Yokohama Union Church

Yokohama Union Church

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Today's Sermon: Becoming Childlike in God's Kingdom

Scripture Lesson:  Matthew 18:1-14

1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" 2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

6 If anyone causes one of these little ones -those who believe in me- to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! 8 If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.

10 See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. 11 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. ( Luke 19:10 ) 12 What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish."

About YUC

Yokohama Union Church

Yokohama Union Church (YUC) is a Christian worshopping community, chosen to serve God, following Jesus, and led by the Holy Spirit. YUC is an anchor for those with faith, and an outreach for those seeking and those who are lost. YUC is an interdenominational, international, multicultural, multilingual fellowship of believers. We are also a sanctuary for weary travelers and a place of encouragement.

  • Yokohama Union Church (YUC) is a Christian community chosen to serve God, following Jesus, and led by the Holy Spirit. YUC is an anchor for those with faith, and an outreach for those seeking and those who are lost. YUC is an interdenominational, international, multicultural, multilingual fellowship of believers. We are also a sanctuary for weary travelers and a place of encouragement.

  • At Yokohama Union Church, we are also home to Yokohama Christian School (YCS).

    Yokohama Christian School (YCS) is currently for children 2 years old through 2nd grade (mixed age classes). Our goal is to equip students to grow in their God-given potential for those continuing in an English based education.

  • Yokohama Union Church celebrates wedding worship sharing God's blessing for the marriage and witnessing the marriage covenant before Our Lord. We would like to celebrate an opportunity of sharing Christ in a wedding worship service. YUC believes that it is necessary for the couple to have adequate preparation for the wedding worship and for the marital relationship to grow together. YUC pastors will support and guide the couple's relationship through the counseling sessions.

Worship

Worship is the foundation of Christian practice. Though a combination of music, corporate prayer, and teaching of God's Word, we seek God-centered worship. From that experience flows our sense of community. Worship transforms our lives and motivates us to serve.

Gathering: A musical prelude invites us to come together and begin to focus on worship. A Call to Worship (usually verses from the Bible) invites us in. We confess our shortcomings before God and receive an assurance of pardon that in Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

The Word: We read sections from the Bible chosen by the pastor for each Sunday. A message is shared with the children and a sermon is given by one of the pastors.

Our Response: Having heard the Good News of God in Jesus Christ, we respond. We affirm our faith; we pray for others, we share some aspect of the work of the church in ministry and mission. We may observe one of the sacraments of Baptism or The Lord's Supper. We receive an offering*, giving of our time, talent or treasure to the work of the church.
*Offering money to God is a spiritual discipline. Tithing teaches us more about our obedience and God's faithfulness.

Sending: After a closing hymn we are sent back into the world to share the Good News and take the blessing of God with us on our daily walk.

Music: The Psalms say to "Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord." Hymns and songs, ancient and modern, are a major part of each service of worship. Our choir offers special anthems and the congregation sings a number of hymns, prayers and responses as the service progresses.

Sacraments

Baptism: Baptism is one of the sacraments observed by the Christian church. A sacrament is an action that Jesus did and told his followers to do. Baptism is a sacrament that symbolizes new life in Jesus Christ. It is an act of obedience to Christ in which we proclaim to believe that Jesus is Lord and Savior.

Those who are interested in being publically baptized should consult with the pastors. We are looking forward to welcoming you into the family of Christ!

The Lord's Supper: The other sacrament that is observed is communion, or the Lord's Supper. Everyone who believes in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is graciously invited to receive communion. Through this sacrament, God's LOVE and God's GRACE are freely offered to each and all of us. In the breaking of the Bread and partaking of the Cup, together, we share in Christ's feast of new LIFE.

We celebrate the sacrament of Communion on the first Sunday of the month and on Special Sundays of the church calendar.

At Yokohama Union Church, we are also home to Yokohama Christian School (YCS). YCS is currently for children 2 years old through 2nd grade (mixed age classes). Our goal is to equip students to grow in their God-given potential for those continuing in an English based education.

We are a member school of the Association of Christian Schools, International (ACSI) and working on accreditation through this agency. Our teachers are qualified, certified, and experienced in teaching their grade level. YCS is committed to educating the whole child through age-specific skills: spiritual, physical, intellectual, social and emotional.

Yokohama Union Church celebrates wedding worship sharing God's blessing for the marriage and witnessing the marriage covenant before Our Lord. We would like to celebrate an opportunity of sharing Christ in a wedding worship service. YUC believes that it is necessary for the couple to have adequate preparation for the wedding worship and for the marital relationship to grow together. YUC pastors will support and guide the couple's relationship through the counseling sessions.

For those who would like to get married in our church, they must attend marriage-counseling in Japanese and/or English provided by the pastors.