2015年01月30日

English Sunday service in Matsuyama 2015/1/25



" The Thankfulness that God Desires "

Bible  1 Thessalonians 5:18 Be joyful always ; pray continually;give thanks in all circumstances,
 
The theme for this year is “Always be thankful!” Living a life of thankfulness to God leads to grace and blessings. Shouldn’t we always experience the kind of blessings brought on by thankfulness in our every day, actual lives?


Philippians4: 6,7  “ Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with
thanksgiving, present your requests to God “ 

God in every situation (whether good or bad) wants us have a thankful attitude. If we pray with thanksgiving, God will protect us. No matter what the situation, let us always be thankful throughout this year.

What is the sort of thankfulness that God desires, which we should be mindful everyday?

@  This thankfulness has a clear direction; it is important that we lift our eyes to God and give thanks TO Him.

Ephesians 5:20  “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything”   
Psalm 118:21  “I will give you thanks ”

What the Bible says about thankfulness is at all times direct your thankfulness toward God. God, to you, to Christ, we give thanks. 

We should not shut up our feelings in our hearts. Rather our thankfulness should be able to reach God. Proper faith comes from the heart directed toward God and has a relationship with God. This is why it is important that thankfulness also be directed toward God.

A   Our thanksgiving should be accompanied by full, expressive joy.

Colossians 1:12  “and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[a] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”
Colossians 3:16  Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
Psalm 28: My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.

When we receive grace from God, when we are thankful, there is always joy.
The need to express joy, sing and dance come with it. It’s good to express and show your heart along with your faith. Thankfulness must be expressed. 
 
B Let us remember that proper action must always accompany our thanksgiving. What kind of action? This is very clear.
 
Psalm 50:14  “ Sacrifice thank offerings to God “
Psalm 107:22  “ Let them sacrifice thank offerings “
2 Chronicles 29:31  “ Come and bring sacrifices and thank offerings to the temple of the LORD “.
 
In order to express their thankfulness, the people of the period in the Old Testament gave a physical offering. In this, they even gave the lives of animals (as sacrifices) and showed how their thanksgiving was deep and genuine, with a true heart. In today’s society, we tend to offer superficial words and lip service as thanksgiving. To Christ, who loves us so much He gave His life for us, let’s give something worthy of being called a thank offering (with specific actions, or devotion that you give from yourself).

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2015年01月01日

New Year's Greetings

A Happy New Year!!

The theme of this year is "Thankful"!

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever. (Psalm 107:1)

Pastor gave us this theme at the first Sunday Service of this year!
Let's live this year with thanks and have marvelous grace in our hand from God!




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2014年12月31日

The schedule of January

1/1 New Year Combined service (Holy Communion)
PM 1:00〜2:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
Let's start New Year in the Presence of God! After the ceremony, we have a small gift for all those people who were born in the month of January.

1/4 Healing service AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
We will pray intensively for the sick who are in need.

1/11 Sunday service AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
Pastor Mandai pray for a person who become 20 years old. We celebrate "Coming of Age Day"

1/18 Sunday service AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)

1/25 English Sunday service PM 1:30〜2:45
Let's us enjoy worshiping and singing to God in English.
Please invite your friends and neighbors into the blessing of the living God.
We are looking forward to seeing you!

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2014年12月28日

Making Japanese rice cake

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After monthly English Service, instead of tea time, we joined "Omochi-tsuki" (Japanese custom to make rice cake at the end of the year ), which was held by Men's club of our church.
The members of Praise Fellowship also hit and pounded steamed rice into Omochi.
 As soon as it was made, we put "Tare(sugar and soysauce)" to it, covered it with seaweed and ate it which was still very soft and warm .  
What a good cake it was! 
We hope it will be very joyful and precious memory in Japan.

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2014年12月21日

Christmas party in our church

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After Christmas Sunday Service, we had a small Christmas Party in our church.  
A lot of sisters and brothers (including pastors) prepared lunch and we could enjoyed many delicious dishes!
Hearing the Christmas songs by children, we had very good Christmas time. 

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2014年12月02日

English Sunday service in Matsuyama 2014/11/30


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Today is the start of Advent, the beginning of the Christmas season.
During this Advent, let’s expect the coming of our savior with all of our hearts.
Outside church, Japanese society became very busy.  But we Christian don’t lose real peace in our mind because of hard schedule.

 
Today’s verse: Luke1:26-38
There are three keys for real blessing from God.

1. We really want to know Jesus Christ was born to this world as a savior.

2. We need to prepare ourselves so that we can receive the grace from God at this Christmas time.  Let’s make your faith work and get into action.

3. It is important to receive whole God’s work and believe his unlimited power.
  Nothing is impossible with God.

Christmas is the best time to witness Jesus Christ.  Let’s invite people around you to the Christmas meeting and church service.

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2014年11月12日

Matsuyama Charity Christmas meeting

Our church, Matsuyama Fukuin Center, will present a special Christmas meeting to you all - Matsuyama City Charity Christmasu on Dec 13 (Sat).
The tone chime/hand bell qoir will performe warm and seasonable Christmas songs, and Pastor Mandai will be singing original songs and be sharing a Christmas message, along with heartful picture book reading by Setruko Kaida, RNB announcer.
We hope you will join and celebrate Christmas together.


