2014年02月23日

English Sunday service 2014/2/23

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Today's Bible: Matthew 25~30
"The good and faithful servant."

We want to focus on verse 16 today.
Through a parable of Talents, the pastor preached to be a good and faithful servant.
But what is the real nature of faithfulness?  These are three key points about this.

1.The real faithfulness must be an action.
2.We have to use our ability to achieve God's command.
3.Be concerned about the result.

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2014年02月19日

The schedule of March

3/2 Sunday service  AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)

3/8 Strawberry picking  AM 9:00~
We are going to have a strawberry picking event.  we inform the details later.

3/9 Holy Communion  AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
After the ceremony, we have a small gift for all those people who were born in the month of March.

3/16 English Sunday service  PM 1:30〜2:45
Let's us enjoy worshiping and singing to God in English.  Following the service there is a small tea time where we deepen our friendships as we chat and get to know one another. We welcome new comers to our group. Please invite your friends.  We are looking forward to meeting you there.

3/22 "Healing Seminar"
We will have Healing seminar by a pastor from Malaysia.  The preaching will be done in English.
There are two times of seminars.  Time: PM 2:00 and 6:00.

3/23  Sunday service  AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)

3/30  Sunday service  AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)

 
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English Sunday service in Matsuyama 2014/1/26

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( Today's verse  Jonah 1:1-3 )
Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.

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The pastor said that this year's theme is SEED FAITH.

Christians should sow seeds of faith for the future harvest. We look at other people's success and envy them. Forget about the success in other peoples lives and concentrate on your own life by sowing seeds, preparing for the future.

A thriving economy is good for us, but we do not depend on it. Japan has experienced an economic recession and the authorities are saying they can turn the situation around. Good news but that is not enough for Christians. At the beginning of the year it is wise to start with sowing seeds of faith so that we can have a true blessed future.

There is a famous sumo wrestler by the name of Hakuho who migrated to Japan on invitation in the year 2000. He was fifteen years old then. He was one of eight invitees who came for trials to become sumo wrestlers. The other seven were recruited but not him, because he wasn't stout enough. He had the height, but he didn't have the rest of the sumo wrestler physical features. He was going back to Mongolia as a reject, but the recruiter decided to give him a chance, hoping that he would gain more weight.
Hakuho has won 27 championships since, which is a phenomenal feat. He has made a name, broken records and is so loved by the Japanese citizens.
The first two months of his stay in Japan defined his destiny. Against all odds, he was determined to be great at his profession. Those first steps were very important.
The first steps of this year have consequences on the rest of the year. You can be blessed in this year by making wise decisions right now at the beginning of the year. When we take the right steps at the beginning, the rest of the journey is blessed.

Having read the scripture above, let's look at two things.

In the scripture above,

1). The presence of The Lord.
Jonah decided to flee to Tarshis, instead of going to Nineveh. He was fleeing from the presence of God. The consequences on him and the the people on the vessel were catastrophic. We can not flee or live without God in our lives. We must be in the presence of God all the time.

2). In Jonah 1:3 it is is said that Jonah went down to go with them. We sometimes sin under the pretext of "I am doing something with him/her or them". In Japan, there is a saying that translates to English as "If everybody is crossing on a red light, it is "OK" for you to cross too". Meaning if everybody is doing it, you can do it also.
But as Christians, we must be different. We must follow god's lead, not the crowd.
Martin Luther King was summoned by the emperor and forced to disown his assertions about Christianity. He prayed to God for boldness and did not budge to the emperor's demands.
Do not follow instructions that are unGodly even if everybody is doing it or says so.
May your new year's resolutions be Godly. Decide to be a worshiper as we begin 2014 so that you will have a blessed future.

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These are some of the moments captured during fellowship on Sunday afternoon.

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It was a blessing seeing Bernard's family for the first time.

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Also Minson's family came to Japan from Indonesia. They started a new life in Matsuyama.

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The schedule of February


2/2 Holy Communion
AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
After the ceremony, we have a small gift for all those people who were born in the month of February....

2/9 Healing service AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
We will pray intensively for the sick who are in need.

2/16 Sunday service AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)

2/23 English Sunday service PM 1:30〜2:45
Let's us enjoy worshiping and singing to God in English
Following the service there is a small tea time where we deepen our friendships as we chat and get to know one another. We welcome new comers to our group. Please invite your friends. All are welcome to join us at the service and get-together afterward. We look forward to meeting you there.

(Pray for the mission in India)
Pastor Mandai is planning to have a big meeting in India. The work will be performed on February 24th (Monday)~ March 7th (Friday) this year. Your pray and support will be needed for the mission! We believe that the big succes will be reported in March.
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