Virtual Service – May 1, 2022

2:00 pm

May 1, 2022

Virtual Service

Welcome to virtual church!

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

• View the video below
• download and print the service from this document – link

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• Spruce up day  May 14th, 2022 – 8:30am to afternoon — We have a variety of jobs needing to be done around the church, including cleaning, painting, repair, gardening and general maintenance. There’s room for any skill level on the day. If you can do 1-2 hours or the whole time, please contact the church office or email See you there!

• VBS update! – Welcome to Knights of North Castle – Walton’s 2022 Vacation Bible School summer day camp. We invite children and youth to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of God’s power by exploring how we put on the Armour of God.  Important update: We will be running one week of camp this year, from Monday, July 11 to Friday, July 15. Space is limited so register early to secure your spot.

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

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

Gift Card Sale – Now’s your chance to  “shop ‘til you drop” and support Walton’s Ministry and Mission at the same time, with our Gift Card Sale.
Here’s how it works:
Many generous businesses and individuals have donated gift cards to the church for local businesses, services, restaurants, and experiences. We have also received a number of discounted tickets for the Stratford Festival to sell as a fundraiser. The church office is selling these cards and tickets at face value, with all proceeds going to support our General Fund, on a first-come, first- served basis.
At each entrance/exit of Walton, there is a paper list of gift cards. Please pick up a copy and take it home if you wish. Read it at your leisure, and select the card(s) or tickets of your choice from the list and contact the church office, Tuesday through Friday to arrange  payment and pickup/delivery time, or  905-827-1643. It’s that easy!  Thank you to our generous donors and purchasers for your support.

Children and youth are invited to view this week’s virtual Sunday School lesson online. This week we’re learning how to feed sheep. Yes, really!

Walton’s prayer chain is open. Confidential prayers requests can be sent to

If you need Rev. Jim for a pastoral emergency, please email him directly at

Land Acknowledgment

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.


J:  It is Walton’s 172nd anniversary!
V:  The historic book that Jim has in his hands from the Tippings – a book called “The Pillar of Fire.”
J:  The book belonged to the same person who owned the antique wooden roll top desk in my office, Lila Speers.
V:Jim, do you mean Speers,  like Speers Road?
J:Yes, same family.
V:What is the date in the book?
J:It is 1894 from the Missionary from the Society of the Methodist Church given to Lila here at Bronte Church. Walton was Bronte Methodist Church back in 1894, before it was named Walton Memorial Methodist Church in 1913. Then with the Church Union  in 1925, it  became Walton Memorial United Church.
V:Jim, so this book is older than you?
J:Yes Val, older than everyone here.
V:That is a wonderful anniversary story of how the church came to be the Walton Church we now know. It’s where we come from. A place where all are welcome. Let us join together in singing
“All are Welcome”  vs. 1 &  5.

Hymn:  “All are Welcome”  vs. 1 & 5269 Lift Up Your Hearts

Call to Worship

One:  Just as Jesus says:  “Follow me”
All:    Follow me
One:  For just this hour,
All:    Follow me
One:  Listen to my word
All:    Follow me
One:  Think about your life as my disciple every day
All:    Follow me
One:  Pray
All:   Follow me
One:  Sing
All:    Follow me
Come, let us worship God!

(written by Carolyn Brown, and posted on her excellent Worshipping with Children website for intergenerational worship)

Opening Prayer

Lord of this Walton Church, what a privilege it is to be welcomed into your family, to be called together to love and serve you and the world that you so love. Thank you for the many ways you have blessed this community as one part of your worldwide body. Strengthened for service by gratitude, we dedicate ourselves to you.  Help us to walk in step with your Spirit, our comforter and guide. Amen.

(Lift of Your Heart@2013, Faith Alive Christian Resources)

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.

Children’s Songs of Praise – Jim

Youth Story – Feed my sheep

Val walks into the church kitchen to find Alison searching through the fridge, with a number of stuffed sheep toys on the counter next to her.
V: What are you doing Alison?
A: Jesus said we’re supposed to feed his sheep, so I’m trying to find something to give them. Do you think sheep would rather eat cheese or granola bars?
V: Cheese? For sheep?
A: You’re right. Sheep don’t eat cheese. Granola bars it is!
V: Ummmmm…You know these are toys, not real sheep, right?
A: Well, these are the only sheep we have, unless there’s a hidden barnyard somewhere at the church. Jesus says we have to feed his sheep. Reverend Jim is talking about it in his message this morning. I’m just trying to do what he says.
V: But, that’s a metaphor. When Jesus was talking about sheep, he was talking about people. You and me.
A: Are you calling me a sheep?
V: Well, yes. We are all sheep, and Jesus is our shepherd. We are his flock, and he takes care of us, the way a shepherd takes care of sheep. And when he told his disciples to “Feed my sheep” he didn’t mean they had to cook for everybody. He meant to feed us with God’s word to nourish our souls.
A: So the disciples’ job wasn’t to feed animals, but to teach people about Jesus?
V: Yes, and that’s our job too!
A: So to do what Jesus asked, all I need to do is share God’s word and love with other people? I can do that! That’s way easier than figuring out what sheep like to eat. Thanks for clearing that up, Val. Let’s say a prayer:

