Virtual Service – September 4, 2022

2:00 pm

September 4, 2022

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

Rally Day next Sunday, September 11th marks the last of our 10:00 am summer services and the start-up of our regular Sunday School and youth programming on Sunday mornings. Join us for worship followed by our Congregational Life Rally Day BBQ in Bronte Hall during coffee time. Welcome back!

“Everybody Always” Tuesday Night Fall Video Study.  Rev. Jim is offering a Fall Study, from 7:15 pm until 8:45 pm on Tuesdays, 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.

Art & Treasures sale – VIP preview: This Sunday, Sept. 4th in Bronte Hall. Walton is holding an Art & Treasures sale in Bronte Hall on Saturday, September 10 from 10 am-4 pm. We have lots of beautiful artwork, household items and attic treasures available for purchase. The sale will be open to the public, in conjunction with the Bronte Arts Market happening in our parking lot that day.  As a Walton member or friend, you get VIP early access to view and purchase items during coffee time following the service on Sunday, September 4th  before we open up the sale to the wider community. Come check out the wonderful and unique sale items, which were generously donated to the Walton Auction Committee from the pre-covid auction.

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

We also need helpers during the week to assist with:

• weeding the garden
• organizing and restocking items in the kitchen
• other occasional tasks.

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 coat drive

Our volunteers are such a blessing to Walton and the wider community. Thank you for your service!

Choir is starting up again! Junior, Youth and Chancel Choirs are starting up again on Thursday, September 8th, here at Walton. Mark it on your calendar and start warming up those vocal cords! Jillian will meet with the Junior Choir from 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm in the Gathering Room. Linda will meet with the Youth Choir in the Sanctuary from 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm. The Chancel Choir will meet at 8:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Masks will be required while you are in the building. Stay tuned for more information and updates as we get closer to the start-up.

Good News!  Walton’s UCW meetings are starting up again! We welcome all ladies of any age who care to join us in Bronte Hall for our first fall meeting on Thursday, September 8, in the afternoon.  1:30 pm is our new meeting time.  Tea, coffee and cookies will be provided. We look forward to seeing many familiar friends, and new faces are especially welcome as we reconvene after a lengthy break. Refreshments and a brief business meeting will be followed by a thought-provoking discussion on “Pandemic Positivity” led by Rev Alexandra Arden. Please call the office at (905) 827-1643 if a drive is needed. Mark your calendars for the 2nd Thursday of each month: October 13, November 10 and December 8 all at 1:30 pm.

Upcoming Bible Study “Christian Community” will be starting Thursday, September 22nd, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Bronte Hall. The study will run for 10 weeks, on consecutive Thursday mornings. We all yearn for a sense of community. The topic of community seems to be even more relevant in the world and in each of our lives, as we look back over the last two and a half years. What does the Bible say about Christian community? What does Christian community mean to you today?  A time to gather, discuss, question, listen, share, laugh, and ponder, as we explore the meaning of Christian community together. Everyone is welcome. Please sign up through the church office to ensure everyone has a copy of the book. The cost of the book is $10.00 and is available through the church office. If you have any questions, please speak to Cathy Winn.

Upcoming Prayer Shawl Ministry gathering on Thursday, September 22, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in Bronte Hall. The Prayer Shawl Ministry knits and crochets Prayer Shawls which are given out to people in the Walton community and beyond.  Each child baptized at Walton receives a Prayer Blanket, made by the members of this ministry. The Prayer Shawls and Prayer Blankets are made with love and prayers, a reminder of God’s presence in our lives and in the world. Do you like to knit or crochet? Why not join us for a time of laughter, sharing, creating, prayer, and supporting others in this special ministry? New members are always welcome. Some supplies are provided. Please speak with Cathy Winn through the church office. The October meeting will be Thursday, October 20th, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Weeding Team –  We need a few people who will help some others weed the south and new east gardens. If you can help out, let the office know. Thank you.

Bronte Coat Drive is back! Tentatively, on the third Saturday in October. 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 will be accepted at the church starting September 4th. 

