Sunday, March 30 -Â Rev. Tim McKenzie will bring the message “The Gift of New Sight” from Ephesians 5:8-14 and John 9:13-25 .Â After the worship we will enjoy an engaging time of fellowship. Â
for reflection during LENT……..
Here is a four minute Desktop Meditation from YouTube of music, scenery and words of Lent.
Chenusa Yomoah (Esther`s daughter) is doing her graduation (from Temple University Japan) Art Exhibition April 7th-13th (with a reception on April 11th at 6pm) at Gallery Conceal in Shibuya.Â Esther has postcards with all the information and map.
MINI BAZAAR to be held on Easter Sunday (when more friends join us). Donations are therefore requested of small, clean and almost new Items, in particular accessories.Â There will be three price-ranges, Y300,Â Y500 and Y1000 and Donors are invited to place their items in the appropriate tray/box.Â Â Unsold items may be retrieved or not after the Bazaar.Â Questions:Â Jill Ito or email@example.com
MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL IS HERE! MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL IS HERE !!Â
Upcoming Schedule for Sundays – April 6th, April 20th (Easter Egg Hunt), May 11th, May 25th, June 8th and June 22nd. Â Twice a month we will have multigenerational Sunday School from 9:30 in the cafeteria.Â Who is welcome?Â All ages.Â We will be creating, discussing, playing games, acting out bible stories and more.Â If parents want their kids to join in on the fun at the multigenerational Sunday School while they attend the Adult Sunday School that will be at the Sacks – that`s great too.Â This will be in addition to the regular Wednesday evening offerings for ES, MS and HS.Â The Sacks will host the Adult Sunday school, also at 9:30 am in their living room on these same dates.Â Their home is right across the Lutheran Campus from our sanctuary.Â Best coffee in town = ) Come and enjoy!Â All are welcome.Â Need more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org any time = ) Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
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 email@example.comÂ with any questions.Â Little Kids (1-5) Sunday School during church: no lessons March 23rd and 30th – lessons will resume April 6th – children are always welcome in our worship – please feel free to read books from our cabinet in the back of the sanctuary
NEXT ES Youth Grades 2-5: Wed. April 9th at theÂ Bennett`s home from 5-6:30 pmÂ Topic:Â Parable of the SowerÂ Â Â Teacher: Carrie Â Dinner Responsibility: Loveman
NEXT MS Youth: Wed. April 16th – 5-6:30 pm at the Rogers, Bible study, helping prepare for Easter & pizza
NEXT HS Youth: Quick Meet after church (at church) on April 6th.Â Movie Night April 11th…more info to follow.Â Meeting with the Sacks on Sunday, April 13th (early evening…more details soon).
NEXT MULTI GENERATIONAL Sunday School – April 6th from 9:30-10:30 am
NEXT ADULT Sunday School: Sunday April 6th at the Sacks from 9:30-10:30 am
Upcoming Preaching Ministry
April 6th Pastor Teresa, Communion
April 13th Pastor Teresa, Palm Sunday Play
April 18th Good Friday service, 6:30pm
April 20th EASTER, Easter Egg Hunt, Communion, Fellowship, *Bazaar
April 27th Rev. Claudia
May 4th Pastor Teresa, Communion
May 11th Rev. Hikari Kokai Chang
May 18th Rev. Tim, Communion
May 25th Rev. Jim
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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/ Â *If you’d like to be added to the WTUC church email list, please contact Gene Witt email@example.comÂ *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.
*We are doing a Lay Eucharistic Minister training during Lent.Â If interested in joining talk to Pastor Teresa.
GOSPEL READING John 9:1-41
A Man Born Blind Receives Sight
9Â As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2Â His disciples asked him, â€œRabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?â€3Â Jesus answered, â€œNeither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that Godâ€™s works might be revealed in him. 4Â We[a] must work the works of him who sent me[b] while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. 5Â As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.â€ 6Â When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the manâ€™s eyes, 7Â saying to him, â€œGo, wash in the pool of Siloamâ€ (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see. 8Â The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, â€œIs this not the man who used to sit and beg?â€ 9Â Some were saying, â€œIt is he.â€ Others were saying, â€œNo, but it is someone like him.â€ He kept saying, â€œI am the man.â€ 10Â But they kept asking him, â€œThen how were your eyes opened?â€ 11Â He answered, â€œThe man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, â€˜Go to Siloam and wash.â€™ Then I went and washed and received my sight.â€ 12Â They said to him, â€œWhere is he?â€ He said, â€œI do not know.â€
The Pharisees Investigate the Healing
13Â They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind.14Â Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes.15Â Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, â€œHe put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.â€16Â Some of the Pharisees said, â€œThis man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.â€ But others said, â€œHow can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?â€ And they were divided. 17Â So they said again to the blind man, â€œWhat do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened.â€ He said, â€œHe is a prophet.â€
18Â The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight 19Â and asked them, â€œIs this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?â€ 20Â His parents answered, â€œWe know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; 21Â but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.â€ 22Â His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus[c] to be the Messiah[d] would be put out of the synagogue. 23Â Therefore his parents said, â€œHe is of age; ask him.â€
24Â So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, â€œGive glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.â€ 25Â He answered, â€œI do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.â€ 26Â They said to him, â€œWhat did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?â€ 27Â He answered them, â€œI have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?â€ 28Â Then they reviled him, saying, â€œYou are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29Â We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.â€ 30Â The man answered, â€œHere is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31Â We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. 32Â Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. 33Â If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.â€ 34Â They answered him, â€œYou were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?â€ And they drove him out.
35Â Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, â€œDo you believe in the Son of Man?â€[e] 36Â He answered, â€œAnd who is he, sir?[f] Tell me, so that I may believe in him.â€ 37Â Jesus said to him, â€œYou have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.â€ 38Â He said, â€œLord,[g] I believe.â€ And he worshiped him. 39Â Jesus said, â€œI came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.â€ 40Â Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, â€œSurely we are not blind, are we?â€ 41Â Jesus said to them, â€œIf you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, â€˜We see,â€™ your sin remains.
EPISTLE READINGÂ Ephesians 5:8-14
8Â For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of lightâ€” 9Â for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. 10Â Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. 11Â Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12Â For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; 13Â but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 14Â for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
Rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.â€