A Great Light Shining in the Darkness of 2022– Fourth Sunday of Advent – December 18, 2022 at 10am JST

Join the West Tokyo Union Church community for our online worship service this Sunday. Please use the link listed at the top of the WTUC website. (Other links may not work.) Rev. Paul Shew will be preaching on this fourth Sunday in Advent. Thank you to Kazuko for playing the organ for us every Sunday, and thank you to Ann for finding speakers every Sunday and helping to organize our worship services. Ruth and her puppet helpers will join us with a pre-recorded children’s message.

  • Rev. Prof. Paul Shew is the Vice-Chancellor of Aoyama Gakuin where he is also a professor and university chaplain.
  • Rev. Shew, an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, holds a Ph.D. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, a Masters of Divinity from Harvard University Divinity School, and a B.A. in Japanese Studies from Earlham College. With a background in cultural studies, comparative religion and Church history, Dr. Shew has focused much of his recent research on Christian higher education in Asia. As Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Shew has special responsibility for leading the international strategy and initiatives for Aoyama Gakuin schools.
  • Dr. Rev. Shew has taught courses on Christianity, religion, ethics and education to over 18,000 students since joining Aoyama Gakuin, and his lectures have been viewed by many more on YouTube since the pandemic. He has been deeply involved in founding and leading numerous student organizations and programs including Shanti Shanti (international service-learning partnering with Habitat for Humanity), the Contemporary Worship Team and the University Gospel Choir. He is Vice-Director of the AG Historical Research Institute and a researcher in the Institute for Technological & Social Transformation. He also serves on the board of directors of several universities as well as other civic and social organizations.  
  • Dr. Rev. Shew is married to Mari and they have three sons (two in USA) and a dog. Rev. Shew enjoys spending time in the beautiful lake of Nojiri where they have a cabin.

Scripture Readings: Matthew 4:12 – 17

Welcome to friends and members from around the world who join us as we continue to worship remotely. You may be distant geographically, but you are as close as our hearts and prayers.

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.

Offering Link: Please note that the link for sending in your gifts and tithes has been changed to https://wtuc.net/offering/ and now has recurring offering and fee recovery options.

Topic: WTUC Worship

Time: 10 am JST 

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