Virtual Service – June 6, 2021

8:30 am

June 6, 2021

Virtual Service • Grade 3 Bible Presentation

Welcome to virtual church!

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Sunday Service Video (30+ minutes followed by the hymns)

Today’s service will be offered in 2 formats – video and text. If you wish, you can download and print the service from this document – link – or you can read the complete service below.

The hymn-sing is at the end.


Announcements

• Pet Blessing Service on Sunday, June 27th. If you would like to have your pet blessed, we invite you to contact the church office to book a time to come and have your pet blessing videoed the week prior to the service. Rev. Gill will bless your pet, and take a picture/video of you all, to be included in the virtual service on Sunday, June 27th. No words need to be spoken by you (or your pet), Rev. Gill is happy to do all the talking. Let’s share our family pets with one another. We have all shared our pet stories with one another, right?
•  Bell ringers We are looking for volunteers who would like to be part of a group of people who take turns ringing the bell on Sunday mornings at 11:00am at Walton Church. If you are interested in helping out and learning how to do it, please contact Val through the church office.
• COATS, COATS, COATS!
In conjunction with the Bronte Village Stakeholders, we are planning to hold our annual coat drive this October – having missed last year due to the pandemic. We will be in need of gently-used, clean coats for our 10th annual coat redistribution event in mid-October 2021. All coats – adult, youth, and children – are so very much needed. We also welcome other outerwear in good condition, i.e. gently-used winter boots, and new hats, scarves and gloves. We feel there will be an even greater need this year. Items can be dropped off at the church Tuesdays through Fridays between 9-12. If you prefer, you may hold onto them until September, when you can deliver them to various drop-off locations OR call Ruth Perkins 905-220-8861 to make arrangements for pick up from you. You can make the difference between shivering in the cold, or cozy warmth for someone without a coat and with no means of purchasing one. At the same time, you will make room in your closet – maybe for a new coat!. Post-COVID we’re all feeling like a change. Thank you in advance for thinking of others, from your Outreach Committee
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Children and youth are invited to view this week’s virtual Sunday School lesson online. It’s time to celebrate summer, and guess what? There’s a verse for that!
•  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


Welcome

Good morning Alison. Good morning Val. One of Alison’s positions at Walton Church is our Sunday School coordinator and we are so excited to invite and welcome you to our Grade 3 Bible Sunday today!

What does that mean, you ask? Traditionally we present each Grade 3 student a bible as they are able to read on their own and learn the bible stories on their own. This is an exciting day for all our church as each child come forward to receive their bible and the excitement in knowing they will discover so much as they open those pages to stories about God, Jesus, our bible heroes, our bad guys and gals, stories about wars, danger, miracles, and the good news. This one book holds so much wisdom and love. I can’t wait for you to read it, so we can talk about it together.

Hey grown ups, If you haven’t read the bible before this is a challenge to you too. A little secret I learned a while ago is to pick a bible you understand, not necessarily the King James version you received at your confirmation. You know the one with the onion skin pages, and the tiny red and black print that’s so hard to read? Pick a version you understand; then you want to read it. If you want to borrow one from our Walton library, please call the office and we will arrange for you to come get it. Beeeee happy and read this summer!

Call to Worship

Be happy
when our treasures cannot be measured.
Be happy
when our knowledge is tempered by mystery.
Be happy
when our pain is held in the balm of love.
Be happy
when our delight comes from beyond ourselves, a gift from God.
Be happy
when God blesses each of us with His love, peace and hope.
Let us worship our God.
(adapted by Katherine Hawker (2006), and posted on Liturgy Outside.)

Opening Prayer

Wonderful is the God of Christ, who gathers the poor of the earth.
Glorious is our God, who wipes away the tears of sorrow.
Wonderful is the God of Christ, who gives inheritance to the meek.
Glorious is our God, who satisfies the hunger of the just.
Wonderful is the God of Christ, who gives mercy to the merciful.
Glorious is our God, who gives vision to the pure in heart.
Wonderful is the God of Christ, who adopts the peacemakers.
Glorious is our God, who lifts high the mistreated.
Wonderful is the God of Christ, who finds the lost.
Glorious is our God, who awakens the dead.
(adapted by Bruce Prewer, and posted on Bruce Prewer’s Home Page.)

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.

