Fine Wine in Time – January 16, 2022

This Sunday, you are welcome to join our church community online worship service at 10:00 am JST via Zoom through our usual link. We had hoped to gather in person this Sunday at our regular worship space, but the rising cases of the omicron variant has made that risky. So we will only be gathering online, through Zoom, at 10 am. We welcome friends and members from around the world to join us as we continue to worship remotely. You may be distant geographically, but you are as close as our hearts and prayers. We will keep you informed via email and updated website posts concerning which future services can be held in person. We hope to be able to have at least one in-person hybrid worship service per month.

Rev. Dr. Jim Sack will be preaching this Sunday on the Wedding in Cana. It was here that Jesus did the first of 
his “signs” in John’s Gospel. When we go to look at the meaning of this event, we see that the Glory of Jesus is revealed, especially to his close disciples. The sermon title will be “Fine Wine in Time.”

The Lessons that we will be referencing are:
Psalm 36:6-11
John 2:1-11

Our hymns for this coming Sunday:

# 173 — Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
# 189 — Fairest Lord Jesus
# 463 — Lord, Speak to Me

Kazuko will be playing the organ for us and Ruth will be bringing a children’s message. Thank you to everyone who helps to make our worship services come together each week.

We are very thankful that our little community church can keep on going even in the midst of difficulties. Many friends keep contributing to our worship services and to our parishioner connections. We appreciate everyone’s prayers, financial support and weekly acts of service as we help each other in doing the work of the Kingdom.

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True Repentance – January 9, 2022

We hope that all of you will enjoy a productive and healthy year in 2022. This Sunday, join our church community online worship service at 10:00 am JST via Zoom through our usual link. Malcolm Foster will be the lay preacher. We welcome friends and members from around the world to join us as we continue to worship remotely. You may be distant geographically, but you are as close as our hearts and prayers. We will keep you informed via email and updated website posts concerning which future services can be held in person. We hope to be able to have at least one in-person hybrid worship service per month.

The Baptism of Christ, by Daniel Bonnell

This Sunday we’ll be taking a look at true repentance. The lectionary passage is about Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist in Luke 3:15-22. John’s baptism was one of repentance — which seems strange given that Jesus was sinless. In the message, “True Repentance,” we’ll look at why Jesus did this and what repentance really means — and it’s not as dark as you might think. 

There are some encouraging and positive things to learn from this story. Please join us for worship to find out! Malcolm will be preaching, Mio will be the liturgist and Kazuko as always will be playing the organ. Ruth will join us with a rodent friend who just might need to hear this repentance message as well.

Scriptures: Luke 3:15-22

Thank you to everyone who helps to make our worship services come together each week.

We are very thankful that our little community church can keep on going even in the midst of difficulties. Many friends keep contributing to our worship services and to our parishioner connections. We appreciate everyone’s prayers, financial support and weekly acts of service as we help each other in doing the work of the Kingdom.

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A Time to Grow – January 2, 2022

Happy New Year! We look forward with hope for good things to come this new year of 2022. This Sunday, join our church community online worship service at 10:00 am JST via Zoom through our usual link. Reverend Paul Shew will be preaching. We welcome friends and members from around the world to join us as we continue to worship remotely. You may be distant geographically, but you are as close as our hearts and prayers. We will keep you informed via email and updated website posts concerning which future services can be held in person. We hope to be able to have at least one in-person hybrid worship service per month.

Time to Grow

Paul Shew’s message will be taken from Mark, but will also draw somewhat from Ecclesiastes. The main theme is the new start of the new year, and the time to grow with God. The message is titled, “A Time to Grow.”

Scriptures:  Ecclesiastes 3:1-13,  Psalm 8,  Mark 4:1-9

Thank you to everyone who helps to make our worship services come together each week.

We are very thankful that our little community church can keep on going even in the midst of difficulties. Many friends keep contributing to our worship services and to our parishioner connections. We appreciate everyone’s prayers, financial support and weekly acts of service as we help each other in doing the work of the Kingdom.

