Hear Us”  verse 2 377VU

 

Morning Message:  “One Another #1” Rev. Jim Gill

How do we know that it’s the start of summer? Is it the flowers blooming in front of the church? The windows wide open in the sanctuary? The fact that we have started back to one 10:00 a.m. service until September 18th?

Those things are all true but today I will add another strong indicator that it is the start of summer. We begin our summer series of messages. 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 right, 59 times there is a reference to the concept of “one another.”  That’s just under 60 exhortations in scripture to actually “do” something towards another person. So my summer theme is “one another.” Let’s discover what just some of these 59 passages can teach us about being “one another” to “one another.”

Casey Hough, writing on this concept of “one another,” suggests nine examples of how we can be there for one another within the family of faith. Casey recommends praying for one another, understanding one another, writing to one another, calling one another, eating with one another, listening to one another, helping one another, inviting one another and planning to intentionally care for one another.

 

My frustration with Covid is that so many of these nine suggestions have been taken away from us in one way or another during the pandemic. Then I saw how re-establishing coffee hour has helped bring back just some of what Covid has taken away from us as a faith family. I noticed the same with the Ron Klusemier concert on May 19 – it gave back some of what we may have taken for granted before March, 2020.

In today’s reading from the book of James we see first century suggestions about how to care for one another. They include but are not limited to 1) praying, 2) gathering, 3) anointing, 4) confessing, 5) forgiving, and 7) praying some more.

In your own family of origin and your extended personal family there is the concept of caring for one another – from a colicky newborn baby to someone in long-term care, and every age and stage in between. We use the term primary caregiver. Our parents cared for us as toddlers and, if they live long enough, often the toddlers care for the parents. There is that circle of life. We not only care but we gather for special events, pray for other family members, sometimes sing with the family, and  – for a healthy family – forgive each other.

We know within the Walton congregation there are multiple generations and many extended biological families. Earlier I used the expression, “family of faith.” It is the idea that as a congregation we are a family. There is the concept of caring for one another.

Our reading today from the book of James starts by asking, “is anyone among you in trouble?”  What first century troubles looked like compared to our 21st century troubles may be different in many ways, yet may be very similar too. The point is that in each century there is trouble. In each century the family of faith has been called to be there for one another.

Note the phrase “one another” has an important mutuality to it. Being there for one another is a two-way street. Not always giving, but receiving too. We can’t simply look at the church with a consumer mentality of what can it do for me? If we only want to receive, we miss out on the true “one another” blessings of church life, of being part of the family of faith.

So maybe this week ahead, all of you on the east side of the church need what James described: prayer, gathering, anointing, confessing, forgiving, and praying some more. So everyone on the west side is going to be there to help. But the week after that it flips; the west side needs help and the east side is going to help. Of course this is only an exaggerated example, however I hope you see the point. There is that mutuality of being there for one another.

Today, as you have heard, is Pentecost Sunday. Jesus says in the John reading, “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.” Last Sunday we celebrated the Ascension of Jesus when he returned to heaven. Today we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit, or in older versions called the Holy Ghost, upon the early Church. Today is the birthday of the church. The Holy Spirit, Jesus tells us, will show us the way. This includes the way of being there for one another.

Yes we have formal programs at Walton which focus on taking care of one another, such as the friendship and visiting team, ushering, the reaching out group, UCW phone calls, the coffee ministry and the prayer chain, but the Holy Spirit works informally in the Spirit’s own way of helping us being there for one another.

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 and led by the Spirit. We see it every week in the ways of being one-another as the Spirit works, guides, nudges and pulls at times. It is the still small voice inside us. Do we hear it? Do we listen? Do we respond?

I love it when I see Walton folk out visiting on one of the benches in front of or behind the church. Even better when it is not just Sunday, but during the week. Or I see Walton folk having a heart-to-heart in the aisle at Food Basics, Metro, Farm Boy, Sobey’s or Fortinos. I love to see people still chatting out in the parking lot long after the Sunday service is finished. Soon on bad weather days they will be doing that in Bronte Hall as well. The Holy Spirit leads us, whether we are aware of it or not, to opportunities where we can be there for one another. That’s what it’s all about.

These examples are just scratching the surface of ways that we can care for others in the context of the church family, being “one another.” Maybe you can think of other ways to “one another” your family of faith?

Mark Howell says as well, “When we’re intentional about guiding the church toward biblical community, we create more space for the one-anothers.” It is one of the reasons that the early Christians ate together regularly. Just in the same way that eating a  family meal together is important when possible in the household in which we may live, with our extended family and our family of origin, this extends to those friends that are like family to us. Some in the church family are like that. We often see members of our church family more often than our actual extended family.

