Fifth Sunday of Easter


Order of Worship

“In Moments Like These”
by David Graham
Leann Onishi
Welcome of Grace and Greeting
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Opening Hymn and Opening Prayer
“How Can We Name a Love”
(UMH #111)
Miriam Tong, Leann Onishi, Neil Komedal
Transfer of Membership:
Alma Santos, Edwin Santos and Joshua Santos
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
First Scripture Reading
1 Peter 2:2-10 (CEB,JLB)
Kobe Yamamoto & Tsutomu Nagoya
Children’s Message
Sai Hanaoka
Scripture Reading
Romans 12:9-21 (CEB,JLB)
Kobe Yamamoto & Tsutomu Nagoya
Sermon “#BeUMC: ??? People of God”
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Hymn of Reflection
“Help Us Accept Each Other”
(UMH #560)
Kathy & Eugene Onishi, Unison
Reconciling Ministry Moment
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Holy Communion
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
and Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Communion Special Music
“The Sweetness of Mary”
by Joan MacDonald Boes
arr. by Brenda Hunter

“Amber Waltz”
by Mick Doherty

Leann Onishi
and Prayer of Dedication

“Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”
(UMH #94)
Miriam Tong, Leann Onishi, Neil Komedal
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Closing Hymn
“Because He Lives”
(UMH # 364)
Miriam Tong, Leann Onishi, Neil Komedal
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Traditional American Fiddle Tunes
Leann Onishi
Zoom Breakout Room
Rev. Jeney Park-Hearn

Sermon Reflection Questions

  • As a church, we sometimes struggle with a diversity of opinions. What are the advantages of people not thinking alike? What are the challenges?
  • As you reflect on the conflicts in your life and in the church, what gives you hope?
  • How will you continue to remain faithful, even in the midst of difficult times?
  • The primary reason Christians are resilient is because we believe in resurrection. Death does not have the final word. Where have you seen resurrection in your life and in the lives of others?
  • How might God be asking you to stretch out of your comfort zone to be a welcoming presence to those who feel alone and separated from church, society, and others?

Sermon title and questions are adapted from #BeUMC campaign website.

Upcoming Lectionary Scriptures

Monday 5/8
Psalm 102:1-17; Exodus 13:17-22; Acts 7:17-40
Tuesday 5/9
Psalm 102:1-17; Proverbs 3:5-12; Acts 7:44-56
Wednesday 5/10
Psalm 102:1-17; Proverbs 3:13-18; John 8:31-38
Thursday 5/11
Psalm 66:8-20; Genesis 6:5-22; Acts 27:1-12
Friday 5/12
Psalm 66:8-20; Genesis 7:1-24; Acts 27:13-38
Saturday 5/13
Psalm 66:8-20; Genesis 8:13-19; John 14:27-29


Next Week! Blaine Memorial’s Mother’s Day Breakfast is back!

Sunday, May 14, 8:30am-10:00am and after worship!

Come join us as we give thanks to our mothers and mother-like figures in our lives! Join us as we honor the women and those who identify as women at Blaine Memorial UMC. Our Mother’s Day Breakfast is back! During this time, we will honor, remember and show our love to our mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, aunts, sisters, cousins, wives, teachers, mentors, and all of the women in our lives that have influenced and shaped us into the people who we are today. Calling all men and those who identify as men at Blaine Memorial! We need your help! Help us prepare the breakfast beginning at 6:00am! Please contact Howard Nakase for more information.

Wednesday Coffee & Prayer

May 10 • 9am on Zoom

Please join Rev. Karen for a time of meditation and prayer on Wednesday, May 10 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.

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. If you’d like to see Steve perform as “Walter,” please purchase your tickets here.

If you have ticketing questions, or would like help with purchasing tickets, please contact the box office.

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.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

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.

This summer’s Camping Ministries and Vacation Bible School schedules are out!

Please save the dates for your children and youth! Summer Camps & VBS 2023!

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 VBS registration is open now! Visit the VBS 2023 page and bookmark it for updates!
July 23-28
Asian Camp (for incoming 10th grade- 2 yrs. post-high school)

In case you missed it…

Making a Scene with Dr. Stephen Sumida

May 2023 calendar is available