Virtual Service – November 6, 2022

2:00 pm

November 6, 2022

10:00am - Remembrance Day Service

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Announcements

• Turkey Dinner Deadline is Tuesday, Nov 8  – Walton’s famous Turkey Dinner is coming up on Sunday, November 13th and the deadline to order meals (both dine-in and take-out) is 5pm on Tuesday, November 8.  Visit the Walton website to order online. You may also call the church office to order by phone with your credit card, or drop by in person during church office hours with cash or cheque. There are no walk-in orders this year so please order your dinners before the deadline to avoid disappointment,

• Turkey Dinner Sunday volunteers needed! We need many helping hands on Sunday, Nov 13: morning set up, evening servers, packers, table bussers, and clean up crew. If you can lend a hand please sign up through the church office or online – waltonmemorial.com/turkey-dinner. As well we are calling on all bakers to prepare pies for dessert. Store-bought pies are also welcome. Thank you!

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.

Walton 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.


Duet:  “One Tin Soldier” Sarah Roussel, Jillian VanderDoelen

Land Acknowledgement

As we gather today on these treaty lands, we are in solidarity with our 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.

Trooping of the Flags

National Anthem: “O Canada”

Moment of Silence

Welcome

Good morning. Today we remember: They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn; At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Jim, I have a couple of “Did you knows?” to share today on this Remembrance Day.  Some of you may know this and some of you may be learning something new today.

Did you know that the “Last Post” was a military bugle call played at the end of the day to signal that sentry posts were manned and ready for the night ahead? In Remembrance Day ceremonies, the “Last Post” symbolizes death. It is followed by two minutes of silence, which are broken by the “Reveille” bugle call. “Reveille” was the first call sounded in the morning and symbolizes resurrection of the spirit of the fallen on Remembrance Day.

Did you know the Books of Remembrance, which lie in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa are another record of the wars? The eight books contain the names of more than 118,000 Canadians who have died in military service, or in the merchant marine. The various books cover foreign conflicts dating from the War of 1812, the South African War and Nile Expedition, through the world wars and Korea, to the conflicts of the 21st century. A separate Newfoundland Book of Remembrance includes the names of Newfoundlanders who died in the First and Second World Wars, when Newfoundland and Labrador were not yet part of Canada.

Did you know that our congregation member Cheryl Ann made this Canada flag especially for this Remembrance Day Service at Walton, knowing our guest speaker today, Jan Hieminga was to share his story with us?

Let us remember as we worship this morning:

Hymn: “Let There Be Light”  679VU

Call to Worship

One: Peace be with you.
All: And also with you.

One: In a world of war…
All: we search for peace.

One: In a world of confusion…
All: we search for calm.

One: In a world of pain…
All: we search for healing.

One: In a world of isolation…
All: we search for communion.

One: Communion with each other…
All: and communion with God.

One: Let us search together…
All: and let us worship our God.

(Richard Bott, The Gathering, Pentecost 2, 2022)

Youth Choir: “Peace By Piece”

Opening Prayer

One: In a world with too many who go hungry,
All: we come for the bread of life.
One: In a world where too much of the harvest rots undistributed,
All: we come to share in the harvest of God’s word.

One: In a world where a few have too much and too many have so little,
All: we come seeking the Reign of God in our hearts.
One: In a world of farmers living hand to mouth to feed people in other countries,
All: we come to move from “just us” to justice.

One:We come, O God, in prayer:
All:Persist within our hearts, O Christ, that your law of self-giving love may become the centre of our living faithfully, may empower our reaching out to others, may widen our vision for a global perspective, and may extend our embrace to include everyone. Come to us in work, song, prayer, and praise.  Amen.

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:  “We Pray For Peace” (written for Ukraine) verse 1

Youth Story: Lest we forget.

A: Why do we have Remembrance Day? To honour all those military members and families who have sacrificed their safety to protect us. When those soldiers go to war, they go knowing they might be killed. And yet they go anyway. They are willing to die to keep us safe.

V: Does that remind you of anyone? Who else was willing to die to protect us? Jesus, of course. When you think about it that’s a pretty amazing gift. It must take a lot of courage. Do you think Jesus was afraid? Do you think the soldiers were afraid?

A: Having courage doesn’t mean that you don’t get scared. It means doing something anyway, even though you are scared. That’s what we are honouring on Remembrance Day. All those soldiers and their families who were scared – scared of being hurt, scared of dying, scared of the people they love dying or being hurt, but who had the courage to stand up for what’s right. They risked their lives so that others could live in safety and peace.

