Sunday May 4th, 2014 worship service

Sunday, May 4th – Jonathan McCurley, Community Life Coordinator at Asian Rural Institute, http://www.ari-edu.org/en/home-eng/ will preach from 1 Peter 1:17-23, with a sermon titled, New Life.  Communion will be served.  After the worship service as we enjoy robust fellowship snacks prepared by Mark and Ann, Magic Ed will bring his gospel magic for us from 12:30-1:30.  Feel free to stay and invite your friends along.

– WORSHIP  11:00 AM

  • MAGIC ED PERFORMANCE AND ROBUST FELLOWSHIP TIME (after the service – all are invited)

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a wonderful video on prayer by 24-7 Prayer being recommended by 7Media - 

http://vimeo.com/92591646

Japanese available by clicking on the CC options

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Our guests today:  

Ed Rapoza

MAGIC ED is COMING!!!

Magic Ed is a multilingual story-telling magician living and working out of Kobe, Japan.  He loves making people smile out of awe and wonder – presenting the Gospel in a visually stimulating and fun way!  He will be @Tokyo Union Church 5/2, 6:30-8:30pm and @WTUC 5/4, 12:30-1:30pm.  Invite your friends!

and from Asian Rural Institute (ARI – one of the organizations that WTUC supports through our outreach ministry)

Jonathan and Satomi McCurley came to ARI in 2009 as United Methodist missionaries. Jonathan works as the community life coordinator, building up the community of the participants, volunteers and staff through events, relationship building and programs for spiritual growth & reflection. Satomi helps with various duties within community life and together they serve a small church within the UCCJ denomination.

Mary Elizabeth Gaston is a United Methodist young adult missionary volunteer at ARI. Commissioned in August of last year, MEG as we call her, will serve in total 20 months as a young adult missionary, finishing her term in the late Spring of 2014. She is currently working with the institute’s recruitment, admissions & graduate outreach team as well as helping on ARI’s organic farm.

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MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL IS HERE! MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL IS HERE !! 

Upcoming Schedule for Sundays – May 11th, May 25th, June 8th and June 22nd.   Twice a month we will have multigenerational Sunday School from 9:30 in the cafeteria.  Who is welcome?  All ages.  We will be creating, discussing, playing games, acting out bible stories and more.  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.  This will be in addition to the regular Wednesday evening offerings for ES, MS and HS.  The Sacks will host the Adult Sunday school, also at 9:30 am in their living room on these same dates.  Their home is right across the Lutheran Campus from our sanctuary.  Best coffee in town = ) Come and enjoy!  All are welcome.  Need more information, contact wtucrev@gmail.com any time = )                                                                                                                            

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Contact Carrie Bennett for ES, Julie Rogers for MS, Amy Harbaugh for HS or Pastor Teresa at wtucrev@gmail.com with any questions.

Little Kids (1-5) no Sunday School during church this Sunday due to the National Holidays – please enjoy lots of books and coloring

NEXT ES Youth Grades 2-5: Wednesday May 7th at the Bennett`s home from 5-6:30 pm  Topic: Parable of the Widow  Teacher: Steve 

NEXT MS Youth:  Magic Ed performances Sunday May 4th, 12:30-1:30pm

NEXT HS Youth: Magic Ed performances Sunday May 4th, 12:30-1:30pm

NEXT MULTI GENERATIONAL Sunday School – Sunday May 11th in Cafeteria from 9:30-10:30 am

NEXT ADULT Sunday School – Sunday May 11th at the Sack`s from 9:30-10:30 am

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Upcoming Preaching Ministry

May 4th ARI Community Life Coordinator Jonathan McCurley, Communion, Magic Ed

May 11th Rev. Hikari Kokai Chang, Mother`s/Caregiver`s Day

May 18th Rev. Tim, Communion, Mission Moment: Yamamoto san from Kibou no Ie/House of Hope

May 25th Rev. Jim

June 1st Pastor Teresa, Youth Service

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SNACK SIGNUP Sign up for snacks for fellowship time with Ann or on the list on the white board.  We greatly appreciate your contributions to our community life!