Anthem: “Jesus Loves Me”

 

Youth Story: “The Bee-attitudes”

The youth story during our Summer Celebration is always so special, because we get to present our Action Bibles to the grade 3 Sunday School kids. Congratulations Adam, Aiden, Charleigh, Emmy, Gavan, Grant, Jasper, Ryan, and Sarah! Enjoy your summer reading all of the exciting stories about God, Jesus, the disciples, the good guys and gals, and the villains in the Bible. And for kids in other grades, summer is the perfect time for you to break out your own Bibles too!

The Bible reading in our service today is the Beatitudes, or the “Bee-attitudes” – the instructions Jesus gave us for how to “bee” the people he wants us to be. Val found another “Bee” list on line. This one is the list of all the things we hope you will bee this summer:
Bee busy… doing what you love to do.
Bee true…. To the dreams God’s given you.
Bee sure…. To taste the sweetness of each day.
Bee silly…giggle lots, take off and play!
Bee bold… enough to trust your wings and fly.
Bee-lieve….the power of prayer will get you by.
Bee happy…keep your outlook bright and sunny.
Bee yourself…bee-cause you really are a honey!
(induly.com)

We pray all these things for you in Jesus’ name and pray you have a safe and blessed summer. Amen.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 5: 1-12 & Galatians 5: 22-23

(NRSV version first, The Message version second)

The Beatitudes
When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. –
“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom

“Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.

Galatians 5:22-23 – The Fruit of the Spirit
By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.

Morning Message: The “Bee-attitudes” – Rev. Jim Gill

What is the significance of May 20th? Yes, it was originally the day Ontario’s lockdown was supposed to end. May 20th was also National Quiche Day, National Red Sneakers Day, National Pick Strawberries Day and National Rescue Dog Day, which our Outreach Committee supports. May 20 was also about National Be a Millionaire Day. But what I want to stress is that May 20 every year is the United Nations World Wide Bee Day.

Why is this so very important to every one of us? We are told that, “as bees move from flower to flower in search of nectar, they leave behind grains of pollen on the sticky surface, allowing plants to grow and produce food. In fact, pollinators like bees play a key role in one out of every three bites of food we eat. Without them, many plants we rely on for food would die off.” One of every three bites of food we need to thank the bees for. Hence the movement around the world to protect bees.

Today our theme is the Beatitudes or, as we call them in Sunday School, the “Bee-attitudes.” The famous teachings of Jesus from his Sermon on the Mount. I would suggest to you that the 10 Commandments, Jesus’ great commandment to “love one another” and the Bee- attitudes serve as a critical trio of teaching on how we are called to live out our lives as followers of Jesus. Just as bees are fundamental to human life as we know it here on earth, the bee- attitudes are fundamental to how we live out our lives in our journey of faith. They are about our way of BEE-ing a follower of Christ.

We are blessed in our BEE-ing by the attitudes that we live out in our faithful conviction. Take for example, the words: “Blessed are those who are poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God.” “Poor in spirit” is an unusual phrase to our 2021 digital ears. The explanation is that it means people who recognize their own “spiritual poverty,” that is, their inner need for God. They realize that there is a hole in their soul which only God can fill. “Blessed are those who are poor in spirit” is taken to mean people who seek to be changed by Jesus and those who seek forgiveness, renewal and repentance.

The Good News is this: God will not turn you away if you come to him seeking his divine presence in your daily life. It is what Jesus taught in the powerful parable in Luke 18 of the Pharisee and the tax collector who both went up to pray at the temple one day. The Pharisee self-righteously prayed “God, I thank you that I’m not like other people—greedy, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.” Meanwhile the “poor of spirit” tax collector hung his head saying heartfelt sincere words of repentance, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner!”

Jesus tells us it was the tax collector, not the Pharisee, who went home being in the right relationship with God. It was the tax collector who was blessed by knowing the kingdom of God in their lives. The tax collector had the right BEE-Attitude.

The Sermon on the Mount is recorded over three chapters of the book of Matthew, which is the first book of the New Testament or Christian Scriptures. The Beatitudes make up just 12 verses in the 5th chapter of Matthew.

In one part of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is talking about worry. None of us would know anything about worry, would we? Jesus says: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

As I was working on this sermon I took a short break to check my social media accounts. Some of our Walton Church family members regularly post such lovely bird photos and I looked at them during this break. Hence I was thinking about these words of Jesus about the birds of the air from the Sermon of the Mount when I came back to writing this sermon.

