Virtual Service – November 7, 2021

8:30 am

November 7, 2021

Virtual Service - Recorded October 31, 2021

Welcome to virtual church!

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Sunday Service Video

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

Announcements

• Our Sacrament of Communion this morning will be a little different. For those who attended in person, sealed elements packages were handed out by Rev. Jim as everyone arrived. These elements were not consumed in the sanctuary, due to masking restrictions. The elements were blessed and everyone was invited to take them home to partake where masks can be removed. For those of you watching this morning, please prepare your elements to be blessed during this virtual service. You may share that gift between you and God in a time of prayer and reflection. May God bless you as you offer your praise and thanksgiving this day.
Poinsettias - Memorials @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario• Memorial Poinsettias — You are welcome to purchase a Memorial Poinsettia for Christmas. This year the Memorial Poinsettias will help decorate our Sanctuary and entrance areas for the Advent and Christmas season. Sorry, no take-home orders will be available this year.
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 Saturday, November 20th.
You can order online by credit/debit card, email Val at familyministries@waltonmemorial.com, or call the church office 903-827-1643.
The flowers will be placed in the Sanctuary for the worship services on Sunday, November 28th. Memorial Poinsettias will be included on the list of Christmas memorials which will be dedicated by Rev. Jim during the Sunday, December 19th service.
•  Walton’s mitten trees are up!  Many folks – more than ever – will be in need of warmth this approaching winter and we want to help our brothers and sisters in this small way. Please crochet, knit, refurbish, or purchase some gloves, scarves and hats to decorate our special trees.  We will promise to deliver everything to someone who will be so grateful.
Thank you from the Walton Outreach Committee – all of our efforts are what you make possible. ❣️
P.S.  We also would ask for warm, thermal socks if you can manage to donate some. You are welcome to leave your mittens/hats/socks at the mitten tree at the east front of the church on your way out of morning worship. Or they can also be left for the rest of the week on the mitten tree in front of the office. To deliver during the week, please come to the Allen door by the ramp at the back of the church and ring the bell on the right of the door to see if someone is in the office. The items can also be put through the mail slot by the door. Thank you so much; your generosity is appreciated
•  Food Bank Donations — non-perishable food items, baby care items, and toiletries are now being accepted physically again. If you would like to donate to the Food Bank, please bring your donations with you to Sunday worship and leave them at the check-in desk or you can ring the doorbell and drop them off at the office during the week.
•  Junior Youth Coordinator — Walton Memorial United Church is seeking a part-time coordinator to lead its Junior Youth group of approximately 25 youth. This is a contract position that will require approximately 10 hours per week. The candidate will be responsible for the vision, direction, organization and curriculum for the weekly Sunday Morning program which covers grades 6-8.
This person will be responsible for recruiting, motivating, training, and supporting the volunteer leaders (Sunday School Teachers and Evening Program Volunteers). The Junior Youth coordinator reports to the Family Ministries Coordinator and cooperates with the Sunday School Co-ordinator to prioritize and plan the curriculum for this age group.  As well, the Junior Youth coordinator must prepare a weekly program (other than Sunday morning) that includes socializing, as well as learning.
The work schedule is flexible and the hours will vary depending upon the time of the Church year. Some work can be conducted from home.
Job requirements and skills:
The candidate will possess strong Christian values and beliefs.
A strong commitment to youth.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Independent planning ability and strong leadership skills.
Strong electronic communication skills including the ability to work with current computer programs and techniques.
Must have a valid driver’s license.
A current police record check will be required.
Some pastoral care might be required. Complex issues will be referred to the Minister or Family Ministries Coordinator.
Interested candidates should send their resume to familyministries@waltonmemorial.com or drop their resume off at the Church office to the attention of Ministry and Personnel.
•  Good news for those worshipping in person! Based on our first two weeks of live worship, we have opened up more seating in the Sanctuary and reconfigured the layout so that more cushioned pews are in use. The increased capacity will allow more of you to attend church in person, while still maintaining a safe distance from those in other households. Don’t forget to register each week before midnight on Thursday nights.
•  Children and youth are invited to view this week’s virtual Sunday School lesson online. Following God’s 4th and 5th commandments will help us be the peacemakers he wants us to be. If you are not receiving the weekly lesson emails, please call or email the office to be added to the list.
•  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.

