Virtual Service – November 13, 2022

2:00 pm

November 13, 2022

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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Announcements

• Calling kids and youth – we need you!  – Walton’s White Gift Service is Sunday, December 4. The service is traditionally led by Walton’s young people, with children and youth reading prayers and scripture, singing in our choirs, and performing in a short skit at both the 9:30 and 11am services (speaking and non-speaking roles). If your children would like to read in the services or take part in the skit, please let the church office know by Monday, November 14. There will be one rehearsal at 9am on Saturday, December 3.

• Laity Sunday is November 20th. This year, Gill and one of her classmates from Emmanuel College/ University of Toronto, will be exploring the life of Mary, mother of Jesus, and looking at Mary from the perspective of two faiths, Christianity and Islam. So please join us to learn more about the place of Mary in both these faiths and reflect on what Mary’s legacy can teach us today.

Coming up!  Cookie Walk Compromise….on Saturday, December 3 at 1 pm, Walton’s UCW are holding their Cookie Walk Compromise.  Please mark your calendars.  Details for bakers and buyers will be coming soon.

Give for White Gift – On White Gift, Sunday, December 4th,  we collect new, unwrapped gifts that will be donated to make Christmas brighter for those less fortunate. The need is great this year! The tradition of White Gift Sunday dates back to 1904 in Ohio when the wife of a Methodist minister and her daughters thought of the idea of giving gifts wrapped in white paper at Christmas time to people in need.  Gifts are wrapped in white so that they will be anonymous.  While you are shopping, remember that each recipient will most probably only receive one gift; that will probably help with your generous gift selection.  Suggestions include toys, PJs, small appliances, and electronics for all ages from toddlers to adults. No stuffed animals or toy guns, please. If you are not able to get to the church, please call and we will be glad to have an Outreach Committee member pick up your donation.

Poinsettias - Memorials @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario• Memorial poinsettias — If you would like to purchase a memorial poinsettia in memory of a loved one, friend, or family member, please place your order for either a 6” red, white, or pink poinsettia for $12.00 before Sunday, November 20th.  You can order online by credit/debit card, email Val at familyministries@waltonmemorial.com, or call the church office 905-827-1643. Sorry, no take-home orders will be available this year. ​The flowers will be placed in the Sanctuary for the worship services on Sunday, November 27th. Memorial poinsettias will be included on the list of Christmas memorials which will be dedicated by Rev. Jim during the Sunday, December 18th service.

Mitten Tree @ Walton United Church, Oakville, OntarioWalton MITTEN TREES are up – For the month of November please bring new mittens, gloves, toques, hats and scarves to hang on the Mitten Trees until we can deliver them in December to people who really need the warmth.  Giving something warm to wear is something we can easily do for others. One tree will be in the Sanctuary and the other will be on the stage in Bronte Hall.  In particular, young people love water-repellent gloves and mittens. We look forward to chatting with you about where your donations are so gratefully received. Thank you in advance from the members of the Walton Outreach Committee.

• 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: Good morning. I was watching the pies coming in for the turkey dinner. They look great, don’t they?
Jim: Yes! I’m having three pieces of that delicious-looking pumpkin pie.
Val: Jim, you can’t have three pieces of pie, especially on Health & Wellness Sunday.
Jim: Oh, I guess I better not, cause I’m supposed to be welcoming everyone to our Health & Wellness Service today. Which happens to also be our pre-ordered turkey dinner.
Val: Yes, the dinner is not a drop in this year. So sorry for anyone who didn’t get in this year. Better mark Sunday, November 12th, 2023 on your calendar now!
Let us join together in the spirit of health and wellness, as we sing:

Hymn: “Come and Find the Quiet Centre”  verse 1 & 3 374VU

Call to Worship

One: God the Father, your will for all people is health and salvation.
All:We praise you and thank you, O Lord.
One: God the Son, you came that we might have life and might have it more abundantly.
All: We praise you and thank you, O Lord.
One: God the Holy Spirit, you make our bodies the temple of your presence.
All: We praise you and thank you, O Lord.
One: Holy Trinity, one God, in you we live and move and have our being.
All: We praise you and thank you, O Lord.
(by Cathy Winn)

