Sunday, June 29th

West Tokyo Union Church Weekly

June 29, 2014  Pentecost+3     Worship 11:00 AM

Pastor:  Rev. Teresa Thompson Sherrill     wtucrev@gmail.com

THIS WEEK

Sunday, June the 29th -  At the 11am worship service, Pastor Teresa will preach from Psalm 89 , with a sermon titled, “Necessary Laments”.  During the worship service we will even have a time where we can write a Lament Psalm of our own.  After the worship service will be a fellowship time.  This Sunday is the last worship will have of the 2013-14 church year, and are already looking forward to seeing you back in September.

WORSHIP  11:00 AM

FELLOWSHIP TIME (after the service – all are invited)

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STRUCTURE OF A LAMENT PSALM

I. A personal Address to God (I, You)

II. Complaint to God – describing the BIG problem in their lives that they are innocent of and need help from someone or something “wicked” or “an enemy”

III. Affirmation of Trust – the turning point of the psalm – looking at You/God

IV. Petition – plea for God to “save” or “deliver”

V. Promise/vow to offer praise or sacrifice to God

VI. Doxology – blessing or praise for God`s help

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Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Events

June 29th          Pastor Teresa, Last worship service of the 13-14 WTUC church year

September 7th  Pastor Teresa, Worship Services resume, Communion

September 15th Back to School Sunday                                                                                                                       

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Contact Pastor Teresa at wtucrev@gmail.com with any questions.

June 29th – Little Kids please remain in worship and enjoy the books and coloring in the cabinet in the back

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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.

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

*Interested in baptism or membership, please contact Pastor Teresa.  We will be having a membership class in October for all interested.

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Psalm 89 1-4 Your love, God, is my song, and I’ll sing it!

    I’m forever telling everyone how faithful you are.

I’ll never quit telling the story of your love—

    how you built the cosmos

    and guaranteed everything in it.

Your love has always been our lives’ foundation,

    your fidelity has been the roof over our world.

You once said, “I joined forces with my chosen leader,

    I pledged my word to my servant, David, saying,

‘Everyone descending from you is guaranteed life;

    I’ll make your rule as solid and lasting as rock.’”

5-18 God! Let the cosmos praise your wonderful ways,

    the choir of holy angels sing anthems to your faithful ways!

Search high and low, scan skies and land,

    you’ll find nothing and no one quite like God.

The holy angels are in awe before him;

    he looms immense and august over everyone around him.

God-of-the-Angel-Armies, who is like you,

    powerful and faithful from every angle?

You put the arrogant ocean in its place

    and calm its waves when they turn unruly.

You gave that old hag Egypt the back of your hand,

    you brushed off your enemies with a flick of your wrist.

You own the cosmos—you made everything in it,

    everything from atom to archangel.

You positioned the North and South Poles;

    the mountains Tabor and Hermon sing duets to you.

With your well-muscled arm and your grip of steel—

    nobody trifles with you!

The Right and Justice are the roots of your rule;

    Love and Truth are its fruits.

Blessed are the people who know the passwords of praise,

    who shout on parade in the bright presence of God.

Delighted, they dance all day long; they know

    who you are, what you do—they can’t keep it quiet!

Your vibrant beauty has gotten inside us—

    you’ve been so good to us! We’re walking on air!

All we are and have we owe to God,

    Holy God of Israel, our King!

19-37 A long time ago you spoke in a vision,

    you spoke to your faithful beloved:

“I’ve crowned a hero,

    I chose the best I could find;

I found David, my servant,

    poured holy oil on his head,

And I’ll keep my hand steadily on him,

    yes, I’ll stick with him through thick and thin.

No enemy will get the best of him,

    no scoundrel will do him in.

I’ll weed out all who oppose him,

    I’ll clean out all who hate him.

I’m with him for good and I’ll love him forever;

    I’ve set him on high—he’s riding high!

I’ve put Ocean in his one hand, River in the other;

    he’ll call out, ‘Oh, my Father—my God, my Rock of Salvation!’

Yes, I’m setting him apart as the First of the royal line,

    High King over all of earth’s kings.

I’ll preserve him eternally in my love,

    I’ll faithfully do all I so solemnly promised.

I’ll guarantee his family tree

    and underwrite his rule.

If his children refuse to do what I tell them,

    if they refuse to walk in the way I show them,

If they spit on the directions I give them

    and tear up the rules I post for them—

I’ll rub their faces in the dirt of their rebellion

    and make them face the music.

But I’ll never throw them out,

    never abandon or disown them.

Do you think I’d withdraw my holy promise?

    or take back words I’d already spoken?

I’ve given my word, my whole and holy word;

    do you think I would lie to David?

His family tree is here for good,

    his sovereignty as sure as the sun,

Dependable as the phases of the moon,

    inescapable as weather.”

38-51 But God, you did walk off and leave us,

    you lost your temper with the one you anointed.

You tore up the promise you made to your servant,

    you stomped his crown in the mud.

You blasted his home to kingdom come,

    reduced his city to a pile of rubble

Picked clean by wayfaring strangers,

    a joke to all the neighbors.

