Virtual Service – May 14, 2023

2:00 pm

May 14, 2023

Welcome to virtual church!

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

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Announcements

Are you a relative newcomer to Walton? We’d like to celebrate those who have come to Walton virtually or in person over the past few years. Next week, May 28th, service we will be officially receiving those who have decided to become full members by transfer of membership. To get to know you a little better, the Worship Committee will be inviting newcomers to enjoy a light breakfast together in Bronte Hall before the 10:00 am service. Invitations will be sent and RSVPs are welcomed!

Transfer of membership (live or virtual), Sunday, May 28 at the 10:00 am service – If you are a confirmed member of any Christian denomination and would like to transfer to Walton from another congregation, we’d be pleased to arrange the transfer. Please contact the Church Office or Rev. Jim jamescgillwuc@gmail.com for more information.

Cans for VBS – As part of our preparations for VBS we are collecting empty small (284ml) soup cans for a craft. If you could clean and save your cans & drop them off at the church we would appreciate it!

Spruce Up Day- Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday to clean and tidy and help. What a great morning of sharing time together, no matter our age or stage of life, each job was tackled with enthusiasm and fun. Many hands do make light work!!

Mother’s Day Tea is today, on this Christian Family Sunday.  Join us between services in Bronte Hall to celebrate all the wonderful mothers and mother figures at Walton.

Change to one service on Sunday, May 21 – Next Sunday, we will begin our summer schedule with a single service at 10:00 am (with Sunday School and Youth Groups until June) The 10:00 services will run through the summer until the end of September.

Choir concert May 28  – Have you got your ticket yet? Walton’s chancel choir is delighted to present “Singing Together Again,” an evening of songs featuring Broadway favourites and more in the Sanctuary on Sunday, May 28 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15/adult, $7/children 12 and under, and may be purchased online, in the church office, or at the door. All proceeds go to the General Fund.

Register now for VBS! – Registration is now open for Galactic Starveyors, Walton’s Vacation Bible School day camp running July 10-14, 2023. This fun-filled week will be jam-packed with music, crafts, games, Bible study and adventures all designed to teach kids that there’s nothing in the entire universe greater than Jesus’ love. Walton’s VBS is open to campers from SK – Grade 5 (select grade entering in Sept/23), junior leaders in Grades 6-8, as well as high school and adult volunteers.

Would you like to learn how to record a service? We would love to have you join the team! Training and practice are unlimited and we would love to have you take part, or watch to see how it all happens.  Please contact Wendy Silva through the church office or email socialmedia@waltonmemorial.com

New to Walton? Are you visiting today? Welcome! Please feel free to ask the ushers if you have any questions during the service and we invite you to fill out a welcome card in the pew racks and leave it in an offering plate at one of the doors. Please join us for coffee, tea or cold drinks and conversation in Bronte Hall after the 9:30 service ends and before the 11:00 am service begins. There you’ll also find the Welcome Centre with information about Walton and someone to chat with. Walton nametags, hats, pickles etc. are also available for purchase.

Rooms for rent – Looking for somewhere to host a meeting, bridal shower, birthday party, or music recital. exercise classes, sports groups, craft lessons or more? Walton has room for you! We have a number of rental spaces to accommodate groups large and small, for a one-off event or weekly sessions. Contact the church office for more details. See photos on our website – https://www.waltonmemorial.com/room-rentals

Children and youth are invited to view this week’s virtual Sunday School lesson online.

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

Val: Happy Mother’s Day, Jim.

Jim: What?

Val: You heard me. There are days you are like a mom to us all here in the office.

Jim: What do you mean?

Val: When the office is a revolving door, and we’re so busy, you will ask if either Alison or I brought lunch then you’ll go put it in the microwave. Making sure we get a bite to eat!

Jim: Yes, but you and Alison do that too.

Val: Yes, but what about dropping off Kleenex boxes at our desks when we are a little teary, or struggling through something?

Jim: Yes.

Val: At the end of a hard day you will often tell us go home and have a glass of water, pray hard to see if Jesus will turn it into wine.

Jim: Val you can’t say that!

Val: Ok, well you know you tell us that we need to go home, put our feet up and rest and get a break. All these things I remember doing as a mom,, showing God’s love and support to my kids, the neighbourhood kids and the Sunday School and Youth Group kids here. We truly are blessed when we get to share other people’s kids and watch  them grow in their faith and in their lives.

Jim: And that is why we need to worship and thank God on this Christian Family Sunday, for our Walton church family as well as our own.Let us worship.

