Sunday, February 7, 2016

West Tokyo Union Church Weekly - Sunday, February 7, 2016 worship 

Pastor:  Rev. Teresa Thompson Sherrill

11:00 AM –  Pastor Teresa will bring the sermon, Listen to Jesus, from Luke 9:28-36. Communion will be served. Kazuko Sacon will be on the organ. Our delightful FELLOWSHIP time will be after the service.


Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Events

February 10th Ash Wednesday – simple soup supper and Imposition of Ashes service at Ann Tang and Peter Lee`s home, soup: 5:30pm, service: 6:30pm. All are invited. Need directions contact  Meet at WTUC parking lot at 5:15pm for a ride over. Please bring your favourite soup, bread, fruit or veggies.

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.



Dazzling – A Blessing for Transfiguration Sunday

Believe me, I know

how tempting it is

to remain inside this blessing,

to linger where everything

is dazzling

and clear.

We could build walls

around this blessing,

put a roof over it.

We could bring in

a table, chairs,

have the most amazing meals.

We could make a home.

We could stay.

But this blessing

is built for leaving.

This blessing

is made for coming down

the mountain.

This blessing

wants to be in motion,

to travel with you

as you return

to level ground.

It will seem strange

how quiet this blessing becomes

when it returns to earth.

It is not shy.

It is not afraid.

It simply knows

how to bide its time,

to watch and wait,

to discern and pray

until the moment comes

when it will reveal

everything it knows,

when it will shine forth

with all that it has seen,

when it will dazzle

with the unforgettable light

you have carried

all this way.


Little Kidz: Please go with Sara to learn about Jesus Heals the Paralyzed Man.

Confirmation Class: Ash Wednesday simple soup and Imposition of Ashes service at Ann, Peter, Emin and Sopheen`s home, 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.  Youth & Friends leading worship music on February 14th.



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 9:28-36

28Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. 31They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” —not knowing what he said. 34While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. 35Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” 36When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

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