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Poster : webmaster on 2017-02-01 14:24:29 (144 reads)

Rev. Shoko Aminaka, NCC General Secretary

If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. (Romans 8:14)

I pray that your days in 2017be filled with God's blessings. As we say A.D. (Anno Domini), and B.C. (Before Christ), the whole world took its new step with the birth of Lord Jesus. The joy of welcoming our Savior as the true Light of Christmas is not an event of the past, but the origin of joy given to us every day.
When I was in the kindergarten, I did an artwork. I first painted all over the drawing paper with colorful crayons, painted black over it, and then scratched the surface with a stick. The light appeared in the dark like fireworks in the night. The liturgical color of both Advent and Christmas is purple, which means that they are periods we spend with repent. But do we not turn purple back to black with regrets? It is important to reflect or to regret, but Jesus came to the world as a Savior. He died on a cross to perish our sins, was risen again, and became the hope of the Second Coming. After being saved, even if we are hurt, we see beautiful colors like the artwork I have mentioned before. I hope the New Year will be the days to fully experience the happiness of the Lord.


Poster : webmaster on 2016-07-20 17:11:44 (215 reads)

In the general assembly of Japan Episcopal Church held on June 3rd and 4th, we approved a statement of apology for the recovered from Hansen disease and their families and a plea for a retrial of Sayama case. On June 5th, many people prevented a hate demonstration in Kawasaki by surrounding the demonstrators.
The human rights are described as the right approved by society so that every person can live as a human or the right to secure existence and freedom, and pursuit happiness.
It is our duty to love God and people, and its foundation is a conviction that God loves and cares each of us. That is, all the people have the right to be loved by God and others. This right to be loved by God is not what we assert or demand, but what is given unilaterally by God as blessings. The right to be loved and the right to be cared which is given to us as the gospel is the human right, isn't it?
When we talk about the human rights and peace in the church, I sometimes hear voices that say "It's a secularization of Church. Don't push that on us. Speak more gospel." That reminds me of a question: Jesus was crucified for whom? It was thoroughly for others. I would like to cherish that every one of us has the right to be loved and to meet people God loves.

Jesse Shinichi Yahagi, NCCJ Vice-moderator


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