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What Lies Beyond “It Wasn’t Supposed to be Like This” 

❖ Video (Whole Worship Service) ❖ Audio (Message) What Lies Beyond “It Wasn’t Supposed to be Like This”  Luke 1:5-25 Mari Ikeda In the church calendar, the four weeks of Advent has started from today. Today I’d like to pick up the story of Zachariah and Elizabeth in Luke’s Gospel 1:5-25.Have you ever felt about your life, “It wasn’t supposed to be like this?” Perhaps for some of you it is exactly how you feel now, while there should be people who have gone through such feeling in the past. It might be a loss of health, a loss of someone important, or a loss of dream. In anyone’s life,…

י (Yodh) The History of The Kingdom of God

❖ Video ❖ Audio (Message) י (Yodh) The History of The Kingdom of God Series: Finding the Gospel in Psalm 119ーA Hymn to the Law 10/22 Psalm 119:73-80 Andy Nagahara The tenth in the series of Psalm 119, called Hymn to the Law, is the tenth paragraph in the entire series. It is verses 73 through 80, where the tenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Yodh, is placed at the beginning of each line. This character is thought to derive from a hieroglyphic script that depicted a hand (Hebrew: יד yad). As we read today’s section two verses at a time, we can see the history of God’s relationship with us, who…

“You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased”

❖ Video (Whole Worship Service) ❖ Audio (Message) “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased” John 1:24-34 Mari Ikeda Today, we’re going to read John 1:24-34. It’s about John the Baptist’s testimony. I’d like to divide it into three parts and read accordingly. Firstly, let’s read v.24-28. 1. We cannot save ourselves (24-28) 24 Now the Pharisees who had been sent 25 questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26 “I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. 27 He is the one who comes after…

ט (Teth) You are good, and what you do is good

❖ Video ❖ Audio (Message) ט (Teth) You are good, and what you do is good Series: Finding the Gospel in Psalm 119ーA Hymn to the Law 9/22 Psalm 119:65-72 Andy Nagahara The ninth in the series of Psalm 119, called Hymn to the Law, is the ninth paragraph in the entire series. It is verses 65 through 72, where the ninth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Teth, is placed at the beginning of each line. The origin of this script is not well known, but some scholars assume that it derives from a script depicting a spindle (a tool used for spinning yarn).Now let’s read on as usual. 1. The…

We are the Voice Calling in the Wilderness

❖ Video (Whole Worship Service) ❖ Audio (Message) We are the Voice Calling in the Wilderness John 1:6-8, 19-23 Mari Ikeda Last time we heard in the very first part of John’s Gospel that God is the Word, and Jesus is the word of God. Today I’d like to say that we are the “voice.” Let’s start from the passage we skipped last time, 1:6-8. A. Who was John? (6-8) 6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only…

ח (Heth) The earth is filled with the LORD’s love

❖ Video ❖ Audio (Message) ח (Heth) The earth is filled with the LORD’s love Series: Finding the Gospel in Psalm 119ーA Hymn to the Law 8/22 Psalm 119:57-64 Andy Nagahara The eighth in the series of Psalm 119, called Hymn to the Law, is the eighth paragraph in the entire series. It is verses 57 through 64, where the eighth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Heth, is placed at the beginning of each line.What is unique about today’s part is that the psalmist spends less time praying and desiring and more time confirming his own past steps and making resolutions.Now let’s read on as usual. 1. The privilege that we…

Who was Jesus?

❖ Video (Whole Worship Service) ❖ Audio (Message) Who was Jesus? John 1:1-18 Mari Ikeda Starting from today, I’d like to start reading the Gospel according to John, because I feel it’s about time to go back to the actual words of Jesus after we have read Romans for nearly 2 years and kept hearing from Paul. Also because I have read other Gospels in the past, but not John, I picked John. If you have read the Gospel of John, you may well know that it is quite different from the other three Gospels and that it has many passages that sound very philosophical and difficult to understand. However,…

ז (Zayin) Your promise preserves my life

❖ Video ❖ Audio (Message) ז (Zayin) Your promise preserves my life Series: Finding the Gospel in Psalm 119ーA Hymn to the Law 7/22 Psalm 119:49-56 Andy Nagahara The seventh in the series of Psalm 119, called Hymn to the Law, is the seventh paragraph in the entire series. It is verses 49 through 56, where the seventh letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Zayin, is placed at the beginning of each line. The name of the letter is the same as the Hebrew word for weapon (זין zayin). 1. My comfort in my suffering (49, 50, 52) 49 Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. 50 My comfort in my…

Church: A Community of Mutual Support that Transcends Sex, Status, and Ethnicity

❖ Video (Whole Worship Service) ❖ Audio (Message) Church: A Community of Mutual Support that Transcends Sex, Status, and Ethnicity Romans 16 (Last Sermon in the Series on Paul’s Letter to the Romans) Mari Ikeda Finally, this is my last sermon in the series on Romans. We’ll read its last chapter, chapter 16, but I want to skip a part of it as it’s quite long. It’s long because so many people’s names are listed up, 24 in total. As I have said before, as Paul had never been to Rome, most people in the churches in Rome did not know Paul personally. Perhaps Paul listed up the names of…

ו (Waw)  “I trust in your word”

❖ Video ❖ Audio (Message) ו (Waw)  “I trust in your word” Series: Finding the Gospel in Psalm 119ーA Hymn to the Law 6/22 Psalm 119:41-48 Andy Nagahara The sixth in the series of Psalm 119, called Hymn to the Law, is the sixth paragraph in the entire series. It is verses 41 through 48, where the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Waw, is placed at the beginning of each line. Although there are different theories, this character is supposed to derive from the “וו” (hook) in its form. This paragraph consists of two parts: the first half is the psalmist’s requests to God, and the second half is the…