Fourth Sunday of Easter

What are the characteristics of grace-filled people?


  • Fourth Sunday of Easter
  • April 30, 2023
  • Hybrid Worship
  • 10pm in the Sanctuary
  • Scroll for the bulletin or view the print version

Order of Worship

“When God Restored Our Common Life”
by U.S.A. Folk Melody
Kathy Onishi
Welcome of Grace and Greeting
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Opening Hymn
“Open My Eyes, That I May See”
(UMH #454)
Kathy & Eugene Onishi,
Opening Prayer
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
First Scripture Reading
Psalm 23 (NRSVUE, JLB)
Marisa I. & Tsutomu Nagoya
Children’s Message
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Special Music
“And Can It Be that I Should Gain”
(UMH #363)
Blaine Memorial Choir
Scripture Reading
Ephesians 2:1-10
Ron Nobuyama &
Tsutomu Nagoya
“#BeUMC: Grace-filled People of God”
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Hymn of Response
“Christ Has Broken Down the Wall”
(Worship & Song #3122)
Kathy & Eugene Onishi,
Introduction to the Offering
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
“Praise God from Whom All Blessing Flow”
(UMH #94)
Kathy Onishi
Prayer of Dedication
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Closing Hymn
“Together We Serve”
(TFWS #2175)
Kathy & Eugene Onishi, Unison
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
“You Are Mine” by David Haas Kathy Onishi
Passing of the Peace
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Zoom Breakout Room
Rev. Jeney Park-Hearn

Sermon Questions

  • Ephesians 2:1-10 tells us that we are saved by God’s grace, which is important because it highlights that our salvation is not something we can earn or achieve through our own efforts. Why is it important to know that God’s grace saves us?
  • How does understanding salvation as a gift from God help us view our faith?
  • What are the characteristics of grace-filled people?
  • How does the fruit of their lives reflect this grace?
  • As grace-filled people, how do you plan to share the love and grace of God with others this week?

Sermon title and questions are adapted from #BeUMC campaign website

Upcoming Lectionary Scriptures

5/1 Psalm 100; Ezekiel 34:17-23; 1 Peter 5:1-5
5/2 Psalm 100; Ezekiel 34:23-31; Hebrews 13:20-21
5/3 Psalm 100; Jeremiah 23:1-8; Matthew 20:17-28
5/4 Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; Genesis 12:1-3; Acts 6:8-15
5/5 Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; Exodus 3:1-12; Acts 7:1-16
5/6 Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; Jeremiah 26:20-24; John 8:48-59


New! Blaine Memorial UMC Church Member Stephen Sumida in “Hometown Boy” play

Throughout the month of May

Seattle Public Theater presents “Hometown Boy,” starring our very own Stephen Sumida. Performances will run every weekend in May, beginning on Friday, May 5, 2023. If you’d like to see Steve perform as “Walter,” please purchase your tickets at If you have ticketing questions, or would like help with purchasing tickets, please contact the box office at

About Hometown Boy James hasn’t been back to his rural Georgia hometown in over a decade, but reluctantly returns to check in on his father, whose behavior has become worryingly erratic. And since the South has a way of holding onto secrets, he soon stumbles into a life he thought he had left behind as a child. That stench in the air isn’t just his father’s decaying house, but the rotten core of long-buried secrets teeming just under the surface and ready to explode.

Wednesday Coffee & Prayer

May 3 • 9am on Zoom

Please join Rev. Karen for a time of meditation and prayer on Wednesday, May 3 at 9am.

The Wednesday Prayer group continues to meet each week. Our time together consists of a check-in question centering around United Methodist Founder John Wesley’s famous question, “How is it with your soul?” We continue our time together with a few readings out of The Upper Room Magazine May/June edition. Finally, we end our time together with a pastoral prayer.

We pray for anyone who would like to be prayed for. Please join us! Brew a fresh cup of coffee or steep some tea. This is a great opportunity to pause in the middle of the week to check in with others. The Zoom link will be sent out prior to gathering on Tuesday.

JCCCW Community Event for Children’s Day

May 6

Apply Now! Blaine Educational Scholarships

Due May 17

The Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church Educational Scholarships are designed to support the mission of the church through supporting a multitude of educational opportunities. We are proud to have helped students in their pursuit of continuing education since 1968. Applications are due May 17. We are blessed to offer the following scholarships: the Vera Ing Scholarship, Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church Scholarship, Yasuda Scholarship, William S. Yorozu Scholarship, and the Robert S. Sato Scholarship. Read more.

Blaine Cookbook needs your recipes!

Due May 31

Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church will release a 120th Anniversary Edition of “Let’s Dine!”, the latest in a series of cookbooks produced by Blaine Memorial over the past 70 years. This cookbook will commemorate the 120th Anniversary of Blaine Memorial, with a scheduled release of January 2024. We are seeking submissions for the 2024 cookbook and are calling on you to contribute! Read more.

Summer Camps & VBS 2023!

See Dates

This summer’s Camping Ministries and Vacation Bible School schedules are out! Please save the dates for your children and youth! June 25-30 Jr/High Camp (for incoming 6th-9th graders) Jr. High Camp registration is open now! Please register your youth by May 31! July 10-14 Vacation Bible School 10am-3pm July 23-28 Asian Camp (for incoming 10th grade- 2 yrs. post-high school)