Opening Prayer

One: As we gather in this community to share our prayers, our stories, the work of our hearts and hands, we pray for God’s blessing on our endeavors:

All: A blessing to my mind – to be free to enter this time of worship. 
A blessing to my hands – to be the source of creating something of beauty and love.
A blessing to my soul – to be open to the promptings of loving and caring.
A blessing to my imagination  – to be shaped into patterns of loving and caring.
A blessing to my being – to be the holder of stories and challenges shared with me.
A blessing to my heart  – to be a work of love, an opening of body and spirit.
A blessing on the one who will receive the fruit of my prayers and love of you. Lord.
May we become one with the One who knitted each of us in our mother’s womb.

One:  I join my blessing, my prayer and my heart with those all over the earth in this common effort to bring healing and wholeness, comfort and celebration through Jesus Christ our Lord, who taught us when praying to say:
(Gathering Prayer and Blessing of Prayer Shawls  © 2022 Cathleen O’Meara Murtha, DW)

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.

9:30 Youth Choir: “Prayer for a Child”  by Linda Fletcher
11:00am Solo:  Ron Tidy  “I’ll Walk With God”

Youth Hymn: “Breathe Your Cares Away” by Linda Fletcher

When you are worried, or feeling so sad, can’t quiet your mind or let go,
just sit in the stillness and open your heart and breathe, just breathe.
Breathe in love; breathe in peace; breathe your cares away. Feel the joy; feel the calm; breathe all your cares away.
I am love; I am peace; breathe my cares away.
I am joy; I am calm; breathe all my cares away.
Ah, ah, ah, ah.

Youth Story: “Breathe In and Breathe Out ”

Breathe all your cares away. Doesn’t that sound nice? What happens when you breathe in? You take in oxygen, which you need to live. You can’t survive without it. When you breathe in, that oxygen fills your lungs and gets carried by your blood to your whole body.

What happens when you breathe out? Every breath out removes carbon dioxide from your body, which is a good thing because carbon dioxide isn’t good for you. Think of it like blowing dirt and dust and yuck out of your body.

Breathe in good, clean oxygen…Breathe out the bad, unhealthy carbon dioxide.

In…out…in…out…

Deep, slow breathing like that can help us feel better when we are upset, scared, angry, or worried. Breathe those bad feelings OUT…breathe IN peace and calm instead.

In a way, breathing is like praying. When we pray we ask God to give us good things in our life, or the life of our friends and family.  And we ask him to take away bad things in our lives, or our friends’ and family’s lives.

Breathing in is like praying to God to fill us with good things like love, peace, joy, and patience. Breathing out is like praying to God to take the weight of our worries and problems away.

Let’s try it together: Breathe in God’s love. Breathe out all your mistakes and bad choices. In…out. In…out. That’s a great way you can pray every day! Aaaaaa-men.

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

Scripture Reading:  Psalm 98 Jeanette Macdonald, Janet Bray

Psalm 98

A psalm.
Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things;
his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.
The LORD has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music;
make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing,
with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
shout for joy before the LORD, the King.
Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.
Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy;
let them sing before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness and the people with equity.

Scripture Response: “O Lord, Hear My Prayer” vs. 1 203 SIng

Morning Message: “Health & Wellness”  Rev. Jim Gill

Do you know how to reduce the risk of depression by 29%, divorce by 50%, adolescent illegal drug use by 33%, suicide by 84%, and the risk of premature death by 44%? During a study of the personal lives of 70,000 Medicare care professionals, two Harvard professors discovered the secret to these reductions. It was not a new medicine. It was not a new medical procedure.

The factor which separates those who experienced such risk reductions from those who did not is whether or not they regularly attended religious services. Note the operative word here is “regular.” For it is regular attendance which researchers found can improve one’s health. Today is our Annual Health and Wellness Sunday where we focus on the ministries of our Parish Nurse Cathy Winn, and our Health and Wellness Committee.

