Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost


  • Sunday Nov. 12, 2023, 10am
  • Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
  • Hybrid Worship
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Order of Worship

“Would I Have Answered When You Called”
Ralph Williams 
Kathy Onishi
Welcome of Grace and Greeting 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Reconciling Ministries Announcement 
The Reconciling Ministries Team
*Call to Worship 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Opening Hymn 
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
(UMH #133) 
Eugene and Kathy Onishi 
Opening Prayer 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Honoring Our Veterans 
Tom Kometani
First Scripture Reading
Matthew 25:1-13 (CEB, JLB) 
Ron Nobuyama and Tsutomu Nagoya
Children’s Message 
Sai Hanaoka
The Baptism of Janet Kometani 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love, Rev. Mia MiKyung Park, and Rev. Dr. Jeney Park-Hearn
Special Music 
“Now We Thank You, Lord” by J.P. Williams, D. Nolan 
Blaine Memorial Choir
Stewardship Campaign 2024 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Second Scripture 
Reading Psalm 98: 1-3 (CEB, JLB) 
Ron Nobuyama and Tsutomu Nagoya
Together for Joy: New Song 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Hymn of Reflection
They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love
(TFWS #2223)
Eugene and Kathy Onishi
Ron Nobuyama
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
(UMH #94)
Eugene and Kathy Onishi
*Prayer of Dedication 
Ron Nobuyama 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Closing Hymn 
Together We Serve
(TFWS #2175)
Eugene and Kathy Onishi 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
“May You Run and Not Be Weary“
by P. Murakami, H. Hanson
Kathy Onishi
Passing of the Peace 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Zoom Breakout Room 
Rev. Dr. Jeney Park-Hearn

Sermon Questions

1. What does Psalm 98:1-3 teach us about the joy and praise that should be associated with stewardship? 

2. How can we interpret the “new song” mentioned in the passage in the context of stewardship?

3. How does joyful stewardship differ from mere duty or obligation?

4. How can this passage inspire us to be more mindful and intentional stewards of the gifts and resources that God has entrusted to us?*

Daily Lectionary Readings

Monday, November 13, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 78; Joshua 24:25-33;  1 Corinthians 14:20-25
Complementary: Psalm 63; Amos 8:7-14;  1 Corinthians 14:20-25
Tuesday, November 14, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 78; Nehemiah 8:1-12;  1 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Complementary: Psalm 63; Joel 1:1-14;  1 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Wednesday, November 15, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 78; Jeremiah 31:31-34;  Matthew 24:29-35
Complementary: Psalm 63; Joel 3:9-21; Matthew 24:29-35
Thursday, November 16, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 123; Judges 2:6-15; Revelation 16:1-7
Complementary: Psalm 90:1-8, 12; Ezekiel 6:1-14; Revelation 16:1-7
Friday, November 17, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 123; Judges 2:16-23;  Revelation 16:8-21
Complementary: Psalm 90:1-8, 12; Ezekiel 7:1-9; Revelation 16:8-21
Saturday, November 18, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 123; Judges 5:1-12;  Matthew 12:43-45
Complementary: Psalm 90:1-8, 12; Ezekiel 7:10-27; Matthew 12:43-45


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.

Wednesday Meditation & Prayer • Nov. 15 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!

All-Church Conference Meeting • Tuesday, Nov. 14, 7pm

This year’s All-Church Conference will be on Tuesday, November 14 at 7pm. This gathering holds great significance for our faith community as we come together to celebrate our ministries in 2023. Our District Superintendent, Rev. Derek Nakano will preside over the meeting. All are invited to hear about the state of our church and other important updates. More details to come!

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.

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!

Visit the Poinsettia page!

Orders are now open for Poinsettias on the Altar. Read more.

The Beacon is Now Available!

Read the latest issue of The Beacon newsletter, here!

November 2023 Calendar

Click on calendar to view the PDF.