***

WTUC  Announcements

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

*Please enjoy and refer our website and FB page (West Tokyo Union Church) to others.  Please make any suggestions for additions to the Pastor Teresa and/or Steering Committee.  https://wtuc.net/  

*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.

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1 Peter 1:17-23

17If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. 18You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. 20He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. 21Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God. 22Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. 23You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.

Sunday, April 27th

Sunday, April 27th -  Rev. Claudia Genung-Yamamoto will bring a sermon “The Wounded Hands of Christ” from Luke 24:36-48. During the worship we will also have a Mission Moment by Takeshi Kobayashi from Child Fund Japan, a Children`s Message by Ruth, option for small children to go to Sunday School, Special Music by Emin, and Prayers of the People. After worship we will a robust fellowship time together.

WORSHIP  11:00 AM
ROBUST FELLOWSHIP TIME
(after the service all are invited)

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An Iona Community blessing for you,

May God’s goodness be yours,
And well and seven times well may you live your lives.
May you be a hill on the shore,
May you be an isle in the sea,
May you be a staff to the weak.
May you be a star in the darkness.
May the love Christ Jesus gave fill you for everyone.
May the love Christ Jesus gave fill everyone for you.

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Our guests today:
We welcome Rev. Claudia back to WTUC today! She is a United Methodist Church mission worker serving in Kobe at the Kagawa Center and the church within the center.  She is involved in a cafe ministry, preaching once a month, relief work with Tohoku HELP, Fukushima Kobe Children’s Camp, homeless ministry, and networking in the community.  Claudia was our pastor at WTUC from September 1994-June 2011.

Takeshi Kobayashi  Executive Director of Child Fund Japan  After having studied social work at Japan Lutheran College and the University of the Philippines, Takeshi Kobayashi joined Child Fund Japan (former CCWA) in 1983 as a field worker assigned to the Philippines.  He was then appointed as Director of the CCWA National Office in the Philippines.  From 1999 to 2005, Takeshi served as the Director of the Department of International Sponsorship Program.  In 2005 CCWA formally changed its name to Child Fund Japan and Takeshi was appointed Executive Director.

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MAGIC ED is COMING!!!
Magic Ed is a multilingual story-telling magician living and working out of Kobe, Japan.  He loves making people smile out of awe and wonder – presenting the Gospel in a visually stimulating and fun way!  He will be @Tokyo Union Church 5/2, 6:30-8:30pm and @WTUC 5/4, 12:30-1:30pm.  Invite your friends!

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Thanks for organizing, Jill our MINI BAZAAR
help last week.  Through your generous purchases, 7000 yen was raised to go to the general budget.  Thanks everyone for participating in the fun.

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MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL IS HERE!

Upcoming Schedule for Sundays – May 11th, May 25th, June 8th and June 22nd.   Twice a month we will have multigenerational Sunday School from 9:30 in the cafeteria.  Who is welcome?  All ages.  We will be creating, discussing, playing games, acting out bible stories and more.  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.  This will be in addition to the regular Wednesday evening offerings for ES, MS and HS.  The Sacks will host the Adult Sunday school, also at 9:30 am in their living room on these same dates.  Their home is right across the Lutheran Campus from our sanctuary.  Best coffee in town = ) Come and enjoy!  All are welcome.  Need more information, contact wtucrev@gmail.com any time = )

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Contact Carrie Bennett for ES, Julie Rogers for MS, Amy Harbaugh for HS or Pastor Teresa at wtucrev@gmail.com with any questions.

