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Charles Fredrickson
Yokosuka, Japan
Blog from an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) pastor who served as a missionary in Nagoya, Japan and is now looking for a church to serve.
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Sermon presented at Tokyo Lutheran Church, http://jelctokyo.org/english/ on July 25, 2021, as guest pastor while their pastor is on vacation. Based on John 6: 1-21 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1Cor.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Ramblings
When you pray for another, what do you pray for? For me, the context of that person is important, their story and concerns for example. Is it for health? Healing? Reconciliation? Safe Travels? Today Jesus is praying for us and... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2021 at Ramblings
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Sermon preached in a zoom worship for Nagoya All Saints International Congregation Link on April 18, 2021, based on the Luke 24: 36b-48 During my first time in Japan in the late 1980’s, one of the things I learned to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2021 at Ramblings
Sermon preached at the Chapel of Hope, Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan and at All Saints International Congregation, Nagoya, Japan for Easter Sunday based on the Mark 16: 1-8 She checks her social media around 10 times a day. Twitter and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2021 at Ramblings
Sermon shared via Zoom on March 21, 2020 with Nagoya All Saints International Congregation in Nagoya, Japan. Based on the lectionary for that Sunday particularly Hebrews 5: 5-10 and John 12: 20-33. The book of Hebrews in the New Testament... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2021 at Ramblings
A version of a sermon I presented to All Saints Internation congregation in Nagoya, Japan. As disciples of Jesus Christ our faith is not an escape from but an entry point into --- the joy and resurrection of Easter. But... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2021 at Ramblings
Sermon preached online to Nagoya All Saints International Church based on the readings for the Second Sunday after Epiphany (RCL). When you went to school did you have science fairs? I certainly did. Science fairs are where students or teams... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2021 at Ramblings
Sermon based on Luke 1: 26-38; also see Luke 1: 5-24 for the 4th Sunday of Advent. Shared via Zoom with Nagoya All Saints International Congregation In a celebrated video commencement speech to graduating High School seniors in the United... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2020 at Ramblings
Shared with Nagoya All Saints International Congregation based on the Matthew 25: 14-30 I wonder about that hole in the ground, the one dug by the third servant in Jesus’ parable of the talents. Does he dig the hole by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2020 at Ramblings
Sermon shared during Zoom worship for Nagoya All Saints International Church, Nagoya, Japan based on 1 Thessalonians 1-10. When I began to learn Japanese, it seemed I heard “thank you” all the time. Perhaps because I was learning, or maybe... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2020 at Ramblings
A synthesized Sermon shared at Odawara Lutheran Church, Odawara, Kanagawa, Japan and Nagoya All Saints International Congregation, from two different but similar sermons I preached. Based on Philippians 1:21-30 Is the Apostle Paul writing from the clarity that ending can... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2020 at Ramblings
Sermon shared online with All Saints Nagoya International Church, Link on Sunday, August 16, 2020 based on the assigned Gospel for the day, Matthew 15: 10-28. Today Jesus talks toilets. In today’s lesson from the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus makes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2020 at Ramblings
Shared with Nagoya All Saints International Church Link based on the Gospel Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43 I remember early in my ministry, after a pastor’s meeting, a friend of mine came up to me and said that they had not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2020 at Ramblings
This sermon was presented via the Zoom video conference platform to Nagoya All Saints International Church. It is based on the Gospel lesson for that Sunday, Matthew 10: 24-39 A facilitator at a congregational workshop began her presentation by showing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2020 at Ramblings
Sermon presented to Nagoya All Saints International Congregation on May 17, 2020 based on Acts 17: 22-31 meeting in virtual community. Are there blessings to being an expat? An expat is simply the word used to describe someone who lives... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2020 at Ramblings
On this Second Sunday of Easter I had the opportunity to preach and preside with the virtual community of All Saints in Nagoya, Japan. I am very grateful to have been part of this worshiping community in Christ. Below is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2020 at Ramblings
Christ is Risen! Alleluia! For Easter, I was invited to preach at a congregation that I served when we lived in Nagoya, Japan back in 2006-2010. Because of COVID-19 and in consideration of the health and well-being of all, our... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2020 at Ramblings
Hi everyone- As some of you may know, our daughters were going to come visit us in early March. The church in Nagoya where Charles served from 2006-2010 just finished building a new sanctuary. Our whole family was invited to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2020 at Ramblings
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I missed Japanese presentation. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2020 at Ramblings
We are not settled (somewhat) into life back in Japan. Our household shipment finally arrived and was able to set up my computer. Doing email by telephone was a challenge so I am thankful for a keyboard! No news yet... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2020 at Ramblings
Last Sermon presented to Hope Lutheran and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection based on the Gospel: Luke 17: 11-19 Pig bones. You wouldn’t think that bones from sometime around the 10th century BC would be such a big deal,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon presented at a combined worship service for Hope Lutheran and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. We’ve got the power. In fact, each of us is a little power plant! And I am not talking about hormonal changes as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon presented at Hope Lutheran and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection based on Luke 15: 1-10. This morning more than likely you parked in one of the more than 105 million estimated parking spaces in the United States. But... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon presented at Hope Lutheran and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection based on Luke 14: 25-35. Do you have salt on your table? Much has changed for when I was growing up when someone said “Pass the salt,” I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2019 at Ramblings
Sermon based on Luke 14: 1, 7-14 On a typical morning, many of us rise from our beds and shuffle into the bathroom. It’s our first stop of the day. We can shower, comb through that hair, slap on deodorant... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at Ramblings