In our reading today of the 98th Psalm we read:
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
burst into jubilant song with music;
make music to the Lord with the harp,
with the harp and the sound of singing,
with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
shout for joy before the Lord, the King.”

Is that not a great description, both figuratively and literally, to describe what religious services are all about? Regular attendance – being there in service nearly every Sunday –improves our well-being, not only our bodily health but also our mental health. Shouting for joy to the Lord, making music to the Lord and bursting forth in song are more likely to make us healthier than those who never worship the Lord.

As a congregation we believe in helping minister to and care for the whole person, both inside and out. This is why our Parish Nurse Ministry and the Health & Wellness team were started originally. Covid still continues to pause traditional Health & Wellness activities such as the Blood Pressure Clinics after services. But their other activities such as the Friendship & Visiting Committee and the Prayer Shawl Ministry are up and running. Health & Wellness is just not for our souls, but our bodies, emotions and relationships. As those researchers found out, attending religious services regularly really can make a difference to our overall well-being.

Charlene Laino writes, “Going to church is good for your mental health. A survey of nearly 37,000 men and women shows that people who regularly attend church, synagogue, or other religious services are less likely to suffer from depression and other psychiatric illnesses than those who don’t.”

“The higher the worship frequency, the lower the odds of depression, mania, and panic disorders,” says researcher Marilyn Baetz, MD, of the University of Saskatchewan. The study was presented at an annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. The findings add to growing evidence that faith may positively affect your mental well-being, she says.

Duke University’s Marian Butterfeld, MD, MPH, agrees. “Going to church may be a proxy for social support. And studies show social support is protective against both physical and mental illness.”

And you thought Walton’s “coffee hour” was just about a great cup of morning Joe! This is one reason why the Covid closures were such a challenge for many of our Walton family members, in so many varied ways, from March 2020 to March 2022. It was hard on regular worshippers not getting together. They were missing what the Psalmist described today as, “Shouting for joy to the Lord, all the earth, bursting into jubilant song with music; making music to the Lord with the harp,”

Don’t get me wrong; virtual services are great! We will never be without them. There are so many pluses to virtual services; we can worship anywhere and any time, and we can watch them on anything from a phone to a wide screen TV.  We can also set the volume at any level we choose. It doesn’t matter what you are wearing (or not wearing!) to worship virtually. You can pause and then go back to it. We can watch a service again and again, going back to something we wanted to hear or see once more. We can forward the virtual service to others or share it on our social media accounts.

The only minus is that we don’t get that same social interaction before and after a virtual service that we do in person, unless we host a watch party.

We also miss that face-to-face connection – at least in our eyes and foreheads above our nose and masks. US Today writes, “Other studies, like the one from the National Literary of Medicine, provide evidence that regular churchgoers live longer, happier lives. Many perks accompany engaging with members of a congregation. They include better support systems, personal encouragement, group prayer, access to material help, and a reminder that there is a hope far greater than our tired and discouraged selves.”

One of the regular religious services Walton has held under the umbrella of Health & Wellness is our Advent Service of Memories. It is usually held on a Sunday afternoon leading up to Christmas. This service acknowledges our losses, and not just loss by death. Some congregations call this their Blue Christmas Service. Cathy Winn wrote about grief in this poem she composed a number of years ago,

GRIEF 
Grief Is a journey,
Unique to each one,
A multitude of emotions,
Healthy and normal, yet overwhelming.
At times like a wave,
When least expected.
Exhausting, frightening but not to be feared.
Necessary to do the work required of us.
Time is important yet unnerving.
Be gentle and kind to one’s grief,
As grief knows no time limit.
Tears reveal love, not an air of weakness.
Reaching out to others as never before.
Expressing grief as never before.
Guiding others through our needs.
Embracing our loss,
Embracing our memories.
Creating ritual, creating new purpose,
In the search for meaning.
Our loved one, so loved,
Honoured and never forgotten.

Our grief can take many forms and we can grieve for many reasons. Covid has brought many losses beyond death itself. Loss of jobs, closed down businesses, organizations that ceased to exist, dreams that were dashed or greatly reduced in scope because the moment for that event had passed.  There is healing that comes from acknowledging our losses and taking them before God.