Little Kids (1-5) Sunday School during church: Topic: Saul believes in Jesus  Teacher: Sara

NEXT ES Youth Grades 2-5:
Wed. 23  at the Bennett`s home from 5-6:30 pm  Topic: Parable of the Feast Teacher:  Steve  Pizza: Snyder

NEXT MS Youth:  Magic Ed performances @Tokyo Union Church 5/2, 6:30-8:30pm; @WTUC 5/4, 12:30-1:30pm

NEXT HS Youth: Magic Ed performances @Tokyo Union Church 5/2, 6:30-8:30pm; @WTUC 5/4, 12:30-1:30pm

NEXT MULTI GENERATIONAL Sunday School – May 11th in Cafeteria from 9:30-10:30 am

NEXT ADULT Sunday School – May 11th at the Sack`s from 9:30-10:30 am

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Upcoming Preaching Ministry 
April 27th        Rev. Claudia
May 4th          ARI Community Life Coordinator Jonathan McCurley, Communion, Magic Ed
May 11th        Rev. Hikari Kokai Chang
May 18th        Rev. Tim, Communion
May 25th        Rev. Jim
June 1st          Pastor Teresa, Youth Service

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SNACK SIGNUP Sign up for snacks for fellowship time with Ann or on the list on the white board.  We greatly appreciate your contributions to our community life!

***
WTUC  Announcements
*Any questions or concerns?  Feel free to email wtucrev@gmail.com anytime.
*Please enjoy and refer our website and FB page (West Tokyo Union Church) to others.  Please make any suggestions for additions to the Pastor Teresa and/or Steering Committee.  https://wtuc.net/
*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.

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Luke 24:36-48
Jesus Appears to His Disciples

36 While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37 They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate in their presence.
44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46 and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.

Easter Sunday Worship 4/20/14

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Sunday, April 20th -  Pastor Teresa will bring a sermon “Do not be afraid” from Matthew 28. During the worship we will have Special Music, a Blessing of the children starting school, Puppets, Prayers of the People and Communion. After the worship we will enjoy an Easter Egg hunt and a robust fellowship time.

– WORSHIP  11:00 AM


MULTIGENERATIONAL EASTER EGG HUNT 
(after the service)

ROBUST FINGER FOODS FELLOWSHIP TIME
 (after the service all are invited)

MINI BAZAAR
 (during the fellowship time)

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Enjoy this peppy reflection on the Resurrection that includes joyful photos of believers around the world, set to an upbeat rendition of the song “Marching in the Light of God” performed by the Africa University Choir.
http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/desktop-meditation-easter-joy

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ROBUST FINGER FOOD FELLOWSHIP
 – (please bring light finger foods and dishes to share during the Easter feast – suggestions: fruit, veggies, egg-related dishes, ham, sausage, cheese, bread, juice, pastries, anything else of your choice)

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MINI BAZAAR to be held after the Easter worship service. Donations are therefore requested of small, clean and almost new Items, in particular accessories. There will be three price-ranges, Y300, Y500 and Y1000 and Donors are invited to place their items in the appropriate tray/box.  Unsold items may be retrieved or not after the Bazaar.  Questions:  Jill Ito or wtucrev@gmail.com

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This week`s offering will be an EGGstra opportunity to give towards the financial health of our church.  Thank you for being prayerful and generous as you give this Easter.

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MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL IS HERE! MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL IS HERE !! 


Upcoming Schedule for Sundays
 – April 20th (Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service – join in the fun!), May 11th, May 25th, June 8th and June 22nd.   Twice a month we will have multigenerational Sunday School from 9:30 in the cafeteria.  Who is welcome?  All ages.  We will be creating, discussing, playing games, acting out bible stories and more.  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.  This will be in addition to the regular Wednesday evening offerings for ES, MS and HS.  The Sacks will host the Adult Sunday school, also at 9:30 am in their living room on these same dates.  Their home is right across the Lutheran Campus from our sanctuary.  Best coffee in town = ) Come and enjoy!  All are welcome.  Need more information, contact wtucrev@gmail.com
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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Contact Carrie Bennett for ES, Julie Rogers for MS, Amy Harbaugh for HS or Pastor Teresa at wtucrev@gmail.com with any questions.
Little Kids (1-5) Sunday School during church: Topic: Seven Special Helpers, Phillip Helps the Ethiopian  Teacher: Oliver

