Virtual Service – October 3, 2021

8:30 am

October 3, 2021

Welcome to virtual church!

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Sunday Service Video (30+ minutes followed by the hymns)

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.

The hymn-sing is at the end.

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrPvieoUVfm9rTW2ACWeb50hpiu6FBHgH

Announcements

From Walton’s Outreach Committee:  Thanksgiving Food Drive Usually at this time of year, posters go up around our church and appeals are posted in our weekly service bulletin. The need for donations has only increased during these Covid times in our community. In fact, they have doubled to almost 750 families per month. More than ever, families are in need and we’re asking for help. Financial donations of any amount are used by the food bank to buy items such as eggs, fresh fruit, vegetables and frozen meat in bulk. Please consider donating through your Walton givings, making sure to indicate either Oakville or Burlington food bank on the memo line, or donate online via the Walton website. You can also text a dollar amount followed by “foodbank” to “84321” to give by text. Thank you for your thoughtful gift at this time as we give thanks for all of our own blessings.
• Senior Youth Group is back! Our Friday night fun nights have resumed, with outdoor meetings for fun and games while weather permits. Sunday morning Teen Talk is currently scheduled every two weeks and will be held on Zoom. All teens in grades 9-12 are welcome to join. For more information and registration details, please contact senioryouth@waltonmemorial.com.
• Children and youth are invited to view this week’s virtual Sunday School lesson online. We’re launching a brand new curriculum about the Ten Commandments, and how God’s rules rule!
• 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

Jim and Val start the service skipping stones down at Bronte Beach.  

Three in a row!  Wow, that was so much fun, wasn’t it?

That was great fun!

Good morning and welcome to Walton’s virtual service. Today we are talking about the words of Jesus,  how we are to become like a kid to enter the kingdom of God. I don’t know if that means we should throw rocks or not. But we are to have a child-like faith. Today is Worldwide Communion Sunday around the world. Boys and girls of all ages skip stones in the water wherever they are, but today with our brothers and sisters of the faith we are joining in this communal meal on the Worldwide Communion Sunday.

Come let us worship. Let us join together in the Call to Worship.

Call to Worship

God is our beloved and we are God’s!

The Spirit leaps over mountains, bounds over hills.

God’s grace finds us where we are, grounded in faith or mired in fear of making a mistake.

The Divine One calls us, “Arise, my love, my fair ones: as the leaves turn and fall for another year, yesterday is gone and cannot be made new. Tomorrow is a spring not yet sprung. I am here today to lift you, carry you, and love you. Arise my beloved ones, and come away with me into this beautiful day!

Be blessed and be a blessing.  Come into my presence to worship today.

(adapted  Michele Rowe, The Gathering, Pentecost 1, 2021)

Opening Prayer

O God, who gives us Jesus, who is Bread from heaven, fill us with the nourishment of faith – faith that is both thought and deed.

When we feel lost, and alone, and abandoned, mix us together as essential ingredients in your recipes of communion.

When we feel punched down by life, continue to raise us up with the Spirit’s yeast.

When we finally feel complete and whole and ready, break us into pieces so that we may feed an aching world.

Thus, we come, O Christ, to gather, to witness and to follow.

Amen.

(Gord Dunbar, Pentecost 1, The Gathering 2021)

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 Story

Val and Alison are at a playground in the sunshine for this morning’s youth story, enjoying the opportunity to play freely like kids do. Don’t you sometimes hope that you never grow up? No matter how old we are in years, we always feel like children inside.

It’s funny that most kids can’t wait to grow up. And most grown-ups wish they could be kids again! Part of the problem is that kids don’t like all the rules adults give them, and they think being grown-up means having more freedom. Little do they know we have more rules than they do.

Everyone has rules to follow. Rules keep us safe, help us to live the right way, keep us out of trouble, and make our community a nice place for everyone to live. When one person doesn’t follow the rules, it can make things difficult for everyone else.

