Virtual Service – May 7, 2023

2:00 pm

May 7, 2023

Welcome to virtual church!

Today’s service will be offered in several formats – video, text, and 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. During the 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!

UCW – All Walton women are invited to come to the UCW May meeting this Thursday, May 11th at 1:30 pm.  Join us and Margaret for more on the Monarch – the butterfly, not the King! Help make mud balls with milkweed seeds and enjoy tea, coffee, cookies and chat.

Cans for camp – 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- If you have some time to spare on Saturday, May 13, between 8:30 am and 1:00 pm, help us keep Walton looking its best by volunteering for our annual Spruce Up Day. Come for the whole morning or just an hour – everyone’s welcome! We’ve got big and small jobs to suit everyone. Tasks include raking, trimming, weeding, sweeping, scrubbing, painting, staining, minor repairs, and more. Please contact the church office to sign up.

Mother’s Day Tea – Mark Sunday, May 14th on your calendar. Not only is it Christian Family Sunday, it’s also our annual Mother’s Day Tea at Walton. Come join us in Bronte Hall at coffee hour between services to celebrate all the wonderful mothers and mother figures at Walton.

Change to one service on Sunday, May 21 – Next Sunday, May 14th is our last Sunday with two services at 9:30 & 11:00. Starting May 21st we will begin our summer schedule with a single service at 10:00 am (with Sunday School and Youth Groups) through the end of September.

Choir concert May 28  – 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.

Are you aware? Something shocking is happening in our town. Children as young as 12, are being lured, groomed, sexually exploited, and trafficked by predators right here in the Halton region.  “Hidden in Plain Sight” Jennifer Potter will teach us the basics of trafficking, the stages of grooming and how to recognize it, the work being done locally by front-line agencies, and what You can do to help prevent and respond to this terrible crime. Join us on Wednesday,  May 10th at 7:30 pm at Glen Abbey Church, sponsored by United churches in Oakville.

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.

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.

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.


Preludes:  British preludes including Nimrod for the Coronation of King

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.

Christ Candle Lighting

We light the Christ Candle that shines hope in our lives, burns with justice for our world, and radiates love in our hearts; as Christ’s presence has throughout the ages.

Welcome

Good morning and welcome to worship at Walton on our Anniversary Sunday. Today we celebrate that Christian congregations have worshipped in this location for 173 years. We affirm our connection to those who have gone before us; who like us have celebrated, who have grieved, who have hoped and prayed and found comfort in God’s word in the many trials of life. And we recommit to growing our community of faith, for those who need God’s word today and those who will seek out God’s word in the future. We ask God’s blessing on our community of sharing, giving and caring, that we continue to do God’s work in the world.

Hymn: “The Church is Wherever”  579VU

Call to Worship

One: Together, we are the church, a house of God’s love in our world.
All: Together, we are the church, made of living stones, building a sanctuary of God’s love for ourselves and others.
One: With these living stones we can build a wall of hope.
All: A living wall of hope in God, that stands firm against doubt or despair.
One: With these living stones we can build a floor of peace.
All: A living floor of the peace of God, that supports us when we worry or fear.
One: With these living stones we can build a tower of faith.
All: A living tower of faith in God, guiding us and proclaiming God’s grace for all to see.
One: We are the living stones of God’s work in the world.
All: Building together a community of sharing, giving and caring, to be a refuge evermore.

Junior, Youth and Chancel Choirs: “First Song of Isaiah” (Both Services)

Instrumentalists: Else Sather (Cello), Lauren Silva (Flute)

Opening Prayer:  Anniversary Litany

All:  Dear Lord,
Thank you for drawing us into community in this Walton 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 gave away your love to all those who needed it in this Bronte, Halton community.
May you challenge 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 people, believing into what is still yet to be in the future.
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. To be a family of faith, caring, sharing and working together.
May we be moved by your 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 hope and peace within this church,
And may we join our voices with their voices, in the one great song of love that will be lived and celebrated yet, throughout this church. Amen.
adapted by Rev. Roddy Hamilton, and posted on Listening to the Stones

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: “Working Together” verse 1

Youth Story: King of Kings

Alison: Today is Coronation Day; the day a new king is crowned. Who is the king?

Val: Well in the office, you are! (Alison King, get it?)

Alison: I might be the King IN the office, but I’m definitely not the King OF the Office haha. Having the last name King isn’t quite the same as being a king. I don’t live in a palace, or have a chauffeur. Jewels? Nope. And I wish I had a staff to cook all my meals and clean my house. And I definitely don’t have a fancy crown like this one.

Val: King Charles isn’t just the King of England, you know. He’s the king of all of Great Britain. And he’s the king of the whole Commonwealth! That’s about 2.6 billion people in 52 different countries. He rules over a lot of people.

Alison: But who rules over him?

Val: What do you mean? He’s the King. Nobody is above him.

Alison: Think again…even kings have a king they kneel down to. That’s why he’s called the King of Kings!