NEXT ES Youth Grades 2-5: Wed. April 23rd at the Bennett`s home from 5-6:30 pm  Topic: The Parable of the Persistent Widow  Teacher:  Steve   Pizza: Snyder

NEXT MS Youth: helping at the Easter Egg Hunt

NEXT HS Youth: helping the Easter Egg Hunt

NEXT MULTI GENERATIONAL Sunday School – May 11th in Cafeteria from 9:30-10:30 am

NEXT ADULT Sunday School
 – May 11th at the Sack`s from 9:30-10:30 am

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Upcoming Preaching Ministry  
April 20th        Pastor Teresa, EASTER worship, Communion, Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Meal following the worship (bring finger foods and yummies to share), Mini Bazaar
April 27th        Rev. Claudia
May 4th          ARI Community Life Coordinator Jonathan McCurley,             Communion, Magic Ed
May 11th        Rev. Hikari Kokai Chang
May 18th        Rev. Tim, Communion
May 25th        Rev. Jim
June 1st         Pastor Teresa, Youth Service

***
SNACK SIGNUP Sign up for snacks for fellowship time with Ann or on the list on the white board.  We greatly appreciate your contributions to our community life!

***
WTUC  Announcements
*Any questions or concerns?  Feel free to email wtucrev@gmail.com anytime.
*Please enjoy and refer our website and FB page (West Tokyo Union Church) to others.  Please make any suggestions for additions to the Pastor Teresa and/or Steering Committee.  https://wtuc.net/
*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.

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Matthew 28: 1-10  After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. 5But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” 8So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Good Friday and Easter Announcement

Friday, April 18th – Good Friday service of reflection through Scripture, Liturgy and Song from 7pm in the WTUC Sanctuary.  Mitaka Lutheran Church will host an Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 19th from 6-8pm.  All are welcome at these services.

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Sunday, April 20th -  Pastor Teresa will bring a sermon “Do not be afraid” from Matthew 28. During the worship we will have Special Music, a Blessing of the children starting school, Puppets, Prayers of the People and Communion. After the worship we will enjoy an Easter Egg hunt and a robust fellowship time.

– WORSHIP  11:00 AM


MULTIGENERATIONAL EASTER EGG HUNT
(after the service)

ROBUST FINGER FOODS FELLOWSHIP TIME
(after the service all are invited)

MINI BAZAAR
(during the fellowship time)

********************************************************************
Enjoy this peppy reflection on the Resurrection that includes joyful photos of believers around the world, set to an upbeat rendition of the song “Marching in the Light of God” performed by the Africa University Choir.
http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/desktop-meditation-easter-joy

***
ROBUST FINGER FOOD FELLOWSHIP
– (please bring light finger foods and dishes to share during the Easter feast – suggestions: fruit, veggies, egg-related dishes, ham, sausage, cheese, bread, juice, pastries, anything else of your choice)

***
MINI BAZAAR to be held after the Easter worship service. Donations are therefore requested of small, clean and almost new Items, in particular accessories. There will be three price-ranges, Y300, Y500 and Y1000 and Donors are invited to place their items in the appropriate tray/box.  Unsold items may be retrieved or not after the Bazaar.  Questions:  Jill Ito or wtucrev@gmail.com

***
This week`s offering will be an EGGstra opportunity to give towards the financial health of our church.  Thank you for being prayerful and generous as you give this Easter.

***
MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL IS HERE! MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL IS HERE !!


