Japanese Language @ 9:45 a.m.
English Language @ 11 a.m.
Community gathering for tea, snacks and connecting @ 12:15 p.m.
All services include singing, shared and individual prayers, and other ways in which we worship God as part of the Beloved Community.
Sycamore has 10 bilingual services in both Japanese and English each year, which are often attended by Preschool families and families in the community.
Sermons from English Language Service
Over and over again – I am the Lord your God. God doesn’t speak in the voice
of Charleston Heston, George Burns, or Morgan Freeman. No, God speaks in the voice of Jill Hutton (a member-in-discernment), in the voice of undocumented workers, stooped over as they harvested vegetables in the storms in Monterey this week. God speaks in each of your voices and actions as well.
Put your hands together and imagine you are holding a lamp.
Lift that light up high into the world. Now say, “I am the light of the world.” Say it again, “I am the light of the world.” That’s not bragging, because you see, the light that shines within you, is not just your light. It is the light of Christ.
To do justice is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our might; AND our neighbors as ourselves. There are lots of way to do this, including running for local offices, organizing or participating in marches, going on pilgrimages to places of historical injury, like Manazanar or Tule Lake, writing, getting to know people who are different, teaching.
Thursdays at 6:00 pm for 45 minutes (conducted in English)
We explore a variety of Christian and Zen Buddhist meditation and mindfulness techniques together as spiritual companions. What we have found after two years of meeting, is that the most important thing people are seeking is the shared experience of silence. The format is simple:
Two back-to-back silent intervals of 15-20 minutes each, with a few moments of sharing at the beginning and ending of our gathering. During the silence, participants focus on their individual practice, which may be zen koans, Christian centering prayer, breath counting, etc. A cardinal rule we follow, borrowed from Rev. David Parks-Ramage, is “you can’t do it wrong”.
This is a joint ministry of Sycamore Congregational and Mira Vista UCC churches. The primary leaders are Rev. Kevin Omi and Rev. Dr. Melinda McLain.
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OTHER SUNDAY ACTIVITIES
Tomodachi Time @ 10:15 a.m. (friendship time for children)
Nichigobu Fellowship @ 11 a.m. (primarily for Japanese language speakers)
Our Women’ Fellowship sometimes meets on Sunday or Monday. Its activities include beautiful arts and crafts, that often have a Japanese aesthetic. Check the Women’s Fellowship page for more information and Calendar of Events for updates.
Activities and meetings conducted in Japanese
• Japanese Worship Services/日語部礼拝
• Teatime/聖書研究会( ティータイム )
• Tomodachi Time/友達タイム
• Home Meetings/家庭集会
• Sharing Picture Books/絵本の会
• Hiking Club/お散歩会
• Sycamore FC/Family Soccer Club
Sycamore Related Links
• A-I-U-E-O School/あいうえお教室
• Japanese Language School/シカモア日本語教室
• Abacus Classes/そろばん教室
• United Church of Christ/米国キリスト合同教会
• United Church of Christ in Japan/日本基督教団
• Pacific School of Religion