Virtual Service – October 23, 2022

4:00 pm

October 23, 2022

Welcome to virtual church!

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

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Announcements

• Halloween family masquerade party – For the first time since 2019, we are excited to hold Walton’s annual family masquerade party. Dress up in your favourite costume and join us on Saturday, October 29 from 4:30 – 7:00 pm for a pizza dinner, Halloween scavenger hunt, spooky crafts, silly games, pumpkin carving and more. Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP online or by calling the office.

• It’s turkey time! – Walton’s famous Turkey Dinner returns Sunday, November 13th. The process will be a little different this year with two seatings for eat-in dining, and reserved pick-up windows for take-out orders. All tickets must be purchased in advance – no walk-ins this year. 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. 

• Turkey Dinner volunteers are needed! Friday, Nov 11: squash prep. Saturday, Nov 12: Potato peeling and veggie prep. 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 welcomed. 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.

Sunday, November 6th, we will be having one service at 10:00 –  Lakeshore Road will be closed between Bronte & Mississaga St. in both directions Sunday, Nov. 6th for the Bronte Remembrance Day Parade, between 10:00 am- 11:30 am. You are welcome to enjoy the ceremony from Walton’s front lawn during coffee time. If you need to leave immediately after the service, please plan to walk, bike, or park off site.

Children and youth are invited to view this week’s virtual Sunday School lesson online. Halloween is right around the corner, making it the perfect time to start our new Glow in the Dark lesson series.

Walton’s prayer chain is open. Confidential prayer 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

Jim:  Good morning, and welcome on this gorgeous morning.
Val:   You know I thought about my Grandma’s quilt all week long.
Jim:  Lots of memories in that quilt?  In what way?
Val:   That was genius the way Tricia compared the backing of the quilt to the General Fund. You know I have never thought of the General Fund in that way; it was always kind of where I would put my donation if there wasn’t something else to give it to.
Jim:  In what way?
Val:   Well, I was thinking about the pretty coloured parts, giving to the food bank, giving to an outreach project, giving to the Benevolent Fund, something we have been asked to do. But really without the plain backing of the General Fund, we wouldn’t have a church to be helping all these people with. People wouldn’t have a place to gather every week, whether it is for Bible study, church & coffee time, Brownies, Youth Group, Junior Choir, U.C.W., or be able to pop in the office and talk to one of the staff. So we really do need to give to the General Fund, so we have heat, water, and staff, and keep the church running so we can all gather here. So maybe we should call it the Operations Fund?
Jim:  No Val, we should call it The backing on the Quilt Fund.
Tricia:  Great explanation Jim and Val.  I think leaving it as the General Fund is fine, but I think explaining it, and what it does will help.  We can do change better when we know the information and the reason why we need to help, or change the way we see something. Don’t you think?

Stewardship “The Fabric of Walton”  Tricia Blakeley

Look at this beautiful quilt, all the squares. Each one is a little different, but they are all so pretty. Yes my grandma made it out of scraps of worn-out clothes and fabrics, so there is something of all my relatives in it.  It makes it feel like a part of home.
It reminds me of Walton. Each square is like a different ministry. Sunday School, Outreach, the Choirs, Worship, fellowship and so on.  Each one is unique and like the quilt, each one is needed for it to be complete.
Look at the back of the quilt, it’s actually all one piece. Yes, you need the back to be one piece – it sort of holds the whole thing together. You put together all those beautiful squares, include some cotton batting and then put on the backing and finally quilt it all together. The result is something beautiful, warm, and meaningful – just like Walton.
You know, the backing isn’t the prettiest part of the quilt, but it’s so important.
It’s just like the general fund. If you don’t have the back of the quilt, it isn’t complete and won’t hold together. The general fund is what keeps Walton going, keeps the heat on, bills paid and programs running. Most of the general fund is made up of what we the members of Walton give through our offering.  What we each give is personal and depends of many factors.
This year, during Stewardship, please think about what you give and why you give.
What squares of the quilt are important to you and your family?  And how can your offering help strengthen the general fund which supports all that Walton offers?

Thank you for your support of Walton in all the ways you give.  We are all part of the fabric which makes up our community.  Thank you.

