Virtual Service – September 25, 2022

2:00 pm

September 25, 2022

Welcome to virtual church!

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

  • View the video below
  • read this week’s announcements and complete service on our website
  • download and print the service from this document – link

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Announcements

• Today is “Fling It in the Freezer”  At both services this morning we will have fun as we donate hundreds of pairs of warm winter socks by flinging them into the freezer at the front of the church at the beginning of the service. If you are unable to attend, it isn’t too late; the need never goes away. Please drop off your socks to the church office, and we will donate them through the Wesley Day Centre or Kerr Street Mission to folks who need them desperately. Thank you from your Outreach Committee.

• Road closure alert Due to the 2022 Oakville Half Marathon, please note that Lakeshore Rd W will be closed between Bronte and Burloak in the morning on Sunday, October 2nd, affecting access to the church. There will be no westbound traffic permitted on Lakeshore Rd. If you are heading south on Bronte Road towards Lakeshore, you will be permitted to turn west onto Lakeshore if you advise the traffic marshals you are going to Walton Church. You must enter our parking lot via the east entrance only. You must exit the parking lot via the west entrance only. Upon exiting, you must drive west along Lakeshore and turn right on Mississaga St. At Rebecca, you can turn left (west) or right (east). Click here for a map.

• 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 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm 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 cozy 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.comClick here for more details.

• “Everybody Always” Tuesday Night Fall Video Study.  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.

• Bronte Coat Drive is back! This has become a cooperative effort between the Church of the Epiphany, St. Dominic’s Church and Walton Memorial primarily; all of us having the betterment of the people in our area as our goal. So, sew on that button, empty those pockets, sponge out that stain, and please give us your coats that you don’t plan to wear next year or ever again. Donations can be dropped off at the church.

• Calling all knitters The Bronte Coat Drive Committee needs knitted scarves for our annual coat distribution event. If you could knit a scarf 5’ – 6’ long in black, grey or navy, we would be most happy to include it as a giveaway on October 15th, 2022. As you may know, many people in our community are grateful to receive a coat from this event, and they are delighted to also receive a warm scarf (or hat or gloves)! 

• Thanksgiving Food Drive We usually think of a food bank at Thanksgiving. Some grocery stores have bags of staples that can be added to a customer’s bill, but few know much about how a food bank works. The Fare Share Foodbank in Oakville requires the registration of families or individuals with extremely low incomes. Even then they can only pick up groceries once a month and a list is given to them to check out what they will use, from fresh fruits and vegetables to canned goods, pasta or beef. No one wants to go to a food bank. No one wants to work in a marginalized job, to live on what the province provides for disability income support, to eke out an existence on the Old Age Pension, or to rely on the most basic income provided by Ontario Works. It’s important to realize that and to give generously with no judgment or cynicism. This Thanksgiving, give from your heart. Donations of food items can be placed in our decorated boxes in the church or monetary donations can be given through our weekly ‘giving’ envelopes or through the church website:   www.waltonmemorial.com. Please share with others in our community by donating generously throughout October.  Thank you for your thoughtful gifts.  On your behalf, Walton Outreach

• Help wanted! We are looking for help on Sundays once or twice a month in the following roles. Training and support is provided.

• Nursery volunteers • Sunday School helpers
• Youth Group helpers • Ushers
• Elevator attendants • Camera / virtual operators
• Computer / projectionist• Coffee hosts
Looking for ways to help that fit your schedule? Consider one of the following:
• Bring pre-packaged, nut-free cookies to share at coffee time on Sunday morning. Please leave them in the kitchen for the hosts to serve.
• Fill a personal care kit bag• Drop off winter coats and boots for the coat drive
We also need helpers during the week to assist with
• weeding the garden
•  organizing and restocking items in the kitchen
• other occasional tasks.
Our volunteers are such a blessing to Walton and the wider community. Thank you for your service!

• Children and youth are invited to view this week’s virtual Sunday School lesson online. We are learning all the ways God is GOOD!

• 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.


Fling it in the freezer

Today we continue a Walton Outreach tradition of helping others who may have cold feet this winter. We collect socks and forward them to Wesley Day Centre in Hamilton and Kerr Street Mission. Over the years we have thrown the warm winter socks into baskets and even a hockey net. Today, we are flinging the socks into our cardboard freezer.