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WTUC Lessons and Carols – December 26, 2021

Because WTUC will not be having a Christmas Eve or a Christmas Day worship service this year, we will be having a “Lessons and Carols” service on Dec. 26. Join the West Tokyo Union Church community online worship service via Zoom through our usual link. We will be doing a series of scripture readings and singing together some of our favorite Christmas carols. Various members of our congregation will be reading and some will lead the online singing. A warm welcome to friends and members from around the world who join us as we continue to worship remotely. You may be distant geographically, but you are as close as our hearts and prayers. We will keep you informed via email and updated website posts concerning which future services can be held in person. We hope to be able to have at least one in-person hybrid worship service per month.

God Incarnate – the Word Made Flesh

Malcolm will be officiating the “Lessons and Carols,” and Kazuko will play the organ. Ruth and her puppets will join us for the children’s sermon as they talk about the origins of some of our best-loved Christmas carols. The list of readings and carols are posted below:

Isaiah 11: 1-5  – Jill
1) “Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming”

Isaiah 40: 1-5 – Yoki
2) “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

Micah 5: 2 and 4 – Jermy
3) “Once in David’s Royal City”

Luke 1: 26-38 (Annunciation) – Ann
4) “Joy to the World”

Matthew 1: 18-25. (Joseph’s story) – Jim
5) “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”

Luke 2: 1-7 (Birth of Jesus – Mary’s story) – June
6) “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

Luke 2: 8-20 (Shepherds and angels) – Mio
7) “Angels we have heard on High”

John 1:1-14 – Adam
8) “Silent Night”

Thank you to everyone who helps to make our worship services come together each week.

We are very thankful that our little community church can keep on going even in the midst of difficulties. Many friends keep contributing to our worship services and to our parishioner connections. We appreciate everyone’s prayers, financial support and weekly acts of service as we help each other in doing the work of the Kingdom.

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The Word Became Flesh – December 19, 2021

This Sunday, Reverend Doctor Jim Sack brings us the message for the Fourth Sunday of Advent! Christmas is coming close. God is in our midst. Join the West Tokyo Union Church community online worship service in person or via Zoom through our usual link. Welcome to friends and members from around the world who join us as we continue to worship remotely. You may be distant geographically, but you are as close as our hearts and prayers. We will keep you informed via email and updated website posts concerning which future services can be held in person. Please note that this fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 19, is a hybrid service; both in-person and via Zoom.

God Incarnate – the Word Made Flesh

The message for this fourth Sunday of Advent will be “The Word Became Flesh.” Jim will serve as the liturgist and will prepare the slides, Elijah and Daniel Shew light the advent candles and Kazuko plays the organ. Ruth and her puppets will join us for the children’s sermon. 


The Bible passages for this Sunday are Hebrews 1:1-4 and John 1:1-14.

The hymns for this Sunday will be:

#211 0 Come, O Come, Emmanuel
#720  Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying
#184  Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Thank you to everyone who helps to make our worship services come together each week.

We are very thankful that our little community church can keep on going even in the midst of difficulties. Many friends keep contributing to our worship services and to our parishioner connections. We appreciate everyone’s prayers, financial support and weekly acts of service as we help each other in doing the work of the Kingdom.

Gather your family and some friends together to join us in our hybrid, in-person and Zoom worship service. We hope to see many of you on Sunday! You are welcome to stay on after the service to sing Christmas carols together as we will not be having a service on Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day.

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Shine! The Lights of Christmas – December 12, 2021

Join the West Tokyo Union Church community online worship service this Sunday as Rev. Paul Shew brings us the message for this Third Sunday of Advent! Join us via Zoom through our usual link. Welcome to friends and members from around the world who join us as we continue to worship remotely. You may be distant geographically, but you are as close as our hearts and prayers. We will keep you informed via email and updated website posts concerning which future services can be held in person. The fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 19, will be a hybrid service; both in-person and via Zoom.