Hymn: “One More Step along the World I Go”  verses 1, 3,5  639VU

Call to Worship

One: God’s fabric of love.
All: Warms us and fills us with hope.
One: God’s fabric of hope.
All: Holds us close when we are struggling, offering us healing, forgiveness and peace.
One: God’s fabric of peace.
All: Let us reach out to offer ourselves and our gifts to others. Sharing your love God, to others.
One: God’s fabric of joy.
All: Stitches and joins us together to worship and praise our Lord and Saviour. Let us worship.

9:30am Youth Choir:  “Sing For Peace”   M. Haugen

11:00am  Chancel Choir: “Live, Pray, Serve”  D. Besig

Opening Prayer

One:  Look at all of us! Aren’t we a magnificent menagerie muddled together? Look at all our different shapes, and different faces, our different selves.

All:    We come in all our diversity and with all our strengths, invited by the Three-in One to become one thought many.

One:   Is that even possible, to become greater than the sum of our parts?

All:    We come because we trust stories of good news shared, a continuing saga of becoming the kin-dom of God, that shouts, “Yes!”

One:  Come then to focus our scattered thoughts with the intimate conversation of prayer.

All:    Thoughts race within our minds, distracting and disrupting.  So, we pause, O Christ, enfolded in your calming embrace as we breathe.

(take in three deep breaths)

One: Calmed and clarified by your Spirit’s presence deep within us as we pray:

All:   Loving God, we thank you for the creative connections among us, enabling us to know one another as worthy siblings, encouraging us to discover the breadth of your wisdom as a gift, enthusing us with grace-filled passion to co-create heaven on earth.  Nestled into your heart, may our hearts know your purpose. Amen.

(adapted Gord Dunbar, The Gathering, Pentecost 2, 2020)

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:  “Pass It On”   verse 1    289VU

Youth Story:  “A blanket full of love”

Looking at Val’s beautiful quilt reminds me of a passage in the Bible. Deuteronomy 33:12 says: “The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by him, and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.”

What do you think that means? (children answer)

Why would it remind me of this blanket? Listen to the first part again: “The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by him, and the Lord shall cover him all the day long.”

Alison covers Val with the quilt

When God says he will cover us, that means he will protect us and keep us safe. This blanket is completely covering Val, surrounding and protecting her with warmth and love, just like God’s Spirit surrounds and protects us with warmth and love.

Can we all fit under this blanket? Let’s try! Kids huddle up together under the blanket. God’s love is bigger than any blanket could ever be. It’s big enough to completely cover and protect every single person. There’s always room for everyone!

Now,  what about the next part of the verse? “He shall dwell between his shoulders.” I wonder what that means? Hmmm…

Alison ties the blanket around Val’s shoulders

Wow! What does that look like? A cape! Val has been transformed into Super Val! When the verse says that God will dwell between our shoulders, that means he makes us strong. He gives us the power of the Holy Spirit. That’s better than any super power! Isn’t that awesome? Let’s say thank you to God with a prayer:

Loving God, thank you for wrapping us in your warmth and love. Thank you for protecting us and keeping us safe. Thank you for making us strong and giving us the power of your Holy Spirit. Aaaaaaaa-men!

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

Scripture Reading:  2 Timothy 4: 6-8, 16-18, Luke 18: 9-14

2 Timothy 4: 6-8

As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come.  I have fought the good fight; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.  From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

2 Timothy 4: 16-18

At my first defense no one came to my support, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them!  But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Luke 18: 9-14

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt:  “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other, for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Scripture Response: “The Servant Song”  verse 6  595VU

Morning Message:  “The Fabric of Walton”  Rev. Jim Gill

Have you ever heard of the Shroud of Turin, also known as the Holy Shroud?  It is a length of linen cloth bearing the negative image of a man. Some describe the image as depicting Jesus and believe the fabric is the burial shroud in which Christ was wrapped after the Crucifixion when he was buried in the borrowed tomb on Good Friday.

If it were proven to be the actual shroud it would be a powerful piece of evidence of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Carbon dating has actually shown it to be from the middle ages. But many still believe it is Christ’s shroud.