V: When we live in a peaceful place like Canada, it’s easy to forget about war, isn’t it? That’s why we need Remembrance Day. To make sure we always remember. Remembrance Day is a yearly memorial day that is observed in many Commonwealth countries, including Canada, to remember those who died in military service, and honour those who served in wartime. We have a special place here in Bronte to remember those who sacrificed their lives for us and our country. Photo of Bronte Cenotaph on screen

A: Do you recognize this place? Do you know where it is? When you are in Bronte Hall after church go look out the window towards the lake. Or go out onto the front lawn and look across the street. That’s the Bronte Cenotaph, a special memorial that was built to honour those who served their country. It’s a place where we can pause to remember them, to honour them, or to pray for them,every time we walk past it. And today there is a special ceremony there for Remembrance Day.

Hold up Lest We Forget flag

V. What does this mean “ Lest we forget?” It actually comes from the Bible. Deuteronomy 4: 9 says  “Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons.”

Let’s listen to that in words we can understand instead of old-fashioned ones: “But be careful! Watch out. Don’t forget the things that you have seen. Don’t forget them as long as you live. Teach them to your children and grandchildren.”

A: That’s what Remembrance Day is about. Never forgetting what happened. We make sure you – our kids and grandkids never forget what happened. When you’re grown up, you will teach your kids and grandkids what happened. And we pray that by never forgetting how terrible war is, that we can live in peace.

V: Let’s pray together:

Loving God, we ask you to bless all those families who give up so much to keep us safe. We ask you to watch over them and protect them. Help us to remember their sacrifice and work to spread your peace in the world. Amen.

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

Scripture Reading:  Psalm 17:1-9, 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 Bill Macdonald

Psalm 17:1-9

A Prayer of David

Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry; give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.

From you let my vindication come; let your eyes see the right.

If you try my heart, if you visit me by night, if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me;

my mouth does not transgress.

As for what others do, by the word of your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent.

My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.

I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words.

Wondrously show your steadfast love, O savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.

Guard me as the apple of the eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings, from the wicked who despoil me,  my deadly enemies who surround me.

2Thessalonians 2:13-17

Chosen for Salvation

But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth.

For this purpose he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.

Scripture Response:  “God, Make Us Servants of Your Peace” verse 1 676VU

Morning Message:  Guest Speaker Jan Hieminga, from Knox Presbyterian Church

“Putting Everything In”  This sermon was written and delivered by Rev. Jim Gill on November 7th, 2021

One of you was telling me about surviving the Luftwaffe blitz in London during World War II. You were comparing it to the present time, in which we are being blitzed by Covid-19. You mentioned to me there was much less divisiveness back during the London blitz than there is today. It is interesting to note that the Covid-19 pandemic has actually claimed more victims from that same area than the blitz did during the war. Maybe we spend too much time fighting each other rather than fighting the Covid-19 enemy?

Our scripture in this service gives us a powerful truth about facing a major crisis of any type in life. The story says the Scribes contributed out of their abundance while the widow contributed out of her poverty. Jesus says clearly the widow has “put in everything she had” in the temple treasury. Note if you will that pivotal phrase, “put in everything.” The scribes were overflowing with abundance while the widow had only two small copper coins worth a penny.

Maybe you have seen that meme that says: “We are only asking you to wear a mask, social distance, and get vaccinated, not storm the beaches of Normandy.”

On November 11 each year we remember those who actually did “put everything in.” They put everything in not just on Juno Beach in Normandy but at Hong Kong, Vimy, the north Atlantic, Arnhem, Kandahar, Ypres, Dieppe, Hill 70, Chorwon, the skies over western Europe, the Somme, Beaumont Hamel, Cyprus, Passchendaele, Ortona, Sami-Chonand, the Sheldt. They risked their all and in many cases gave their all.

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

Jesus says in the Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” For believers the holy book is clear; we are called to be peacemakers and not just in questions of war and peace, but in all our human interactions. Some followers of Jesus are actually devout pacifists. Yet when we see the tyranny of people like Hitler in WWII and the many present-day Hilters around the globe, we ask how can we be peacemakers? What is the Christian response to oppression?

Each year at this time around November 11th many followers of Jesus struggle deeply with remembrance. In fact, many congregations only offer a passing reference in worship services about November 11. It is downplayed or even forgotten in Sunday worship.

Here at Walton we have for years marked Remembrance Day. We wear and even offer poppies after Halloween until mid-November. We do this not to glorify war, but to recall and give thanks for the sacrifices of all those past and present who “put in everything” for the freedoms we have today. We say a huge heartfelt thank-you.

I recall one veteran in the Walton congregation telling me with tears in his eyes that he was at Dunkirk in his plane six times protecting the retreat to the beaches and the boats. He just wished he could have made many more flights between May 26 and June 4, 1940.

As we look around there are far fewer veterans as age takes its toll. Each week there are fewer veterans of WWII and Korea left in our communities. For years when planning funerals I used to ask a certain age group if their loved one served in the armed forces or the war effort in some way that should be mentioned. More often than not the answer was yes, from serving overseas to working in a war factory here in the GTA.

