Virtual Service – October 30, 2022

2:00 pm

October 30, 2022

📸: Sue Hertell

Welcome to virtual church!

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

• View the video below
• download and print the service from this document – link

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Announcements

• Sunday, November 6th, don’t forget the time change + we will be having one service at 10:00 – Remember to set your clocks back 1 hour on Saturday night! On Sunday, Nov 6, Lakeshore Road will be closed between Bronte & Mississaga St. in both directions between 10:00 am- 11:30 am for the Bronte Remembrance Day Parade. 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.

• 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 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 going 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 (please). 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. Are you a light in the darkness?

• 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.


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

Welcome to worship on this All Saints’ Sunday! In the Protestant tradition, a saint is someone who tries to follow Jesus. That means that each one of us is a saint. So go ahead and add ‘saint’ before your name!

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.

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

Hymn: “We Are One”  verse 1 & 4  402VU

 

Call to Worship

One: from the book of Philemon:
Two: 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:
Two: 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:
Two: 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!

9:30 Junior Choir: “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus”
11:00 Chancel Choir: “I am Not Alone”  Heather Sorenson

 

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)

Youth Hymn: “Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace” verses 1 & 2  684VU

 

Youth Story: “A light in the darkness”

Who is excited for tomorrow? It’s Halloween! Are you all ready? What things do you need to go trick or treating?

A costume, something BIG to put all your candy in…what else? How do you stay safe out there in the dark? Maybe you bring a flashlight or wear something that glows in the dark. That way drivers can see you and nobody will bump into you with their car.

Trick or treating just wouldn’t be the same if we did it in the middle of a bright, sunny day. Halloween is supposed to be a bit spooky and for a lot of people, the dark is very scary. Is anyone here afraid of the dark? Not just kids but grownups too. Lots of people are. But if you have something to light up the dark, it’s not so scary, isn’t it? Even if that light is very small.

Alison cracks open a glow stick

It’s a pretty bright morning here in the Sanctuary and the light from this little glow stick doesn’t make much difference. Does it make the room brighter? Not really. But what if this little light was in the dark? Let’s see.

Kids each get a glow stick and huddle under a blanket

What happened? Was it dark under there?

It’s amazing the effect just one small light can have. Sometimes, we may feel insignificant – like our light doesn’t matter – maybe because we are little kids, or because we don’t think we’re important. But, just like this little glow stick, in a world that is filled with darkness, even the smallest light can make a big difference. When we follow Jesus, we are called to be light in this world and you are! Your light makes a difference to other people. You make a difference to other people.

Let’s say a prayer together:

Loving God, thanks for being our light in the darkness. Thanks for helping me be a light in this world. Amen.

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

 

Scripture Reading:  Luke 6:20-31 (NRSV)

Then (Jesus) looked up at his disciples and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.”
“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled.”
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.”
“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.”
“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.”
“Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry.”
“Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep.”
“Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.”
“But I say to you that listen, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt.  Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

Scripture Response: “Thy Word”

Morning Message:  “Taking Our Place”  Rev. Karen Inkster

Do you remember the white caps that nurses use to wear? In some parts of the world they are still used but here in Canada it has been many years since nurses wore them. Even so the nurses’ cap still reminds us of the dedication and compassion of nurses and their important role in health care.

​This is a picture of Mount Edith Cavell located in Jasper Park, Alberta. The design of the crevices filled with snow at the top looks somewhat like a nurse’s cap. That’s one of the reasons this distinctive mountain was chosen to honour a dedicated and brave nurse, Edith Cavell.

Edith Cavell was a British nurse who worked in a hospital in Brussels, Belgium during the first world war. She not only treated Belgian, French and British soldiers, she also looked after the occasional German soldier who was brought to the hospital with serious injury. When Brussels was about to fall into German hands, she was told to evacuate and return to Britain. However, she knew that the need for medical treatment would not end just because the hands of power had changed. So she remained in Brussels caring for any soldier regardless of their nationality or what side they fought on. Unlike many people, Edith believed that any and all soldiers deserved to receive medical care for injuries.

Unfortunately, eventually, she was arrested for treason by German officials because she continued to care for non-German soldiers and because she may have been helping Belgian soldiers escape. She was executed on Oct. 12, 1915.

Canada’s Mount Edith Cavell is only one of many monuments around the world commemorating her selfless work.

Why would Edith Cavell put her life in jeopardy like that? Edith’s actions were born out of her Christian faith. Through those actions, she answered God’s call to bring the kindom of God near. She is one of many whom we remember and celebrate on this All Saints’ Sunday.

​The world still cries out for the kindom of God to draw near. The poor, the hungry, the grieving, the hated and the rejected spoken about by Jesus in the beatitudes continue to be with us today.

