From the Pastor

Greetings in Christ’s Name! 

My name is Christian Zebley and I am the pastor of West Tokyo Union Church. Thanks for checking out our website! We hope you will join us for worship and fellowship on a Sunday morning. We are an English-speaking, Protestant church. However, many of us at WTUC, including myself, are long-term residents of Japan and speak Nihongo. So don’t be afraid to check us out even if you are primarily a Japanese speaker. We have many Japanese members as well as people from around the world!

WTUC has been worshiping as a church community since September 13, 1963.  Thus, the 2019-20 church year will be our 56th year as a worshipping Christian community in the western suburbs of Tokyo.  We hope you will join us for worship on an upcoming Sunday in this new year.

As we enter into this new year of worship, study, service and fellowship, let’s take a moment to reflect on what Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-40:

“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart  and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

As people living in the world’s largest (and perhaps, most fast-paced and driven city??), how can we take this passage to heart?  What does it mean to truly love God and people even more, perhaps, than our own lives, personal success and fulfillment?  How can we do a better job of loving God and people with our hearts, souls and minds?  On a practical level, what does it mean to love God and love people in our daily lives?  Is this even possible?

Here is our simple church vision at West Tokyo Union Church:

We are an English-speaking, international and ecumenical Christian congregation in Mitaka, Japan.  Since 1963 we have been blessed with a rich diversity of people from different ethnic backgrounds, denominations and ages. We are united in our love of Jesus and desire to see God transform our lives, community and the world.  

I often hear people describe WTUC as a “family” or group of close-knit folks who encourage one another in the midst of Tokyo life.  I agree and I am thankful to be serving as your pastor. 

We are off to a good start this September with well-attended services, new faces in our midst, a fresh wind of volunteerism (several folks have stepped into needed roles in the church), renewed efforts in youth ministry and joyful worship and fellowship.  How is God calling us to grow, serve and trust Jesus in this new year?  If you are looking for a welcoming and friendly group of Jesus followers, come join us at WTUC. We don’t have all the answers but we are trusting and following someone who does.

I look forward to seeing God’s Spirit move in our midst in the 2019-20 church year.  My prayer is that we may more and more each day be transformed into a faith community that reflects the beauty, truth and joy of Christ and God’s all-satisfying, redemptive love to a broken and desperate world.  I hope to see you one Sunday this year!

In Grace and Love,