Today I seldom ever ask the question unless prompted by very advanced age or prior knowledge of the deceased. This does not mean, however, we should leave the past in the past. We seek to understand today and tomorrow by knowing the history of our past. The tyrants of the past are just re-clothed in the clothes of today.

At this time of year, you hear that expression, “Lest we forget.”  It is a powerful reminder that we all need throughout the year, not just for a few weeks in November.

Lest we forget the sacrifices of those who “put everything in” by what we do throughout the year.

Lest we forget their sacrifices to freely vote. Many people did not think we needed the recent federal election. The point to me was more than just debating the election call. It is that we were free to have an election and we were free to vote as we choose. Real oppression is not having to wear masks. Real oppression is having voting denied or suppressed in countless different ways. Daily we hear in the news of this happening, not just to the south of us but around the world. Populism and populist parties with authoritarian leaders are day-by-day suppressing the democracy so many generations “gave their all” to guarantee.

Lest we forget their sacrifices to worship freely. Around the world, there is more and more religious suppression of all different types of faiths. For Christians, it is the same persecution with even the burning of churches and the death of modern-day martyrs. Christianity Today tells us this year the top 10 worst countries for persecution are relatively unchanged since 2020. After North Korea is Afghanistan, followed by Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, Eritrea, Yemen, Iran, Nigeria, and India in persecution. But there are at least 40 other countries where the right to worship freely is far from guaranteed.

We take the freedom to worship for granted in Canada. It is not a freedom that all of the world knows. Let’s take more advantage of opportunities to worship. Let’s give thanks that we can worship, rather than taking the opportunity simply as a neglected given in our society.

Lest we forget the sacrifices of those to allow us to just be who we were when we were born. There is oppression of minorities of all types around the globe. Whether it was the Holocaust, genocides, or ethnic cleansing, so many have sacrificed, have given their all to prevent these crimes against humanity. We are all children of God. If God loves God’s children we are called to do the same.

I share with you this Litany of Remembrance called, “We Remember Them,” by Rabbi Sylvan Kamens and Rabbi Jack Riemer

“In the rising of the sun and in its going down, we remember them.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, we remember them.
In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring, we remember them.
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer, we remember them.
In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn, we remember them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends, we remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength, we remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart, we remember them.
When we have joys we yearn to share, we remember them.
So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.”

Pastoral Prayer

Compassionate God, we pray this morning for all those who are grieving, grieving for a loss whether that be a physical loss, a relationship loss, a job loss. Grant us comfort and peace in this time.

Lord, we lift those who live in fear, fear of getting sick, fear of financial issues, fear of job security, fear of our ever-changing economy, fear of what is next. Help us to trust in you and in your promises. We are not alone.

Lord, we ask you to be with the people this week who are undergoing medical tests and procedures, those who are in the hospital. Be with them as they walk with fear. Grant them the courage to trust that they are in a helpful place. May their procedures go well and may they be granted healing.

We thank you for the love of family and the many friendships and blessings we have been given, and we give thanks for our Walton community, our Halton community and this wonderful country we have been blessed to call home. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Chancel Choir: “Home”   H. Sorenson

Offering of Ourselves, Our Gifts, Our Tithes

One:As missiles are aimed and fired, in Ukraine and elsewhere in the world.
All:we pray for peace.

One:As the rhetoric of retaliation grows louder, the cries of suffering rise to you, O God. For the fear-filled and the fearsome,
All:  we pray.

One:For those who know all too well the realities of war,
All:we pray. 

One: We pray for peace and for the justice that comes with all true peace.  Hear our prayer, God of peace, as we give our offerings this morning,  that they in some way might work for your peace.
All: Amen.

(adapted Beth W. Johnston, The Gathering Pentecost 2, 2022)

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Offering Hymn:  “Thank You Lord, On this Day”

Offering Prayer

Loving and gracious God, accept these gifts that we offer. May they contribute toward a world that is more forgiving, more loving, more just, and more peaceful. We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.         (Frances Flook, The Gathering, Pentecost 2/18 pg. 48)

Hymn:  “O Day of Peace” verse 1  682VU

Benediction

One:It is time to go forth as God’s people.

All:We have feasted on your sacred word, and we are well nourished!  We have heard the good  news proclaimed, and we are sustained to live faithfully.  We have prayed fervently, and we are attuned to power of the Holy.

One:May the God of Justice guide you in the path of peace.May the Christ of Liberation reveal to you the way of new life.May the Holy Spirit awaken in you the desire to work for harmony.

(adapted Laura J. Turnbull, The Gathering Pentecost 2, 2022)

Closing Hymn:  “Go Now In Peace”

Announcements


In case you missed it…

Here is Rev. Jim’s mid-week update for November 2, 2022