Virtual Service – October 2, 2022

2:00 pm

October 2, 2022

Welcome to virtual church!

Today’s service will be offered in 2 formats – video and text.

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Announcements

• Walton’s Harvest Table – On Thanksgiving Sunday, October 9th, you are invited to support the Oakville Fare Share food bank. Please bring vegetables and fruit to decorate the sanctuary for our harvest theme. And of course, we are accepting much-needed canned or packaged food items, or monetary donations. Baskets to collect packaged food items will be at the church throughout October.

• Fruit of the Vine is back!  Our first event will be a free “tailgating” social at Walton in the back parking lot.  We’re meeting tomorrow night, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm on Monday, October 3. You don’t need to have a truck with a tailgate to join us.  Bring a camp chair, a beverage in a travel mug, and dress for the weather.  Bring a friend too if you know someone who would enjoy the social time. Note, You might want to bring along a cosy blanket for when the sun goes down. Come join us, renew old friendships or make new ones.  If you have any questions, email familyministries@waltonmemorial.com

• Share the warmth – donations are urgently needed! The Bronte Coat drive urgently needs your donations of gently-used warm coats, snowsuits, and winter boots. All sizes for all ages are gratefully accepted. Knitted scarves are also very much appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at the church before October 14th.

• Lest We Forget For the Remembrance Day service on Nov 6, we are looking for memorabilia to decorate the sanctuary. Please bring items to the church before Nov. 4th so they can be displayed.

• Drives to church Do you know someone who needs a drive to church? We have some drivers available and will try to accommodate them. Please contact the church office for more information.

• “Everybody Always” Tuesday Night Fall Video Study.  This Tuesday,  Rev. Jim is offering a fall study from 7:15-8:45 pm on Tuesdays, from Oct. 4th to Nov. 1st, in Bronte Hall. It is by Bob Goff, New York Times bestselling author of, “Becoming love in a world full of setbacks and difficult people.” No preparation is required and there is no cost. Masks are required.  Please let Rev. Jim know you are attending by emailing  jamescgillwuc@gmail.com or by calling the office at 905-827-1643.

• Do you have surplus paper? If your company is discarding any good quality blank photocopy paper (any colour), the church office can make good use of it. We can always use 8 1/2 x 11 or 81/2 x 14 sizes. If you have access to any spare paper, please contact the church office. Thank you!

• Children and youth are invited to view this week’s virtual Sunday School lesson online. Our Bible Basics boot camp continues!

• 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 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

What a wonderful fall day it is today. We thank you, Lord, for the seasons we in Canada get to enjoy. What a blessing that is. As we enter into fall, we thank you for the spectacular colours of the leaves, the bountiful harvests of apples, pumpkins, potatoes, beets, and so many other fruits and vegetables. Help us to share our bounty with others and give thanks for all we have been given. We praise you and worship you this morning.

Lighting of the Christ Candles

Let us pray. Healer Lord, we would like to offer up our neighbours to the East and our neighbours in the Southern States. We think of and pray for our neighbours who are still feeling the effects and challenges after Hurricane Fiona and Ian tore apart various parts of our country and the American south. We pray for safety, for caring for one another and for hope in rebuilding their lives and communities. Please guide and protect them, Lord. Amen.

Hymn: “It’s a Song of Praise to the Maker”  verses 1 & 4  30MV

Call to Worship

All: We are Canadians, Indigenous, Ukrainian, Irish, Dutch, Japanese, English and so much more.
We may be proud of our heritage, yet we are also brothers and sisters and siblings of Jesus Christ.
We gather today with other followers who are also celebrating World Wide Communion this morning all around the world. At the table, we are fed and nourished and are drawn together into the community of faith.  Let us worship! 

