West Tokyo Union Church Weekly
June 29, 2014Â Pentecost+3 Â Â Worship 11:00 AM
Pastor:Â Rev. Teresa Thompson Sherrill Â Â firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, June the 29th -Â At the 11am worship service, Pastor Teresa will preach from Psalm 89 , with a sermon titled, â€œNecessary Lamentsâ€.Â During the worship service we will even have a time where we can write a Lament Psalm of our own.Â After the worship service will be a fellowship time.Â 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.
WORSHIPÂ 11:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP TIME (after the service – all are invited)
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 â€œwickedâ€ or â€œan enemy”
III. Affirmation of Trust – the turning point of the psalm – looking at You/God
IV. Petition – plea for God to “save” or â€œdeliver”
V. Promise/vow to offer praise or sacrifice to God
VI. Doxology – blessing or praise for God`s help
Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Events
June 29th Â Â Â Â Â Pastor Teresa, Last worship service of the 13-14 WTUC church year
September 7th Â Pastor Teresa, Worship Services resume, Communion
September 15th Back to School SundayÂ 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 Pastor Teresa atÂ email@example.comÂ with any questions.
June 29th – Little Kids please remain in worship and enjoy the books and coloring in the cabinet in the back
*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.com
*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.
Â *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!Â
*Interested in baptism or membership, please contact Pastor Teresa.Â We will be having a membership class in October for all interested.
Psalm 89 1-4 Your love, God, is my song, and Iâ€™ll sing it!
Â Â Iâ€™m forever telling everyone how faithful you are.
Iâ€™ll never quit telling the story of your loveâ€”
Â Â how you built the cosmos
Â Â and guaranteed everything in it.
Your love has always been our livesâ€™ foundation,
Â Â your fidelity has been the roof over our world.
You once said, â€œI joined forces with my chosen leader,
Â Â I pledged my word to my servant, David, saying,
â€˜Everyone descending from you is guaranteed life;
Â Â Iâ€™ll make your rule as solid and lasting as rock.â€™â€
5-18 God! Let the cosmos praise your wonderful ways,
Â Â the choir of holy angels sing anthems to your faithful ways!
Search high and low, scan skies and land,
Â Â youâ€™ll find nothing and no one quite like God.
The holy angels are in awe before him;
Â Â he looms immense and august over everyone around him.
God-of-the-Angel-Armies, who is like you,
Â Â powerful and faithful from every angle?
You put the arrogant ocean in its place
Â Â and calm its waves when they turn unruly.
You gave that old hag Egypt the back of your hand,
Â Â you brushed off your enemies with a flick of your wrist.
You own the cosmosâ€”you made everything in it,
Â Â everything from atom to archangel.
You positioned the North and South Poles;
Â Â the mountains Tabor and Hermon sing duets to you.
With your well-muscled arm and your grip of steelâ€”
Â Â nobody trifles with you!
The Right and Justice are the roots of your rule;
Â Â Love and Truth are its fruits.
Blessed are the people who know the passwords of praise,
Â Â who shout on parade in the bright presence of God.
Delighted, they dance all day long; they know
Â Â who you are, what you doâ€”they canâ€™t keep it quiet!
Your vibrant beauty has gotten inside usâ€”
Â Â youâ€™ve been so good to us! Weâ€™re walking on air!
All we are and have we owe to God,
Â Â Holy God of Israel, our King!
19-37 A long time ago you spoke in a vision,
Â Â you spoke to your faithful beloved:
â€œIâ€™ve crowned a hero,
Â Â I chose the best I could find;
I found David, my servant,
Â Â poured holy oil on his head,
And Iâ€™ll keep my hand steadily on him,
Â Â yes, Iâ€™ll stick with him through thick and thin.
No enemy will get the best of him,
Â Â no scoundrel will do him in.
Iâ€™ll weed out all who oppose him,
Â Â Iâ€™ll clean out all who hate him.
Iâ€™m with him for good and Iâ€™ll love him forever;
Â Â Iâ€™ve set him on highâ€”heâ€™s riding high!
Iâ€™ve put Ocean in his one hand, River in the other;
Â Â heâ€™ll call out, â€˜Oh, my Fatherâ€”my God, my Rock of Salvation!â€™
Yes, Iâ€™m setting him apart as the First of the royal line,
Â Â High King over all of earthâ€™s kings.
Iâ€™ll preserve him eternally in my love,
Â Â Iâ€™ll faithfully do all I so solemnly promised.
Iâ€™ll guarantee his family tree
Â Â and underwrite his rule.
If his children refuse to do what I tell them,
Â Â if they refuse to walk in the way I show them,
If they spit on the directions I give them
Â Â and tear up the rules I post for themâ€”
Iâ€™ll rub their faces in the dirt of their rebellion
Â Â and make them face the music.
But Iâ€™ll never throw them out,
Â Â never abandon or disown them.
Do you think Iâ€™d withdraw my holy promise?
Â Â or take back words Iâ€™d already spoken?
Iâ€™ve given my word, my whole and holy word;
Â Â do you think I would lie to David?
His family tree is here for good,
Â Â his sovereignty as sure as the sun,
Dependable as the phases of the moon,
Â Â inescapable as weather.â€
38-51 But God, you did walk off and leave us,
Â Â you lost your temper with the one you anointed.
You tore up the promise you made to your servant,
Â Â you stomped his crown in the mud.
You blasted his home to kingdom come,
Â Â reduced his city to a pile of rubble
Picked clean by wayfaring strangers,
Â Â a joke to all the neighbors.
You declared a holiday for all his enemies,
Â Â and theyâ€™re celebrating for all theyâ€™re worth.
Angry, you opposed him in battle,
Â Â refused to fight on his side;
You robbed him of his splendor, humiliated this warrior,
Â Â ground his kingly honor in the dirt.
You took the best years of his life
Â Â and left him an impotent, ruined husk.
How long do we put up with this, God?
Â Â Are you gone for good? Will you hold this grudge forever?
Remember my sorrow and how short life is.
Â Â Did you create men and women for nothing but this?
Weâ€™ll see death soon enough. Everyone does.
Â Â And thereâ€™s no back door out of hell.
So where is the love youâ€™re so famous for, Lord?
Â Â What happened to your promise to David?
Take a good look at your servant, dear Lord;
Â Â Iâ€™m the butt of the jokes of all nations,
The taunting jokes of your enemies, God,
Â Â as they dog the steps of your dear anointed.
52 Blessed be God forever and always!
Yes. Oh, yes.