You declared a holiday for all his enemies,

    and they’re celebrating for all they’re worth.

Angry, you opposed him in battle,

    refused to fight on his side;

You robbed him of his splendor, humiliated this warrior,

    ground his kingly honor in the dirt.

You took the best years of his life

    and left him an impotent, ruined husk.

How long do we put up with this, God?

    Are you gone for good? Will you hold this grudge forever?

Remember my sorrow and how short life is.

    Did you create men and women for nothing but this?

We’ll see death soon enough. Everyone does.

    And there’s no back door out of hell.

So where is the love you’re so famous for, Lord?

    What happened to your promise to David?

Take a good look at your servant, dear Lord;

    I’m the butt of the jokes of all nations,

The taunting jokes of your enemies, God,

    as they dog the steps of your dear anointed.

52 Blessed be God forever and always!

Yes. Oh, yes.

Sunday, June 22nd

Sunday, June the 22nd – Today from 9:30 will be our last Multigenerational Sunday School for the 2013-14 church year. All are welcome to attend! At the 11am worship service, Pastor Teresa will preach from Psalm 86, with a sermon titled, “God is Active”. After the service will be a fellowship time after the service.

-MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL 9:30 AM (cafeteria)

-ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL (9:30 AM in the Sack`s living room – best coffee in town!)

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

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a fun summer activity – writing Scripture verses and pictures in the sand = )

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Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Events
June 22nd           Pastor Teresa, Multigenerational Sunday School, Adult Sunday School, Fellowship Time
June 29th            Pastor Teresa, Last worship service of the 13-14 WTUC church year
September 7th    Pastor Teresa, Worship Services resume, Communion
September 14th  Back to School Sunday

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MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL IS HERE !! Upcoming Schedule for Sundays – last for the 2013-14 church year is June 22nd. From the fall again we will twice a Multi-generational-worshipmonth 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. The Sacks will host the last Adult Sunday school of the 2013-14 church year, also at 9:30 am in their living room. 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.

June 22nd – Little Kids please remain in worship and enjoy the books and coloring in the cabinet in the back
NEXT MULTI GENERATIONAL Sunday School – Sunday June 22nd in Cafeteria from 9:30-10:30 am
Adults, at the Sacks from 9:30 – best coffee and discussion in town! ***

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.

*Sign up for snacks for fellowship time for next year with Ann. We appreciate your contributions to our community life!
*Interested in baptism or membership, please contact Pastor Teresa. There is a list of local churches to enjoy for July and August on the back table. Contact Pastor Teresa if you are interested in Joy BIble Camp (MS) or HiBA camp (HS) this summer.

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Psalm 86 Supplication for Help against Enemies A Prayer of David.

1 Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
2 Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God;
3 be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all day long.
4 Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.
6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my cry of supplication.
7 In the day of my trouble I call on you, for you will answer me.
8 There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours.
9 All the nations you have made shall come and bow down before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.
10 For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name.
12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
14 O God, the insolent rise up against me; a band of ruffians seeks my life and they do not set you before them.
15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant; save the child of your serving girl.
17 Show me a sign of your favor, so that those who hate me may see itand be put to shame, because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

Sunday, June 15th

Sunday, June the 15th -  At the 11am worship service, Rev. Dr. Jim Sack will preach from Matthew 28 and Genesis 1, with a sermon titled, “One Plus One Plus One Equals One”. Communion will be served.  After the service will be a fellowship time after the service.  Father`s Day/Caregiver`s Sunday is this Sunday.  Invite your friends to these celebratory worships = )

WORSHIP  11:00 AM
FATHER`S/CAREGIVER`S blessing during the service
FELLOWSHIP TIME (after the service – all are invited)

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for this Trinity Sunday, June 15th

Lord God, Creator of all; you created us to be your People; a people free to love and to serve you with all our minds, with all our hearts and with all our strength.

So we come to worship our God, leaving behind all that binds us: our doubts and our fears; our darkness and our hopelessness.

Lord Jesus Christ, Saviour of all: you came as a child, gathered into the loving embrace of a family. As an adult, you shared love, laughter and tears with those whom you knew as friends and the love of the Father with all who would receive it.

So we come to love and to honour you, celebrating the companionship of those you have called to be your disciples.

Gracious Spirit, Inspirer of all; brooding over us gathered here; eternally breathing Life into all of creation; endlessly giving, endlessly comforting.

So we come to be still in your presence; to hear in the silence the whisper of God breathing life into our souls; deepening our unity in the very life of God.

— from the Wellspring Liturgy website. http://www.wellsprings.org.uk/

Father`s Day/Caregiver`s Sunday
(based on Psalm 133)

Holy God, we gather to worship you and to reaffirm our shared relationship as children of God. With (tender) care, God welcomes us to our shared experiences of worship, fellowship, prayer and praise.

Renewing God, we gather to be re-invigorated in our worship, and in the witness and relationships that flows from worship. Together and individually, we will be cleansed and refreshed by the holy winds of God’s Spirit, as it blows around and within us.

