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Today's Sermon: Practicing Christian Behavior

Scripture Lesson:  Matthew 18:15-35

15 "If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.' 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector. 18 Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be[d] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19 Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?" 22 Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. 23 Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. 26 At this the servant fell on his knees before him. 'Be patient with me,' he begged, 'and I will pay back everything.' 27 The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. 28 But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he demanded. 29 His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.' 30 But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened. 32 Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?' 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. 35 This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart."



Children have many chances to get involved during their time at Yokohama Union Church. During the service on Sunday mornings, there is a short Bible lesson for the children. Each year has a different theme to encourage the children to grow deeper in their knowledge of God.

Students Preparing for Their first Communion

Sunday School
On the second and fourth Sundays of the month, children from ages 6-11 will be excused after children's time to enjoy another Bible lesson with one of our trained Sunday school teachers. For those specifically aged 3-7, they will learn the Bible stories using a program called "Children and Worship".

Seasons of Events
Throughout the year, there are also seasons of events for the children to participate in. This may include: 1st Communion Class, Confirmation Class, Easter Sunday programs, Vacation Bible School programs, and Christmas pageant programs.


Adults as well have a great chance to learn and grow in their journey with God at Yokohama Union Church. A variety of classes are offered throughout the week for those interested in deepening their relationship with Christ.

Please contact the church directly to find out about any possible seasonal Bible studies that may be currently happening.

For those interested in a specific aspect of Christianity, it is always okay to ask the pastors or other members how to grow and learn together. Check out the library for personal study, too!


As we find our identity in the Church ( the community of believers ), we are challenged to serve and support others with the gifts that God has provided us. The mission organizations we support regularly are:

Asian Rural Institute (ARI): is a training institute located just north of Tokyo. They receive students from various countries who come to learn about building communities through sustainable agriculture. Each participant comes for one year and will return to their home country to share their newfound knowledge.

Tokyo English Life Line ( TELL ): is a counseling service offered both in-person and over-the-phone. People who are feeling suicidal, lonely, or simply want to speak with someone can call at anytime for free services. YUC also donates a room for TELL's trained therapists several days a week.

Kotobui-cho Chiku Center ( Donkey House): is a mission organization located about a 20-minute walk from our church. This organization was started through the United Church of Christ in Japan ( Kyodan ) and provides employment workshop, food, blankets, clothes, and other necessities to the homeless and disabled communities.

Church Outreach

It is important for churches to look outward into the community to offer Christ to people. Some of our outreach includes:

Weekly Bible Studies
These Bible studies are open to anyone who is interested in learning more about Bible and Christianity.

Homeless Ministry
Given that there are a number of homeless people living in the area, our doors are open for a hot meal. The times for the meals are not set, so homeless people can drop by whenever they have need.

Yokohama Christian School
Yokohama Christian School strives to give children the best education in a Christ-centered environment.

About once a year we hold a bazaar to welcome the community to check out our church. Church members have table sales, make crafts, bake cookies, and enjoy fellowship together in preparation for the event. Then during the event, we can mingle with our neighbors and share Christ's love.

Alpha Bible Study
This Bible study is a specific study geared toward people who are interested in but have not yet made a commitment to Jesus Christ. Of course, Christians can attend this study to relearn some of the basics of the Christian faith. This Bible study is seasonal and can be held in English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean.

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.
For more information, please visit our website.

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