 Time: Dec.13 (Sat) The 1st meeting 2:00pm〜, and th 2nd meeting 6:00pm〜. ( Twice performance )
 Place: Nankai Housou Honmachi-kaikan ( Matsuyama0shi, Honmachi 1-1-1 ) - Brown building next to Ehime Shinbun at Nishi- Horibata )
 Tickets: ¥1200 for an adult, ¥600 for a high school or junior hih school student, free for an elementary schoolchild.

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Lunch service


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We Praise Fellowship prepared the church lunch “Feijoada” for the first time.
Since we prepared it beforehand, Fejioada was almost ready on Saturday.
So, on Sunday we had plenty of time and everything went smoothly as it was planned. It was so delicious that everybody enjoyed it
We give thanks to God. Thank you very much for your help and praying.


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2014年11月01日

The schedule of November


 11/16 Holy Communion & Healing service
 AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
 After service, we have a small gift for all those people who were born in the month of November.
 We will pray intensively for the sick who are in need.

 
 11/30 English Sunday service ( PM 1:30〜2:45 )
 Let's us enjoy worshiping and singing to God in English. Please encourage yourself to invite your friends and neighbors into the blessing of the living God. We are looking forward to seeing you!
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2014年10月23日

English Sunday service in Matsuyma 2014/10/19

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We have some new faces here in this service. Welcome you in the name of Jesus!
 
We had two big typhoons in this month and the first one hit Japan on the day of my departure to Malaysia.
I experienced two miracles of God through this challenge.
In spite of the worst weather condition, only my flight was not cancelled.
Adding to this, I sprained my ankle terribly but just within one day  I was healed, as I prayed to God hard. He really has heard my prayer.
We are blessed because we serve the Living God. Do not hesitate to activate our faith and pray in any occasions.
 
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( Today's verses: 1 Samuel 1:9-18)
 
This is a story of Hannah. She was barren that's why she was deeply troubled in her heart.
She prayed by pouring out her soul before the Lord and God listened to her prayer.

 
1. Let your honest thought manifested in your prayer.
Hannah knew how to express her bitterness in her heart. It means she had true relationship with Him.
Sometimes we try to hide ourselves from the eyes of God but we should express our desire to God and feel free to pray to God.
We can pray by ourselves for any needs such as spiritual or financial matters, family, education and blessings.
Do not hide our weaknesses but do something to act.


2. Let your faith put into action
If you have simple thought or small faith to God, bring them to Him and encourage yourselves.
Hannah didn't know how to pray in good manner but poured out her soul and made a vow to God.
Do not hide your weakness from God just because we are nameless and far from the standard of good Christians.  


3. This was the first episode of Great prophet Samuel, beginning of his great history.
You should also do the same, start writing your own history as an author of your life.
This Great Miracle-making God is always with us. Do not hesitate to activate your faith now.
 
 
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2014年09月30日

The schedule of October


10/5 Holy Communion 
 AM9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
 After service, we have a small gift for all those people who were born in the month of October.


10/12 Healing service 
 AM9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
 We will pray intensively for the sick who are in need.


10/19 English Sunday service ( PM 1:30〜2:45 )
 Let's us enjoy worshiping and singing to God in English. Please encourage yourself to invite your friends and neighbors into the blessing of the living God. We are looking forward to seeing you!


10/26 Sunday service
 AM9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
 

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English Sunday service in Matsuyama 2014/9/28

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We are experience a good weather now.  Autumn is a good season to do anything, to do study, to travel and so on.  We would like to have not only the good weather but also good spirit.  In this autumn, let's activate our faith!

( Today's verce: 2 Kings 5 :1〜14)
This is a story of healing of Naaman.  It is a unique and famous story. 
Let's learn a posture of the faith from this story.  We want to receive a blessing of God.

1.God works through a process of stories.
The blessing of God is not mere story but the beginning of the father one, which leads to a goal.
The goal is prepared by God for us.

2.When we experience a blessing from God, we must not take only a superficial thing.
We don't end it by human idea and way. We must not end it on the way of God's plan.
Follow God's command through a shown method by God.

3.God demands that you follow his command until the last.
Let's carry it out till the time of God comes.  Do not give up and you will receive God's answer.

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2014年09月02日

The schedule of september


9/7 Holy Communion
 AM9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
 After service, we have a small gift for all those people who were born in the month of September.


9/14 Healing service
 AM9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
 We will pray intensively for the sick who are in need.


