Join the WTUC Community Worship this Sunday, May 16, 2021, from 10 am to 11 am, as our lay-preacher, Betsy Terada, brings us the message beginning with a video of the spoken-word poem, “The Great Realisation.” (The reader, Tomos Roberts is the author and producer of this video.)
Betsy will talk about how the words of the poem spoke to her as a Christian, and the rich lessons of faith, hope and renewal she believes the pandemic can offer to us followers of Christ.
We will worship together via our weekly Zoom link. You are welcome to stay for a while after the service to talk and pray together with other community church members. Click on the link below to join us a 10 am, Japan time.
Old Testament – Psalm 96: 1 – 4
1 Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
3 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
4 For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.
New Testament – Romans 8: 20 – 29
20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope (21) that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for Godâ€™s people in accordance with the will of God.
28Â And we know that in all things God works for the goodÂ of those who love him, whoÂ have been calledÂ according to his purpose. 29Â For those God foreknewÂ he also predestinedÂ to be conformed to the image of his Son,Â that he might be the firstbornÂ among many brothers and sisters.
We hope that you will join us along with our global WTUC community as we continue to worship together during the pandemic.