We want to try to do this safely. Please aim for the freezer and try not to hit any of the choir members!  Those in the balcony are welcome to come downstairs and throw down the center aisle to keep our antique lights safe!  Come on down…

Please count down with me then aim and fling!

Ready! Five. Four. Three. Two. One. Fling!

Welcome

Good morning and welcome to worship at Walton.

On this Sunday when we commemorate Truth and Reconciliation Day, we start the service in unity, to affirm what is true of every Sunday: that we are seekers of truth together; that each one of us guides and leads and learns with each other.

And that when it comes to the hurt, and pain, and abuse inflicted on the indigenous communities from the lands on which we live, we are likewise united in having benefitted from those wrongs.

We affirm that we stand together before God, to acknowledge the abuses of the past and to promise, through our prayers and our actions, to help heal our nation and our land.

Please join me as we say together the Land Acknowledgment:

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.

Lighting the Christ Candle

Sung Prayer

Our worship today is a blend of Indigenous words blended with words and music from our euro-centric heritage and present. We do this in acknowledgment of the First Nations’ truth that we are all one people; we share one creator, and we are called to care for one shared creation, living together in right relations. Let us prepare for worship by singing a traditional Ojibwe prayer:

Grandfather,
Sacred one,
Teach us love, compassion,
and honor.
That we may heal the earth
And heal each other.

Call to Worship

One: Let us give thanks to our Creator, for the Creator is always with us.
All: God is with us in the call of a loon and in the flight of an eagle.
One: Our Creator is with us in the changing of the seasons.
All: God is with us when we gather together and when we are alone.
One: Our Creator is with us in our giftedness and in our search for new understandings of ourselves, new visions of our communities.
All: Let us give thanks to God, our Creator. Let us together worship God.
[A prayer from The Dancing Sun (United Church of Canada/Anglican Church of Canada)]

Hymn: “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”  684VU

Opening Prayer

All: Encompassing God, you who called creation out of chaos, you breathed the sacred word Ruah and life came into being. Your magnificence is a Holy Mystery that we are too human to be able to comprehend. We give thanks for that which is beyond our comprehension. It allows us to dream and imagine. We give all praise and glory to you, Most Holy, for holding us in all the seasons of our days, to love, and to cherish, in this life, and in everlasting life. We are in awe of our covenanted love and journey with you. Amen. 

[Rev. Nancy Best, Rev. Dr. Lisa Waites. © 2022 The United Church of Canada/L’Église Unie du Canada]

The Lord’s  Prayer

Let us now say together the Lord’s Prayer, taken from the First Nations Translation of the  New Testament, from the gospel of Matthew, chapter 6. The words are on the screen.

All: O Great Spirit,
our Father from above,
we honor your name as sacred and holy.
Bring your good road to us,
where the beauty of your ways in the spirit-world above
is reflected in the earth below.
Provide for us day by day—
the elk, the buffalo, and the salmon.
The corn, the squash, and the wild rice.
All the things we need for each day.
Release us from the things we have done wrong,
in the same way we release others
for the things done wrong to us.
Guide us away from the things that tempt us
to stray from your good road,
and set us free from the evil one and his worthless ways.
Aho! May it be so!

Youth Hymn:  “God of Creation”

Youth Choir sings for the first time. Congregation sings the second time.

Youth Story:  “The Medicine Wheel”

In many Indigenous cultures, everything in the universe is connected, all parts of a whole, all coming from the Creator. Does that sound familiar? The Bible teaches us that God is the Creator of everything in the universe.

This symbol is called a Medicine Wheel. Alison holds up a Medicine Wheel to demonstrate.  It is always a circle. The circle is divided into four equal parts, representing different parts of creation. They are equal and interrelated. They balance with each other to make the whole circle complete. The quadrants are four different colours, representing all the races on the earth, made by one Creator and making up one circle: white, yellow, red and black.

The quadrants represent the four directions: north, east, south, west. The quadrants can also represent the four seasons (winter, spring, summer, fall),  the natural elements (fire, earth, air, water), human elements (intellectual, physical, emotional, spiritual), or even the life stages of living things (new life, youth, adult, elder).

