Sunday, June 12, 2016

West Tokyo Union Church Weekly - Sunday, June 12, 2016 worship

Pastor:  Rev. Teresa Thompson Sherrill

9:30 AM – Adult Sunday School in the back of the cafeteria facilitated by Carolyn Morikawa and Multigenerational in the front of the cafeteria with Pastor Teresa.

11:00 AM – Pastor Teresa will bring the Message “Showing Great Love” from Luke 7. Ruth Ingulsrud will delight us with the Children`s Message. Kazuko Sacon will lead the worship on the organ. Our delightful robust fellowship time will be after the service.


words for encouragement this week

Creator, Builder, Architect, Designer—You are always making something new in us, and in the world around us. Open our hearts to knowing You in a new way, to experiencing Your love in a new way, and in sharing Your love in new ways. May we be open hearted and open minded to know that You are far beyond what we can imagine, far beyond whatever walls we try to construct, for You are always beyond the bounds of our limitations. Open our hearts to have no boundaries, no walls, and no limits. In the name of Christ, who has blown the lid off of the box of life and death, we pray. Amen.


Mark`s Natsumikan Marmalade

Thank you for purchasing Mark Hisamatsu`s 20 jars of delicious homemade marmalade! 10,500 yen was raised for WTUC`s long term budget.


a new study opportunity …

BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING ~ How to Have an Intentional Healing Ministry in Your Church 

By James K. Wagner

9:30-10:30am, non-Multi-Generational Sunday mornings – upcoming dates – (6/19 and continuing into the fall) @ Sack house.

We will start a study about the Sacramental Model of Healing Ministry, using this book by Methodist pastor James Wagner. Dr. Wagner helps us to see healing prayers as a natural outcome of the church, inspired by the compassion of our Lord who wills goodness to each person in both general and specific ways. Any genuine ministry is concerned with encouraging and helping others, not on building up oneself or one’s group. It is centered in the Word of God. 

Let us explore together such questions as: “What is the sacramental healing ministry of the Church?” “What about when healing doesn’t seem to happen?” “What is the significance of forgiveness?” and many other questions. 

We will continue this study over a few months, reading the text out loud together and discussing as we go along. Feel free to join whether or not you have had any prior connections with the healing ministry. 


Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Events

June 12th – Multigenerational and Adult Sunday Schools, Pastor Teresa preaching, Organ: Kazuko Sacon. Fellowship time.

June 19th – Blessed to be a Blessing Adult Sunday School, Pastor Teresa preaching, Communion will be served, Organ: Kazuko Sacon. Fellowship time.

June 26th – Multigenerational and Adult Sunday Schools, Last Sunday worship of the 2015-16 church year. Pastor Teresa preaching, Organ: Kazuko Sacon. Fellowship time. Worship at WTUC will start up again on September 4th, 2016.


MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL!! ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL!! on June 12th and 26th. 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 facilitated by Pastor Teresa. At the same time, there Adult Sunday School, also at 9:30AM in the cafeteria. The method used is the, “Swedish Bible study method,” interacting with the texts for the service through our own life experiences. Come and enjoy! All are welcome. Need more information, contact any time = ) BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING Adult Sunday School also at the Sack`s on June 19th, and into the autumn. All friends invited!


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 7:36-50

36One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 37And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. 38She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment. 39Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him—that she is a sinner.” 40Jesus spoke up and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Teacher,” he replied, “Speak.” 41“A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42When they could not pay, he canceled the debts for both of them. Now which of them will love him more?” 43Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the greater debt.” And Jesus said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44Then turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. 45You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet. 46You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.” 48Then he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49But those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” 50And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

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