Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost


Order of Worship

Aha Bushi
Mako Willett
Welcome of Grace and Greeting
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Call to Worship
Based on Psalm 133
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Opening Hymn
As the Deer (x2)
TFWS #2025

Michelle Vaughan, Neal Komedal, and Miriam Tong
Opening Prayer
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
First Scripture Reading
Matthew 15:21-28 (CEB, JLB)
Jordan L., Tsutomu Nagoya
Children’s Message
Sai Hanaoka
Special Music
Amazing Grace
Leann Onishi and Mako Willett
Second Scripture
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 (NRSVUE,JLB)
Jordan L., Tsutomu Nagoya
God’s Irrevocable Gifts and Calling
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Hymn of Reflection
God Will Take Care of You
UMH #130

Michelle Vaughan, Neal Komedal, and Miriam Tong
Introduction to the Offering
Rev. Dr. Jeney Park-Hearn
Offertory Music
Traditional Okinawan song
Leann Onishi and Mako Willett
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
UMH #94

Michelle Vaughan, Neal Komedal, and Miriam Tong
Prayer of Dedication
Rev. Dr. Jeney Park-Hearn
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Closing Hymn
In the Garden
UMH #314

Michelle Vaughan, Neal Komedal, and Miriam Tong
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
17th Century Irish Piece
Leann Onishi

Sermon Questions

  • What’s a good way for Christians to react when they know God’s gifts and calling are unchanging? How does this make them feel about their life’s purpose when they feel unsure or worried about their lives?
  • What would be a good practice to affirm that God is always faithful in our everyday lives? How does it change the way we make choices, relate to others, and see things?

Upcoming Lectionary Scriptures

Monday, August 21, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 130; Genesis 43:1-34; Acts 15:1-21
Complementary: Psalm 87; 2 King 5:1-14; Acts 15:1-21
Tuesday, August 22, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 130; Genesis 44:1-34; Romans 11:13-29
Complementary: Psalm 87; Isaiah 43:8-13; Romans 11:13-29
Wednesday, August 23, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 130; Genesis 45:16-28; Matthew 8:1-13
Complementary: Psalm 87; Isaiah 66: 18-23; Matthew 8:1-13
Thursday, August 24, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 124; Genesis 49:1-33; 1 Corinthians 6:1-11
Complementary: Psalm 138; Ezekiel 28:11-19; 1 Corinthians 6:1-11
Friday, August 25, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 124; Genesis 49:29-50:14; 2 Corinthians 10:12-18
Complementary: Psalm 138; Ezekiel 31:15-18; 2 Corinthians 10:12-18
Saturday, August 26, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 124; Genesis 50:15-26; Matthew 16:5-12
Complementary: Psalm 138; Ezekiel 36:33-38; Matthew 16:5-12


Neighborhood Community Meeting • Tuesday, August 22 • 5pm-6pm

The City of Seattle will host a Neighborhood Community Meeting on Tuesday (8/22) from 5pm-6pm in the Lee Activity Center. The purpose of the meeting is to give the neighbors an opportunity to voice the ongoing challenges with our homeless neighbors and the mental health challenges in our local neighborhood. District 2 Councilmember Tammy Morales will be present as well as other vital community partners such as Kimball Elementary School and our neighbors. You are invited to come to this meeting to support our neighbors, community, and Blaine Memorial UMC. We will open our doors at 4:30pm to the public. The meeting will begin promptly at 5pm. Hope to see you there!

Next Sunday: Scholarship Sunday Worship (with BBQ and a BYG Bake Sale afterwards) • Sunday, August 27 • 10am

We’ll celebrate this year’s Blaine Memorial UMC scholarship recipients of the Vera Ing Scholarship, Blaine Memorial UMC Scholarship, Yasuda Scholarship, William S. Yorozu Scholarship, and the Robert S. Sato Scholarship. Immediately following worship, we’ll have an End-of-Summer BBQ and the BYG will host a Bake Sale to celebrate! Congratulations … we’re so proud of you! The proceeds from the BYG Bake Sale will benefit Camping Ministries.

Kimball Elementary School to Reopen: Ribbon-Cutting Event • Thursday, August 31 • 4pm-6pm at Kimball Elementary

Blaine Memorial UMC is invited to Kimball Elementary’s Ribbon Cutting event — we’ll help Kimball celebrate completion of the new Kimball Elementary School building! • Thursday, August 31, 2023 • 4pm – 6pm • Ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:30pm with guided tours to follow.

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