Let’s see what each colour represents:

East is yellow. The sun rises there to start a new day. The season is spring. There is always a new beginning. We think of new life, infants and children. The element is earth which connects us all. We think of our physical well-being.

South is red. Everything coming from there is warm. The season is summer and we think of youth and their energy. The element is air which all life shares and needs to breathe. We are aware of our emotional health.

West is black. Here we are preparing for the completion of our circle. The season is fall with plants changing and leaves falling. We think of adults and the life experiences they have. The element is water, most of our bodies are made up of water and most of the earth’s surface is water. We think of our spiritual needs and beliefs.

North is white. There is cold and some living things go dormant (to sleep). The season is winter. We think of older people, of Elders who have knowledge and wisdom to share with children and grandchildren. The element is fire, which can give warmth. We remember our intellectual abilities.

Do you remember the 10 Commandments? They are the rules God gave us to live in unity with each other. Ojibway culture has 7 rules for living in unity with nature, and they remind me a lot of God’s rules:

1. Learn and share your wisdom
2. Seek and speak the truth
3. Be humble
4. Show love for all
5. Respect all creation
6. Have courage in all you do
7. Act and speak honestly

God’s commandments and the 7 Ojibway rules are a recipe for the same thing: how to live in peace. Peace with other people, peace with nature, peace with ourselves. Can we all do that? Let’s ask God to help us:

Loving God, thank you for your Creation. For everything on the earth, beneath the seas and in the heavens above. Help us to care for Creation and for each other. Aaaaaaaaa-men!

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

Anthem: Creation Sings

Prayer for Illumination

One: We call upon the light, God’s light. The light shall shine upon and within us.
All: The light is God and it is great.
One: It shall encourage us, strengthen us, guide us, protect us, shield us, love us, empower us, ground us, give us wisdom and the actions of God’s Holy Spirit.
All: The light is calm. The light is never rushed. The light knows no time. The light is the Holy Spirit.
One: We sense the light; we know, feel, and smell the light. It is like pure joy. Jesus was created by the light, truly God’s light.
All: It shall never leave us.
One: With all you have given and taught us, forgive us, loving God, for the times when we have rejected your light. Allow us to accept the light and creation of the lives we each lead.
All: We love you, God. We love you, Holy Spirit. We love you, Jesus.
One: With peace and forgiveness, in Jesus’ name.
All: Amen
[Murray Pruden. © 2019 The United Church of Canada/L’Église Unie du Canada]

Scripture Reading:  Luke 16:19-31, Colossians 1:3-14 Peter Hengstman/Debbie Mings

The Rich Man and Lazarus

There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores.

The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.

In Hades, where he was being tormented, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side.  He called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in agony in these flames.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things and Lazarus in like manner evil things, but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony.  Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’  He said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house—  for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.’  Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’  He said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’

Our second reading is from Colossians, chapter 1, verses 3-14, taken from the First Nations Version, an Indigenous translation of the New Testament.

When we send up prayers for you, we always give thanks to the Father of our Honored Chief, Creator Sets Free (Jesus) the Chosen One. We thank him for the good words we have heard about your trust in Creator Sets Free (Jesus) the Chosen One and your deep love for all his holy family members. This love and trust come from the hope you have in Creator’s promises kept safe for you in the spirit-world above. It is the same hope you heard about when you were told the words of truth found in Creator’s good story.

The seeds of this good story have been planted throughout the whole world, and now the message is growing and bearing good fruit. In the same way, it took root and began to grow in you, when you first heard and understood the truth about the gift of Creator’s great kindness.

Walks in Beauty (Epaphras) was the seed planter who first taught you these things. He is a faithful servant of the Chosen One, for your sakes, and also a much-loved helper who walks beside us on the road of life. He is the one who told us about the love of the Spirit that is in you.

Ever since we heard about you, we have never stopped praying for you. When we send our voices to the Great Spirit, we ask that he will fill your heart and mind with the knowledge you need to walk in his ways with all spiritual wisdom and understanding. That you will walk in a manner that is worthy of our Honored Chief, making his heart glad and bearing good fruit as you walk the path he has chosen for you. In this way, you will grow wise in your understanding of our Great Creator.