Even God has rules! He gave us a set of rules called the Ten Commandments, a list of simple instructions for how he wants us to live. We’re learning all about the 10 Commandments in Sunday School this month. And then Jesus managed to make the 10 Commandments even more simple by condensing them into the 2 rules we all try to live by every day:

• Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind
• Love your neighbour as yourself

Kids, don’t be in too much of a hurry to grow up. Enjoy all the many blessings of being young. And grown-ups, take some time to enjoy the things that kids often take for granted. Play outside, hang out more with your friends, be silly, lie on the ground and look at the clouds, throw rocks in the water. Above all, do your best to follow God’s rules at every age and stage of your life.

A Prayer of Thanks for Children:
For the simple and profound faith questions:
Loving God, we thank you for children.
For a readiness to abandon routine and smell the roses:
Loving God, we thank you for children.
For the gift of playfulness:
Loving God, we thank you for children.
For enduring love and loyalty:
Loving God, we thank you for children.
Today, tomorrow, and every day.
Loving God, we thank you for children. Amen.

Scripture Reading: Psalm 8, Mark 10: 13-16

Psalm 8

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Mark 10: 13-16

The Little Children and Jesus

People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant.

He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.

Morning Message:  “Out of the Mouth of Babes” – Rev. Jim Gill

One of my grandkids sends me videos of them telling kids’ jokes. I then send videos back of me telling jokes. Kids have a great sense of humour, don’t they? I think we often lose ours as adults. Have you heard these jokes which older grade school kids tell about the Last Supper?

Where did Jesus buy the supplies for the last supper? At Seven Unleavened.  Yes, unleavened. Here in Bronte, we can relate with the 7/11 down just Lakeshore at East Street.

Or what about this one: What did Jesus say to his disciples while having the last supper? Get on this side of the table if you want your picture taken.

You know the famous painting of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci? In it all the disciples in the Upper Room are sitting on the same side of the table.

Or did you hear that Jesus is going over the bill for the Last Supper when the apostles notice he has closed his eyes and is rubbing the bridge of his nose? Exasperated, Jesus asks: “Why… WHY would anyone order wine?” You know Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine…

Jesus tells us in our Bible reading today. “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Kids have a way of telling the truth simply, seeing things in a less complex way and with a sense of trust and wonder. Hence why I call my meditation today, “Out of the Mouth of Babes.”

What did the veggies say, as they sat down for the Last supper? “Lettuce, pray.”

One final joke: Jesus calls the restaurant to book the table for the Last Supper. “Table for 26, please!” Jesus said.

“26?” said the maître d’. “I thought there were only 13 of you.”

“Yes, that’s right, but we’re all going to sit on one side.”

In the Gospel reading today, parents are bringing children to Jesus for them to be blessed. Mark describes it this way: “People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them.” You see, Jesus cares for the children. Jesus sets the model of care and concern for children for us as believers.

Today is Worldwide Communion Sunday. Believers around the world are celebrating this sacrament on this first Sunday of October, for Jesus clearly instructed us to celebrate this Holy Meal until Christ returns. With Covid, Communion has changed in practice but Communion has not changed in its meaning. It is now, and will forever be, the Body of Christ broken for us. The Blood of Christ shed for us.

The first change in practice is that we are celebrating this sacrament virtually today, as we have done since Easter of 2020. The second change is we have had to alter our practices around Communion for health reasons. Long ago we stopped drinking from a common cup or dipping bread into a common cup. More recently, we started using tongs due to touch concerns, and we began using recyclable plastic cups.

The Walton Worship Committee has much more recently acquired these new individual packaged Communion servings (show them). When we reopen for live worship and we first celebrate Communion together in the Walton sanctuary, we will bring forward these individual servings on trays to be consecrated on the table at the front of the church during the Communion liturgy.

These individual servings will then be given to each of you as you leave to take with you and partake of outside of church building, in your car, or at home. You see, taking off your mask in the sanctuary and then eating and drinking is not recommended nor is it allowed under the bylaw. Walton always errs on the side of caution in protecting the health and safety of our worshippers of all ages.

Whatever method we use to celebrate this worldwide Communion, there is always that holy mystery of this meal. It is far more than just simple bread and the grape concentrate we use in place of wine. We talk of Communication being a means of grace. God certainly does bless us in this holy banquet. Our souls are sustained in a spiritual way through the Lord’s Supper.

