Our First Zoom Worship – Feb. 21 at 10:00 am

Join us! Note the change in worship time from 11 to 10. The message, “Lent: Nourishment for Your Soul,” will be preached by Rev. Paul Shew. Click here to join Zoom meeting:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/75170526809?pwd=Tm1JNjFzSDB1UFl6WW8xSUR5R2ljZz09
Meeting ID: 751 7052 6809  Passcode: SP5y6G

West Tokyo Union Church is a family of believers. We are especially aware at this point in our church history that the church is not a building. The church is people.

As was decided at our all-congregational meeting, we will be starting weekly Zoom worship services using a slightly less formal format.

Preaching and scripture reading responsibilities will be shared. We will include some liturgy and our organist will provide music for the hymns. Sunday, February 21 is the first Sunday in Lent. We hope that our members in Japan and even previous members now living in other parts of the world will be able to join us as we share in a Zoom worship gathering of believers.

Order of Worship

PRELUDE (Kazuko)

WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP 
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
Unison: And also with you.

OPENING SCRIPTURE    Psalm 25:1-10 (lay reader A — xxxx)

Hymn #57 O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

PRAYER (lay person B — xxxx)
(Can start with prayer in own words, then conclude with:

Beloved friends, in this season of repentance and healing, we accept God’s invitation to be ever-mindful of the needs of others, offering our prayers on behalf of God’s community in the church and the world.
Fill us with your strength to resist the seductions of our foolish desires and the tempter’s vain delights, that we may walk in obedience and righteousness, rejoicing in you with an upright heart. And now we pray together the pray our Lord Jesus Christ taught us to pray, saying:

THE LORD’S PRAYER in unison 

HYMN #292 What Wondrous Love is This

OFFERING- Donate online

OFFERTORY PRAYER (lay person C — xxxx)
Sample prayer: 

Dear God, we thank you for this community, the Church. Together we are your body in this world, and we thank you that we are able to contribute to the Church with our tithes and offerings. We are giving and setting aside offerings in different ways now, but we know that you transcend time and distance. You are the one who binds our hearts and intentions together into your perfect plan. We ask that you would consecrate and bless our offerings and service to the glory of Your Kingdom. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. 

SCRIPTURE     Genesis 9:8-17 (lay person A)     Mark 1:9-15 (lay person C)

MESSAGE “Lent: Nourishment for your Soul”      By Rev. Paul Tsuchido Shew

HYMN #298 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

BENEDICTION or CLOSING PRAYER (Paul)

POSTLUDE (Kazuko)

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS (Malcolm)

FELLOWSHIP TIME (or people can feel free to leave)

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Join us for Worship this Sunday, January 31 at WTUC @ 11:00 am online only; Rev. Jeff Saunders preaching

January 31, 2021

Morning Worship Online @ 11:00 am

“The Purpose of Love”

John 11:1-6 

Rev. Jeff Saunders preaching

Bio: Jeff is a missionary with JPM (日本長教会伝道会)as well as a campus minister with RUF and in is focused on connecting college students in the Tokyo area to Jesus and the Church. Originally from Memphis, TN, he came to Tokyo with his wife (Katie) and two children (Emerie and Ezra) in November 2016 where he began his Japanese language and culture studies. After 2 years of full-time studying, he and his family moved to the Meidaimae area to both serve as an intern at Suginami Church (杉並教会) and begin work to start the very first RUF campus ministry in Japan. 

You can view our worship service on Facebook Live at 11:00 am this Sunday at the link below. For best viewing, please log-in to your FB account on your computer or view from a FB app on your device.

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Join us for Worship this Sunday, January 24 at WTUC @ 11:00 am online only; Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

January 24, 2021

Morning Worship Online @ 11:00 am

“Kindness from Above”

Ephesians 2:1-7

Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

You can view our worship service on Facebook Live at 11:00 am this Sunday at the link below. For best viewing, please log-in to your FB account on your computer or view from a FB app on your device.

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Join us for Worship and Communion this Sunday, January 17th at WTUC @ 11:00 am Online only; Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

January 17, 2021

Online Worship only

The Heavenly Perspective”

Ephesians 1:19-23

Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

Communion: Please prepare bread/crackers and juice/wine at home.

You can view our worship service on Facebook Live at 11:00 am this Sunday at the link below. For best viewing, please log-in to your FB account on your computer or view from a FB app on your device.

