Pentecost Sunday

  • May 28, 2023
  • 10am in the Sanctuary
  • Hybrid Worship
  • Today’s altar flower arrangement is designed by Terri Pitman.
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Order of Worship

Would I Have Answered When You Called
Trad. Eng. melody; arr. By R.V. Williams
Kathy Onishi
Welcome of Grace and Greeting
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Call to Worship
Lynne Onishi
*Opening Prayer
Lynne Onishi
*Opening Hymn
Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness
(TFWS #2120)

Eugene and Kathy Onishi
First Scripture Reading
Acts 1:1-21 (CEB, JLB)
Lynne Onishi, Tsutomu Nagoya
Children’s Message
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
The Baptism of Yoshio
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Special Music
Go Ye Into All the World
By J.P. Williams, Music by B. Harlan
Blaine Memorial Choir
Second Scripture Reading
John 20:19-23 (CEB. JLB)
Lawrence Paltep, Tsutomu Nagoya
Spirit of the Living God
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Hymn of Response
Spirit Song
(UMH #347)

Eugene and Kathy Onishi
Introduction to the Offering
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow (UMH #94)
Kathy Onishi
Prayer of Dedication
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Closing Hymn
The Spirit Sends Us Forth
(TFWS #2241)

Eugene and Kathy Onishi
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
She Comes Sailing on the Wind
By G. Light; arr. By A. Donaldson
Kathy Onishi
Passing of the Peace
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Zoom Breakout Room
Rev. Dr. Jeney Park-Hearn

Sermon Reflection Questions

  • As we celebrate Pentecost, take some time to reflect on the gift of the Holy Spirit in your life. How do you see the Holy Spirit at work in and through you?
  • Have you ever thought about what it actually means to be filled with the Holy Spirit?
  • We read in John that Jesus breathes on the disciples and they accordingly receive a new breath of life – the Holy Spirit. Whilst we can’t see the Holy Spirit, what is the effect, or fruit that we then see in the lives of the disciples?
  • As baptized disciples we too have received the gift of the Holy Spirit. How do we see the fruit of the Holy Spirit alive in each other and our church as a whole?
  • How might we pray for the Holy Spirit to refresh us, equips us, and move us to fulfil the mission that God has for us?

Upcoming Lectionary Scriptures

Monday, May 29, 2023
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Joel 2:18-29; Romans 8:18-24
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Ezekiel 39:7-8, 21-29; Romans 8:26-27
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Numbers 11:24-30; John 7:37-39
Thursday, June 1, 2023
Psalm 8; Job 38:1-11; 2 Timothy 1:8-12a
Friday, June 2, 2023
Psalm 8; Job 38:12-21; 2 Timothy 1:12b-14
Saturday, June 3, 2023
Psalm 8; Job 38:22-38; John 14:15-17


78th Nisei Veterans Committee Annual Memorial Day Program | May 29 • 10am

Join Blaine Memorial UMC at Lake View Cemetery, Monday at 10am. Blaine Memorial UMC Church member Dale H. Watanabe will provide this year’s Christian Reflection and Rev. Karen Yokota Love will provide the Benediction.

The NVC Memorial Service event commemorates the 78th annual tribute to fallen soldiers from our community. This is the highest profile event for the NVC and is one of the longest running memorial services in the Pacific Northwest and in the entire Nation. This year’s participation includes NVC/NVCF officers and members, federal, state, and local elected representatives, Japanese government, and Japanese American community and religious leaders. This year’s keynote speaker is the Honorable Erika L. Moritsugu, Deputy Assistant to the President/Asian American and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Senior Liaison at the White House.

Hope to see you at Lake View Cemetery on Monday!:

1554 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

Wednesday Coffee & Prayer | May 31 • 9am on Zoom

Please join Rev. Karen for a time of meditation and prayer on Wednesday, May 24 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?” 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 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.

Yorozu Celebration of Life Memorial Service | June 3 • 11am

Arthur S. Yorozu, 73, passed away peacefully on September 26, 2022. Arthur was preceded in death by his wife, Helene. Art and Helene did not have any children on their own, but his greatest title was that of “Uncle Art,” which he held for not just to his family, but to the children of his friends, their friends, elected officials and even a Washington governor. A public Celebration of Life memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 3 at 11am with a light reception to follow at Blaine Memorial UMC.

Celebration Sunday: Graduates Sunday | June 4

Join us next Sunday as we honor the class of 2023 as well as recognize our Sunday School Teachers and B.Y.G. Leaders!

VBS Volunteers Meetings | June 4

Attention all VBS Volunteers, we will be holding the second volunteer meeting on Sunday, June 4th, after the service, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Webb Room. If you are planning to volunteer at VBS this year, please make sure to attend this meeting.

33rd Annual ACRS Walk for Rice | June 17 • 9am

This year ACRS will hold its in-person Walk for Rice at 9:00 am on Saturday, June 17, 2023 at Seward Park! Team Blaine’s fundraising goal is $7,000. Help ACRS feed AAPI community members who are experiencing food insecurity by joining or donating to Team Blaine! Go to Team Blaine’s page at ACRS’s website to donate! Or mail your donation to the Blaine office (checks made out to “Walk for Rice”, memo: “Team Blaine”) . Thanks for your support! Read more.

Dr. Stephen Sumida in “Hometown Boy” play | May 28

Seattle Public Theater presents “Hometown Boy,” starring our very own Stephen Sumida. The final showing will be today. 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.

Summer Camps & VBS 2023! | See Dates

This summer’s Camping Ministries and Vacation Bible School schedules are out! Save dates for your children and youth!

June 25-30
Jr. High Camp
(for incoming 6th-9th graders):
Register by May 31, here
July 10-14
Vacation Bible School
Register now:
July 23-28 Asian Camp
(for incoming 10th grade-2 years post-high school)
Register by June 25, here

Ongoing Request for Chips and Savory Treats

Thank you all for generously donating sweet and savory treats for post-worship fellowship time. Currently, we need more chips and savory items: wrapped bags of chips (potato chips, Doritos, Cheetos etc.) would be appreciated. Drop off your donations to the Narthex, Church Office, or Social Hall either on Sunday or during Church Office Hours (Tuesday-Friday 10:00AM-4:00PM). Help serve refreshments on Sundays after worship by contacting Julie Lock at:

Ongoing Donations for Afghan and Ukrainian Refugees

Items being collected: At this time, we have an abundance of some items and so we are NOT in need of clothing or children’s toys. Especially needed items are women’s products, toothpaste, personal care items, rice cookers, blenders, mixing bowls, microwave ovens, toasters, mixers, irons, dish sets, towels, and blankets.

Blaine Memorial UMC Collection Hours: Collection items can be dropped off to the Blaine Memorial Social Hall from Tuesday – Thursday between 10:00AM-4:00PM. Please call the Church Office at (206) 723-1536 prior to dropping off your items. South King County Response Center Collection & Volunteer Hours: The Donation Center is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 10am-2pm, same time as the Tukwila Pantry at 3118 S. 140th St. Seattle.

Please text Kim Parks at (206) 683-1707 when you would like to help. Please wear a mask and bring a marking pen and measuring tape if possible. Please contact Donna Sekijima at: and/or Anne Arakaki-Lock at:

In case you missed it…

So what’s next after Holy Week?

Anne Arakaki-Lock pens a message on Pentecost.

Grounded in faith, trusting in God

Rev. Mia provides the Associate Pastor’s Spiritual Reflection.