We pray that you will grow strong with the strength that comes from the honor and shining-greatness of his power. Then you will be able to stand firm in a calm and unhurried manner, as you give thanks with glad hearts to the Great Spirit who is our Father from above. For he is the one who has made you ready to take your place on this road of life, a place he prepared for you among all the holy ones who walk in his light.

The Giver of Life has set us free from the dark ruler of this world. He has brought us safely onto his good road to walk it together with Creator’s much- loved Son.  He is the one who paid a great price to release us from our bad hearts and broken ways.

Scripture Response:

May all I say and all I think
be in harmony with thee,
God within me,
God beyond me,
maker of the trees.
[A Chinook prayer]

Morning Message:  What is Truth? – Gill Le Fevre

When we began working on this service, I sent Linda what I thought were three Indigenous prayers or blessings, found on a website of inter-cultural prayers, for which she was going to write the music.

You’ve already heard and sung two – the Grandfather prayer at the start of the service, taken from an Ojibwe blessing, and the Chinook prayer that we sung after the scripture readings.

And then the third piece… well, about that.

There we ran into a problem. On Tuesday evening this week, as Linda was putting the finishing touches to the melody, an impulse took her back to the web to check some details – where she discovered that the prayer was essentially fake. Not as we thought Apache, but rather Hollywood.

When Linda told me, I could have kicked myself. Normally, I am diligent in my research and checking. But for whatever reason, on this occasion, I slipped up. I neglected to ensure that what I sent over was in fact authentic.

Which is ironic, because today’s message is all about neglect.

Our reading this morning tells the story of a well-off but disinterested man, who didn’t care for those around him and neglected the needs of others on his literal doorstep.

We can see from the details of the passage that the rich man is indeed very rich, particularly for biblical times. He is dressed in the finest fabrics and colours, with purple being associated with vast affluence and even royalty. His home is substantial; big enough to have a gate, and thus presumably walls, which would separate him from the outside world. And he lives in luxury, enjoying the best of life, feasting and indulging himself every day.

Living his life of pleasure, receiving all manner of good things, the rich man has no time for the needs of others. The passage implies that he is so self-absorbed he can go about his life, passing by his gate, without ever noticing the suffering of someone that he virtually had to step over to leave his property.

The rich man had a daily opportunity to make a difference in the world and didn’t. Instead, he’s focused on himself and his luxury and carelessly neglects everyone else.

All of this self-centredness however, as Abraham points out, ignored the teaching of Moses and the Prophets, and neglected the duty that the wealthy had in biblical times to care for the poor. Indeed it was an established practice for the poor to wait outside the gates of the wealthy, where they could expect a level of attention and care. Lazarus’s “longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table,” shows how little he was asking; not even the leftovers but the crumbs that had fallen to the ground.

What is truth? That knowledge is no substitute for love. Because the painful, shameful truth of this story is that the rich man and those like him had all the knowledge they needed to know how to live and yet they neglected the parts of that truth that made them uncomfortable – caring for the poor and needy.

What is truth? The truth is that God cares how we treat those less fortunate than ourselves. And on that count, we far too often do not do a good enough job.

Because, yes, it’s easy to be caught up in our own struggles and concerns, and neglect the stark contrast that even our hardships make with others in need.

And this is not a remote and distant case of “first world problems,” as though we can reassure ourselves that real need only exists overseas. As in the rich man’s life, injustice and neglect are happening right on our doorstep.

Our outreach project this morning focuses on how we can make a difference for those living with homelessness. It is vital and important work, and especially for Indigenous communities who are overrepresented among people lacking housing. Locally, Indigenous people make up about 3% of Hamilton’s overall population, and yet they comprise at least 28% of Hamilton’s homeless.

Support even in the system is a struggle. Indigenous people, men in particular, do not feel that shelters are safe or welcoming. Community leaders report a prevalent fear of the risk of assault, theft and racial discrimination. In one instance where a man was ejected from a shelter, staff told him “at least he still had thirty minutes before the liquor store closed.” The drunken Indian stereotype persists.

And yes, it is only too easy to tell ourselves that we don’t have the time or the resources or the skills. That there are others better placed to help. Or that our help is futile, because after all what difference can one or ten or even a hundred people make. But to do that would be to miss the most damning point of this parable.