The second part of the beatitude sentences may not be as easy for us to relate to as the first part. We know there are far too many who still live in poverty. We see too many who are hungry with little chance of being filled. We hear the weeping that hasn’t stopped. We know of the exclusion and hatred and bullying that still permeates our society. We may be able to relate to the reality of those suffering but often it is so difficult to believe that suffering will come to an end.

So perhaps the beatitudes don’t reflect reality. Maybe Jesus was being too optimistic when he made these proclamations.

Or could it be that Jesus had something else in mind, something other than a promise that if you are just patient things will get better?

More than a promise, the beatitudes are an invitation first made to Jesus’ disciples and now to us today; an invitation to share in the mission of helping to make the beatitudes reality. The Beatitudes are the Church’s mission statement in every age ‘to change the world so everyone shares in life’s blessings; so that all have enough healthy food; so that all who grieve are supported and cared for; so hatred and discrimination and bullying and violence no longer control our society.’

This is a difficult mission! It can be overwhelming! There is so much suffering and so few easy answers about how to alleviate that suffering. It can be difficult to know what to do and we can get so tired trying to do it all.

However, God doesn’t ask any of us to do it all. We are only asked to do our part, to be a piece of the jigsaw puzzle not the whole thing!

We are empowered to do our part by the Spirit of the Living Christ. Christ’s Spirit gives us insight, courage, compassion and perseverance that go beyond our own to help us as we try to be that one piece of the jigsaw puzzle.

Have you heard the expression “a leopard never changes its spots”? It’s a cynical saying which claims people can never change. We often can’t change on our own. However, Christ, through his Spirit, can and does change us. The Spirit of Christ changes our attitudes, our values, our priorities. The Spirit of Christ changes us so we can do unto others as we ourselves would like to have done unto us. The Spirit of Christ empowers us as we try to bring the kindom of God near in small or large ways.

Have you noticed that I have been saying ‘kin-dom’. The Beatitudes are an invitation to build community where all are ‘kin’, all are ‘family’. The Spirit of Christ empowers us to grow kin-dom.

A student Intern was a few months into his Internship ministry in a remote part of Northern Ontario. He had been inviting the congregation to speak their prayer concerns out loud during the Pastoral prayer. So far, his efforts had been met with awkward silence.

However, one Sunday, that changed. After a few moments of silence a woman fighting tears spoke up, “My husband left me and the kids this week. I don’t know what I’m going to do!”

A woman on the other side of the church quickly replied, “I know what you are going to do. You’re going to do the same thing I did when my husband unexpectedly died three years ago. You’re going to let this congregation help you.”

“I know you used to work at accounting,” the owner of a local store said. “My bookkeeper is retiring in a couple of months. The job is yours if you want it. And in the meantime, I could use some extra help at the cash register.”

“We’d be glad to pick your kids from school anytime, if you can’t make it. Just give us a call.” a retired couple offered.

A newcomer to the church spoke, “I’m new here and would love to make some friends. Here’s my phone number. If you have time to come over for coffee sometime, I’d enjoy getting to know you and bring your kids.”

Eventually, the Intern quietly spoke, “I guess we no longer need to pray about your situation!” And the kindom of God drew near.

On this All Saint’s Sunday we give thanks for the saints who have gone before us who each in their own way brought the Kindom of God near. We are grateful for the followers of Jesus today who in small ways or large ways are trying to bring reality closer to the Beatitudes.

In a few minutes, we will celebrate Communion, a celebration and an experience of our kin-ship with God and with each other.

As you eat the bread and drink the wine, also make it a time when you accept God’s invitation to help make the beatitudes a reality today.

Communion Hymn:  “We Gather Here”  verse 1 & 2  469VU

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 judgment…

(silence)

Forgive us, we pray, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

Words of Assurance

One: God’s love for each one of us is steadfast and true. Be assured that through Christ we are forgiven.
All: Thanks be to God.

Invitation

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

The Peace

One: The Peace of Christ be with you.
All: And also with you.

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: Mary Magdalene,
Two: Patrick of Ireland,
One: Desmond Tutu,
Two: Carmen Lansdowne,
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:

All: “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 live in the midst of war, those who struggle with a relationship break up or financial insecurity or failing health.

One: Remembering your great love for us we proclaim
All: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Two: O God, fill us with your Spirit, to make us one in Christ, and one in love for you and all people.
All: Glory be to you, Eternal God, though Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 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
Forever and ever. 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”. Used with permission)

Offering of Ourselves, Our Gifts, Our Tithes

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Offering Hymn:  “Give Thanks”

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.

Hymn:  “Jesus, You Have Come to the Lakeshore” verse 1 & 4  563VU

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 forever more. Amen.

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

Announcements


In case you missed it…

Here is Rev. Jim’s mid-week update for Wednesday, October 26th