The Light of Christmas

The message for this third Sunday of Advent will be “ Shine! The Lights of Christmas.” Come find out more as Paul preaches, Malcolm leads us as liturgist, Steve and Eiko light the advent candles and Kazuko plays the organ. Ruth and her puppets will join us for the children’s sermon, also. 


The Bible passages for this Sunday are Isaiah 9:2-7, Matthew 5:13-16.

The hymns for this Sunday will be:

Opening Hymn — 188 Christ Is the World’s Light

Sermon Hymn — 206 I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light

Closing Hymn — 213 Lift Up your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates

We look for light but find darkness, for brightness, but walk in gloom. We grope like those who have no eyes; we stumble at noon as in the twilight. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Even the darkness is not dark to you, the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. You are the light of the world; be light in our darkness, O Christ. You reveal deep and mysterious things; you are the light and in you is no darkness.
Our darkness is passing away and already the true light is shining. O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord. 

Thank you to everyone who helps to make our worship services come together each week.

We are very thankful that our little community church can keep on going even in the midst of difficulties. Many friends keep contributing to our worship services and to our parishioner connections. We appreciate everyone’s prayers, financial support and weekly acts of service as we help each other in doing the work of the Kingdom.

Gather your family and some friends together to join us in our Zoom worship service. We hope to see many of you on Sunday! You are welcome to stay on after the service to chat for awhile and to catch up with old friends and new news.

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Putting Herod Back into Christmas – December 5, 2021

The West Tokyo Union Church community online worship service welcomes you to worship with us as Malcolm Foster brings us the message for this Second Sunday of Advent! Join us via Zoom through our usual link. Welcome to friends and members who hail from far and wide who join us as we continue to worship remotely. You may be distant geographically, but you are as close as our hearts and prayers. We will keep you informed via email and updated website posts concerning which future services can be held in person.

In the days of King Herod…

The message for this second Sunday of Advent will be “Putting Herod Back into Christmas.” That may sound a bit shocking to you as we don’t like to talk about murderous tyrants during this time of year. But actually, I think we are all a bit guilty of romanticizing Christmas, including the original stories in the New Testament. But if we take a closer look, we will see that even in Jesus’ birth, God shows that he enters our broken, violent and oppressive world — as a vulnerable baby! — including being hounded by tyrants like King Herod, who tried to kill Jesus — who had to flee his home and become a refugee. The real Christmas story is so much more inspiring and powerful than the cozy, comfortable one we tend to see in cards and even some carols we sing. Come find out more as Malcolm preaches, Yasu leads us as liturgist, Carol lights the advent candles and Kazuko leads us in singing together. 


Bible passages are Matt. 2: 1-18 and Isaiah 61: 1-3

Thank you to everyone who helps to make our worship services come together each week.

We are very thankful that our little community church can keep on going even in the midst of difficulties. Many friends keep contributing to our worship services and to our parishioner connections. We appreciate everyone’s prayers, financial support and weekly acts of service as we help each other in doing the work of the Kingdom.

Gather your family and some friends together to join us in our Zoom worship service. We hope to see many of you on Sunday! You are welcome to stay on after the service to chat for awhile and to catch up with old friends and new news.

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The Desires of Your Heart – November 28, 2021

Welcome to the West Tokyo Union Church community online worship service with one of our lay-members, Ruth Ingulsrud, bringing us the message for this First Sunday of Advent! Join us via Zoom through our usual link. We are so happy that our friends and members who hail from far and wide can be with us as we continue to worship remotely. You may be distant geographically, but you are as close as our hearts and prayers. We will keep you informed via email and updated website posts concerning which future services can be held in person.

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4) As we enter the time of Advent and look forward to Christmas, are we aware of the desires of our own hearts? What are we longing for and wishing for? Advent is a time of looking forward to the coming of the Christ Child. We make preparations as we lean into the season. With the holiday of Thanksgiving just behind us, we look forward to the season of gift-giving and love. What is our deepest heart’s desire? And where does that longing come from?