Loving God, thank you for being our shepherd. For watching over us, taking care of us, nourishing our hearts and feeding our souls. Help us to feed your sheep and share your love with others. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Youth Hymn: “Working Together” vs. 1 & 3   on screen

(Linda Fletcher wrote for Walton Church over 20 years ago)

Soloist:  “How Great Thou Art” Alyssa Di Marco

Scripture Reading:  John 21: 1-19

Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples

After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he showed himself in this way.  Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples.  Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.  Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.”  He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish.  That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea.  But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards[b] off.

When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.”  So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn.  Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Jesus and Peter

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”  A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.”  He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”

Scripture Response: “The Servant Song” vs.1595 Voice United

Serving a wider world: Audio/Video for the Hybrid Services


Morning Message:  “What Would Serving Look Like?”Rev. Jim Gill

Soon the Bronte harbour across Lakeshore Road West will have not only sailors, but fishers heading out on their vessels trying to catch fish. Bronte has a rich history as a fishing community. Check out the Fishers’ Memorial down on the east side of the harbour sometime. It tells the story of this little fishing village that grew.

Today’s reading is from John. It is another great fishing tale involving Jesus. We have the stories that begin Jesus’ ministry as he called his 12 disciples. Then come the stories about the boat on the Sea of Galilee in the storm, and Jesus walking on the water to the boat. This morning’s reading is a Jesus fishing story, but it is also about one of Jesus’ appearances after the Resurrection during these forty days leading up to Ascension, which is when Jesus ascends to heaven. This year we will celebrate Ascension on Sunday, May 29th.

Just like the disciples’ nets are overflowing in today’s fishing story, so too are these 21 verses from the Book of John overflowing with lessons, wisdom, guidance and direction. There could, in fact, be a summer series of messages based on those 21 verses alone. So this morning I am narrowing down the biblical catch of lessons to three key phrases Jesus said to the fishers that day after breakfast on the beach.

The trio of key phrases are:

1.  Feed my sheep
2.  Take care of my sheep
3.  Follow me

Today is Walton’s 172nd anniversary. We existed as a congregation on this very spot 17 years before Canada became a nation at Confederation. We existed on this very spot 75 years before the United Church of Canada was created by church union. We have existed as a congregation on this spot for nearly nine generations. There is so much to remember and so much to celebrate here in the Walton family of faith.

As a congregation, Walton has faced tough times like World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II. But Walton also survived the Spanish flu from 1918- 1920. In our generation, we are facing Covid. Throughout all of those 172 years, in the good and not so good times, the Walton family of faith did what it says in today’s reading, living out the words of Jesus: “Feed my sheep;” “take care of my sheep;” and “follow me.”

The title of this message today is, “What would serving look like?” It was a title suggested to me for this 2022 Anniversary Sunday. It is a timely question. For how do we as a family of faith, now into this third year of Covid, serve by fulfilling the instructions Jesus gave those fishers by the Sea of Galilee just after the Resurrection 2,000 years ago?

Serving looks very different now than what our parents or grandparents or great-grandparents or great-great-great-grandparents did just over 100 years ago in the last worldwide pandemic, the Spanish flu. You have seen earlier in the service the video Wendy produced, inviting people to learn to help record Walton’s weekly hybrid services which we send out electronically at 2pm every Sunday. We also need people to be trained to run the Easy Worship program which puts everything up on the screen in the Sanctuary each Sunday.  We need two people per service for both functions which means four people a week serving up in the balcony in order for Walton to be a virtual church.

Back in 1918-1920 during the Spanish flu, no one would have dreamed we could record this service in colour, with sound, and make it available within hours to anyone in the world. Our congregation is spread out around southern Ontario. People drive not just down the street to church, but over an hour to worship in person here. We also have people at greater distances who are active worshippers and supporters, and who identify as part of the Walton family. Virtual worship is there every week for these people and everyone else across Canada or around the world.

You can now worship with us virtually even if you work Sundays, are out of town on the weekend, away on vacation, sick at home, or for whatever reason. In Covid times this is an essential way that we feed our sheep, take care of our sheep, and follow Jesus. Hundreds view these Sunday services online each week. It is their service of feeding, caring and following.

On this 172nd Anniversary Sunday, we have three other ways I want to share with you about what serving could look like in our church now. The first way is ushering. We need ushers, especially at the 11am worship service. Last night at 6pm was the first time the deadline to register online or by calling the church office and leaving a voicemail to attend a service was not Thursday night at 11:59pm but rather at 6pm on Saturday night. Many of you told us you were not always able to finalize plans for your weekend by Thursday night. It is better for you to have a 6pm deadline on a Saturday, making it easier to attend. We hope this works for more people to be able to attend services in person.

