Sunday, January 26th – Rev Jim Sack will bring the sermon, â€œA Great Light in the Depth of Darknessâ€ from Isaiah 9:1-4 and Matthew 4:12-23.Â We will enjoy fellowship after the service.
West Tokyo Union Church women have been a integral part of the 57 year history of the Women’s Conference.Â The 2014 conference will be held January 31st – February 2nd at Amagi Sanso – one week later than usual.Â Give yourself the wonderful gift of this special fellowship!Â The theme is Through the Valley and the keynote speaker is renowned author and educator Sharon M. Draper.Â For more information, please see the website at http://wocon.net
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNERÂ (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)Â Â Contact Carrie Bennett for ES, Julie Rogers for MS, Amy Harbaugh for HS or Pastor Teresa atÂ firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ with any questions.
Little Kids (1-5) Sunday School: January 26th during church
Topic:Â Special Teachings from Jesus,Â Jesus First Miracle Â Teacher: Sammie
NEXT ES Youth Grades 2-5: Wednesday, Feb. 5th, at theÂ Bennett`s home from 5-6:30 p.m.
Topic:Â The Parable of the Mustard SeedÂ Â Teacher: CarrieÂ Â Dinner Responsibility:Â Loveman
NEXT MS Youth: February date to be announced,Â at the Rogers` home, Bible study, service project and pizza.
NEXT HS Youth: Sunday, February 9th at the Harbaugh/Norris home from 6 p.m.
NEXT ADULT Sunday School: Sunday, February 9th at the Sacks from 9:30-10:30 a.m
Interested in becoming a member at WTUC? – please talk to Pastor Teresa about the upcoming membership class.
Upcoming Preaching Ministry
January 26Â Â Â Â Â Â Rev. Jim Sack
February 2Â Â Â Â Â Â Rev. Tim McKenzie, Communion
February 9Â Â Â Â Â Â Pastor Teresa
February 16Â Â Â Â Rev. Hikari Kokai Chang, Communion
February 23Â Â Â Â Pastor Teresa
March 2Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Pastor Teresa
March 5Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Ash Wednesday service at Tang/Lee home
Sea Glass necklaces made from broken glass found on the Tohoku seashore after the tsunami are being sold to benefit â€œ2 Criminalsâ€ -Â a movie produced by Paul Nethercott -Â https://vimeo.com/channels/paulnethercott
SNACK SIGNUP Sign up for snacks for fellowship time with Ann or on the list on the white board.Â We greatly appreciate your contributions to our community life!
*Any questions or concerns?Â Feel free to email email@example.com anytime.
*Please enjoy and refer our website and FB page (West Tokyo Union Church) to others.Â Please make any suggestions for additions to the Pastor Teresa and/or Steering Committee.Â https://wtuc.net/
*If you’d like to be added to the WTUC church email list, please contact Gene Witt firstname.lastname@example.org
*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 email@example.com or Kayo Ozawa.
Put prayers on the ground,
so many prayers that not
a drop of blood can find its way
to the earth, not a drop
can leach into the soil or soul.
Put your prayers on the ground.
Make a place for God to walk
among the horrors and hopes.
There you will find us standing
in the Spirit’s wake, knee deep
in invocations and possibilities.
The Righteous Reign of the Coming King
1Â But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought Â Â Â into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will Â Â Â make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
2Â The people who walked in darknessâ€¨Â Â Â Â have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darknessâ€”â€¨Â Â Â Â on them light has shined.
3Â You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with Â Â Â joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder.
4Â For the yoke of their burden,â€¨Â Â Â Â and the bar across their shoulders,â€¨Â Â Â Â the rod of their oppressor,â€¨Â Â Â Â you have broken as on the day of Midian.
Jesus Begins His Ministry in Galilee
12Â Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13Â He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14Â so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
â€œLand of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,â€¨Â Â Â Â on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentilesâ€”
the people who sat in darknessâ€¨Â Â Â Â have seen a great light,â€¨and for those who sat in the region and shadow of deathâ€¨Â Â Â Â light has dawned.â€
17Â From that time Jesus began to proclaim, â€œRepent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.â€
Jesus Calls the First Disciples
18Â As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the seaâ€”for they were fishermen. 19Â And he said to them, â€œFollow me, and I will make you fish for people.â€ 20Â Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21Â As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. 22Â Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.
Jesus Ministers to Crowds of People
23Â Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.