Choice, Luck, Blessings, and Circumstances – January 30, 2022

This Sunday’s church community online worship service welcomes Peter Reis as our lay preacher. We meet at 10:00 am JST via Zoom through our usual link. For now, we will only be gathering online, through Zoom. We welcome friends and members from around the world to join us as we continue to worship remotely. You may be distant geographically, but you are as close as our hearts and prayers. We will keep you informed via email and updated website posts concerning which future services can be held in person.

Scripture Readings:

1 Corinthians 13:1-7 and…

Psalm 71:1-6

“Be my rock of refuge,
    to which I can always go;
give the command to save me,
    for you are my rock and my fortress.
 Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,
    from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel.”

The title of Peter’s message is “Choice, Luck, Blessings, and Circumstances” The talk will focus on the image of the “Rock of Refuge” and will show how the Lord God delivered Peter’s parents and thus, Peter, from the “grasp of those who are evil.” (Psalm 71:4)

Our hymns for this coming Sunday:

Opening Hymn: Eternal Father, Strong to Save

Hymn of Response: #361 – Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me

Closing Hymn: #523 – Saranam, Thou the Rock

Kazuko will be playing the organ for us, Betsy Terada is the liturgist and Ruth will depend on her puppets for the children’s message. Thank you to everyone who helps to make our worship services come together each week.

We are very thankful that our little community church can keep on going even in the midst of difficulties. Many friends keep contributing to our worship services and to our parishioner connections. We appreciate everyone’s prayers, financial support and weekly acts of service as we help each other in doing the work of the Kingdom.

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