Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost


From the Rising of the Sun

Psalm 113:3 Kathy Onishi
Welcome of Grace and Greeting
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Call to Worship
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Opening Hymn
Holy Ground
TFWS #2272

Eugene and Kathy Onishi
Opening Prayer
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
First Scripture Reading
Romans 12:9-21 (CEB, JLB)
Kobe Yamamoto, Tsutomu Nagoya
Children’s Message
Dr. Stephen Sumida
Second Scripture
Colossians 3:23-24 (CEB, JLB)
Kobe Yamamoto, Tsutomu Nagoya
Labor of Love
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Hymn of Reflection
Together We Serve
UMH #2175

Eugene and Kathy Onishi
Holy Communion
Rev. Karen Yokota Love, Rev. Dr. Jeney Park-Hearn
Introduction to the Offering
Rev. Kobe Yamamoto
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
UMH #94 Kathy Onishi
*Prayer of Dedication
Kobe Yamamoto
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Closing Hymn
Go Forth for God
UMH #670

Eugene and Kathy Onishi
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Bless His Holy Name
Andrae Crouch

Kathy Onishi
Passing of the Peace
Rev. Karen Yokota Love

Sermon Reflection Questions

  • In the U.S., Labor Day is a day to honor what?
  • As of 2022, how many people in the United States work from home, at least part-time?
  • When you think of the work you do in life, whether in your office, your classroom, your store, or at home, in what way is your work a “labor of love”?
  • How might you see everything you do in life as a loving response to God’s love for you?

Daily Lectionary Readings

Monday, September 4, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 83:1-4, 13-18; Exodus 4:10-31; Revelation 3:1-6
Complementary: Psalm 17; 2 Samuel 11:2-26; Revelation 3:1-6
Tuesday, September 5, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 83:1-4, 13-18; Exodus 5:1-6:13; Revelation 3:7-13
Complementary: Psalm 17; Samuel 11:27b-12:15; Revelation 3:7-13
Wednesday, September 6, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 83:1-4, 13-18; Exodus 7:14-25; Matthew 12:22-32
Complementary: Psalm 17; Jeremiah 17:5-18; Matthew 12:22-32
Thursday, September 7, 2023:
Psalm 149; Exodus 9:1-7; 2 Corinthians 12:11-21
Complementary: Psalm 119:33-40; Ezekiel 24:1-14; 2 Corinthians 12:11-21
Friday, September 8, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 149; Exodus 10:21-29; Romans 10:15b-21
Complementary: Psalm 119:33-40; Ezekiel 24:15-27; Romans 10:15b-21
Saturday, September 9, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 149; Exodus 11:1-10; Matthew 23:29-36
Complementary: Psalm 119:33-40; Ezekiel 33:1-6; Matthew 23:29-36


Church Office will be Closed in observance for Labor Day

The Church Office will be closed on Monday, September 4 and Tuesday, September 5 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. We will resume normal office hours on Wednesday (9/6). Blaine Memorial UMC’s normal office hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10:00AM-4:00PM. Thank you for your labor and hard work! Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Join Us for Rally Sunday on Sunday, Sept. 10!

Please join us on Sunday, September 10 at 10am for Rally Sunday where 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 Social Hall for a Parents’ Meeting.

Please join Rev. Karen for a time of meditation and prayer on Wednesday, September 6 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!

Bazaar 2023 is coming!