Join Ruth as we consider the “desires of the heart” and how it relates to preparing our hearts for Advent. The lectionary verses for this Sunday, which will be referenced along with Psalm 37, are as follows: Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10 and Luke 21:25-36. The hymns will be “Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus,” “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” and “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”

Click on this link to view the text message: The Desires of Your Heart ❤️

Kazuko will be playing the organ and Ruth will provide the children’s message along with some help from her puppet friends. Thank you to everyone who helps to make our worship services come together each week.

We are very thankful that our little community church can keep on going even in the midst of difficulties. Many friends keep contributing to our worship services and to our parishioner connections. We appreciate everyone’s prayers, financial support and weekly acts of service as we help each other in doing the work of the Kingdom.

Gather your family and some friends together to join us in our Zoom worship service. We hope to see many of you on Sunday! You are welcome to stay on after the service to chat for awhile and to catch up with old friends and new news.

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Long Live the King – November 21, 2021

Next Sunday, West Tokyo Union Church community welcomes you to join us for a special in person, hybrid worship service which will also be live-broadcast via Zoom through our usual link. Having a service that is both in-person and Zoom-broadcast allows members who live far from Mitaka to still be able to join in.

The service will be held in our regular gathering space, Room 105 on the Lutheran Seminary Campus on Sunday, November 21st at 10:00 am. If you are planning to attend in person, please make sure that you are fully immunized against Covid and that you are wearing a mask. We will keep you informed via email and updated website posts concerning which future services can be held in person.

Pastor Jim Sack will preach a message based on the following Bible passages: Revelations 1:4b – 8 and John 18:33 – 37. His sermon title is: “Long Live the King.” Betsy will be reading the scriptures. Kazuko will be playing the organ and Ruth will provide the children’s message along with some help from her puppet pals. We appreciate our members stepping in to help out with worship.

More announcements and important links can be found below…

Pilate questions Jesus

Free ARI Youth Trip Spot Available! Through a generous donation, there is one more spot remaining for a youth member who would like to attend the ARI retreat. Please email the TUC youth pastor, Audrey, directly if you are interested: yac@tokyounion.org

Parenting Seminar: For families with kids weathering the stressful pandemic times, Kobe Union Church is hosting a seminar put on by TELL called “Parenting Under the Pandemic.” Here is the link in case you are interested:

https://www.kobeunionchurch.com/parenting-under-pandemic.html

We are very thankful that our little community church can keep on going even in the midst of another Covid shut-down. Many friends keep contributing to our worship services and to our parishioner connections. We appreciate everyone’s prayers, financial support and weekly acts of service as we help each other in doing the work of the Kingdom.

Gather your family and some friends together to join us in our Zoom worship service. We hope to see many of you on Sunday! You are welcome to stay on after the service to chat for awhile and to catch up with old friends and new news.

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Love & Help for Others – November 14, 2021

West Tokyo Union Church community welcomes all to join us via Zoom for our service on Sunday, November 14th at 10:00 am. We will be continuing to meet online until it is safe to meet in person. We will keep you informed via email and updated website posts.


Pastor Paul Shew will preach a message of love and encouragement. “Let Us Encourage Love and Helping Others,” is the sermon title. The hymns will be “Come Thou Almighty King,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” and “How Firm a Foundation.” Malcolm will be the liturgist and Kazuko will be playing the organ. We appreciate our members stepping in to help out with worship.

Scripture passages: Psalm 16, Hebrews 10:11-25 and Mark 13:1-8.

“Do you see all these great buildings? Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”

We are very thankful that our little community church can keep on going even in the midst of another Covid shut-down. Many friends keep contributing to our worship services and to our parishioner connections. We appreciate everyone’s prayers, financial support and weekly acts of service as we help each other in doing the work of the Kingdom.

Gather your family and some friends together to join us in our Zoom worship service. We hope to see many of you on Sunday! You are welcome to stay on after the service to chat for awhile and to catch up with old friends and new news.

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