The rich man’s sin was his indifference, and all of us with minds to see and hearts to love have it within us to care.

What is truth? God shows us the truth of how to live.

The urgent need to care for each other, and particularly to care for the poor and vulnerable, is a central focus of both the Old and the New Testament. We see this depicted in stark, blunt terms in this parable, but this wasn’t a new teaching. Moses and the Prophets, as Abraham tells the rich man, have consistently taught this, required this, of those who would follow the God of Israel. And no, this message doesn’t change, even if someone rises from the dead.

Again, the parable is disconcerting, unsettling in its directness. You have all the information you need, Jesus says; how will you choose to respond?

Paul’s letter to the Colossians helps here, to unpack the confronting challenge of this parable.

Yes, we have the information: The seeds of this good story have been planted throughout the whole world, and now the message is growing and bearing good fruit. And not just abstractly in the world, but personally in and for us; these seeds of love and hope have taken root and are beginning to grow in us.

And building on this, Paul’s prayer is that God will fill our hearts and minds with all spiritual wisdom and understanding. That we will walk in a manner that is worthy of God, making his heart glad and bearing good fruit as we walk the path he has chosen for us.

So it is now over to us, to show what we will do with the truth of God’s love. To live out our faith.

And rather than being daunting, through Paul’s letter this truth is liberating. We have all that we need. There is no more information required, no more rules or commandments to enlighten us. No training or qualifications. God has made us ready to take our place on this road of life.

God has made us ready. Despite the overwhelming pain of the world, irrespective of where we are and what we think we can influence, God has made us ready to live lives of compassion, caring and gratitude. To live out the truth of God’s love.

And if you need proof that one or two committed hearts can make a difference, consider the story of Kristen Villebrun, an Indigenous woman, and her friend Wendy Bush, both from the Hamilton area. They were walking near Hamilton harbour in November 2015 when they were shocked by the volume of sewage in the water. Said Wendy, “It was like a big mat. It coated the top of the water, inches thick. It looked like clay almost.”

They notified the city but didn’t see any action so they took to the lake in protest. Having found a piece of dock adrift on the lake, and braced for the weather with warm clothes, they took to the dock and floated into the harbour. The women recount “what Villebrun simply calls “death”: dead, bloated beavers, dead turtles, decomposed birds.”

Their efforts worked: news reporters showed up, followed on day three by city officials, who closed part of the harbour trails and arranged for a cleanup crew, complete with bio-hazard gear, to tackle the problem.

Villebrun’s ongoing concern with the state of the waters around Hamilton led to the inaugural Hamilton Harbour Water Walk, now an annual event. The walk aims to help participants reassess how they think of water, and that rather than being a resource to exploit, water is a living creature that enables human lives, and as such requires and deserves our protection.

As one Ojibwe grandmother describes it, “Water is Mother Earth’s blood; her lakes, rivers and inlets are her veins, and all life needs water to sustain it.”

What is truth? That all of us with minds to see and hearts to love have it within us to care.

Here is where we can, and perhaps should, find ourselves in the parable – as those who are still alive, and who, through the life of Jesus, have both the teaching and the love to care.

Where to start? Well, we could honour the efforts of the Indigenous water activists and support a charity that works to clean and preserve fresh water in our lakes and rivers. Or support the outreach efforts we’ve celebrated this morning, and help those suffering from homelessness with the simple donation of a pair of socks. The church office will gladly receive further donations throughout the week.

These might seem like small gestures, but look at all that Lazarus was asking for – scraps of food. And then look how small the requests being made by the rich man in the parable were as well: a drop of water, a word of guidance for others. We can surely help to provide these.

And how much better to make even a small gesture, than to let the seemingly small act of neglect seep into our lives and pollute our hearts.

What is truth? That we are called to love and to act. Called by our God who always loves us and will always act to guide and save us.

Who gave us, not only Moses and the Prophets, but a man risen from the dead to show us the truth of how to live. Who fills our hearts and minds with all wisdom and understanding, and who has made us ready for this road of life.

The Giver of Life has set us free and has brought us safely onto his good road to walk it together.