Honouring the Land and Territory

Halton Region, as we know it today, is rich in the history and modern traditions of many First Nations and the Métis. From the lands of the Anishinabe to the Attawandaron, the Haudenosaunee, and the Métis, these lands surrounding the Great Lakes are steeped in Indigenous history. 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

Welcome to worship on this All Saints’ Sunday!

Whether you are sharing in this time while being present at Walton in person, while viewing the video presentation, or while reading a copy of the service sent by email, you are a welcomed part of this community of faith.

Later in the service, we will share in the sacrament of Holy Communion. Walton practices an open table of Communion. Regardless of where you are on your faith journey, you are welcome to partake of the bread and wine. I suggest that those of you at home take a moment to get some juice and some bread or a cracker in preparation for that part of the worship.

We pray you will be blessed by God through this time of worship.

*Call to Worship

One: from the book of Philemon
All: I have indeed received much joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.

One: from the book of Revelation:
All: I heard a voice saying, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord for they rest from their labours.”

One: from the Second Letter to Timothy:
All: I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.

One: On this All Saints Sunday, let us join the followers of Jesus, past, present and future to celebrate God’s Presence.
All: Let us worship God together!

*Opening Prayer

One: For all the saints who went before us
who have spoken to our hearts
and touched us with your fire,
All: We praise you, O God.

One: For all the saints
who live beside us
whose weaknesses and strengths
are woven with our own,
All: We praise you, O God.

One: For all the saints
who live beyond us
who challenge us
to change the world with them,
All: We praise you, O God.

(from “Celebrate God’s Presence: A United Church Resource”. Used with permission.)

Solo: “The Lord’s Prayer” Ron Tidy

Youth Story: “Fuelling the flame”

Today is Halloween – how many of you carved a pumpkin into a jack o’ lantern this year?  A lot of people use electric tea lights now because it’s safer and easier, but has anyone put a real candle in their pumpkin? Anyone ever have trouble keeping the candle lit when you put your pumpkin outside? It’s not always easy to keep that flame going.

Alison had a problem keeping the big candles that sit on the communion table at church  going last week. One of them just wouldn’t stay lit! They aren’t regular candles – they are filled with oil to fuel the fire. She checked the oil and there was plenty there. She thought maybe the wick – the part that burns – was too short, so she pulled it up to make it longer, trimmed it, and thought that would help. But it didn’t.

She tried everything she could think of but just couldn’t keep that flame going. What do you think was wrong? Alison forgot one important thing! That flame needed fuel to keep going. And even though there was plenty of oil in the candle, and at the top the wick looked long enough, when she opened up the candle she found the wick was so short it didn’t touch the oil. The oil was too far away and the wick couldn’t reach it. Once she fixed that problem, the flame burned brightly again – bringing the light of Jesus into our church the way it should be.

Sometimes it’s hard for us to let Jesus’ light shine through us, isn’t it? Sometimes we feel really far away from him and the light doesn’t burn so brightly. What can we do? The light of Jesus needs fuel too! We shouldn’t drink a bunch of candle oil – please don’t! But there are many ways we can feed that flame inside us to keep Jesus close.

– Come to church or watch our virtual service
– Talk to God through prayer
– Remember to be thankful for our blessings and notice them all around us every day
– Sing and dance!
– Love your neighbours – do kind things for other people.

Doing all those things fills you up, just like the candle oil, so Jesus never feels far away. His light will shine brightly through you and on to others around you. Amazing!

Scripture Reading:  Acts 16:11-15

We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis,  and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days.

On the Sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there.

A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira [Thigh-a-tie-ruh] and a dealer in purple cloth.

The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.” And she prevailed upon us.

