Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost


  • Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023, 10am
  • Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
  • Hybrid Worship
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Order of Worship

Kathy Onishi
Welcome of Grace and Greeting
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Call to Worship 
Based on Psalm 100
By Bruce Prewer
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Opening Hymn 
Gather Us In
TFWS #2236
Eugene and Kathy Onishi
Opening Prayer
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
First Scripture Reading 
Matthew 25:31-46 CEB, JLB
S. Sumida, Y. Sofronas 
Children’s Message
Sai Hanaoka
Stewardship Campaign 2024
Sharon Maeda
Second Scripture Reading 
Ephesians 1:15-23 CEB, JLB
S. Sumida and Y. Sofronas 
Anchored in Christ
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Hymn of Reflection
Christ is Made the Sure Foundation
UMH #559
Eugene and Kathy Onishi
Introduction to the Offering
Stephen Sumida
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
UMH #94
Eugene and Kathy Onishi
*Prayer of Dedication,
Pledge Card Consecration
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Closing Hymn 
Lord of the Dance
UMH #261
Eugene and Kathy Onishi
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Eugene and Kathy Onishi
Passing of the Peace 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Zoom Breakout Room
Rev. Dr. Jeney Park-Hearn

Sermon Questions

1. The Apostle Paul emphasizes Christ as the head of the church. How does this impact your understanding of the role of Christ? How can it guide your interactions within the Christian community? What is your perspective on the role of the church in the world?

2. Reflect on the reign of Christ in verses 20-23. What does this signify about Christ’s authority and in what areas of your life do you readily recognize and submit to His authority?

3. How does the unchanging nature of Christ’s reign influence your trust and confidence in Him, particularly during uncertain times?

Daily Lectionary Readings

Monday, Nov. 27, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 28; Numbers 27:15-23; 2 Timothy 2:8-13
Complementary: Psalm 7; Esther 2:1-18; 2 Timothy 2:8-13
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 28;  Zechariah 11:4-17;  Revelation 19:1-9
Complementary: Psalm 7;  Esther 8:3-17; Revelation 19:1-9
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023:
Semi-continuous: Psalm 28; Jeremiah 31:10-14; John 5:19-40
Complementary: Psalm 7;  Ezekiel 33:7-20; John 5:19-40
Thursday, November 30, 2023: 
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; Zechariah 13:1-9; Revelation 14:6-13
Friday, Dec. 1, 2023: 
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; Zechariah 14:1-9; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-18
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023: 
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; Micah 2:1-13;  Matthew 24:15-31


Christmas Eve Worship Times

This year, Christmas Eve is on Sunday (12/24). Therefore, Blaine Memorial UMC will host our regular 10:00AM Sunday Worship service celebrating the Fourth Sunday in Advent and one Christmas Eve Service at 5:00PM. The 5:00PM Christmas Eve Service will be our much-anticipated Christmas Eve Lesson and Carols with Candlelight Service. We hope you can join us!

Free hearing tests in the Library • Today

Do you have trouble understanding conversation in noisy places? Do you ask people to repeat themselves? Have people told you to get your hearing checked? If you are experiencing any of these concerns, there will be an opportunity immediately after worship to have your hearing checked. Offerings include a free screening of your hearing, and a free cleaning of your ears. If you use hearing aids, you can have those checked, as well. Please go to the Blaine Library to have your hearing checked!

Terri Adolfo hangs Giving Tree gift tags for the Blaine Memorial community.

Thanksgiving and Giving Tree Ministries 2023

Terri Adolfo and the Rev. Mia MiKyung Park have some important info regarding service opportunities that support Kimball Elementary. If you’re interested in helping with prep for Apple Crisp and the Giving Tree, read more.

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!

Wednesday Meditation & Prayer • November 29 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. Finally, we end our time together with a pastoral prayer. Join us!

Gender and Faith Workshop • November 29 at 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. Join us by contacting the church office for Zoom info.

Paper Roll Collection

Do you have extra toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls? If so, the Worship Committee is collecting them for an art project to decorate the sanctuary for the Advent and Christmas season. Please drop off your extra toilet paper rolls and/or paper towel rolls in the black treasure chest in the Narthex. Thank you!

Holiday Card Signing • Now to December 3

You’re invited to sign Christmas cards for our church members who are sick or in a skilled facility home. The cards are on multiple tables in the Social Hall waiting for your signature until Sunday (12/3). The Social Hall will be open during Church Office Hours (Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm). Please contact the Church Office at (206) 723-1536 if you’d like to sign the cards during the week.

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.

November 2023 Calendar

Click on calendar to view the PDF.