Join us! Note the change in worship time from 11 to 10. The message, “Lent: Nourishment for Your Soul,” will be preached by Rev. Paul Shew.
West Tokyo Union Church is a family of believers. We are especially aware at this point in our church history that the church is not a building. The church is people.
As was decided at our all-congregational meeting, we will be starting weekly Zoom worship services using a slightly less formal format.
Preaching and scripture reading responsibilities will be shared. We will include some liturgy and our organist will provide music for the hymns. Sunday, February 21 is the first Sunday in Lent. We hope that our members in Japan and even previous members now living in other parts of the world will be able to join us as we share in a Zoom worship gathering of believers.
Order of Worship
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
Unison: And also with you.
OPENING SCRIPTURE Psalm 25:1-10 (lay reader A — xxxx)
Hymn #57 O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
PRAYER (lay person B — xxxx)
(Can start with prayer in own words, then conclude with:
Beloved friends, in this season of repentance and healing, we accept God’s invitation to be ever-mindful of the needs of others, offering our prayers on behalf of God’s community in the church and the world.
Fill us with your strength to resist the seductions of our foolish desires and the tempter’s vain delights, that we may walk in obedience and righteousness, rejoicing in you with an upright heart. And now we pray together the pray our Lord Jesus Christ taught us to pray, saying:
THE LORD’S PRAYER in unison
HYMN #292 What Wondrous Love is This
OFFERING- Donate online
OFFERTORY PRAYER (lay person C — xxxx)
Dear God, we thank you for this community, the Church. Together we are your body in this world, and we thank you that we are able to contribute to the Church with our tithes and offerings. We are giving and setting aside offerings in different ways now, but we know that you transcend time and distance. You are the one who binds our hearts and intentions together into your perfect plan. We ask that you would consecrate and bless our offerings and service to the glory of Your Kingdom. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
SCRIPTURE Genesis 9:8-17 (lay person A) Mark 1:9-15 (lay person C)
MESSAGE “Lent: Nourishment for your Soul” By Rev. Paul Tsuchido Shew
HYMN #298 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
BENEDICTION or CLOSING PRAYER (Paul)
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS (Malcolm)
FELLOWSHIP TIME (or people can feel free to leave)