Morning Message:  “An Email to Lydia”– Rev. Karen Inkster

2021
Dear Lydia

I wanted to write you this letter because I have always liked your story. Maybe that’s because my grandmother was named Lydia. I also like your story because it is an example of someone who heard the story of Jesus, believed and passed it on to others.

I’m thinking of you today because today we are celebrating what we call ‘All Saints Sunday.’ I think some explanation is needed here. A ‘saint’ is anyone who believes in Jesus. Every year, we celebrate all those in past generations who believed in Jesus as well as those all over the world today who try to follow the way shown us by Jesus. We even think about those in future time who will join in this parade of faith. In other words, we celebrate a huge family of saints – past, present and future. And we believe that somehow we are all united by Jesus’ Spirit.

So, Saint Lydia, happy All Saints Sunday!

We have learned about you because your story is in our Bible. A Bible is a collection of the writings revered by those of the Jewish faith as well as writings about Jesus, his earliest followers and how those followers shared their faith with others. We, today, are believers in Jesus because others have somehow shared their faith with us and we hope that others will come to believe in Jesus because we in some way have shared our faith with them through our words or how we live out our faith.

As I think about your story, I have a number of questions to ask you. ‘Lydia’ is a Greek name and we are told that you were from Thyatira, a Greek city. For some reason you were in the Roman city of Philippi when Paul met you. We are also told that you were a ‘worshiper of God.’. That is strange because you were a Gentile. In those days, most Gentiles believed in “gods” not “God.” So how did you come to believe in “God”? Some think that you might have been a slave and you learned about God from your owner. Since you continued to worship God while you no longer were a slave, that suggests that you truly believed in God, not only pretending to because your owner told you to.

There are other theories. Some wonder if you were a widow. Perhaps your husband had heard about God or maybe you did after your husband had died. However, we can only guess at your circumstances.

The other part of your story that I find fascinating is that you were a business person. You sold purple cloth. It was very rare in your day for a woman to be a business person! How did that all happen? If you were a widow, did you take over the business after your husband died or did you develop it yourself? In any event, it is an interesting part of your story. I wonder how you were treated as a woman. Did people try to cheat you thinking you were just a woman and so didn’t know what you were doing? Did people try to tell you how you should do things because they thought you wouldn’t know what to do on your own because you were just a woman? Were you considered equal to men who had a similar business? You see, today, even though there are lots of women who work in business and in other ways outside of their home, they often are not treated with the same respect as men. They may also receive less pay than men doing the same work.

Your story tells us that you were gathered on that Sabbath at the edge of the water with some other women. Is that where you usually worshipped?

And then along came Paul, who told you and your companions about Jesus. And you believed! The story in our Bible says that God’s Spirit led you to believe. I think that is a very important part of the story. What happened when you heard the story of Jesus? Was there a part of the story that you could relate to because of something happening in your life at that time? Were you struggling with a problem? Had someone you loved died recently? Were you afraid for some reason? Did you have a sense of emptiness in your life and the story of Jesus brought you comfort or encouragement or hope? Were you feeling guilty about something you had done and you were embraced by the promise of God’s forgiveness? Did you wonder if this life was all there was and the promise of eternity with God struck a chord with you? Or did the story of Jesus simply resonate so deeply within that you were inspired to believe?

Did you suddenly believe and have what we today would call a conversion experience? It seems like you may have. Or did your faith grow gradually after listening to Paul, much like a flower slowly opening its petals to the sun? I know saints have come to love and follow Jesus in many different ways, yet always because they were inspired in some way by Jesus’ Spirit.

Well, Lydia, there is so much I’d like to ask you about and so many things I’d like to tell you about. Many things are so different here on earth than in your day. You would be amazed and maybe frightened by some of the things we have today. We can fly! Okay not like a bird but we can get into a kind of closed-in cart that goes into the air and quickly takes us places. The cart doesn’t need a horse or donkey to pull it. It has a machine that makes it move. Oh, machine…how do I explain that?! You probably have no idea what I’m talking about just as I would be surprised by many things you could tell me about.