Kids appreciate mysteries more than we adults do. This is what Jesus is reminding us all of in those words today: “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” In every Communion, there are words we call the invitation. Today as we join in this holy meal, this holy mystery, let us be invited to come to this feast with the awe and wonder of a child. Come to the table. It is prepared and ready for you. God bless.

Sacrament of Holy Communion

Introduction:

This table is for everyone, a table of new light and of generous welcome.
To this table we bring our fears and our dreams.

The risen Christ invites the whole human race to become light and love.
With hundreds of millions of our siblings worldwide, we are gathered by God’s invitation —
In all our diversity and in all our differences.

The call to this table is for each person: doubtful or certain, broken or whole, stranger or friend, neighbour or foe.  No one is barred.
All are welcome to be nourished in Christ’s name.

The Great Thanksgiving

May God be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give God our thanks and our praise.

It is right to give God our thanks and our praise.
Jesus came to live with, among, and beside us, showing us the reign of God is not in some heaven light-years away.  God’s reign is here and now – within and among us.

Through the unfolding of our lives is a mystery, all of us long for wholeness.
We are the old and the young, we are the rich and the haughty,
We are the meek and the humble,
We are the proud and the strong;
We are God’s own together.
In our belonging, we find our home in the living hope of the risen Christ.

In that trust and hope, we open our hearts to you, O God, lifting up those of us journeying through the valley of the shadow of death that your comfort may distil the tears of sorrow; lifting up those of us wrestling with the possibilities of disruption in our lives, that insight and justice may guide deliberations; lifting up those of us with worried minds and weary bodies, that joy may be the light by which life is filled with relationships of meaning; lifting up those of us who feel unlovely, alone, and lonely, that your persistent presence may be our guide and our touchstone. Hear the prayers of our hearts in the silence at your table of grace.  (a time of silent prayer)

Amen.

Blessing & Consecration

We give you thanks for the intimacy of communion in prayer, anticipating your gifts of bountiful sharing at Christ’s table.

Let us pray: Living Spirit, bless our gathering around this table of radical inclusion, equipping us, once again, to be salt for the earth. When we eat this bread broken, may we find our brokenness healed.  As we drink the grape juice poured out, may we be poured out through compassion for and with all people.  Nourish us by this sacrament that we may be holy and true.  Amen. 

Prayer after Communion

Let us join together in prayer once more:

We have received the gift of grace at your table, O Christ. Take what we have said and done here, planting it like a weed in our hearts.  May your mustard seed of love so persist within us that we become evermore a people in service for your reign, O God. May you breathe into our souls, O Spirit, a persistent passion to join with our siblings worldwide to do your will.  Amen.

(Adapted Gord Dunbar, The Gathering, Pentecost 2, 2021) 

Anthem: Welcome Table

Offering of Ourselves, Our Gifts, Our Tithes

With the taste of bread and grape juice on our lips, we thank you for the gift of Jesus, who takes away our sins. We offer up the gifts we are able to share today, that they will continue to do your work here in this community and globally. The offering will now be received:

♥ 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

Offering Prayer

Loving God, we are grateful for the wonderful blessings and gifts you share with each of us, each day. Help us to have a grateful, giving heart, to be more Christ-like, or more child-like, to see the good in others and in ourselves. Help us to be more forgiving, more accepting and more loving to others whose opinions and ways aren’t like ours.  For isn’t that how Jesus lived and died?  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Benediction

This week may you find peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be confident knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.  It is there for each and every one of us. Amen.

(St. Therese of Liseieux and St. Theresa of Avila)

Walton’s Musical Message

This morning on Facebook and on YouTube, we’re sharing a video where Linda shares with us several of our favourite hymns! Sing along!

• One bread, One body
• Deep in our hearts
• In Christ there is no East or West
• Be Thou My Vision
• May the Light of God Go With You

In case you missed it…

Here is Rev. Jim’s mid-week update for Wednesday, September 29th