This change of the time and day for the deadline to register is good news for the staff and volunteers as well. It means that instead of Alison spending hours arranging and rearranging seating plans for each Sunday service every week, the ushers will now seat those who registered by 6pm Saturday night when they arrive at the church. This was done for the first time today. If you can help usher people to a socially distanced seat now or in the fall, please let Marg or the church office know. PS: we also need elevator attendants at both services.

In our return to safely restarting Walton programs and activities, we are holding Vacation Bible School day camp this summer. We missed having VBS in the summers of 2020 and 2021 due to both Covid and the commercial kitchen project construction. The kitchen is finished and all paid for with no general funds used. We feel we can have VBS safely this summer if we follow Covid protocols and reduce the capacity of campers to half of what we have had in past years.

In order for us to “feed my sheep,” “take care of my sheep,” and “follow me,” we need more adult volunteers to help at VBS. It is the weeks of July 4- 8 and July 11-15. If you can help one or both weeks, for full days or half days, please speak to Alison or Val or contact the office. We also need volunteers who could share a special skill one afternoon during camp. Maybe you have a talent for music, or games, or crafts, or art. Or maybe you can help from home by preparing crafts or snack supplies. Whatever your gift, please consider sharing it for one afternoon with Walton’s kids.

On the morning of Saturday, May 12 and running into the afternoon, we’re holding our annual Walton Spruce Up Day, both inside and outside the church building. This event is run jointly by both the Property Committee and Worship Committee. As we have not held a Spruce Up Day since the spring of 2019, our physical church home is in need of some TLC after 3 years, with often the only person in the building being myself. This winter has also been unusually hard on the outside of the building and our fences. Some TLC projects which began in 2019 did not get finished in 2020 because of Covid. Whether you can do one or more of these actions we can use you. We can use people to paint, rake, dust, clean, glue, scrape, sand, wash, hammer, dig, stain, climb, seal, polish, sweep, vacuum, saw, cement, or prime. If you can help, please contact the church office.

So today we asked, “What would serving look like?” We asked how we, the Walton family of faith, can do as it says in today’s reading to live out the words of Jesus: “Feed my sheep”, “take care of my sheep,” and “follow me.” We invite you to be part of this serving!

Anniversary Pastoral Prayer

Dear Lord,

Thank you for drawing us into community in this church that has been a place called home for so many.

Inspire us with the lives of those before us, those ancient ones who have lived here in faith and opened up and given away your love to all those who needed it.

May you change us with a vision to continue here as a constant presence for those who travel through life, a community of welcome that cares for all our parish, believing in what is still yet to be.

Teach us to discern your voice as those before us have discerned your voice, guided by its call and feeding on its promise of life and hope and belonging.

May we hear your word: a comforting word in its familiar sound, yet a disturbing word in what it speaks anew and longs for us to become.

Hold us within the faith of our forebearers, those who chose to meet you here in this congregation, who recognised this community place as a trusting place where your miracle of grace abides.

May we be moved by that grace into all the places that make up our community, sharing what you have given abundantly like an ever flowing stream.

Call us from our past, through the voices of our ancestors, in the songs they have sung and the prayers they have spoken that have shaped peace within this church.

And may we join our voice with their voice, in the one great song of love that will be lived and celebrated yet, throughout this congregation.

(adapted  by Rev. Roddy Hamilton, and posted on Listening to the Stones)

Offering of Ourselves, Our Gifts, Our Tithes

For the love of the world Jesus offered everything he had, even life itself.  In response to this powerful gift of love let us offer our gifts and our lives to God, as we share in our offering.

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Offering Response: “Make Me A Servant” 669 Celebration Hymnal

Offering Prayer

Almighty God, we pray for peace in the world. Help the leaders of all the countries to make good decisions. Help us all to learn to live together and to try to understand each other, even though we may seem very different from each other. Remind us when we forget that we are all your children who share this earthly home. Help us to live in peace and harmony. Help us to look after one another and to give and to forgive. Please take these gifts, O Lord, and help my neighbours, both here and far. Amen.

(adapted Rev. Patricia Mitchell and provided by St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City.)

Anthem:  “Together as One” (Linda Fletcher wrote for anniversary)


One:   As you go out into the world
All:    Jesus says: Follow me
One:   At home with your household
All:    Follow me
One:  At school and work
All:    Follow me
One:   In everything you do this week
All:    Follow me
One:  And as you do, remember that I am with you always, even to the end of the world.
All:     Amen.

(by Carolyn Brown, and posted on her excellent Worshipping with Children website.) 

Closing Hymn:  “Olde Irish Blessing”      on screen

(Linda Fletcher wrote for Walton choir in 1996)

In case you missed it…

Here is Rev. Jim’s mid-week update for Wednesday, April 27th

And a special update on Thursday, April 29th