Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost


Order of Worship

PreludeWe Are Called 
Miriam Tong
Welcome of Grace and Greeting 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park 
*Call to Worship 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park 
*Opening HymnHow Great Thou Art (UMH #77) 
Miriam Tong, Michelle Vaughan, and Neal Komedal 
Opening Prayer 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park 
First Scripture ReadingMatthew 25:14-30 (CEB, JLB) 
Jamie Yates and Tsutomu Nagoya 
Children’s Message 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Second Scripture ReadingPsalm 98 (NRSVUE, JLB)  
Shig Nishida and Tsutomu Nagoya
Sermon • Gratitude of Joy 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Hymn of ReflectionWhat Gift Can We Bring (UMH #87) 
Miriam Tong, Michelle Vaughan, and Neal Komedal

Introduction to the Offering 
Shig Nishida 
Offertory Music“Seek Ye First” by Karen Lafferty 
Miriam Tong
*DoxologyPraise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow (UMH #94) 
Miriam Tong, Michelle Vaughan, and Neal Komedal 
*Prayer of Dedication and Consecration of Pledge Cards
Rev. Karen Yokota Love 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Closing HymnI Come with Joy (UMH #617) 
Miriam Tong, Michelle Vaughan, and Neal Komedal 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love 
Postlude  “Lord I Lift Your Name on High” by Rick Founds 
Miriam Tong
Passing of the Peace 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Zoom Breakout Room 
Rev. Dr. Jeney Park-Hearn

Sermon Questions

1. Do you ever find it difficult to joyfully praise God? 

2. Is it difficult to trust that God will bring forth justice? 

3. What are a few of the simple (or small) things in life you have been grateful for this week? 

4. How have you seen God at work this week? 

Daily Lectionary Readings

Monday, November 20, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 83:1-4, 9-10, 17-18; Judges 4:8-24; Romans 2:1-11
Complementary: Psalm 9:1-14; Zechariah 1:7-17; Romans 2:1-11
Tuesday, November 21, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 83:1-4, 9-10, 17-18; Exodus 2:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-18
Complementary: Psalm 9:1-14; Zechariah 2:1-5; 5:1-4; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-18
Wednesday, November 22, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 83:1-4, 9-10, 17-18; Esther 7:1-10; Matthew 24:45-51
Complementary: Psalm 9:1-14; Job 16:1-21; Matthew 24:45-51
Thursday, November 23, 2023: Thanksgiving Day, USA
Semi-continuous: Psalm 100; Genesis 48:15-22; Revelation 14:1-11
Complementary: Psalm 95:1-7a; 1 Kings 22:13-23; Revelation 14:1-11
Friday, November 24, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 100; Isaiah 40:1-11; Revelation 22:1-9
Complementary: Psalm 95:1-7a; 1 Chronicles 17:1-15; Revelation 22:1-9
Saturday, November 25, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 100; Ezekiel 34:25-31; Matthew 12:46-50
Complementary: Psalm 95:1-7a; Isaiah 44:21-28; Matthew 12:46-50


Video: All-Church Conference Meeting

This year’s All-Church Conference took place on Tuesday, November 14 at 7pm. This gathering held great significance for our faith community as we come together to celebrate our ministries in 2023. Our District Superintendent, Rev. Derek Nakano will presided over the meeting. View the video.

Video: BYG Suno Dogs Support Maui Relief!

Associate Director of the Blaine Youth Group, Kaylee Yokoyama, presents the team’s efforts to support Maui through it’s contributions of Suno Dog sales at this year’s Bazaar. Learn how the youth worked together to prep delicious Suno Dogs, as well as train youth in managing their booth.

Special thanks to Revs. Mia and Karen as well as our photographers and videographers, Kai Yamamoto, Kobe Yamamoto, and Joshua Santos.

View the Original Video page for more!

Poinsettias on the Altar • Order now through December 17, 2023

Advent season is here and it is time to sign up for poinsettias for the altar. You may dedicate a poinsettia in celebration of a person or an event, in memory of a loved one or to honor God’s glory. Poinsettias may be taken home after our Christmas Eve services. Each plant is $12.00. The deadline for Poinsettia Orders will be Sunday, December 17, 2023.

Download the order form here.

Choir openings are available! Contact Eugene Onishi for more info!

Choir members needed! • Tues. at 7pm, Sun. at 9am, 11:45am

Join us as we bring musical messages to the Blaine family each week. If you sing, or if you would like to learn to sing, please come join! Whether you sing in public or just in the shower or are available “full-time” or “part-time,” all are welcome! Contact Eugene Onishi.

Thanksgiving Meal Work Party • Sunday, Nov. 19 & Monday, Nov. 20

BYG is once again partnering with Kimball Elementary School to provide Thanksgiving meals for food-insecure families. We’ll gather on Sunday, November 19, after worship to prepare apple crisps together in the LAC kitchen. Additionally, on Monday evening at 6pm in the LAC kitchen, we’ll make mashed potatoes and bake apple crisps (a light dinner will be provided). We plan to deliver the meals to Kimball Elementary School on Tuesday, the 21st, in the morning. Please contact BYG Directors or Terri Adolfo for more details.

Wednesday Meditation & Prayer • Nov. 22 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!

For more information, contact the church office for details!

Greening of Blaine 2023

All are welcome to participate in the Greening of Blaine 2023. There will be two work parties, this year: 

  • Tuesday, Nov. 28 (10a-12p) – Worship Committee & Pam Ikegami will focus on the Sanctuary.
  • Saturday, Dec. 2 (9a-12p) – Volunteers will mount the wreaths, garlands, and swags to decorate the outside of the church and to install the year’s Christmas tree. Lunch will be provided.

Please come take part! No prior experience necessary. Bring a tool to trim greenery for the wreaths! Welcome!

Gender and Faith Workshop • Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7pm

Join the Reconciling Ministries Task Force Team for a Gender and Faith Workshop, Wednesday November 29 at 7:00 PM on Zoom. We’ll build upon our learning from last session as we explore gender expression, pronouns, and gender expansiveness in the Bible. We’ll continue to follow the video and discussion-based curriculum called Theology, Identity, and Me. We hope you’ll join us!

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November 2023 Calendar

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