*Youth Choir:  “We Belong” (Together in One Family)Linda Spevacek

**Chancel Choir: “The Welcome Table” Stephanie Spares (violin), Else Sather (cello)

Opening Prayer

All:  Holy Mystery, your circle is wide and includes the most amazingly wonderful array of beautifully created people. The languages we speak are like a chorus of every sound of creation. The gifts and abilities with which you have blessed us encircle the word in creativity.  You call us “good.” May we be committed to being a welcoming people, inclusive and accepting.  Grant us the faith that transforms our world as we feast at this table today.
Amen. 

adapted Laura Turnbull, The Gathering Pentecost 2, 2021 

Youth Hymn:  “A Communion Prayer”  on screenLinda Fletcher

With this bread your body, with this cup today,
Will us with your spirit, for this, oh_ Lord, we pray.

Youth Story:  An International God – Gill Le Fevre

When I talk, what do you hear? I don’t have a Canadian accent. [What accent do I have? Why might that be?]
I’ve lived in lots of countries (and gone to church in all those countries) – Scotland, Australia, England
Today is Worldwide Communion Sunday, so churches all around the world will be celebrating communion.
[Communion is when we especially remember that Jesus died for us.]
And in all the countries, communion is pretty much the same, with only very small differences
In some countries (e.g. Australia) right now, it’s already night, so they’ll have had communion already and maybe be in bed
Other parts of the world (west coast), it’s still early; people will be getting up and having breakfast and getting ready to go to church
Doesn’t matter where we live or what time it is, God still loves us, and loves that we come to church and remember Jesus
Loving God, thank you for caring for people all over the world. Remind us that it doesn’t matter where we live or what country we’re from, because you love us all the same. Amen.

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

Scripture Reading:  2 Timothy 1:1-14Marie MacLeod, Evelyn Taggart

Salutation

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Thanksgiving and Encouragement

I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.  Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy.  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.  For this reason, I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands,  for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.

Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, in the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace, and this grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,  but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. For this gospel, I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, and for this reason, I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard the deposit I have entrusted to him. Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.

Scripture Response: “Change My Heart, O God”  on screen

Morning Message: “Timbits”  Rev. Jim Gill

One morning this summer I was down at the parking lot on Ontario Street here in Bronte by the lake, near the banquet centre. A person drove up in a very high-end car. They rolled their driver’s window all the way down, opened up a box and threw what must have been 40 cake balls out the window, one at a time. The seagulls gathered quickly from around the harbour. You wouldn’t believe the noise from those gulls fighting over this Timbit feast.

I wondered to myself, do the gulls have a favourite Timbit? What about you? What is your favourite Timbit? Some say old fashioned glazed is the best. Others say chocolate glazed are better. Honey crullers beat them all, still others proclaim. People each have their favourite Timbit. Chatelaine Magazine did a survey just before Covid on what is the best-liked Timbit in Canada; The number-one answer was sour cream glazed.

Have I made you hungry yet for a snack?

Today our reading is from Timothy’s second letter. Like a box of Timbits, this letter is full of Paul’s bits of guidance, advice and godly direction to Timothy. Let’s taste some of those Timbits this morning.

–  First Timbit: “in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus.” Paul reminds Tim that God keeps his promises and that we have life both here on earth and in the eternity beyond through Christ Jesus. This goes for you and me as well.

–  Second Timbit: “Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.” This is a blessing. We end every service with a blessing or benediction. God wants to bless us, not harm us. God wants to bless us with, “Grace, mercy and peace.” What a gift.

– Third Timbit: “I constantly remember you in my prayers.” Paul essentially says, “Tim, I am praying for you.” We are called to do the same. We are to constantly remember others in our prayers. It is a vital ministry each of us can be part of every day.

– Fourth Timbit: “I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” Paul sees how Timothy was brought to faith. Never underestimate the role parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings, kids and other family members can play in bringing one to faith. Studies have also shown again and again that people tend to come to church if they are invited by family and friends far more than through any minister’s invitation.

– Fifth Timbit: “I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you.” You know how at the campfire you can use a piece of board, newspaper, or even a garbage can lid to fan the fire? We are to do that with the spark of God in our lives. Turn the embers into a roaring flame.