Val: Speaking of our Walton kids…this was one of our Walton Kids, all grown up. We’re so proud of you Jeff. Welcome, and thank you so much for leading us in music ministry this morning while Linda is away.

Hymn: “For The Beauty of the Earth”  226VU (Tune 81)

Call to Worship

One: Come mothers, and those who mother!Come, all who have mothers,
All: through birth, adoption, fostering, or simply by being taken under the wing of someone with a kindly mothering soul.
One: Come, those for whom today is hard, those for whom today brings grief for many reasons, those who need to be enfolded in the care of this community.
All: Today we worship in music and prayer the God who loves us with a maternal love, a love beyond anything we could ask or imagine, or hope for!
One: Come let us worship God.

Chelsea Masterman, The Gathering L/E 2023

9:30 Junior Choir: “The Best Day on Sunday”

 

Opening Prayer:

All: Gracious God,
We thank you for adopting us into your family through the miracle of your grace, and for calling us to be brothers and sisters to each other. Today, loving God, we pray for our mother figures in our Christian Family of Faith.

who cared for us when we were helpless
who comforted us when we were hurt
whose love and care we often took for granted.

Today we pray for:
those who are grieving the loss of their mother,
those who never knew their biological mother, and now yearn for her,
those who have experienced the wonder of an adopted mother’s love,
the families separated by war or conflict.

Lord, give them special blessings. Keep us united with you and with each other, so that we can be and become all that we are meant to be. Amen.  

Laurie McLaughlin Thought about God

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: “Would You Bless Our Homes and Families” verse 1 556VU

Youth Story: Is your mom God?

Happy Mother’s Day! There are so many people we have to celebrate today. Who can tell me one of the different kinds of mothers?

• Mothers – biological and adoptive
• Stepmothers
• Foster mothers
• Grandmothers and great-grandmothers
• Mothers-in-law

And we also celebrate all those people who might not be your mom, but they take on a mothering role in your life:

• Teacher or coach
• Family member
• Friend
• Minister

But what is a mothering role? What kinds of things do moms do? Let’s play a game. In this bag I have a bunch of different things written down. You tell me if each one is something a mother figure does, or something God does. Ready?

• Keeps you safe
• Takes care of you
• Worries about you
• Makes plans for you
• Gives you the things you need
• Makes you happy
• Comforts you
• Loves you

Ummmmm…is your mom actually God? Of course not, but they do have a lot in common. God is our parent in heaven, and he gave us the gift of mothers and mother figures to look after us here on earth. Mothers are a gift from God. They bless us in so many ways – not just the ones we read out, but about a million ways more.

Look around – do you see a special mother or mother figure here in church today? I see a whole bunch of them. I think we should thank them. On the count of three, let’s say thank you as loudly as we can. 1…2…3…THANK YOU!

And let’s say thank you to God with a prayer:

Loving God, thank you for the gift of all the different mothers and mother figures in our lives. Thank you for blessing us with their love and care. Help us honour them and make them proud – not just today, but every day. Amen.

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

Chancel Choir:  “In Gratitude We Come”

Prayers for those feeling the stress…

Let us pray for our moms, dads, caregivers,, anyone who looks after and cares for others without being paid for it.

Despite the chaos that surrounds you, may you find peace and serenity.  May God grant you the

patience to get through the difficult moments, and the strength to handle all the unforeseen challenges that come your way.

May you find moments of laughter and joy to brighten your spirit and renew your energy and stamina. May you find moments of tranquility and rest where you can pause, take a breath, and recharge your batteries.

May you always remember what a difference you are making in the world by being a mom, a dad, or a caregiver. You are helping shape and guide lives, and your time, talent and dedication don’t go unnoticed.

May God bless you with grace and mercy, guidance and wisdom to navigate looking after and caring for someone.  May you feel God’s love and support, knowing you are cherished and valued.

May your life be filled with love, joy and happiness and may you continue to shine God’s light in the lives of those around you. Amen.

Scripture Reading:  1 Peter 3: 13-22   Emmanuelle Lopez Bastos, Brenda Hitchcox

Who can harm you if you are imitators of what is good?

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be shaken.” But in your hearts sanctify the God Lord.

Always be prepared to give a defence to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you. But respond with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who slander you as evildoers may be put to shame by your good behaviour in Christ. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit, in whom He also went and preached to the spirits in prison, who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.

In the ark a few people, only eight souls, were saved through water. And this water symbolizes the baptism that now saves us also —not the removal of dirt from the body, but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers subject to Him.

