Sunday, October 18, 2015

West Tokyo Union Church Weekly - Sunday, October 18, 2015    

Pastor:  Rev. Teresa Thompson Sherrill

11:00 AM – WORSHIP

FELLOWSHIP TIME: after the service

Sunday, October 18th – During the 11 AM worship service Rev. Dr. Jim Sack, will bring the sermon “From First Place to Last Place” from Mark 10. Kazuko Sacon will provide the worship music on the organ. Communion will be served.  Following our worship will be a Fellowship time.

From First to Last


NOT TO BE SERVED BUT TO SERVE (Mark 10: 35-45) – by Andrew King

Is that you, Lord,

changing the diaper in the nursing home,

holding the spoon for the woman in her wheelchair,

wiping down the toilet and the floor;

is that you

serving the dinner at the homeless shelter,

sorting the cans at the food bank,

mowing the aged neighbour’s lawn;

is that you, Lord,

bandaging the wounds of the bomb victim,

erecting the tent for the refugees,

handing out the water and the food;

is that you

driving the patient to the treatment center,

sitting through the night with the family,

making the call to the forgotten friend;

is that you, Lord,

lighting the candle in the darkness,

keeping vigil for compassion and justice,

loving in us and through us and with us

until the world that you love has been changed?


Little Kidz: All are welcome to go with Sammie and have fun learning about “Abraham and Sarah.”

ES/MS Youth: Harvest party Friday October 30th, organized by the Zebleys. More details to follow.

Confirmation Class: Monday October 26th, 6:30-8:00pm at the Bennett`s home, Pastor Teresa is teaching. If your family is interested in joining in, please talk with Pastor Teresa.

HS: Gathering cloth to continue with quilting projects – please give all your material to one of the Youth.  Next HS bible study will be on Sunday, October 25th at the Rogers house 5 pm.


We are looking for someone desiring to serve WTUC next year (2015-6) posting to the website and sending out the emailing – if you are interested, please talk with    Pastor Teresa, or


Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Events

October 25th    Adult & Multi Sun. School, Jon Winter (SEND Mission Worker) preaching, Organ: Kazuko Sacon

November 1st    Annual Joint Bilingual Service with Mitaka Lutheran Church, Pastor Teresa presiding, Rev. Akio Lee preaching 10:30am, Organ: Kazuko Sacon – wonderful opportunity to invite your friends

November 8th    Adult & Multigenerational Sunday School, Rev, Christian Zebley preaching, Organ: Kazuko Sacon

November 15th:  Pastor Teresa preaching. Communion will be served. Worship music: Youth and friends

November 22nd:  Adult and Multigenerational Sunday School, Rev. Claudia Genung-Yamamoto preaching, organ: Kazuko, Sacon, afternoon event for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association at the Budokan from 3pm

November 29th:  Advent I – Pastor Teresa preaching, Senzoku Music Conservatory will offer pieces in the worship and will have an Advent Concert from 1pm. Invite your friends!



We have Multigenerational Sunday School from 9:30 in the cafeteria the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Who is welcome? All ages. We will  be creating, discussing, playing games, acting out bible stories and more. At the same time, typically the Sacks host the Adult Sunday School, also at 9:30 am in their living room. The method used is the, “Swedish Bible study method,” interacting with the texts for the service through our own life experiences. Their home is right across the Lutheran Campus from our sanctuary.  Best coffee in town = ) Come and enjoy! (At times Adult Sunday School is held in the Upper Room, on the 2nd floor above the Sanctuary.) All are welcome. Need more information, contact any time = ) 2015 Sunday School schedule:  10/25, 11/8, 11/22, 12/13


WTUC  Announcements:

  *Questions or concerns?  Feel free to email 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. If you’d like to be added to the WTUC church email list, please contact Pastor Teresa.

  *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 or Kayo Ozawa.

  *Sign up for snacks for fellowship time with Ann or Jill. We appreciate your contributions to our community life!

*Interested in baptism, membership or confirmation classes, please contact Pastor Teresa.


Sermon text – Mark 10:35-45 (NRSV)

35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” 39 They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41 When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. 42 So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43 But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

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