Val: Of course! Jesus is called the King of Kings. He reigns over everyone on Earth, even kings and queens. Nobody is above God.

Alison: Jesus may have been the King of Kings, but he didn’t have a fancy crown like this, made of gold and jewels.

Val:  He had a crown of thorns placed on his head on Good Friday. People made fun of him for being a king and laughed when those thorns made him bleed. But that crown is more valuable than any royal jewels that earthly kings have. Jesus doesn’t need a throne, or a golden crown to show people how important he is. He is the king who was born in a humble stable, who entered Jerusalem on a donkey, and who died on a plain wooden cross.

Alison:  He is truly the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And unlike earthly kings, Jesus shall reign forever and ever. Eventually, King Charles will be replaced by King William, and King William will be replaced by King George. But nobody will ever replace Jesus.

Val:  Yes God will reign forever and ever!

Let’s pray:  Loving God, we ask your blessing on our earthly King’s reign. We give thanks for you are the King of Kings and give thanks for the many blessings you give to each of us. Help us to share those blessings with others. In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.

Youth Hymn: “Working Together” verse 2

Chancel Choir: “Cathedral of Praise” (Both Services)

Cello:  Else Sather

Scripture Reading:  1 Peter 2:2-10; Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16

1 Peter 2:2-10

Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation — if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture: “See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
This honour, then, is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,
“The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner,”
and “A stone that makes them stumble and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the excellence of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Psalm 31:1-5, 15-1

In you, O Lord, I seek refuge;
do not let me ever be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me.
Incline your ear to me;
rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a strong fortress to save me.
You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
for your name’s sake lead me and guide me;
take me out of the net that is hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

Scripture Response: “Be Still and Know that I am God”

 

Morning Message:  “Living Stones” Gill Le Fevre

 

Pastoral Prayer

Our reading from Psalm 31 today reminds us that God’s people have faced struggle and distress throughout history. For centuries, we have called out to God in need and through God’s eternal love, we have been heard. In faith then, we bring before God all that is troubling our mind and paining our hearts. Let us pray.

Protecting God,
As we come before you in our need, be kind to us, we pray, and listen to our cries.
In you, O Lord, we seek refuge, when we are exhausted by sorrow.
Soothe those who grieve the loss of loved ones, and who face rebuilding their lives to cope with change or setbacks. Heal the broken-hearted amongst us and bring us renewed joy.
Protecting God, we place our trust in you. Save us in your steadfast love.
In you, O Lord, we seek refuge, when we are weak with worry.
Comfort those who fear what the future holds for them, and who face disruptive decisions or results. Heal the anxious amongst us and bring us calm.
Protecting God, we place our trust in you. Save us in your steadfast love.
In you, O Lord, we seek refuge, when we are worn out from striving.
Strengthen those who bear pressure and stress, and who face a mounting load of tasks and responsibilities. Heal the overburdened amongst us and bring us rest.
Protecting God, we place our trust in you. Save us in your steadfast love.
As we place our hopes and our needs into your hand, we proclaim your abundant goodness. Even as we cry for help, remind us of the many blessings we have in each day. Help us recognize your presence in our world and give thanks for the care you show us.
Guide us to trust in you, and to follow your word for us.
Let us hear and rejoice in your reassurance for us: “Be strong, and let your heart take courage.”
Let us know and rejoice in your faithful love.
Amen.

Hymn: “The Church’s One Foundation”  verse 1-2  331VU

Offering of Ourselves, Our Gifts, Our Tithes

Extending Peter’s analogy, which compares each of us to living stones, our offering is also a stone, or a pebble dropped into the water and sending out ripples. For all that we give, we may never know the people we reach and how God uses our efforts to share God’s love in the world. Our offering ripples out to bring hope and healing to places we could not reach on our own.

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Offering Hymn:  “Gratitude”

Offering Prayer

All: Faithful and protecting God,
As you are our rock and our refuge, magnify our offerings today to rescue those in need. Help us to be a rock of support, to comfort the grieving and the fearful. Inspire us to create a place of refuge, to welcome the lonely and the lost. Strengthen us to provide a fortress for others, to shield the vulnerable from violence and prejudice. Into your hand we commit all our gifts, to redeem your children. Amen.

Hymn:  “God of Life”  528VU

Benediction

May the power of God, our rock and our redeemer, sustain and protect us in our days. May God’s word guide us to seek out his way for us. May God’s grace lead us to welcome others to our community of faith. And may God’s love inspire us to be a balm to all whom we encounter. Bless this spiritual house, that is our Walton home, to support all our caring for many years to come. Amen.

Closing Hymn:  “A Blessing for Life’s Journey”

Announcements

Postlude: Pomp and Circumstance


Scripture Readers: Warren Caldwell, Janet Bray
Instrumentalists: Else Sather (Cello), Lauren Silva (Flute)


In case you missed it…

Here is Rev. Jim’s mid-week update for Wednesday, May 7th