Upcoming Schedule for Sundays
– April 20th (Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service – join in the fun!), May 11th, May 25th, June 8th and June 22nd.   Twice a month we will have multigenerational Sunday School from 9:30 in the cafeteria.  Who is welcome?  All ages.  We will be creating, discussing, playing games, acting out bible stories and more.  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.  This will be in addition to the regular Wednesday evening offerings for ES, MS and HS.  The Sacks will host the Adult Sunday school, also at 9:30 am in their living room on these same dates.  Their home is right across the Lutheran Campus from our sanctuary.  Best coffee in town = ) Come and enjoy!  All are welcome.  Need more information, contact wtucrev@gmail.com
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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Contact Carrie Bennett for ES, Julie Rogers for MS, Amy Harbaugh for HS or Pastor Teresa at wtucrev@gmail.com with any questions.
Little Kids (1-5) Sunday School during church: Topic: Seven Special Helpers, Phillip Helps the Ethiopian  Teacher: Oliver

NEXT ES Youth Grades 2-5: Wed. April 23rd at the Bennett`s home from 5-6:30 pm  Topic: The Parable of the Persistent Widow  Teacher:  Steve   Pizza: Snyder

NEXT MS Youth: helping at the Easter Egg Hunt

NEXT HS Youth: helping the Easter Egg Hunt

NEXT MULTI GENERATIONAL Sunday School – May 11th in Cafeteria from 9:30-10:30 am

NEXT ADULT Sunday School
– May 11th at the Sack`s from 9:30-10:30 am

***
Upcoming Preaching Ministry  
April 20th        Pastor Teresa, EASTER worship, Communion, Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Meal following the worship (bring finger foods and yummies to share), Mini Bazaar
April 27th        Rev. Claudia
May 4th          ARI Community Life Coordinator Jonathan McCurley,             Communion, Magic Ed
May 11th        Rev. Hikari Kokai Chang
May 18th        Rev. Tim, Communion
May 25th        Rev. Jim
June 1st         Pastor Teresa, Youth Service

***
SNACK SIGNUP Sign up for snacks for fellowship time with Ann or on the list on the white board.  We greatly appreciate your contributions to our community life!

***
WTUC  Announcements
*Any questions or concerns?  Feel free to email wtucrev@gmail.com anytime.
*Please enjoy and refer our website and FB page (West Tokyo Union Church) to others.  Please make any suggestions for additions to the Pastor Teresa and/or Steering Committee.  https://wtuc.net/
*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.

***
Matthew 28: 1-10  After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. 5But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” 8So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Good Friday, Saturday Easter Vigil, Sunday Easter Celebration

7pm GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE April 18, 2014

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to reflect on the taking up of the cross by Jesus

join us in the West Tokyo Union Church sanctuary

Scripture, Liturgy and Song

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SATURDAY EASTER VIGIL

April 18, 2014 6-8pm

at Mitaka Lutheran Church

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EASTER ACTIVITIES April 20, 2014

11:00  Sunday morning worship

after worship will be the Easter Egg Hunt and festive fellowship hour

(all adults are welcome to cheer as the kids hunt!)

Mini bazaar during the fellowship hour

For the festive fellowship hour:

(please bring light finger foods and dishes to share during the Easter feast – suggestions: fruit, veggies, egg-related dishes, ham, sausage, cheese, bread, juice, pastries, your choice)

@Lutheran College and Seminary (Lutaru Shingako Daigaku)

3-10-20 Osawa  Mitaka-shi, Tokyo

for directions please contact wtucrev@gmail.com https://wtuc.net

Sunday, April 13th worship

Sunday, April 13th -  We will celebrate Palm Sunday with a procession of Palms.  The children and youth will be “the crowd” in a Palm Sunday play looking at recognizing Jesus. Pastor Teresa will bring a homily on “Hosanna and Hesed” from Psalm 118.  After the worship we will enjoy a fellowship time.  

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FRIDAY APRIL 11th – FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT  All are welcome!!!

The high school youth group of West Tokyo Union Church is excited to invite you and any friends you would like to bring to movie night this Friday the 11th from 6:00pm at Ann & Peter, Emin & Sopheen`s house. Please contact wtucrev@gmail.com for a map if needed. We will be watching the movie Air Bud, a heartwarming story about a boy and his dog. We will provide movie snacks and seating but would like to ask you to bring pillows and a 500 yen donation per person. The proceeds will go to sponsor animals through Heifer International, an organization dedicated to ending world hunger and poverty.http://www.heifer.org/about-heifer/index.html

Thanks, WTUC HS Youth Group.

