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.
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.