To me, the proof of the message of Jesus does not lie in the fabric of the shroud. To me, there is far more proof in the fabric of the church, the body of Christ, than in the fabric of the shroud. Specifically the message of Christ lies stitched into the very fabric of Walton. It is in our people,  our worship, our community, our ministries and our mission. The presence of Christ is in our hearts as we attempt to live out our walk in the footsteps of Jesus.

Tricia recently wrote her annual Stewardship message to the congregation. I hope those on the electronic or paper mailing list have received it already. If you didn’t, or if you want to be added to the list, please let us know. The message said, “Fabrics come in so many beautiful colours and patterns. Our community of Walton is like that as well. Like the threads that make up fabric, we all bring our time, talent, and treasure to create a wonderful community of faith and caring. Each of us brings something different and, woven together, we are Walton”.

In our gospel reading Jesus says, “For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” I think of those wise words of Jesus when I see this fabric quilt here at the front of the sanctuary. Some of the colourful shapes really stand out in that they are huge in size compared to the other shapes. Take, for example, the yellow squares, for they dominate. Others like the little red squares are by comparison so small in size. Those four solid red small squares take up so little space. But if they were yellow instead of red the whole fabric quilt would not be the magnificent creation it is without them. To me the four red squares speak about, “the humble shall be exalted.” It takes all of us in our own square doing our part to make up the whole Walton fabric, whether red or yellow or somewhere in between.

In the fabric of Walton there are so many sizes and colours in the quilt of the congregation. Last week and today are our first in person Stewardship Services since the fall of 2019. Walton was closed to live worship for most of 2020 and 2021, plus closed the first three months of this year, 2022. Covid has taken its toll on the fabric of Walton in terms of involvement, volunteering and significantly in terms of giving. Since we reopened to live worship at the end of March we have focused on trying to restore and strengthen the Walton fabric in whatever ways possible.

Thanks for all you have done in that regard, both in person and virtually in so many ways, both in your yellow and red,  in your size and shape. We can do it. We can do it together with all pieces of the fabric coming together as one. I believe we can do it. This includes you in the balcony, in the choir,  those of you sitting in front of your phone, tablet, or TV in countless different places near and far. It includes you who read this service from a mailed paper version, email version, or those seated there by the centre aisle. It also includes those who need to be personally invited back into the fabric of the church and it includes me.

In our Tuesday night Walton video study this fall we discussed in one of the sessions what our first job was. I have mentioned before that for 7 years I worked on a farm as my first job. When I first started to earn some money myself, one of my first purchases was a blue jean, denim fabric jacket. I was so proud of it and wore that denim jacket working on everything from feeding the sheep to milking the goats. One fall when I was up there taking the honey from the hives and processing it at the farm things changed. All of sudden I realized my blue fabric jacket was gone. I looked and looked with no success. It never appeared that fall, or even that year, nor the next year. I just assumed it was gone forever.

Then when I was cleaning out the barn a full two years later. The fabric jacket appeared. It was as I was forking the straw out in the stables. It was filthy, wrapped up in a ball and it smelled. Could the fabric garment be salvaged, I wondered ? It went into a bag and came back to my home to be washed and washed and washed again. My Mom was thrilled.

Guess what ? Here it is. Sure enough it cleaned up. I wore it for years and years until I outgrew it. I kept this fabric jacket because it reminded me that there among the sheep, in a stable, the lost was found. I think that is biblical isn’t it?  Not only was it found, but  it could be cleaned up and used for years to come. This story of my fabric jacket reminds me of the fabric of Walton. It has taken a real beating during the pandemic in many ways.

Tricia writes about it when she says, “During Stewardship we ask that you take time to reflect on your contributions to our community.  This year, once again, our focus is on the general fund, which has continued to decline over the past few years. While rentals and other types of revenue are now coming in with the lifting of COVID restrictions, the general fund is an essential part of Walton’s fabric and supports all of our important ministries.”

The general fund, if you will, is the stitching that practically holds together the countless fabric pieces of the Walton quilt. The stitching has really been frayed by the pandemic. There is reason for concern. The live programs and services are coming back. The rentals are returning. We have had some fund-raising. But support for the general fund is lagging. The givings to the general fund are still taking a hit.