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LENT – HOW TO MAKE PALM BRANCH CROSSES

http://www.kingofpeace.org/palmcrosses/

 

The Donkey

When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born;

With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devil’s walking parody
On all four-footed things.

The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still.

Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.

G.K. Chesterton (1874–1936) captures Palm Sunday from the perspective of the donkey that Jesus rode.

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MINI BAZAAR to be held on Easter Sunday after the worship service. Donations are therefore requested of small, clean and almost new Items, in particular accessories. There will be three price-ranges, Y300, Y500 and Y1000 and Donors are invited to place their items in the appropriate tray/box.  Unsold items may be retrieved or if not after the Bazaar.  Questions:  Jill Ito or wtucrev@gmail.com

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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.  Please contact Esther or wtucrev@gmail.com for more information and a map.

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MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL IS HERE! MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL IS HERE !! Multi-generational-worship

Upcoming Schedule for Sundays – April 6th, April 20th (Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service join in the fun!), May 11th, May 25th, June 8th and June 22nd.   Twice a month we will have multigenerational Sunday School from 9:30 in the cafeteria.  Who is welcome?  All ages.  We will be creating, discussing, playing games, acting out bible stories and more.  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.  This will be in addition to the regular Wednesday evening offerings for ES, MS and HS.  The Sacks will host the Adult Sunday school, also at 9:30 am in their living room Best coffee in town = ) Come and enjoy!  All are welcome.  Need more information, contact wtucrev@gmail.com any time = )   on these same dates.  Their home is right across the Lutheran Campus from our sanctuary.  Best coffee in town = ) Come and enjoy!  All are welcome.  Need more information, contact wtucrev@gmail.com any time = )   

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Ruth Ingulsrud is looking for puppeters for our Easter service Puppet Presentation. Please let Ruth or Pastor Teresa know if you would like to be involved behind the big black curtain! Otanoshimi!!!                                                                                                                      

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Contact Carrie Bennett for ES, Julie Rogers for M

S, Amy Harbaugh for HS or Pastor Teresa at wtucrev@gmail.com with any questions.

Little Kids (1-5) Sunday School during church: Topic: A Lame Man is Healed  Teacher: Sammie

NEXT ES Youth Grades 2-5: Wed. April 23rd at the Bennett`s home from 5-6:30 pm  Topic:  Parable of the Feast

NEXT MS Youth: Wed. April 16th – 5-6:30 pm at the Rogers, Bible stud

y, service project & pizza

NEXT HS Youth: Meeting with the Sacks on Sunday, April 13th (early evening)

NEXT MULTI GENERATIONAL Sunday School – April 20th after service Easter Egg Hunt

NEXT ADULT Sunday School – May 11th at the Sacks from 9:30-1

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STEERING COMMITTEE after the fellowship time on April 13th

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Upcoming Preaching Ministry

April 13th Pastor Teresa, Palm Sunday Play

April 18th Pastor Teresa, Good Friday service, 6:30pm in the sanctuary

April 20th Pastor Teresa, EASTER worship, Communion, Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Meal following the worship (bring finger foods and yummies to share), Mini Bazaar

April 27th Rev. Claudia

May 4th ARI Community Life Coordinator Jonathan McCurley, Communion, Magic Ed, Communion

May 11th Rev. Hikari Kokai Chang

May 18th Rev. Tim, Communion

May 25th Rev. Jim

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SNACK SIGNUP Sign up for snacks for fellowship time with Ann or on the list on the white board.  We greatly appreciate your contributions to our community life!

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WTUC  Announcements

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

*Please enjoy and refer our website and FB page (West Tokyo Union Church) to others.  Please make any suggestions for additions to the Pastor Teresa and/or Steering Committee.  https://wtuc.net/  

*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.