Scripture Response:  “May God’s Sheltering Wings”  214MV

May God’s sheltering wings,
her gathering wings protect you.
May God’s nurturing arms,
her cradling arms sustain you,
and hold you in her love,
and hold you in her love.

Morning Message:  “Do’s and Don’ts”  Rev. Jim Gill

While writing this message an ad just popped up on my news feed for a Christian resource entitled “Pray and Go.” Seems like it could be a great title for any Christian Family-Mothers Day message. This message today is based upon First Peter 3 so, “Pray and Go,” would work. However, the title I am going to use is similar, but different. The title is “Do’s and Don’ts.” How many of us remember as children our parents teaching us important lessons about Do’s and Don’ts as we grew up?

Mom saying “do’s,” like these: “Jimmy, do say thank you, do clean your teeth and do be home on your bike before dinner.”  But out of love, we were also told “don’ts,” such as,“ Don’t touch the hot stove. Don’t go near the flooded pond, and don’t forget to practice the piano.” How about you? What were your do’s and don’ts growing up? What do’s and don’ts did, or do you, give any children or grandkids today? They are good things given in love. We pass on to each generation lessons about life and living. “Do your homework before screen time, and don’t forget to save for a rainy day, do know if it’s too good to be true, it probably is not true.”

This second Sunday of May in church life is a day that can create a bit of confusion. We may be asking ourselves who are we celebrating today? Let me attempt to grapple with a definition of the “who.”  Today is for those who mother currently, in whatever way one can perceive, and in whatever generation it takes place. Today is also for those living, or those having passed, who do or did, mother as moms, grandmoms, great-grandmoms, stepmoms and godmothers. Plus it is for those who were, or are mother figures in our lives. I think everyone here today whether worshipping live or virtually, can identify in one way or another with this understanding of mother and mothering. You can engage in one or more of these appreciations of mothering we lift up in worship in this service.

Mothering is about guiding others by giving instructions, directions and advice in a loving and caring way. Peter in his writing today shared his list of “dos and don’ts”  that can also be about good mothering.

First “do” –  be an imitator of what is good. Peter puts it this way, “Now who is it that will harm you, if you become imitators  of that which is good?“ We are instructed to show in ourselves “good”  from that good we have been taught. Peter’s assumption, of course, is that the Christians to whom he is writing are at least making an effort to lead good lives. They are, indeed, “putting away…all wickedness.” Those who “mother” want to know who you are with. They not only want to know where you are but who you are with. You were told not to get in with the “wrong crowd.” It was differently a “don’t” rather than a “do” from Moms. You see, we have a positive way of imitating those around us.

Psychology Today tells us, “ Human beings often mimic or imitate others unconsciously. It has social benefits. Imitating others helps build rapport between two people or bond together in social groups. Copying others, more broadly, can range from non-conscious processes whereby perception (seeing others engage in a certain behaviour) becomes directly linked to our own behaviour, to conscious strategies, where we choose to imitate either because we’re uncertain about the best course of action or because we want to fit in.” So Moms know instinctively that who we are within good ways or not-so-good ways over time influence us into being who we are as people.

Secondly, Peter says, “if you become imitators  of that which is good?“  The scholar tells us a literal translation would be “if you are zealously devoted to that which is good.” Do be devoted to good.

You know that “zeal” can be good or bad, positive or negative. It can bring us and others closer to God or drive us  and others further away.

Obviously, a passion to do revenge would not be in accord with Jesus’ call to do forgiveness. Even a passion for God has the potential to go off-kilter.

I was driving through a small Ontario town last year. I stopped at a red light. I then heard this booming sound which shook my car windows. I looked around to see which car at the light had their windows down and their bass cranked up so high. That blasting sound, however, was not coming from a car. I heard this ear piercing shouting sound from a person on the corner of the intersection. “You are going to burn in hell.”

It certainly took me aback.

There was a street preacher at the intersection with these incredible booming speakers telling all of us stopped at the red light that we were going to hell.  I am sure what the street preacher was doing with the sound assault on those in their cars was driving people away from Christ, rather than bringing them to Christ. The preacher was not imitating the Jesus I know.

Saul before being called Paul was “zealous for God,” but his zeal drove him to persecute Christians “to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.”

To continue the story of visiting that town, later on that same drive I saw a woman with her young kids weeding the garden of a rather frail man who was sitting out on an old kitchen chair near them, watching the wedding. The kids really wanted to help out, but I am not sure how much work it was to have them weeding with her. But the kids seemed to be really happy doing it. To me, it is a powerful image of mothering. I think they were also helping out this man who was too disabled to do his own garden work.