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)! 

Children and youth are invited to view this week’s virtual Sunday School lesson online. Welcome to the club!

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

Good morning and welcome to Walton’s Sunday service. (Val comes in wearing a bulging backpack)
Jim:  Val, it’s not the Blessing of the Backpacks this morning; that is next week.
Val:  I know, I know. No, this is all the stuff I got at the Art and Treasure sale.
Jim: You know that stuff has been sitting down in Youth Hall since the last Auction sale before Covid?
Val:  Really?  You mean I could have been using this stuff all this time?
Jim:  That is why we are having the sale. There is so much good stuff that someone could and should be using.
Val:  You are all welcome to drop in this morning and look at all the sale items in Bronte Hall.  And we look forward to next week when we will have our backpacks blessed.
Blessings on all our Walton friends who are heading off to school this week.

Prayers for our Students:

All: Lord, we pray for all our children and youth heading off to school, and those who were able to choose to continue doing school virtually. Thank you that they are able to learn and grow in their education. We are grateful for those who are able to be back in the classrooms learning and growing and socializing together. 
We also pray for our young people as they head off to college or university, some heading a great distance away.  Loving God, we ask for your protection, strength, and direction in making wise choices and ask for your guidance as they enter into this new year and new learning experiences. Calm these young people’s fears, ease their homesickness and bring new and vibrant relationships into their lives.
Be with those who are left behind as the kids head off down the street to school, or across the country: their parents, families, pets and friends who will miss them. 
May the light of your love continue to shine both at home, in each classroom and on the campus where they are attending.  In Your loving and precious name, we pray.  Amen.  

Hymn: “Come Let us Sing of a Wonderful Love”  verses 1,3,4  574VU

 

Call to Worship

This morning, Lord, we were called to meet here, whether that is in person, sitting here in the pew, or whether we have clicked on Facebook or YouTube and come to the Walton service virtually. Thank you, Lord, that wherever and whenever we need to be with you, with others in our Walton church family, we only need to click a button. We are so grateful this morning for this virtual ministry, that we are able to come into your presence and worship together however that may look today, and every day. Come let us worship our loving God, who is always with us, and offers us his peace, hope, joy and love every moment of every day..

Thanks be to God!

Opening Prayer

All:  Good morning God. Help us to embrace and enjoy the life you’ve given us to live. We are not accidentally here on this earth!  Each day that we awake to breathe, to serve you, you faithfully meet us with purpose.
Holy Spirit, faithfully nudge and remind us that we are children of God, free from the chains of sin by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, and resurrection where He is seated by God. Bless our minds to remember and embrace the freedom, hope, joy and peace we have in Christ.  In Jesus’ name we pray the prayer Jesus taught each of us:
(adapted Meg Bucher, Crosswalk.com)

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.

Youth Hymn: “Jesus Loves Me”  vs. 1 & 3   365VU

 

Youth Story: “Where’s Walton?”

How many of you have seen a “Where’s Waldo?” book? You know the ones that are filled with busy, crowded pictures and somewhere in each page there is a tiny character in a red and white shirt. That’s Waldo, and the object of the game is to find him. What if I asked you “Where’s Walton?” instead? That seems like a pretty easy question. Where is Walton?

(The kids and congregation offer answers such as Canada, Ontario, Oakville, Bronte, or Lakeshore Road.)

Which answer is correct? They all are! But let’s make the question even more challenging – is Walton only this red brick building? Can it only be found here, across from the Bronte Cenotaph?

When our Outreach Committee goes to help out at a shelter in Hamilton, Walton is there. When Rev. Jim goes to visit and pray with someone in hospital, Walton is there. When our youth group sings Christmas carols at the seniors’ home, Walton is there.

What about all the people watching this service virtually today? Walton is there with them whenever they are – their living room, a cottage, or even in a country on the other side of the world.

Walton is everywhere you are. Everyone in our family of faith brings a piece of Walton with them wherever they go, and they are all part of Walton, no matter how far away they are, or how long it’s been since they last visited in person.

