Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost


Order of Worship

Kathy Onishi
Welcome of Grace and Greeting
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Call to Worship
(Based on Psalm 149)
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Opening Hymn
Jesus Loves Me
(UMH #191)

Eugene and Kathy Onishi
Opening Prayer
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
First Scripture Reading
Psalms 148 (NRSVUE, Japanese Living Bible)
Sai Hanaoka, Tsutomu Nagoya
Special Music
Every Move I Make
Church School and BYG
Rally Sunday Celebrations!
• Presentation of our Church School Teachers, BYG Directors and Leaders
• Blessing of the Backpacks, Devices and School Supplies

Revs. Karen and Mia
Special Music
10,000 Reasons
Praise Team
Second Scripture Reading
Romans 13:8-14 (NRSVUE, JLB)
Lynne Onishi, Tsutomu Nagoya
Putting on the Lord Jesus
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Hymn of Reflection
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
Praise Team
Introduction to the Offering
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
(UMH #94)

Eugene and Kathy Onishi
*Prayer of Dedication
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Hymn Shine, Jesus, Shine
(TFWS #2173)

Eugene and Kathy Onishi
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Kathy Onishi
Passing of the Peace
Rev. Karen Yokota Love

Sermon Reflection Questions

  1. Reflect on what it means to owe nothing to anyone except to love (vs. 8). How does this change your perspective on your daily choices, actions, alignment with the exhortation in the verse, and relationships with others?
  2. In verse 11, Paul urges us to wake up from our slumber. What areas of your life might need awakening or renewal in your walk with Christ?
  3. Paul mentions “putting on the Lord Jesus Christ” in verse 14. What practical steps can you take to clothe yourself daily in Christ’s attributes and virtues?

Daily Lectionary Readings

Monday, September 11, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 121; Exodus 12:14-28; 1 Peter 2:11-17
Complementary: Psalm 119:65-72; Leviticus 4:27-31; 5:14-16; 1 Peter 2:11-17
Tuesday, September 12, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 121; Exodus 12:29-42; Romans 13:1-7
Complementary: Psalm 119:65-72; Deuteronomy 17:2-13; Romans 13:1-7
Wednesday, September 13, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 121; Exodus 13:1-10; Matthew 21:18-22
Complementary: Psalm 119:65-72; Leviticus 16:1-5, 20-28; Matthew 21:18-22
Thursday, September 14, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 114; Exodus 13:17-22; 1 John 3:11-16
Complementary: Psalm 103:8-13; Genesis 37:12-36; 1 John 3:11-16
Friday, September 15, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 114; Exodus 14:1-18; Acts 7:9-16
Complementary: Psalm 103:8-13; Genesis 41:53-42:17; Acts 7:9-16
Saturday, September 16, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 114; Exodus 15:19-21; Matthew 6:7-15
Complementary: Psalm 103:8-13; Genesis 45:1-20; Matthew 6:7-15


Rally Sunday! • Today

We will introduce our Church School teachers and talented BYG leaders for the 2023-2024 church school year! After our worship and fellowship, we invite all parents to gather in the Nishida Room for a Parents’ Meeting. (Children and youth will go to the Gym.)

Celebrating the Re-Appointment of our Pastors with a Blaine Potluck! • Next Sunday, September 17 at 11:30am

Please join us on Sunday, September 17 at 11:30am in the Lee Activity Center as we gather to celebrate the reappointments of our beloved pastors for their outstanding pastoral leadership at our church! What’s a better way than to show our appreciation than by having a ‘Blaine’ potluck? This will be the first potluck that we’re having since the start of the pandemic! Blaine potlucks have always been synonymous with special occasions and celebrating our pastors is definitely a special occasion.

We are asking folks to contribute. (If you are single, please feel free to bring just one of the items):

A – H: main dish/salad

I – S: main dish/rice

T – Z: main dish/dessert

We hope that you can join us next Sunday, September 17 to joyfully celebrate Rev. Karen, Rev. Mia, Rev. Jeney and Rev. Mark!

Wednesday Meditation & Prayer • September 13 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?” Our time together continues with a few readings from The Upper Room Magazine September/October edition. Finally, we end our time together with a pastoral prayer. We hope you can join us!