Sunday, January 31, 2016

West Tokyo Union Church Weekly - Sunday, January 31, 2016 worship 

Pastor:  Rev. Teresa Thompson Sherrill

11:00 AM – Rev. Dr. Jim Sack will bring the sermon, Give me Faith to Trust and Forgive, from Luke 17. Kazuko Sacon will bring the worship music on the organ. Our delightful FELLOWSHIP time will be after the service.



about the preacher – Jim and Carol Sack have been long term missionaries in Japan with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Japan since 1982. Jim teaches clinical psychology classes in the undergraduate and graduate school as well as pastoral counseling classes in the seminary. Carol is director of “Lyra Precaria,” a ministry that provides harp music and voice at the bedside of the dying. 


Little Kidz: Please go with Allie to learn about Jesus Heals the Man with Hansen`s Disease.

Confirmation Class: Ash Wednesday simple soup and Imposition of Ashes service, soup: 5:30pm, service: 6:30pm.

HS Youth: Gathering cloth to continue with quilting projects, please give your usable material to one of the Youth. Next youth group meeting at Papa Pasta (on the six lane), Sunday, January 31 at 5:00 pm. Youth & Friends leading worship music on February 14th.


Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Events

January 31st – Rev. Dr. Jim Sack preaching, organ:Kazuko Sacon.

February 7th – Pastor Teresa preaching, Communion, organ: Kazuko Sacon.

February 10th Ash Wednesday – simple soup supper and Imposition of Ashes service, soup: 5:30pm, service: 6:30pm. All are invited.

February 14th – Adult Sunday School, Multigenerational Sunday School, Carolyn Morikawa preaching, Youth & Friends leading worship music.

February 21st – Pastor Teresa preaching, Communion, organ: Kazuko Sacon.

February 28th – Adult Sunday School, Multigenerational Sunday School, Dr. Wilbert Shenk preaching, organ: Kazuko Sacon.



We have Multigenerational Sunday School from 9:30AM 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, the Sacks host the Adult Sunday School, also at 9:30AM 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, hosted by Dr. Toshi Sasao, on the 2nd floor above the Sanctuary.) All are welcome. Need more information, contact any time = )  Next Sunday Schools – February 14th and 28th!


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, are interested in baptism or membership, 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. *Sign up for snacks for fellowship time with Ann or Jill. We appreciate your contributions to our community life!


Text for the sermon – Luke 17:1-6 (NRSV)

17 Jesus said to his disciples, “Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! 2 It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble. 3 Be on your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender, and if there is repentance, you must forgive. 4 And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive.”

5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6 The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

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