Walking together with God. Bearing good fruit. Making his heart glad. That is the journey of hope and joy that we are invited and welcomed into.

A journey of love.

Truth.

Thanks be to God.

Pastoral Prayer Gill

Holy One, We praise you for your deep and abiding love, which holds each one of us every moment of our lives. We praise you for your generous spirit and your infinite patience as you wait for us to embrace your transforming love and accept your forgiveness. Help us to bring these words of praise from our minds to our hearts so we can live into sharing your gracious compassion and extravagant blessings with all our neighbours, known and unknown.

Accept, we pray, our sorrow and shame for the times when we have not shown compassion and mercy to those you have created in love and for love. Help us grow in courage and hope so we are no longer bound by the lies that have been spoken to us, free us from the untruths that prevent us from being your faithful partners in the healing of Creation. You have embodied truth and mercy, you have suffered for and with us ― accept our faltering words of gratitude; breathe your Spirit upon us once again, and kindle in us the love that would ever reflect your creative joy and peace.
Thank you, Creator, for inviting us to lay claims upon your heart; we come with these petitions, knowing that ours is a mutual relationship and you ask us to be your heart,  hands, and voice in this world.

We pray for our country; guide us and our leaders into the ways of truth-telling and compassion. While our truest citizenship is found in being with you, O God, help us to live responsibly and generously among all the people of this land.

We pray for all your faithful people, that we and all who follow your pathways would embrace your wisdom and humility and embody your compassion.  We pray for our communities, especially for those who are lonely or afraid and those who need healing of body, mind, and spirit. We pray for those who are hungry, for those who are unhoused. By the prompting of your Spirit, guide us so that we offer kind words and deeds of love in gratitude for all that we have received from your gracious kindness.

Holy One, we thank you for all the countless people who have given their lives to ease the suffering that fills this world. Bless them and empower each of us to find our own ways to create justice and peace out of your love.
Thank you, Creator. Thank you for your everlasting love. Amen.
[Jan Jorgensen © 2022 The United Church of Canada/L’Église Unie du Canada ]

Offering of Ourselves, Our Gifts, Our Tithes Jim

We are called to set aside our indifference and neglect, and instead to open our hearts to the needs of those around us. We are reassured that our gifts of any size, offered in love, are sacred and holy to God. We are promised that through God all things are possible, and so in faith we make our offering for the healing of God’s world and God’s children.
Thank you for your offerings, however they are made: in the offering plates at the entrances and exits to the church, sent to the office during the week, or given through PAR or online.
The ushers will now bring forward our offering.

♥  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 monthly PAR payments. To sign up contact stuart@waltonmemorial.com

Offering Hymn: Take These Gifts (tune: Edelweiss)

Take these gifts, from our hearts
Bless them, multiply them.
Send them out, in your love
Heal and save us by them.

Offering Prayer Jim

Creator God,
We are called to live in right relations, with all peoples in creation, and with the abounding blessing of creation itself. Help us Great Spirit to walk on your good road through life, in peace, love and charity. Thank you for your truth and wisdom, and for inviting us to travel the healing path with you. We offer you our hearts and minds so that we might embody your grace and share your blessings with all who live upon the earth. Pour out your Spirit upon us and the gifts we bring so that we might do deeds of love, in your name, and for your sake. Amen.
[Jan Jorgensen (adapted) © 2022 The United Church of Canada/L’Église Unie du Canada]

Hymn: “Fill Us With Your Love“  593VU

Benediction – Gill

One: Surround yourself in the Spirit;
All: God is with us. 
One: Surround yourself in the Light;
All: God is with us. 
One: Surround yourself in the Wisdom;
All: God is with us. 
One: Surround yourself in the Love;
All: God is with us.
One: Be brave. Be strong. Be humble. Be God.
All: Peace be with us. In Jesus name, Amen.
[Murray Pruden. © 2019 The United Church of Canada/L’Église Unie du Canada]

Closing Hymn: Road of Life

May you follow the good road of life.
Seeds of trust fill your mind with God’s ways.
Grow strong and stand firm with glad hearts,
Bear good fruit in all that you do.
And with love and understanding,
Walk on the path he has chosen for you.

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Here is Rev. Jim’s mid-week update for September 21st