A staffing and space scheduling problem more than anything else has made the Service of Memories not possible this year here at Walton Church. However our Anglican neighbours at the Church of the Epiphany, just across the street on Bronte Road, are holding their Service of Darkness and Light on Monday, December 19th at 7 pm. It is their Service of Memories. Cathy and I intend to be there at that service and you are welcome to come, join us and our Anglican kindred in Christ. As we come before God as we hear the message of this reading by Annie J. Flint and Alfred B. Smith.

GOD HATH NOT PROMISED 

God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives thro’,
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
God hath not promised we shall not know
Toil and temptation, trouble and woe;
He hath not told us we shall not bear
Many a burden, many a care.
God hath not promised smooth roads and wide.
Swift, easy travel, needing no guide;
Never a mountain rocky and steep,
Never a river, turbid and deep.
But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labour, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.

Hymn:  “Like a River of Tears”  verse 1 98MV

Prayer for those of us in our moments of struggling

We pray for those who struggle.
We pray for those who struggle at this time of huge uncertainty; for political leaders faced with unforeseen challenges, uncharted ways, difficult decisions.
Holy One, we will acknowledge wise choices, we will offer words of support.

(time of silent reflection)

We pray for those who struggle.
We pray for those in situations never before experienced. We pray for moms and dads who struggle with upset children whose education has been a worry, trying to keep things stable and support their teachers and support staff in their schools.
Holy One, we will listen carefully to the challenges, we will encourage fresh ways of communication and support with others.

(time of silent reflection)

We pray for those who struggle,
We pray for those whose day is radically different. We pray for those who are adjusting to different  workspaces, for those leaving home and heading back into offices, or those who are travelling again for work.
Holy One, we will support the new priorities, and help adjust to all those changes.

(time of silent reflection)

We pray for those who struggle.
We pray for those who have lost their jobs, or those who have changed jobs. We pray for those whose financial security has gone, who have anxiety around paying rent, food bills, electricity, gas and hydro,  or providing for family needs.
Holy One, we will be there in the testing times, we will assure them of their self-worth.
We pray for those who struggle.

(time of silent reflection)

We pray for those who have been affected by the Covid 19 virus. Those who are sick at home and those who have been hospitalized, in their suffering, and in their fear.
Holy One, we will hear and respond to their distress, we will be a safe but compassionate presence to their loved ones.
This prayer we offer in the name of Jesus Christ,
Amen.
(adaptedcopyright@2022- The United Church of Canada)

9:30 Chancel Choir:  “I am Not Alone”  Heather Sorenson

Offering of Ourselves, Our Gifts, Our Tithes

Creator God, we love the idea of fixing a problem. Funny how if given a task we are already working  hard to change it, to improve it, fix it. Money doesn’t seem like a problem, or does it?
Lord, I know you have asked me to share what I have before; this is not the first time.  Please help me to not be so scared, so worried about tomorrow and focus more on today. What can I do today? For who knows, I may not be here tomorrow. What value will I be then?
Please forgive me for making excuses or saying I’ll get to it tomorrow. Today is all I really have, isn’t it?
Our offering will now be received.

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Offering Hymn: “Your Work, O God, Needs Many Hands”    verse 1 537VU

Offering Prayer

All: O Holy One, these are the gifts of our hands and our hearts sharing in thanksgiving. May they touch the lives of many. Where brokenness resides, may our gifts offer your healing and your wholeness. In the name of Christ. Amen.

Hymn: “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee”  verse 1 & 4 560VU

Benediction

God of hope, love, and compassion, heal our hearts.  Allow us to see the blessings in our lives.  Open our ears to the joyous sounds of this pre-advent time and allow us to taste the flavours and smell the aromas of the upcoming Christmas  season.  May we embrace the love of those who offer it freely.  And help us to feel the love that resides in our hearts.
As we leave this place, may we take forth your healing, consoling presence, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
by Cathy Winn

Closing Hymn: “A Closing Prayer”

Announcements


In case you missed it…

Here is Rev. Jim’s mid-week update for Wednesday, November 9th