But soon I was called out to the front lawn of the church. For some reason, I didn’t take the most direct route from my office through Bronte Hall. Instead I went outside and walked around the west end of Bronte Hall. I also for some reason stopped and looked down into the deepest of the window wells there on the west side of the building.

What did I see down there but a very young bird? It was sheltering in the cool, dark corner of this deep window well. There was no food or drink down there for the young bird. I watched the bird for a while and realized it couldn’t either fly out or climb out of this deep window well by itself. Every time it tried it just fell back in. So I went and got out the large yellow ladder stored in the Bronte Hall sound cupboard and placed it in the window well. Val then climbed down the ladder into the window well with my leather gloves on her hands. She softly spoke to the young bird until she could take it into her hands and lift it up into the shallow window well to the south of the one it fell into. We then left the bird alone there in the shallow window well, and very soon it flew away to find food and drink.

Did God have a message in the window well for me about worry? Was I being blessed? For sure! Talk about God getting his point across. But he didn’t stop there. Just as I was typing this all up, Val brought into my office a Youth Story video which she and Alison had recorded. What’s the first thing I hear on the video? Not either of their voices talking, but lots and lots of birds chirping away.

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

This bird in the window well story reminds me of another great BEE-attitude: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Like the birds of the air, we all need food and water, but we hunger for far more than that. We are thirsty for far more than that.

Today is our annual Celebration Sunday, when we present the Grade 3’s with their own Action Bibles. We are delighted to have done this virtually this year, as you saw earlier in this service. In the Action Bible, or any version of the Bible, we can find food for the soul. Our hunger and thirst to learn about righteousness in these pages – whether paper or electronic – are satisfied there.

What is righteousness? It is seeking God as the source of all moral value, justice and standards. It is walking in the way of God.

The Fruits of the Spirit is the other reading today. Those Fruits of the spirit are ways we exhibit living out God’s way or righteousness. The Fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. They are the ways we actually live out the Sermon on the Mount’s BEE-Attitudes in our daily interactions. Like real fruit feeds our bodies, the Fruits of the Spirit feed our souls. Blessed are we.

Pastoral Prayer

Loving God, we think of all the children who attended Residential Schools, and especially the children who never came home. We think of them and their families today, as we offer our prayers to you:

Give me, O God, this day humility, so I can see you in the most vulnerable;
a cup to catch the tears of all who weep;
an arm for the long-suffering to cling to as they walk through life;
a broken heart which can still forgive and help heal those who have been harmed;
innocence which looks at each person and sees your beloved;
friendship which embraces those we are taught to fear;
hospitality which welcomes those who have been excluded as they shadow you.

Help those who need to hear words of hope, of comfort, of grace. Whisper in their ears with the healing power of your love and hope.
Amen.
(adapted by Thom M. Shuman, copyright © 2014)

Offering of Ourselves, Our Gifts, Our Tithes

If you have ever collected the offering during Sunday School, you will know how eager the children are to give their offering. As we celebrate the many blessings in our lives, let us share that blessing with our church family with the eagerness and joy of youth. The offering will now be received.
(Jim McKean, The Gathering, Pentecost 2019)

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Offering Prayer

Let us pray;
What we offer today virtually is not a physical donation​. Help us as we respond to your gifts with the gifts of an online payment, or by dropping by the office and ​dropping your envelope or offering into the offering plate by the mail slot. We dedicate our offering, whatever way it is given, to your work​ ​in our lives, and ​​in your service. Amen.

Anthem: “I Sing Because I’m Happy”

Benediction

Blessed in the midst of God’s love.
Blessed in the midst of our world.
Blessed in what we feel, see and do.
Blessed.
Even in the times we find it hard to see the blessing.
Even then, we can know ourselves as the children of God.
Especially then we can know, see, feel God’s presence in our lives
Blessed God’s love in our lives
Given by the One who came to save
Blessed are you, in the name of Christ. Amen.
(adapted by Pastor Dan, and posted on Pastor Dan’s Grace Notes)


Walton’s Musical Message

This morning on Facebook and on YouTube, we’re sharing a video where Linda shares with us several of our favourite hymns! Sing along!

♬ He’s Got the Whole World
♬ Jesus Loves Me
♬ Blessed are the Poor in Spirit (The “BEE-attitudes”)
♬ Jesu, Jesu Fill Us with Your Love
♬ Go My Children with my Blessing


In case you missed it…

Here is Rev. Jim’s mid-week update for Wednesday, June 2nd