God is like that too, isn’t he? He’s everywhere you go, not just inside this church sanctuary. We are always part of God’s family, no matter how far away we move, or how long it’s been since we came to church or watched a virtual service.

Maybe that’s why there isn’t a “Where’s Walton?” book. Since Walton is everywhere, it would be way too easy to find! I’m glad you found time to be with us this week. Let’s pray together:

Loving God, thank you for our Walton family of faith. Thanks for keeping us connected through your life, no matter where we are. Thank you for giving us this place to belong. Aaaaaa-men!

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

 

Scripture Reading:  Luke 14: 25-33, 1Thessalonians 4: 9-18   Susan Sheppard

Luke 14: 25-33

Now large crowds were travelling with him, and he turned and said to them,  “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple.  Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.  For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it?

Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him,  saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand?

If he cannot, then while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. So, therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.

1 Thessalonians 4:9-18

Now concerning love of the brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anyone write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, and indeed you do love all the brothers and sisters throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, to aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we directed you, so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and be dependent on no one.

The Coming of the Lord

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died.

For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Scripture Response: “O Master Let Me Walk With Thee”   verse 1 560VU

 

Solo: Stuart Le Fevre

 

Morning Message:  “One Another #9”  Rev. Jim Gill

Did you hear the story about what happened to a person one day on the job? He says:

“As a singer, I work at many funerals. On this day I was asked by a funeral director to sing at a graveside service for a homeless man. The deceased had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a Pauper’s Cemetery paid by the local municipality. It was way out in the country.  As I was not familiar with the area, I got lost trying to get there. Everyone who knows me knows I can be directionally challenged and my phone’s GPS lost its signal on the way. You know I have Rogers!!

Anyway, I finally arrived an hour late for the burial and saw that the funeral guy had evidently gone and the funeral coach was nowhere in sight. There were only the gravediggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt bad and apologized to the guys for being so very late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn’t know what else to do but my job, which was to sing. So I stood there and started to sing. The workers put down their lunch and began to gather around the grave.  I sang my heart and soul out for this man with no family and friends.

As I sang ‘Amazing Grace,’ the spirit began to move and the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished, I prayed a benediction and started back to my car, my head hung very low but my heart so FULL by what happened, even though I was an hour late.

As I opened the door to my car, I overheard one of the cemetery workers say, ‘I’ve never seen nothin’ like that before and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.’  Apparently, I was still lost.”

Today I conclude my summer series of messages on the “one another” theme. This series has been based on the biblical statements in the Christian Scriptures or New Testament giving wise advice about “one another.” We have been especially considering how we can “one another one another” in a practical way. In short, how we care for each other in Christian community whether that community gathers virtually or face to face.

Don’t you just love people who give their all in their jobs even if that means singing to a septic tank? I have conducted numerous services like that, with just the funeral staff and cemetery workers present to hear me read scripture, pray, and offer words of hope. For I believe each person deserves such a final act of respect in some way or another. Each one is a child of God.

Our reading from First Thessalonians this morning is most appropriate today as we end our summer series of messages on this 2022 Labour Day long weekend. Hear these words: “Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other.” You see, that is the central focus of Christian community. Paul continues: “ And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life…”

Paul encourages them to keep on keeping on, but with even more intentional caring and concern. This is emphasized by his caveat: “You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”

Always in reading this particular passage from Thessalonians I have found this phrase of wise advice about how to “one another one another” amusing: “make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business.” That certainly is a good combo: quietness and minding one’s business. How much trouble do we get into by doing the opposite? By putting our nose in other people’s business, or offering advice when it is not asked for, or giving an opinion when it is not required? That can cause such pain and heartache in relationships and in community.

Part of the working life we celebrate this long Labour Day weekend is going to work-related meetings. Meetings can be a real labour and, honestly, not always a “labour of love.” One of you told me recently you went to a supposed 30-minute business meeting the other day at work which lasted from 9am to 11am, because one person at the meeting felt they needed to comment on every item on the agenda in great detail. Maybe this is the modern equivalent of what Ephesians was talking about.