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Join us for Worship this Sunday, January 10th at WTUC @ 11:00 am Online; Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

January 10, 2021

Our worship services have moved to an online format during the State of Emergency in Tokyo for the month of January.

“A Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation”

Ephesians 1:15-20

Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

You can view our worship service live on Sunday at 11 am at our Facebook page.

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Join us for Worship and Communion this Sunday, January 3rd at WTUC @ 11:00 am online or in-person; Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

January 3, 2021

Hybrid Worship: Online and Public Gathering

“A Trustworthy Plan for the New Year”

Ephesians 1:3-14

Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

Communion will be served. Please prepare bread/crackers and juice/wine at home if you are viewing online.

For those attending public worship, we ask that everyone take the following safety precautions including:

1. Please do not attend if you feel sick or have a high fever.

2. Wearing a mask while inside.

3. Maintaining an appropriate physical distance.

4. Using hand sanitizer upon entering the worship space.

Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided if you do not have your own.

Alternatively, you can view our worship service on Facebook Live at 11:00 am this Sunday at the link below. For best viewing, please log-in to your FB account on your computer or view from a FB app on your device.

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Join us for Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship on 12/24 @ 4pm; Online and In-person

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Service

Online and In-Person

Lessons and Carols

Christmas Message: “A God Worthy of Praise”

Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

Christmas Offering will be collected

Christmastide Morning Worship

Sunday, December 27, 2020

11:00 am Online and In-person

“Luther`s Thoughts on Christmas”

Rev. Jim and Carol Sack leading with music

For those attending public worship, we ask that everyone take the following safety precautions including:

1. Please do not attend if you feel sick or have a high fever.

2. Wearing a mask while inside.

3. Maintaining an appropriate physical distance.

4. Using hand sanitizer upon entering the worship space.

Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided if you do not have your own.

Alternatively, you can view our worship service on Facebook Live at 11:00 am this Sunday at the link below. For best viewing, please log-in to your FB account on your computer or view from a FB app on your device.

WTUC Facebook Page

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Join us for Worship and Communion this Sunday, December 20th at WTUC @ 11:00 am online or in-person; Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

Advent 4

Christmas Sunday Worship

December 20, 2020

Hybrid Worship: Online and Public Gathering

“Do not be afraid!”

Luke 1:26-28; 2:1-7

Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

Communion will be served. Please prepare bread/crackers and juice/wine at home if you are viewing online.

For those attending public worship, we ask that everyone take the following safety precautions including:

1. Please do not attend if you feel sick or have a high fever.

2. Wearing a mask while inside.

3. Maintaining an appropriate physical distance.

4. Using hand sanitizer upon entering the worship space.

Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided if you do not have your own.

Alternatively, you can view our worship service on Facebook Live at 11:00 am this Sunday at the link below. For best viewing, please log-in to your FB account on your computer or view from a FB app on your device.

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Join us for Worship this Sunday, December 13 at WTUC @ 11:00 am online or in-person; Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

December 13, 2020

Hybrid Worship: Online and Public Gathering

“Can We Rejoice Always?”

Psalm 126

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

For those attending public worship, we ask that everyone take the following safety precautions including:

1. Please do not attend if you feel sick or have a high fever.

2. Wearing a mask while inside.

3. Maintaining an appropriate physical distance.

4. Using hand sanitizer upon entering the worship space.

Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided if you do not have your own.

Alternatively, you can view our worship service on Facebook Live at 11:00 am this Sunday at the link below. For best viewing, please log-in to your FB account on your computer or view from a FB app on your device.

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Join us for Worship and Communion this Sunday, December 6 at WTUC @ 11:00 am online or in-person; Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

December 6, 2020

Hybrid Worship: Online and Public Gathering

“Preparing the Way”

Mark 1:1-8

Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

Communion will be served. Please prepare bread/crackers and juice/wine at home if you are viewing online.

For those attending public worship, we ask that everyone take the following safety precautions including:

1. Please do not attend if you feel sick or have a high fever.

2. Wearing a mask while inside.

3. Maintaining an appropriate physical distance.

4. Using hand sanitizer upon entering the worship space.

Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided if you do not have your own.

Alternatively, you can view our worship service on Facebook Live at 11:00 am this Sunday at the link below. For best viewing, please log-in to your FB account on your computer or view from a FB app on your device.

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