– Sixth Timbit: “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” The Scriptures tell us that Christians are not to be loud or aggressive, but on the other hand we are not to be timid doormats either. The Holy Spirit gives us a power rooted in love and self-discipline to change the world around us.

– Seventh Timbit: “He has saved us and called us to a holy life — not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.” Jesus has acted in our lives that through faith we are given God’s grace, in spite of our actions. It is not we who save ourselves but Jesus. What a relief that it’s not up to us to get everything sorted!

– Eighth Timbit: “it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” Friends, this is not all there is. There is life beyond death. Hence why in this Timbit we see that phrase, “destroyed death.” Heaven lies beyond.

– Ninth Timbit: “Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you — guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” We are to guard the faith that is within us with the help of God’s Spirit. We pray for that protection around us day to day.

While these nine Timbits may not be as sweet as a Timbit on our lips, they bring sweetness to our soul and spirit. Let us now prepare to taste bread and wine on our lips as we gather around the Lord’s Table.

Hymn: “Let Us Break Bread Together”  verses 1 & 2  480VU

Sacrament of Holy Communion

Invitation:  “Alleluia! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns!” Revelation 19:6

All:  Alleluia is not just a word, it is a way of living…
How many ways can we share ‘alleluia?’
When the bread is divided, alleluia
When the table is set, alleluia
When the hungry are fed, alleluia
When peace is celebrated, alleluia
When communities are brought together, alleluia
When neighbours love each other, alleluia
(excerpted from an Easter Statement of Faith written by Roddy Hamilton, posted on Listening to the Stones)

A Story before the Meal

(adapted from a Communion at Calvary United Methodist Church in Frederick, MD and Walton’s Communion experiences)

Just under a year ago, I was so excited about our first in-person communion service during the pandemic, which we celebrated on All Saints Sunday. It felt like the virus was just taking away one more thing. It had taken from my life in big ways, like the deaths of Walton people that I had known for years, and in smaller ways, like cancelling long-planned events. At that first in-person Communion service, we were finally together, but the feast of abundance I usually loved to celebrate was not possible in those strange times. Those times still persist but are reduced in their strangeness. Today is our first Worldwide Communion service since 2019, and today we can partake in our pews, if we choose, briefly lifting our masks to partake in the bread and wine.

“As we partake of the one loaf, we who are many are one body,” I recited back last October. But we weren’t partaking of the one loaf or even one plate. Instead, we were holding individually plastic-wrapped wafer and juice combo packs. And we were separated by masks and socially-distanced pews two metres apart, seemingly so far from ever being one body. How could this be Communion?

That Sunday, half of us couldn’t open the cellophane to get to the wafer whether in the parking lot, in our cars, or even back home. But even in the imperfection of the symbolism, this meal nourished us.

It nourished me.

I acknowledged: It is right to give our thanks and praise. “So what are you thankful for?” I asked right in the middle of the liturgy. As we prepared to take our meal, I asked where people saw the Spirit poured out in these strange times. I was thankful to see faces distant and masked but still full of warmth. I saw the Spirit poured out as we lifted up in prayer those who work in hospitals, those who make the supply chains work, and those involved in education. Even in the strangeness and disappointment I felt as I approached the table, I also felt lifted out of my covid isolation, if only for a moment. I felt directed toward the day, not when we feast at the heavenly banquet, but when we could feast together without barriers of masks and cellophane.

We wrote this communion liturgy to be honest about the strangeness of these times but also to celebrate those moments when we feel the Spirit pouring out over us. Even now the Spirit is offering us abundant grace. Can we perceive it?

The Great Thanksgiving

One: The Lord be with you.
All:  And also with you.
One: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up to the Lord.
One: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is right and a good and joyful thing always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Creating God, even in the midst of such strange times around the world.

You formed us, breathing life into us.When we got ourselves into that first strange time in the garden, you clothed us and watched over us as we went out to make our own way.

Your love kept calling us back to you, and sometimes we heard it. When we stepped into freedom after bondage in Egypt, we were following your love. Even in the midst of the strange times of famines and illness, injustice and unrest, you continued to create by speaking love into our hearts through prophets and teachers, priests and widows.

