Summer Worship 2020 at WTUC

Each year during the months of July and August, West Tokyo Union Church does not gather for worship since the majority of our members are often traveling or living overseas.  Although many will remain in Japan this summer due to travel restrictions, we continue to observe our summer break for prayerful rest and renewal. It has been a busy and intense season and we are very thankful for the folks who helped arrange our online worship services from late March through June. You may go to our WTUC Facebook page and look under “videos” to watch some of those services. We also encourage our members to visit a local Japanese church in their neighborhood and/or participate in these other recommended international churches in the Tokyo area during the summer months.  

West Tokyo Union Church worship will resume on September 6, 2020 to kick-off our new 2020-21 Church Year.  Have a safe and enjoyable summer!  Enjoy worshiping God in these Tokyo area English-speaking and bilingual churches either online or in person as able.  We pray you have a restful summer enjoying God’s creation. As conditions in Tokyo allow, we hopefully look forward to welcoming you back in person to our sanctuary at the Japan Lutheran College and Seminary in Mitaka in September! Please feel free to be in touch with prayer concerns and updates.

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Join Us for Online Worship at WTUC, this Sunday, June 28 @ 11:00 am. Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

June 28, 2020

Online Morning Worship @ 11:00 am via Facebook Live

John 15:18-27

“Priorities”

Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

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This will be the last Sunday of the 2019-20 WTUC Church Year.  Weekly worship, hopefully public, will resume on September 6, 2020.  You may find a list recommended churches for worship in July and August by clicking on Summer Worship above.

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Join us for Online Worship and Communion this Father’s Day Sunday, June 21, 2020 at WTUC; Rev. Dr. Jim Sack preaching

Online Morning Worship and Communion @ 11:00 am via


Please prepare bread/crackers and juice/wine at home for Communion


Romans 6:3-11

Matthew 10:24-39

Fear Not!

Rev. Dr. Jim Sack preaching

Jim and Carol Sack are ELCA missionaries to Japan and long-time members of WTUC. Jim teaches pastoral theology at the Japan Lutheran College and the Japan Lutheran Theological Seminary. He is the campus Director of the Personal Growth and Counseling Center.  Together with his spouse, Carol, he began global mission service with the ELCA in 1982, immediately following his graduation from Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., where he also received his PhD.


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Join Us for Online Worship this Sunday, June 14, 2020 @ 11:00 am

June 14, 2020

Morning Worship @ 11:00 am via Facebook Live

WTUC will continue with online worship services through June, 2020

Romans 5:1-8

“Enduring Hope”

Rev. Christian Zebley preaching 

You may download the worship bulletin and kids activity sheets here:

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Join Us for Online Worship and Communion this Sunday, June 7, 2020 @ 11:00 am

June 7, 2020

Farewell Sunday
Online Morning Worship and Communion @ 11:00 am via Facebook Live 

WTUC Graduating Seniors Jacob Foster, Katherine Dillard and Youth Tristan Bennett speaking

Proverbs 3:5-7

Matthew 28:16-20

Please prepare bread/crackers and juice/wine at home for the Sacrament of Communion.

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Join Us for Online Worship this Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 11:00 am

Pentecost Sunday

Online Morning Worship @ 11:00 am via Facebook Live

“Seeing is Believing”

John 20:19-23

Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

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Join Us for Online Worship this Sunday, May 24, 2020 @ 11:00 am

Seventh Sunday of Easter

May 24, 2020

Worship @ 11:00 am via Facebook Live   


Acts 1:6-14
“Sent into a Certain Future”

Dr. Andrew Wilson, ELCA Missionary to Japan, guest preacher Andrew (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is an adventurer, writer, polyglot, and teacher. His work has been featured in numerous Christian publications. Sent by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, he teaches Church History at Japan Lutheran Theological Seminary.

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Join Us for Online Worship this Sunday, May 17, 2020 @ 11:00 am

Fifth Sunday of Eastertide 

May 17, 2020

Morning Online Worship and Communion @ 11:00 am via Facebook Live

John 14:15-21

“Walking in the Spirit”

Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

Please prepare Communion elements at home

(Grape juice or wine and bread or crackers)                                                       

Watch the Children’s Sermon for May 17th. Ruth Ingulsrud and Baaabara!

Bulletin and Kids activity sheets here:

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Join Us for Online Worship this Sunday, May 10, 2020 @ 11:00 am

Fourth Sunday of Eastertide 

Mother’s Day Sunday

May 10, 2020

Morning Online Worship @ 11:00 am via Facebook Live

John 14:1-7

“Knowing Jesus”

Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

Bulletin and Kids activity sheets available here for download.

Join Us for Worship this Mother’s Day via Facebook Live.


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Join Us for Online Worship this Sunday, May 3, 2020 @ 11:00 am

Third Sunday of Eastertide 

May 3, 2020

Morning Online Worship and Communion @ 11:00 am via Facebook Live

John 10:1-11

“The Jesus Gate”

Rev. Christian Zebley preaching

Please prepare Communion elements at home 

(Grape juice or wine and bread or crackers)

Bulletin and Kids activity sheets are available for download.

Join Us for Worship and Communion this Sunday @ 11:00 am

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