By contrast, one of you told me that at your place of employment work meetings are held only while everyone is standing up.

Do you recall the poetic reading called “Desiderata?” It echoes the advice in Thessalonians about “one anothering one another” by that good combo of quietness and minding one’s business. Desiderata reminds us to:  “Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.”

The poem continues: “Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.”

Tomorrow on Labour Day let us give thanks for whose labours bless us by the work they do. Also maybe echo the words of this prayer about whatever work you may do,

“Heavenly Father, Thank you for the blessing of this job. I commit this workday to you. I invite you, Jesus, to be with me throughout this day. May I perform each task I encounter to the best of my ability; Help me be a person of integrity in all that I say and do. Guide me on how to handle the challenges that come my way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Pastoral Prayer:

One: God, some days are just harder than others. Some days are rolling along just fine until we run smack into a wall we didn’t see. But God, nothing surprises You. You see us, and You know our hearts.

All: When the days are hard, and when they get flipped upside down, help us to remember the joy we have in Jesus.  We praise you God for joy! Thank you for designing us to crave more of You, Lord, because it is there we find our hope. Our hope is in You! And You love us, Lord. You have good plans for our lives and are able to work all things for Your good, even when we run smack into walls, or fall on our faces.

One: Father, You are the only One who can uphold the promise of “always,” but today we vow to try. Develop in us a deep desire for Your joy. Fill us until we are overflowing, Father, with hope, peace, and joy.

All: God, we want to experience life to the fullest, as Jesus died so that we could. But there is a very real enemy who intends to steal our joy. Father, don’t ever let us forget that our joy is permanently sealed into the core of who we are in Christ. It cannot be stolen! Joy remains, and joy strengthens us when we are weak and weary. 

One: Father, thank You for all the ways You heal us and lead us out of bad days and hard seasons. It’s so hard for us to see You clearly when we are in acute pain, God. Bless us with a clear vision of who You are and who we are.

All: Embolden us to walk freely in joy, day by day, as we get closer to the number of our days and coming home to You in heaven. 

Father, we trust in You and You alone. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

(adapted Meg Bucher, Crosswalk.com)

Offering of Ourselves, Our Gifts, Our Tithes

This is how the earth praises God: giving thanks for God’s abundance!
The meadows clothe themselves with flocks and the valleys deck themselves with shimmering fields of grain, sharing their bounty with the rest of creation.
We, too, are to worship God by being abundant and fruitful with our lives, offering up our yields as if they were songs of joyful praise.
Let us worship God with our gifts. The offering will now be received.
(adapted from How the Earth Praises God. Posted on the United Church of Christ’s Worship Ways)

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Offering Hymn: “Thank You Lord, On this Day” on screen

 

Offering Prayer

All:  Thank you Lord, for a life that is filled with many blessings. Help me to focus on the blessings among the challenges. Help me to recognize, appreciate and share what I have to build change, hope, and peace as we build your kingdom here on earth. Amen.

Hymn: “I’m Going to Live So God Can Use Me” verses 1,  2,  3, 4  575VU

 

Commission & Benediction

The Spirit of God is upon you and has anointed you. You are the salt of the earth and you bring light to the world!
You are not too young or too old, you are not too rich or too needy, to bring good news to the impoverished, to give a hand to the broken-hearted, and to live out freedom and pardon through the gifts you have been given.
So remember to pack peace in your backpack, hope in your briefcase, love in your lunch box, and may integrity, honesty, and joy be your designer wear of choice.
Do not be frightened, for you are never alone. The God in whose image you are made will walk with you and guide you today, tomorrow, and every day. Amen.
(adapted copyright@Connie Epp.)

Closing Hymn: “You Shall Go Out With Joy”  884VU

Announcements


In case you missed it…

Here is Rev. Jim’s mid-week update for Wednesday, August 31, 2022