9/21 Sunday service
 AM9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
 
9/28 English Sunday service ( PM 1:30〜2:45 )
 Let's us enjoy worshiping and singing to God in English. Please encourage yourself to invite your friends and neighbors into the blessing of the living God. We are looking forward to seeing you!
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English Sunday service in Matsuyama 014/8/31

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" The Greatness of the Lord Jesus Christ "

Today's verses: John 6:16-21

Ps Mandai has been teaching us about the deep meaning of a Sign. Although the four gospels talk about the signs, the book of John is distinctive in the sense that it records only 7 signs done by Jesus Christ. Usually the word Sign has always a deeper meaning, and John talks about the works of Jesus Christ as a sign post to the people to believe and to have faith in Jesus.
In today's scriptures, Jesus walked on the water as a 5th sign out of 7 signs recorded in the gospel of John. From this true story we can learn three points:

 
(1) Jesus Christ has His own divine will
Jesus has His own idea and strong will, He does everything by His divine plan and not for the convenience of people.
 On His time He came to this world to die on the cross and to resurrect from the dead to be our Savior and of all mankind in this world. This is beyond our thought and beyond our imagination.
Many people make Jesus too small in their mind. Do not make Jesus too small by the limitation of your mind.
 As we have faith in Christ, we should have real image of Jesus as God.

 
(2) Jesus is the manifestation of the true Creator God
As Jesus Christ is the author of natural laws, He can change anything He wants.
 When God speaks, everything will happen according to His word and change will occur beyond and exceeding the power of nature through the love of Jesus.
 As Jesus Christ is the Creator of the whole universe, He has the power to provide to us everything we need.

 
(3) Jesus has the power of God and is very close to help you
Jesus knew that His disciples were having tough time with their boat and journey on the sea due to the storms.
 And so He walked on the sea to help them.
 Even today Jesus is even coming to you in the midst of your storms or difficult challenges to help you and He is still saying to you " Do not be afraid."
 He is always on your side. You just need to immediately and willingly receive Jesus in the boat of your life for Him to help you in your tough situations.
 So no matter how greatly the boat will be shaken by the strong wind or start sinking, do not worry because He is with you.

 He has the power and authority to stop your challenges immediately. Because of Him, we can move forward and achieve our goals in life. He is The Great and Awesome God.
So do not miniaturise Jesus in whom you believe. He has divine plan, will and power for everything and over everything.
Remember Jesus Christ is still talking to us , "Do not be afraid" He is always near you. Believe in Him today!
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2014年09月01日

One day trip to Shikoku karst

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As summer activity 22 brothers and sisters went to Shikoku karst by 3 cars. 
It was so foggy that we were not able to have clear view at all.  But we had a great time by the blessing of God.

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The summer festival

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 We had a summer festival of the annual event on August 23rd.
 We were worried about the weather, but it was a good weather which we thanked God! Many groups of our church sold various food. A lot of people came, and enjoyed this festival.
 It was a good opportunity for us to have fellowship through this event.
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The schedule of August

 8/3 Holy Communion
 AM9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)

 8/10 The combind memorial service
 AM10:00〜12:00 (interpreted into English on PC)
 We will have memorial service and remember our beloved brothers and sisters who are already in heaven. With many good memories about them, we thank God in this combined service.
 Please be careful not to be wrong, we hold just one Sunday service that day.

 8/17 Healing service
 AM9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)
 We will pray intensively for the sick who are in need.

 8/23 Summer festival in the evening. PM 5:00〜8:00
 This is church's annual event. We set up a mini bazaar which included fun games. There are various foods stalls by the different groups. It shall be a nice time to all ourselves.

 8/31 English Sunday service ( PM 1:30〜2:45 )
 Let's us enjoy worshiping and singing to God in English. We welcome new comers. We are looking forward to seeing you!

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English Sunday service in Matsuyama 2014/7/27

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 Today's Bible: John 4:46〜54
 " Keep to develop our faith."

1, If you have any need in your life, don't hesitate to ask God!
2, Jesus loves to help our faith grow.

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2014年07月01日

The schedule of July

7/6  Holy Communion  
AM 9:00〜10:45 (internet into English on PC)

7/13 Healing service
AM 9:00〜10:45 (interpreted into English on PC)

7/21 Marine day (Umi no hi) 
We will go to Sada-Misaki (Sada promontory) with Men's Club. This day is a holiday of Umi-no-hi.  At this place, You can enjoy swimming, fishing, and some activities.  Please bring swimming wear and towel.  There are a shower room and a changing room.  If you would like to join, please let us know by 17th, directly or by email. 
For lunch, we are having Barbecue.   Let's have a good time all together!

Date: July 21st  ( Rain-out )
Time: come to church by 7:50.  We will dipart 8:00.
Attendance fee:¥1500 for adult  and ¥900 for primary schoolchild, free for infant  (including the transformation fee and lunch ,Barbecue &watermelon)  
Coming back to church: around PM 6:30


7/27  English Sunday service PM 1:30〜2:45 
Let's us enjoy worshiping and singing to God in English.
We welcome new comers to our group. We look forward to seeing you all there!



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English Sunday service 2014/6/29

Today's Bible: Acts 4:23-35

In order to build the living Church, there are 4 points to do.

1. We need to have faith in one accord. (verse 24)
2. There must be witnesses in the living church. (verse 27,28)
3. There must be power of the Holy Spirit which create sings and wonders. (verse 29〜31,33)
4. In the real church we have an attitude of giving and sharing. (verse 32)

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