Tricia concludes her letter by saying, “This year, we are asking you to consider increasing your contribution to the general fund and ensure that we are able to continue to strengthen the fabric of Walton.”  I echo her words. Please consider how you can help the Walton General Fund, how the fabric can be strengthened to hold the Walton quilt together as one. Thank you.

Pastoral Prayer

Creator God, we thank you for this time together, whether it is live or virtual, this time to think of and pray for others in our church family, our community and our world.  We pray for those who are feeling anxious and nervous about the changing Covid situation. Calm us and fill us with your peace.

We pray for those of us who are feeling the stress and ups and downs of mental health issues, whether that is with ourselves, our children, or other relatives and friends. Help us to find support and care and to reach out to a trusted, understanding friend to walk alongside us through the valleys and the hills.

We pray for those who struggle with financial and work stability. For the changes that are happening in the workplace and in the cost of living changes. Help us to budget and find ways to spend our money better, and give sometimes what little we have left over to help someone else because we are blessed. There is always someone else who has it worse than we do.

We pray for our schools, our hospitals, our governments and our businesses. Help us keep our children and those who teach them healthy and safe, Lord.  Help our healthcare workers find the energy and caring to continue to look after each one of us, to the best of their ability. We pray for our leaders to make wise decisions and choices regarding this country’s future plans.

Help us to not be critical and negative, but to be positive and uplifting and grateful for all we do have, and all that we are able to share with one another. Help us to share your love and your word with others, to help them find hope, encouragement, peace and love and even joy in our everyday things we do and say.

We pray all this in your son Jesus’ name. Amen.

 Offering of Ourselves, Our Gifts, Our Tithes

Our prayer shawl ministry at Walton is a group of prayer warriors who knit and crochet love and prayers into each shawl and blanket that is made. At each baptism, which I’m not sure if you know, but we have been having private baptisms during Covid. Since we have been open, we have been having private baptisms just about every second Sunday afternoon.

At one of these wonderful baptisms a family who has been worshipping with us virtually and then coming as they can, asked if they could have their second son baptized. Big brother had been coming to Sunday School and loving his experience of learning more about God. The parents of this little one being baptized had a sand chime at their wedding; the colours of the sand in the bottle were blues and greens and beiges. As the youngest was baptized, both little boys added their colours of green and blue sand to the sand chime. It was beautiful and the chimes rang after they added all their sand into the bottle.

As part of the baptism service, we give a prayer blanket to the child being baptized. I had gone downstairs and looked in the bins marked prayer blankets and didn’t see one I thought would work, there were many there but not the feeling of “the one” just for that precious little one, and also realized I needed to ask Cathy Winn to choose one as she co-ordinates that ministry.

Imagine the surprise on my face when I pulled back the tissue paper covering the prayer blanket and there in my hands was the most beautiful prayer shawl, which I had not seen in the bins at all. The colours were identical to the colours in the family’s sand chime bottle, and I mean identical. God in action through not only the person who had created the blanket, but through Cathy in choosing that exact one, and in me not choosing a blanket at all. It was like the Spirit floated over us all. I placed the blanket over that precious baby and everyone just stopped and teared up and thanked God for the gift of love and peace for this little one and his entire family, (which by the way some of his family were from Cuba and didn’t speak any English at all). What a gift. God works mightily through our hands and hearts.

Let us give now of our ourselves through our offering to God.

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Offering Hymn: “Give Thanks” on screen

Offering Prayer

All:  When we make a gift in the name of God, we are declaring our belief that our love for one another as children of our God is so strong it becomes a force for change. God’s love and our love become one and the same when we let God work through us and in us, so we can offer comfort, strength, healing and hope. Amen.

Hymn: “I, the Lord of Sea and Sky”  verse 1 &  3  509VU

Benediction

Go out into today, with thanksgiving!
Go out into our community with hope!
Go out into the  world and with God’s grace and love.
As a Walton quilt covering one another with warmth, caring and God’s love.

Closing Hymn:  “Go Now In Peace”

Announcements


In case you missed it…

Here is Rev. Jim’s mid-week update for Wednesday, October 19th