The Lord our God gives new life and new blessings as we come together in the unity of one purpose – to praise and glorify God. Blessings, honour, glory and power belongs to our God, the (Creator) of all humanity – who claims us all as beloved children. Amen.

— written by Joan Stott (adapted), © 2012 Joan Stott – “The Timeless Psalms” RCL Psalm Year B, used with permission.

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Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Events
June 15th        Rev. Dr. Jim Sack, Communion, Father/Caregiver blessing
June 22nd       Pastor Teresa, Multigenerational Sunday School, Adult Sunday School,         Fellowship Time
June 29th        Pastor Teresa, Last worship service of the 13-14 WTUC church year
September 7th        Pastor Teresa, Worship Services resume, Communion
September 15th      Back to School Sunday

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MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL IS HERE !!

Upcoming Schedule for Sundays – last for the 2013-14 church year is June 22nd.   From the fall again we will twice a month 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. The Sacks will host the last Adult Sunday school of the 2013-14 church year, also at 9:30 am in their living room.  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.

NEXT MULTI GENERATIONAL Sunday School
– Sunday June 22nd in Cafeteria from 9:30-10:30 am  – Adults, at the Sacks from 9:30 – best coffee and discussion in town!

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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.

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Matthew 28:16-20    16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Genesis 1:1, 31
   1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. ….  31God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.

Sunday, June 8th

Sunday, June the 8th -  Let`s enjoy Multigenerational Sunday school in the cafeteria from 9:30 am on the theme of Pentecost!  At the 11am worship service, Pastor Teresa will preach from 1 Corinthians 12 and Acts 2, with a sermon titled, “Welcome Holy Spirit” bringing out a theme of Pentecost.  We will also have a prayer of blessing for those moving. For the robust fellowship time after the service, please bring snacks of red, orange, yellow or blue to represent the colors of Pentecost.  Come dressed in these colors too to join in the celebration.  Father`s Day/Caregiver`s Sunday is on June 15th. Invite your friends to these celebratory worships = )

– MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL  9:30 AM
WORSHIP  11:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP TIME (after the service – all are invited)

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Jan Richardson`s http://www.janrichardson.com/
This Grace That Scorches Us – A Blessing for Pentecost Day

Here’s one thing you must understand about this blessing:
it is not for you alone.

It is stubborn about this;
do not even try to lay hold of itif you are by yourself,
thinking you can carry it on your own.

To bear this blessing, you must first
take yourself to a place where everyone does not look like you
or think like you,
a place where they do not believe precisely as you believe,
where their thoughts and ideas and gestures
are not exact echoes of your own.

Bring your sorrow. Bring your grief.
Bring your fear. Bring your weariness, your pain,
your disgust at how broken
the world is, how fractured,
how fragmented by its fighting, its wars,
its hungers, its penchant for power,
its ceaseless repetition of the history it refuses to rise above.

I will not tell you this blessing will fix all that.
But in the place where you have gathered, wait.
Watch.
Listen.
Lay aside your inability to be surprised,
your resistance to what you do not understand.

See then whether this blessing turns to flame on your tongue,
sets you to speaking what you cannot fathom

or opens your ear to a language beyond your imagining
that comes as a knowing in your bones
a clarity in your heart that tells you

this is the reason we were made,
for this ache that finally opens us,
for this struggle, this grace that scorches us
toward one another and into the blazing day.

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Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Events
June 8th      Multigenerational Sunday School, Pastor Teresa preaching, PENTECOST, RED robust Fellowship Time – invite your friends!
June 15th    Rev. Dr. Jim Sack preaching, Communion, Father/Caregiver blessing
June 22nd   Pastor Teresa preaching, Multigenerational Sunday School, Adult Sunday School,         Fellowship Time
June 29th    Pastor Teresa preaching, Last worship service of the 13-14 WTUC church year
September 7th      Pastor Teresa preaching, Worship Services resume, Communion
September 15th     Back to School Sunday

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MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL IS HERE !!
Upcoming Schedule for Sundays – June 8th and June 22nd.   Twice a month we have multigenerational Sunday School from 9:30 in the cafeteria.  Who is welcome?  All ages. Multi-generational-worship We will be creating, discussing, playing games, acting out bible stories and more. The Sacks will host the last Adult Sunday school of the 2013-14 church year, also at 9:30 am in their living room on the 22nd.  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.

June 8th – Little Kids (1-6) Teacher: Sara   Topic:  Paul’s Missionary Trips, Jesus Will Be Back

NEXT MULTI GENERATIONAL Sunday School – Sunday June 8th in Cafeteria from 9:30-10:30 am  – Adults, as the Sacks are out of town, please feel free to join in on the Multigenerational Fun = )

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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.

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1 Corinthians 12:3
1 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.
4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.11 All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.
One Body with Many Members
12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

Acts 2  The Coming of the Holy Spirit

1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

Peter Addresses the Crowd

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
17 ‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
 and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
 and your old men shall dream dreams.
18  Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
 in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
 and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show portents in the heaven above
 and signs on the earth below,
 blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
20 The sun shall be turned to darkness
 and the moon to blood,
 before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’