February 3, 2013

What a delight is before us – The youth will be contributing their gifts of service, leading, monologuing, playing and more to this Sunday`s worship on February 3rd!!! Rev. Dr. Byron Spradlin will be preaching from Matthew 6:9 – sharing with us Worship: Growing Intimacy with the Father–God is Close BY. Children`s Sunday school (in the cafeteria) and Adult Bible Study (in the Sacks living room) will be held at 9:30am on the Fruit of the Spirit, gentleness. All are welcome!

Byron Spradlin is the Founder and President of Artists in Christian Testimony Intl, a missions & ministry sending board for artists and creatives. He is a musician, published songwriter, Bible teacher, church planter, professor; and international specialist on worship, imagination and arts leadership. He regularly disciples artists; and encourages pastors and missionaries. www.ACTinternational.org The mission board he directs currently has over 250 artists doing creative Kingdom ministry touching over 20 nations. He helps mission agencies and churches become better places for artists. Byron@ACTinternational.org
He Chairs the School of Worship, Imagination & the Arts at Williamson Christian College in Franklin TN. He also serves as the international Senior Associate for the ARTS for the global Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. And after 35 years as Board Chair of the international Jews for Jesus mission he still serves that mission as its Board Vice-Chair.
His ministry experience ranges from arts in missions and ministry, to Muslim Background Evangelism, to Jewish Evangelism, to church planting, to worship ministry and coaching, and the theology of worship, imagination and the arts. His heart is to see people find forgiveness of the sinfulness and right-standing with God through Jesus Christ, and grow in their companioning worship walk with HIM daily.

to inaugurate the beginning of Lent
join us for simple soup and worship
Wednesday February 13th, 2013
5:30 soup 6:30 imposition of ashes
at the Fosters
contact wtucrev@gmail.com for directions
Little Kids Sunday School (ages 1-5) during the service
Grades 1-4 Sunday School: NEXT class “Fruit of the Spirit – self control” February 17th.
Confirmation class: NEXT class February 10th “forgiveness.”
Adult Sunday School: NEXT class on February 17th in the Sack’s home; “self control.”
…what the piano adjudicator/judge said to Hope after a recital…
“So you forgot some notes! Fear and old habits and people pressure and your own interior playlist can do that — to all of us. But! When the piece started to fall apart?
You fell forward, Hope. You didn’t fret about the music behind you — you focused on the next bar.”
Hope had nodded slowly, like a dawning, smiling.
The adjudicator looked down the row of girls and budding pianists and said it with this steady beat.
“We are all going to botch it somedays. We all sometimes get the notes wrong. But the song only goes wrong when we keep thinking back to the wrong notes.”
“When a piece starts to fall apart — fall forward. Fall forward into the next bar. Moving forward is what makes music.“
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Byron Spradlin pic 2003-09 smiling & conducting

This Sunday:  We are delighted that our own Tim McKenzie is preaching this week on “One Spirit, Many Gifts.”  Texts are: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4: 14-21

About our Preacher, the Rev. Dr. Tim McKenzie:

“I am originally from Chicago, Illinois.  I am an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  I did my Ph.D. work in Historical Theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Mari and I serve as ELCA missionaries with the Japan Lutheran Evangelical Church. I am currently teaching Historical Theology at the Japan Lutheran College and Japan Lutheran Theological Seminary.”

There will me no Adult Education, as many women will be at the Women’s Conference Japan.

Upcoming Sundays:

Feb 3rd:  the Rev. Byron Spradlin preaching.

Feb 10th:  Pastor Teresa preaching.

Confirmation: Forgiveness

Feb 17: Pastor Susan Preaching

Sunday School:  Self-Control (Zechariah 9:9b) Ms. Bennett Teaching

Adult Ed:  Self- Control, Susan Teaching

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.

–Erma Bombeck

Sunday, January 20th

This Sunday:  Water to Wine?  A cool party trick or a needed ministry?  John 2: 1-11.  Pastor Susan Preaching

This Sunday at 9:30

  • Confirmation:  Worship and Sacraments

Upcoming Sundays:

Jan 27th:  the Rev. Tim McKenzie preaching.

Church school at 9:30, Topic Faithfulness

There will me no Adult Education, as many women will be at the Women’s Conference Japan.

Feb 3rd:  the Rev. Byron Spradlin preaching.

Gentleness (Zechariah 9:9b), Ms. Bennett Teaching

Confirmation:  Forgiveness

Adult Ed:  Gentleness

Excerpt from John 2:1-11

”Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.'”

