Sunday, June 7th

11:00 AM – YOUTH WORSHIP

FELLOWSHIP TIME: after the service

after fellowship time: STEERING COMMITTEE

Sunday, June 7th – During the 11 AM worship, we will have the ES/MS Youth Sunday with music, Scripture, Reader`s Theatre, liturgy and homily on the theme of God`s Steadfast Love, from Psalm 138 – all provided by our wonderful youth and friends. The Gospel reading will be from Luke 18. Communion will be served. We will also have a time of blessing and thank yous to our SS teachers and Youth Group leaders. Following our delicious refreshments during the Fellowship time, will be the last Steering Committee of our 2014-5 church year.

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We are looking for someone desiring to serve WTUC next year (2015-6) posting to the website and sending out the emailing – if you are interested, please talk with Pastor Teresa, wtucrev@gmail.com

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Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Events

June 7th        ES Youth Sunday, SS Teacher thank yous, Communion will be served. Steering Committee meeting after Fellowship time.

June 14th      MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School (Adult Sunday School will be held in the Upper Room, Rev. Christian Zebley preaching.

June 21st     Rev. Dr. Jim Sack, Professor at the Lutheran College and Seminary preaching, Communion will be served.

June 28th      MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School, Pastor Teresa preaching. This will be the last Sunday of the 2014-5 church year. Next service will be Sunday, September 6th, a list of local churches to visit is on the back table.

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Any questions, please contact Pastor Teresa at wtucrev@gmail.com, or Julie Rogers for HS; Amy Harbaugh and Steve Bennett for Upper ES and Lower MS, grades 4-7; and Carrie Bennett for Lower ES, grades K-3.

Little Kids: All are welcome to stay in the service and enjoy books and coloring materials.

ES/MS – Youth Sunday leadership June 7th

MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School – 9:30 am Sunday, June 14th and June 28th.

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MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL!! ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL!! We have Multigenerational Sunday School from 9:30 in the cafeteria the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Who is welcome? All ages. We will be creating, discussing, Multi-generational-worshipplaying games, acting out bible stories and more. At the same time, the Sacks host the Adult Sunday School, also at 9:30 am in their living room. The method used is the, “Swedish Bible study method,” interacting with the texts for the service through our own life experiences. Their home is right across the Lutheran Campus from our sanctuary. Best coffee in town = ) Come and enjoy! (At times Adult Sunday School is held in the Upper Room, on the 2nd floor above the Sanctuary.) All are welcome. Need more information, contact wtucrev@gmail.com any time = ) Sunday School schedule: 6/14 and 6/28.

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WTUC Announcements:

*Questions or concerns? Feel free to email wtucrev@gmail.com anytime.

*Please enjoy and refer our website http://wtuc.net/ and FB page (West Tokyo Union Church) to others. Please make any suggestions for additions to the Pastor Teresa and/or Steering Committee. If you’d like to be added to the WTUC church email list, please contact Gene Witt ewitt@asij.ac.jp

*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 wtucrev@gmail.com or Kayo Ozawa.

*Sign up for snacks for fellowship time with Ann or Jill. We appreciate your contributions to our community life!

*Interested in baptism or membership, please contact Pastor Teresa.

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Sermon Passage – Psalm 138 Thanksgiving and Praise Of David.

1 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;

   before the gods I sing your praise;

2 I bow down toward your holy temple

   and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;

   for you have exalted your name and your word

   above everything.

3 On the day I called, you answered me,

   you increased my strength of soul.

4 All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord,

   for they have heard the words of your mouth.

5 They shall sing of the ways of the Lord,

   for great is the glory of the Lord.

6 For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly;

   but the haughty he perceives from far away.

7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,

   you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;

you stretch out your hand,

   and your right hand delivers me.

8 The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;

   your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.

   Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Gospel Passage – Luke 18:9-17 (NRSV)

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Jesus Blesses Little Children

15 People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it. 16 But Jesus called for them and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 17 Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”

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