Sunday, June the 8th – Let`s enjoy Multigenerational Sunday school in the cafeteria from 9:30 am on the theme of Pentecost! At the 11am worship service, Pastor Teresa will preach from 1 Corinthians 12 and Acts 2, with a sermon titled, “Welcome Holy Spirit” bringing out a theme of Pentecost. We will also have a prayer of blessing for those moving. For the robust fellowship time after the service, please bring snacks of red, orange, yellow or blue to represent the colors of Pentecost. Come dressed in these colors too to join in the celebration. Father`s Day/Caregiver`s Sunday is on June 15th. Invite your friends to these celebratory worships = )
– MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL 9:30 AM
WORSHIP 11:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP TIME (after the service – all are invited)
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This Grace That Scorches Us – A Blessing for Pentecost Day
Here’s one thing you must understand about this blessing: it is not for you alone.
It is stubborn about this;
do not even try to lay hold of itif you are by yourself,
thinking you can carry it on your own.
To bear this blessing, you must first
take yourself to a place where everyone does not look like you
or think like you, a place where they do not believe precisely as you believe, where their thoughts and ideas and gestures are not exact echoes of your own.
Bring your sorrow. Bring your grief.
Bring your fear. Bring your weariness, your pain,
your disgust at how broken the world is, how fractured, how fragmented by its fighting, its wars, its hungers, its penchant for power, its ceaseless repetition of the history it refuses to rise above.
I will not tell you this blessing will fix all that.
But in the place where you have gathered, wait. Watch. Listen. Lay aside your inability to be surprised, your resistance to what you do not understand.
See then whether this blessing turns to flame on your tongue, sets you to speaking what you cannot fathom
or opens your ear to a language beyond your imagining that comes as a knowing in your bones a clarity in your heart that tells you
this is the reason we were made,
for this ache that finally opens us,
for this struggle, this grace that scorches us toward one another and into the blazing day.
Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Events
June 8th Multigenerational Sunday School, Pastor Teresa preaching, PENTECOST, RED robust Fellowship Time – invite your friends!
June 15th Rev. Dr. Jim Sack preaching, Communion, Father/Caregiver blessing
June 22nd Pastor Teresa preaching, Multigenerational Sunday School, Adult Sunday School, Fellowship Time
June 29th Pastor Teresa preaching, Last worship service of the 13-14 WTUC church year
September 7th Pastor Teresa preaching, Worship Services resume, Communion
September 15th Back to School Sunday
MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL IS HERE !!
Upcoming Schedule for Sundays – June 8th and June 22nd. Twice a month we have multigenerational Sunday School from 9:30 in the cafeteria. Who is welcome? All ages. We will be creating, discussing, playing games, acting out bible stories and more. The Sacks will host the last Adult Sunday school of the 2013-14 church year, also at 9:30 am in their living room on the 22nd. Their home is right across the Lutheran Campus from our sanctuary. Best coffee in town = ) Come and enjoy! All are welcome. Need more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org any time =)
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry) Contact Carrie Bennett for ES, Julie Rogers for MS, Amy Harbaugh for HS or Pastor Teresa at email@example.com with any questions.
June 8th – Little Kids (1-6) Teacher: Sara Topic: Paul’s Missionary Trips, Jesus Will Be Back
NEXT MULTI GENERATIONAL Sunday School – Sunday June 8th in Cafeteria from 9:30-10:30 am – Adults, as the Sacks are out of town, please feel free to join in on the Multigenerational Fun = )
*Any questions or concerns? Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org anytime.
*Please enjoy and refer our website and FB page (West Tokyo Union Church) to others. Please make any suggestions for additions to the Pastor Teresa and/or Steering Committee. http://wtuc.net/
*If you’d like to be added to the WTUC church email list, please contact Gene Witt email@example.com
*If interested in joining the WTUC Prayer Chain, let Pastor Teresa or Prayer Chain Coordinator, Kayo Ozawa, know of your interest. Please submit prayers to firstname.lastname@example.org or Kayo Ozawa.
1 Corinthians 12:3
1 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.
4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.11 All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.
One Body with Many Members
12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
Acts 2 The Coming of the Holy Spirit
1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
Peter Addresses the Crowd
14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
17 ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.
18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
20 The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’