Reflection by the Rev. Lillian Daniel 

You know, my mother thought I could do anything, too. She was always exaggerating my gifts. 

When it was time to apply to college she told me I should go to Harvard. When I explained that my grade point average was not represented anywhere in that school’s statistics, she would say, “Oh, nonsense, just apply.”

Once I started working, she was always giving me a promotion, telling people I was doing the work of my boss. When I tried to correct her, she would just keep talking.  My churches were tripled in size; my first articles turned into books and a seat on the association’s committee on ministry made me a bishop—all through the power of a mother’s imagination.

Listening to my mother, you would have thought I was some kind of miracle worker, but I knew better, and so did Harvard.

So I have always delighted that the first miracle Jesus performs is the result of his mother’s imagination. His mother tells him that they have run out of wine, and he says, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me?” He’s as annoyed as anyone when his mother puts her enormous vision for him out there.

But Jesus actually was a miracle worker. And someone had to get him started.

Sometimes a mother’s imagination is a miracle in itself.


Dear God, this day, I pray for those who nag and those who brag. I pray for all the people who see possibilities in me long before I do. And I pray not to be annoyed by those people. You have put them here for a reason. Amen.

Sunday, January 13th

This Sunday:  What an amazing thing God’s saving grace is.   Jesus brings it to us in a new way, but the idea of a saving God was imbedded in the faith of the Israelites long before Jesus came up out of the baptismal waters.  Come and hear about God’s saving activities in Isaiah 43:1-7

This Sunday at 9:30

  • Grades 1-4: Goodness (1 Peter 1:15), Malcolm Teaching
  • Pre-K; during the service: Esther, Allie and Oliver Teaching
  • Confirmation resumes:  We’ll talk about God in community, and the symbols of the church.
  • Adult Ed:  Fruits of the Spirit:  Goodness

Steering Committee follows fellowship this Sunday.

Upcoming Sundays:

January 20th:  Pastor Susan preaching,

Confirmation at 9:30

Jan 27th:  the Rev. Tim McKenzie preaching.

Church school and Adult Ed at 9:30

A Poem: based on Isaiah 43 1-7

by Pieter Stok

My Creator
Loves me, His creation.
Not a thing
Will thwart His redeemed child from
Being brought to Him.
Waters high and
Rivers deep
Will not drown me,
Or wash me from His saving arms.
He will pay my ransom:
My Jesus, my Saviour!
I am His.
A polished jewel in His crown,
Rubbed clean with the cloth
Of His Holy Spirit.
Whether in the N. S. E or W
He brings me,
His prodigal,

Sunday, January 6th

Let`s bring in 2013 by celebrating Epiphany together! SUNDAY JANUARY 6th from 11AM, Pastor Teresa preaches on Mystery Revealed from Ephesians 3!  

O Finality. O final Light. O luminous One,
outshining lamp, stars and sun.

O End of Night. O Day’s Light without ending.  

O Light, all light.

outshining lamp, stars and sun.

Break forth, O heavenly Light, and reign to the ages of ages.
Shine forever and let no more greed or hatred near.
Illumine and save all creation,
outshining lamp, stars and sun.

O Light, we shall see face to face.
O Splendor of Love, the world of greed and hatred ending,
outshining lamp, stars and sun. Guide us to share Your light.

GREAT NEWS from the MS Youth!!!

We purchased the animals for the MS Bible Study kids tonight.  After delivering 70+ dozen cookies they ended up with $870.  They purchased a heifer, a llama, a pig, 3 rabbits, a flock of chicks (10-50 chicks), and some honeybees.  Heifer International will determine which families need these animals the most and disperse them accordingly.  Many of their animals go to needy families in Africa and South America.  Thank you for all your support.  The kids would appreciate it if you could add something to the bulletin sometime thanking everyone for their donations. We are now talking about our next project being some community service within Japan.  Any ideas you may have we’d love to hear!

Thanks, Julie & Kristi & the MS Youth

Nozomi no Ie sends sincere thanks for the socks and presents gifts from WTUC.

January 6th text:

Ephesians 3:1-12

3:1 This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles– 

3:2 for surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given me for you, 

3:3 and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words, 

3:4 a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ. 

3:5 In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: 

3:6 that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. 

3:7 Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given me by the working of his power. 

3:8 Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, 

3:9 and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; 

3:10 so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 

3:11 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, 

3:12 in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.