*We are doing a Lay Eucharistic Minister training during Lent.  If interested in joining talk to Pastor Teresa.

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Psalm 118

1O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!

2Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”

3Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”

4Let those who fear the Lord say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”

5Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.

6With the Lord on my side I do not fear. What can mortals do to me?

7The Lord is on my side to help me; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.

8It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in mortals.

9It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.

10All nations surrounded me; in the name of the Lord I cut them off!

11They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side; in the name of the Lord I cut them off!

12They surrounded me like bees; they blazed like a fire of thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them off!

13I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the Lord helped me.

14The Lord is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.

15There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous: “

The right hand of the Lord does valiantly;

16the right hand of the Lord is exalted;

the right hand of the Lord does valiantly.”

17I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.

18The Lord has punished me severely, but he did not give me over to death.

19Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.

20This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.

21I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.

22The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

23This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

24This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

25Save us (HOSANNA!), we beseech you, O Lord! O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!

26Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord.

27The Lord is God, and he has given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar.

28You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God, I will extol you.

29O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.

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The Royal Welcome

Matthew 21: 1-3 When they neared Jerusalem, having arrived at Bethphage on Mount Olives, Jesus sent two disciples with these instructions: “Go over to the village across from you. You’ll find a donkey tethered there, her colt with her. Untie her and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you’re doing, say, ‘The Ma

4-5 This is the full story of what was sketched earlier by the prophet:ster needs them!’ He will send them with you.”

Tell Zion’s daughter,
“Look, your king’s on his way,
poised and ready, mounted
On a donkey, on a colt,    foal of a pack animal.”

6-9 The disciples went and did exactly what Jesus told them to do. They led the donkey and colt out, laid some of their clothes on them, and Jesus mounted. Nearly all the people in the crowd threw their garments down on the road, giving him a royal welcome. Others cut branches from the trees and threw them down as a welcome mat. Crowds went ahead and crowds followed, all of them calling out, “Hosanna to David’s son!” “Blessed is he who comes in God’s name!” “Hosanna in highest heaven!”

10 As he made his entrance into Jerusalem, the whole city was sha

ken. Unnerved, people were asking, “What’s going on here? Who is this?”

11 The parade crowd answered, “This is the prophet Jesus, the one from Nazareth in Galilee.”

He Kicked Over the Tables

12-14 Jesus went straight to the Temple and threw out everyone who had set up shop, buying and selling. He kicked over the tables of loan sharks and the stalls of dove merchants. He quoted this text:

Now there was room for the blind and crippled to get in. They came to Jesus and he healed them.My house was designated a house of prayer;
You have made it a hangout for thieves.

15-16 When the religious leaders saw the outrageous things he was doing, and heard all the children running and shouting through the Temple, “Hosanna to David’s Son!” they were up in arms and took him to task. “Do you hear what these c

Jesus said, “Yes, I hear them. And haven’t you read in God’s Word, ‘From the mouths of children and babies I’ll furnish a place of praise’?”hildren are saying?”

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT – April 11th from 6pm!

The high school youth group of West Tokyo Union Church is excited to invite you and any friends you would like to bring to movie night this Friday the 11th from 6:00pm at Ann & Peter, Emin & Sopheen`s) house. Please contact wtucrev@gmail.com for a map if needed. We will be watching the movie Air Bud, a heartwarming story about a boy and his dog. We will provide movie snacks and seating but would like to ask you to bring pillows and a 500 yen donation per person. The proceeds will go to sponsor animals through Heifer International, an organization dedicated to ending world hunger and poverty. http://www.heifer.org/about-heifer/index.html
Thanks,
WTUC HS Youth Group.
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Sunday, April 6th

Sunday, April 6th -  Our morning will begin with Multigenerational Sunday School for all ages in the Cafeteria and Adult Sunday School at the Sacks home on the Lutheran campus from 9:30 am.  During the worship service, Pastor Teresa will bring the message “Wait and Watch” from Psalm 130.  Communion will be served.  After the worship we will enjoy an engaging time of fellowship with light treats.  Let`s also go over to ICU cafeteria after Fellowship time to enjoy the cherry blossoms and have lunch together.