Galatians 6:2 says we are to “bear one another’s burdens.” Here in the sanctuary we are often moving around the heavy furniture. Not only for what is happening in the live service but for the virtual services. We change the plants, the backgrounds, the liturgical hangings and in some cases the props. I can certainly move the communion table by myself if I remember to not knock over the candles and their liquid paraffin. But I need another person to move this pulpit. To move the grand piano it is safer with the piano to use three people to move it around.

This is a literal bearing of one another’s burdens. But most of the time the burdens we are to bear are not wooden. Yet we can still be there for one another through what James says. You may not be able to lift up the pulpit but I am sure you can pray for someone else, gather with someone else or forgive someone else. Pentecost blessings to each of you this day. May God’s Spirit guide and direct you.

A Litany of Hope

“Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are clean cut off” (Ezekiel 37:11 RSV)
Let us pray:
God of hope we bring before you those whose lives are dried up:
Come from the four winds, O breath of God, and breathe upon these that they may live.
We pray for those dried up by disappointment, by bitterness, by guilt…
We pray for those whose spirit is drained by grief, by hunger, by despair…
Come from the four winds, O breath of God, and breathe upon these that they may live.
God of hope we bring before you those whose hope is lost….
(adapted Pat Baker, posted on the Ideas for Pentecost page of the Billabong website)

Hymn:  “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”  vs. 1, 2 651VU

 

Pentecost Affirmation

All: We sing of God the Spirit,  who from the beginning has swept over the face of creation, animating all energy and matter and moving in the human heart.
We sing of God the Spirit, faithful and untameable, who is creatively and redemptively active in the world.
The Spirit challenges us to celebrate the holy not only in what is familiar, but also in that which seems foreign.
We sing of the Spirit, who speaks our prayers of deepest longing and enfolds our concerns and confessions, transforming us and the world.
We offer worship as an outpouring of gratitude and awe and a practice of opening ourselves to God’s still, small voice of comfort,  to God’s rushing whirlwind of challenge. Through word, music, art, and sacrament, in community and in solitude, God changes our lives, our relationships, and our world.
(excerpted from Song of Faith of the United Church of Canada) 

Offering of Ourselves, Our Gifts, Our Tithes

Pentecost Reflection: High Wind and Fire
On that first Pentecost the wind and the fire were only hints of what was about to happen:
Frightened folk gulped a couple of times and spoke about Jesus. They said, “This Jesus whom you crucified God has named Lord and Messiah by raising him from the dead.”
They said, “The old barriers between Jew and Gentile, between men and women, between slave and free, don’t matter now.” They said, “Let’s hit the road.”
The Spirit, who had patted chaos into shape and whispered in the ears of prophets and poets, began to pat sinners into shape and to speak clearly about forgiveness and love and community and freedom and joy. Not everyone got it, of course, but enough got it so that the world was never the same.
We ask the Spirit to guide our offerings and their use. The offering will now be received.
(adapted Copyright © 2009 William Maxwell) 

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Offering Hymn:  “Creative Spirit”     verse 1                                                             199VU

 

Offering Prayer

One:  Come, Spirit
Our God—we, your people, stand ready and open to receive the flame of your Spirit. Give us the ability to speak your truth so that others may hear.
All:   Come, Spirit of Truth, fill our hearts.                   
One:  May that which was of stone be now transformed into life.
All:  Come, Spirit of Life, change our hearts.
One: May we who receive your light dwell together in Your love.
All:  Come, Spirit of Love, soften our hearts.
One: Bestow your compassion on those who suffer in mind, spirit, and body.
All:  Come, Spirit of Hope, heal our hearts.
One: Make us bold to bring light to the dark places, warmth to the cold places, and love to the empty laces.
All: Come, Spirit of Faith, strengthen our hearts.
One: Spirit of the Living God, fill our hearts, minds, and souls to overflowing.
All:  Come, Spirit of God, move in our hearts. 
One: Our God—we, your people, celebrate the mystery of your never-ending love and ask that you take these gifts and share our blessings with others and live each day, where we love our neighbours as ourselves.
All; Amen.
(adapted by Roberta Hiday)

Anthem: “Our Journey of Faith”

 

Benediction

One:     In our moments of chaos…
Two:     God is with us.
One:     In our moments of calm…
Two:     God is with us.
One:     In our moments of life.
Two:     God is with us.  Alleluia!
One:     We go as a Pentecost people, touched by fire, stirred by wind, to mend the world.
Two:     Alleluia!
(written by Richard Bott and Shannon Tennant as part of their longer Pentecost Intergenerational Worship Service.)

Closing Hymn: “A Closing Prayer”   on screen


In case you missed it…

Here is Rev. Jim’s mid-week update for Wednesday, June 1st