Happy Pentecost Sunday! Join us as we celebrate the birthday of the church. Our preacher this Sunday is Jim Sack and the sermon title is: “The Spirit of Pentecost.” We will be joining together via Zoom for an online worship service at 10:00 am Japan time. Please join us and wear red in celebration of this important day in the church calendar.
WTUC members have sent in sound files for this special service, so we will have a virtual choir to enjoy during the Pentecost worship service. The previous post on this WTUC website contains the sheet music and the sound files which were referenced in an earlier mailing. Here are the results, featuring the voices of Gene Witt, Jim Sack, Zelda Edmunds, Malcolm Foster, Mio Foster, Joel Ingulsrud and Ruth Ingulsrud:
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Here is a link to the children’s message in case you missed it. Click on the title to go to Kidsermons.com to view the video with Baabara the Lamb.
The Bible verses for Sunday’s service are as follows:
Romans 8:22~27 and John 15:26~16:15.
Romans 8:22~27 â€” 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.
John 15:26~16:15 â€” 26 â€œWhen the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Fatherâ€”the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Fatherâ€”he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.
16 â€œAll this I have told you so that you will not fall away. 2 They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God.3 They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. 4 I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them. I did not tell you this from the beginning because I was with you, 5 but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, â€˜Where are you going?â€™6 Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things.7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin,because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer;11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
12 â€œI have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.â€