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LENT
A poignant Lenten reflection from our text for this Sunday, Psalm 130 written by Johanna Harader (thank you Carol Sack for this link)
http://spaciousfaith.com/sermons-etc/old-testament-texts/psalm-130/

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Ruth Ingulsrud is looking for puppeters for our Easter service Puppet Presentation. Please let Ruth or Pastor Teresa know if you would like to be involved behind the big black curtain! Otanoshimi!!!

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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. There will be three price-ranges, Y300, Y500 and Y1000 and Donors are invited to place their items in the appropriate tray/box.  Unsold items may be retrieved or if not after the Bazaar.  Questions:  Jill Ito or wtucrev@gmail.com

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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.  Esther has postcards with all the information and map.

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MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL IS HERE! MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL IS HERE !!

Upcoming Schedule for Sundays – April 6th, April 20th (Easter Egg Hunt), May 11th, May 25th, June 8th and June 22nd.   Twice a month we will have multigenerational Sunday School from 9:30 in the cafeteria.  Who is welcome?  All ages.  We will be creating, discussing, playing games, acting out bible stories and more.  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.  This will be in addition to the regular Wednesday evening offerings for ES, MS and HS.  The Sacks will host the Adult Sunday school, also at 9:30 am in their living room on these same dates.  Their home is right across the Lutheran Campus from our sanctuary.  Best coffee in town = ) Come and enjoy!  All are welcome.  Need more information, contact wtucrev@gmail.com any time = )

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Contact Carrie Bennett for ES, Julie Rogers for MS, Amy Harbaugh for HS or Pastor Teresa at wtucrev@gmail.com with any questions.

Little Kids (1-5) Sunday Schoo
l during church: Little Kids (1-5) Sunday School during church: Topic: The Holy Spirit Comes Teacher: Allie

NEXT ES Youth Grades 2-5:
Wed. April 9th at the Bennett`s home from 5-6:30 pm
Topic: Parable of the Sower      Teacher: Carrie   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.  Movie Night April 11th…more info to follow. 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

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Upcoming Preaching Ministry
April 6th          Pastor Teresa, Communion
April 13th        Pastor Teresa, Palm Sunday Play
April 18th        Good Friday service, 6:30pm in the sanctuary
April 20th       EASTER, Easter Egg Hunt, Communion, Easter Meal, 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

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SNACK SIGNUP Sign up for snacks for fellowship time with Ann or on the list on the white board.  We greatly appreciate your contributions to our community life!

***
WTUC  Announcements
*Any questions or concerns?  Feel free to email wtucrev@gmail.com anytime.
*Please enjoy and refer our website and FB page (West Tokyo Union Church) to others.  Please make any suggestions for additions to the Pastor Teresa and/or Steering Committee.  https://wtuc.net/
*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.
*We are doing a Lay Eucharistic Minister training during Lent.  If interested in joining talk to Pastor Teresa.

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Psalm 130  A Pilgrim Song              (the Message)

1-2 Help, God—the bottom has fallen out of my life! Master, hear my cry for help! Listen hard! Open your ears! Listen to my cries for mercy.
3-4 If you, God, kept records on wrongdoings, who would stand a chance? As it turns out, forgiveness is your habit, and that’s why you’re worshiped.
5-6 I pray to God—my life a prayer—and wait for what he’ll say and do. My life’s on the line before God, my Lord, waiting and watching till morning, waiting and watching till morning.
7-8 O Israel, wait and watch for God—with God’s arrival comes love, with God’s arrival comes generous redemption. No doubt about it—he’ll redeem Israel, buy back Israel from captivity to sin.

Psalm 130 Waiting for Divine Redemption     (NRSV)

A Song of Ascents.
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
2 Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.
7 O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem.
8 It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

Within our darkest night,
You kindle the fire that never dies away,
That never dies away