That day those two experiences seemed such a powerful contrast in what we should imitate in our lives. The challenge for those trying to walk in the steps of Jesus is to be zealous for God, while obeying Jesus’ great commandment to love God and our neighbour. Our obedience to Jesus’ commandment will keep our ”zeal” within Godly parameters.

Third – “that which is good?“ writes Peter. The Greek word speaks of that which is good, virtuous, or benevolent. We are to imitate that which is good.

Two weeks ago I preached a sermon on the “ Duty of Care.” It was about how as a congregation we attempt to imitate that which is “good” in caring for one another. If you were in church that Sunday April 30th, or watched it virtually, you will recall that I read from the emergency instructions taped to the black leather here on the pulpit.

I read “assign one person to access the situation and take the lead.
– one person is call 911 when necessary’
– One person is to bring the defibrillator and the wheelchair.
– Two people are to go to Allen Entrance door to direct emergency person and/or prepare to use the elevator.”

When I read those words in the sermon on Sunday April 30th,  little did I realize that those words would need to be imitated the next Sunday, May 7th  when I was away preaching at my childhood church’sAnniversary Service. You see a person fell while climbing the stairs into our Sanctuary. I was delighted to hear  when I returned from Etobicoke how those directions were followed as a team of people cared for the individual. The plan and its various “do’s”  was imitated and acted out and I am pleased to tell you the individual is fine. The Walton family “mothered” the one who fell.

“Do’s and Don’ts:” those who have mothered you over your life whether as blood or otherwise, what do you now see that you have imitated in your life in a positive way. What do you see in yourself they gave you? On this Mother’s Day we say thanks!!!

Pastoral Prayer

Loving God, you do, indeed, give us goodness.  You created us with original blessing; you continue to create within us possibility, and your grace is our gift on the way.

Let us join in the Pastoral Prayer, inspired by the book of James 1: 17-27

Holy and Gracious God,
we give you thanks for family, friends, life, love— for all the blessings,  these people here with us this morning, our church family, the beautiful piano we can praise you with, gifts you have bestowed upon us.
All: 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.
All: In Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Compassionate One, fill us with your love that we may see deeply into all the needs around us. We pray for the continuing War in Ukraine, we ask for peace Lord. We pray for the wildfires out West. We pray for kids being exploited and hurt here in our Halton communities.
Help us to care with Your heart.
All: 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.
adapted by Terri on RevGalBlogPals

Solo: Jeff MacLean

Offering of Ourselves, Our Gifts, Our Tithes

Memories of the past can sometimes confuse our understanding of family.  No one comes from a perfect family. These memories sometimes cloud our experience of love.
With this understanding and with the desire that others may know the blessing of truly loving connection, we come today with our offerings, celebrating the support we get from God, from within our church family and from friends.
Jim McKean, The Gathering L/E2023

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Offering Hymn:  “Thank you Lord, On This Day”

Offering Prayer

All: Compassionate God, 

It seems odd, O God, to ask you to bless what we give.  After all, almost everything is given online or digitally, so it seems distant and unconnected – almost unreal.

As you bless us and inspire in us generous spirits, may you reconnect us with others who are touched by what we donate. In those connections may your mission thrive, your call to action be alive within us. We ask it all in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Gord Dunbar, The Gathering L/E 2023

Hymn: “God of the Women” verses 1,2,4  Carolyn Gillette (tune Be Thou My Vision)

God of the women who answered your call,
Trusting your promises, giving their all,
Women like Sarah and Hannah and Ruth —
Give us their courage to live in your truth.

God of the women who walked Jesus’ Way,
Giving their resources, learning to pray,
Mary, Joanna, Susanna, and more —
May we give freely as they did before.

God of the women who ran from the tomb,
Prayed with the others in that upper room,
Then felt your Spirit on Pentecost Day —
May we so gladly proclaim you today.
 Carolyn Gillette 

Benediction

Each of us has a biological mother, that is true.
Yet we are raised by many who are mother and father and parent figures in our life.
As we go forth on this Christian Family Sunday,  may we be aware of the voices who call to us, unconditionally and lovingly, to be – well, just to be us! We go forth in the love of God who loves us unconditionally and completely just as we are. Amen.
Jim McKean, The Gathering L/E2023

Closing Hymn:  “Now Thank We All Our God”  verse 1  236VU

Announcements


Scripture Readers: Emmanuelle Lopez Bastos, Brenda Hitchcox

Soloist: Jeff MacLean


In case you missed it…

Here is Rev. Jim’s mid-week update for Wednesday, May 10th