However, here is what I think is important. Despite all our differences, we are bonded together by our love of Jesus and our attempt to live in the way he taught. The Spirit of the living Jesus remains with us today as it does with you. Despite our vastly different experiences of life, my guess is that our faith journeys may be quite similar because the same God whom you came to know through the story of Jesus is the same God we believe in today.

On All Saints’ Sunday we give thanks for all who have not only believed, but passed on their belief in the Living Jesus to others. It is because of these people as well as the presence of Jesus’ through his Spirit that we today are followers of the same Jesus you came to believe in.

So, thank you Lydia for your part of living the faith and passing it on to others.

Thank you, Saint Lydia.

Karen, also a follower of Jesus.

 Anthem:  “Together As One”  (written by Linda Fletcher)

 

Celebration of Holy Communion

Prayer of Confession

Eternal God, our lives are a blend of faithfulness and unfaithfulness. Hear our silent prayers as we confess our mistakes and errors of judgement.
(silence)
Forgive us, we pray, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

Invitation

This is Jesus’ table. Wherever you are on your faith journey, you are invited to share in this celebration of God’s love.

Communion Prayer

 One:   We praise you, Living God. We thank you that you seek to make your love known to us. You give us stories of those faithful to you in days gone by. You sent Jesus, your greatest gift, who lived our human life with kindness and compassion, who died our death and who rose again, giving us the promise of eternal life.

Two: Throughout the ages, your Spirit has inspired believers who have lived out the love of Christ and who have taught others about your amazing love.

One: Lydia,
Two: Francis of Assisi,
One: Martin Luther King Jr.,
Two: Lois Wilson,
One: Sunday School teachers,
Two: Youth group leaders,
One: choir members,
Two: parents,
One: friends.

Two:  So today we join the community of saints from all ages and all places proclaiming together: “Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!”

One: We share this meal in remembrance of the Living Christ, offering you our lives in praise and thanksgiving.

Two: At this time we also remember those for whom these are difficult days. We pray for those grieving the loss of a loved one; those facing discrimination for any reason; those who struggle with a relationship break up or financial insecurity or failing health.

One: O God, fill us with your Spirit, to make us one in Christ, and one in love for you and all people.

Two: Glory be to you, Eternal God, through Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Breaking of the Bread and Pouring of the Wine

Sharing of Bread and Wine

Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life.
Amen.
Jesus Christ, the True Vine.
Amen.

*Prayer after Communion

All: Gracious God, may your gifts of love transform and enliven us that we may live lives of thanksgiving. May your presence among us provoke such longing for your realm, that we will never be satisfied until the whole earth knows your justice, your peace, and your love. In Christ’s name, we pray.  Amen.
(adapted from “Celebrate God’s Presence”.)

Offering of Ourselves, Our Gifts, Our Tithes

With the grace you have shared with us through your son Jesus, may we now offer our gifts to help grow your kingdom here in Halton and beyond. Our offering will now be received.

♥ by placing your offering in one of the offering plates located at the entrance and exits of the Sanctuary
♥ by secure online payment from your debit or credit card. Click here to go to our donation page to make a single or recurring donation. Multiple funds can be included in one donation by using the “Add Donation” button
♥ by cheque through the mail slot at the Church office entrance or by Canada Post
♥ by Text to Give. Donate securely at any time just by texting a dollar amount to 84321 (eg. $5).  See our Text-to-Give page for more information.
♥ by monthly PAR payments. To sign up contact stuart@waltonmemorial.com

*Prayer of Dedication

All: Gifting God, in response to your great love for us, we make our offering – the fruit of our labour and the devotion of our hearts. We ask that you bless these gifts and use them according to your will. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Commissioning & Benediction

Go into the world as a saint of the Living God. Celebrate God’s love for you and live out that love with all you meet through word and action.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with each one of us this day and forevermore. Amen.

In case you missed it…

Here is Rev. Jim’s mid-week update for Wednesday, November 3rd