And so with your people on earth and all the company of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn.

The Great Hymn of Praise

All:  Holy, holy, holy, 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.

We praise you for speaking love into and through Jesus Christ. He knew what it was like to grow up in strange times. He grew up under the violence of Roman occupation. He grew up impoverished, experiencing the pain of poverty.

His heart was open to see the way we use religion, not to nourish and strengthen, but to cut down and cover up. And even though the suffering of the world seemed insurmountable then, just as it does today, Jesus proclaimed the coming of a world defined entirely by love. He poured your love, God, over us through healing the sick and eating with sinners, and he challenged us to love one another and ourselves as you love us all.

Around the world our tables look different and even strange today, but your table is always one defined by love. We love one another even by not partaking of one literal loaf. We love one another by wearing masks and distancing our bodies, even though we long to hold hands, hug, and sing.

The first communion meal was an unsettled table, just as ours is now. Jesus knew some of his friends would betray him, deny him, and abandon him. And he nourished them anyway, just as you nourish us in these strange times.

You gave yourself to us in Jesus, pouring love over us, filling us with grace.
You took bread and said:
“This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
You took a drink from the vine and said:
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood, poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

The disciples did not understand. We do not understand. But we remember. May our remembering connect us to you and one another even in such strange times. So let us proclaim this mystery of faith:

Statement of Faith

All: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Pour out your Spirit on us gathered here and on these gifts of bread and wine, pointing us toward that day when we who are many will partake of one loaf and one cup.

Breathe life and love into us and knit us together, even as we eat distanced from one another. Make these gifts for us be the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for this broken world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood. Though our communion this morning may feel disjointed and strange, maybe not strange but different, nourish us to minister with all the world until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at his heavenly banquet.

Through your Child Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honour and glory is yours, almighty God, now and forever. Amen.

And now with the confidence of children of God, let us pray as Jesus taught us:

The Lord’s Prayer

All: 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, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread and Offering of the Cup and Sharing in the Feast
Prayer after Communion

All:  Behold: we have experienced a mystery! Ordinary bread and ordinary fruit become for us nourishing life that can transform even the grief and fear of these strange times into hope and love. May it be so, not just in this meal but in each meal. And may we who have been fed go forth to feed others. Amen.

 adapted Rev. Shannon E. Sullivan, Frederick, Maryland.  Post Author: Shannon E. Sullivan

Offering of Ourselves, Our Gifts, Our Tithes

While the people of God wandered in the desert, God provided manna from heaven, water from a rock, and a law to guide their way and to shape their life together. God has fed us, too, and stayed with us every moment of our own journey so that we are never alone. We are here today to be fed, and to gather strength in numbers and in the Spirit of God, so we can reach out in ministry to the world God loves.
Let us gather our gifts together and offer them to God in gratitude and praise.

adapted Rev. Kathryn Matthews Huey, Minister for Covenantal Stewardship, Stewardship and Church Finances Ministry Team in Local Church Ministries of the United Church of Christ.

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Offering Hymn: “Grateful”  refrain only 182 MV

Offering Prayer

All: We  have brought gifts of money for blessing, and we have brought gifts of bread and wine to the table of Holy Communion for blessing. And with them, we bring our anticipation. With the money, with the bread and wine, comes the promise that God’s realm will be established, and the hope that we will be among those who will welcome its coming. As these gifts are blessed, we recognize how they can be used to bring God’s realm closer, and for this, we give you thanks, Gracious God, Amen.
adapted Rev. Kathryn Matthews Huey

Benediction

As you leave today with the taste of the grape juice on your lips, and the bread on your tongue, go into the world spreading the good news of God’s gifts, the nourishment and love only He can offer and fill us with. Share this with each person you meet this week, and let God’s light and love shine through you.
Amen.

Closing Hymn:  “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing” verse 1  VU 481

Announcements


In case you missed it…

Here is Rev. Jim’s mid-week update for Wednesday, September 28th