Transfiguration Sunday

All are Welcome!

  • Transfiguration Sunday
  • February 11, 2024, 10:00am
  • Hybrid Worship
  • Thank you to Terri Pittman for providing today’s flower arrangement! 

Order of Worship

He Is Exalted
Music by Twila Paris
Kathy Onishi
Welcome of
Grace and Greeting 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Call to Worship
(Written by Rev. Mia based on Psalm 50:1-6) 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Opening Hymn
Honor and Praise 
TFWS #2018
Kathy and Eugene Onishi
Opening Prayer 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
First Scripture Reading
2 Kings 2:1-12 (JLB, CEB) 
Tsutomu Nagoya
and Malia Yamamoto
Children’s Message 
Sai Hanaoka
Special Music 
Shine, Jesus, Shine
Music by Graham Kendrick 
Blaine Memorial Choir
Pastoral Prayer 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Second Scripture Reading 
Mark 9:2-9 (NRSVUE, JLB
Tsutomu Nagoya
and Malia Yamamoto
The Mountaintop Experience 
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Hymn of Reflection 
Holy Ground (X 2)
TFWS #2272 
Kathy and Eugene Onishi
Offering Introduction
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
UMH #94

Kathy and Eugene Onishi
Prayer of Dedication
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Rev. Karen and Friends
*Closing Hymn
Marching to Zion UMH #733
(Verses 1, 2 and 4)

Kathy and Eugene Onishi
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Shine, Jesus, Shine
Music by Graham Kendrick

Blaine Memorial Choir
Zoom Breakout Room
Rev. Dr. Jeney Park-Hearn

Sermon Questions

  • How does the transfiguration challenge us to see Jesus in his fullness, both as the suffering servant and the exalted Son of God?
  • Was there a moment in your life when Jesus suddenly was revealed to you as the glorious and holy God?
  • What can we do to make ourselves more available to Jesus’s transforming work in our lives?

Lectionary Readings

Sunday, February 11, 2024:
Transfiguration Sunday
2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9
Monday, February 12, 2024: 
Psalm 110:1-4; Exodus 19:7-25; Hebrews 2:1-4
Tuesday, February 13, 2024: 
Psalm 110:1-4; Job 19:23-27; 1 Timothy 3:14-16
Wednesday, February 14, 2024:
Ash Wednesday
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Thursday, February 15, 2024: 
Psalm 25:1-10; Daniel 9:1-14; 1 John 1:3-10
Friday, February 16, 2024: 
Psalm 25:1-10; Daniel 9:15-25a; 2 Timothy 4:1-5
Saturday, February 17, 2024: 
Psalm 25:1-10; Psalm 32; Matthew 9:2-13


Wednesday Meditation & Prayer • February 14 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!

Ash Wednesday Service • February 14, 11am in the Sanctuary

Ash Wednesday begins early this year and shares the day with Valentine’s Day – February 14 – a special day for celebrating love between couples, family members, friends, and ourselves. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. Lent is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption. Ashes are placed on the forehead with the words “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Ashes are a symbol that helps us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice. 

This year’s Ash Wednesday service will be on February 14 at 11:00AM followed by a simple soup lunch in the Social Hall. Please join us in worship as we begin the holy journey of prayer, fasting and remembrances. This service will be live-streamed. 

Lent Book Studies

The Third Day: Living the Resurrection Lenten Book Study

This year’s All Church Lenten study is The Third Day: Living the Resurrection by Tom Berlin and Mark A. Miller. This study will begin on Tuesday, February 13, at 7 pm via Zoom and will be facilitated by Rev. Mia MiKyung Park and Rev. Karen Yokota Love. The link will be emailed prior to the meeting date. We will also meet on Tuesdays: 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, and 3/19 to discuss each chapter. 

The Office is selling The Third Day: Living the Resurrection books for $14.00 and the Leader Guide is $12.00. You are welcome to buy the book in the Office and read with your small groups. 

In The Third Day: Living the Resurrection, Tom Berlin uses his storytelling gifts and scriptural understanding to connect readers to the experiences of individuals around Jesus in his final days. The focus is on new life and redemption rather than loss.

Come and journey with characters like Peter, Mary Magdalene, and Thomas as they experience the despair of losing Jesus and the surprise and joy that awaits them in the resurrection. This study will explore events around these characters, along with Paul and the disciples at Emmaus, and how the resurrection transforms their lives.

NJAUMC Lenten Book Study begins on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024!

You’re invited to join Rev. John Miyahara (US Navy Chaplain), Rev. Brian Lee (Simpson UMC), and members of the Japanese American United Methodist Caucus congregations in a 6-week Advent book study. We will be reading Savior: What the Bible Says about the Cross by Magrey DeVega. Books are $17.00 in the Church Office. Please note that reading the book isn’t required! The first session will start on Monday, February 19 from 4:30-6:00 PM (Hawaii), 6:30-8:00 PM (Pacific) and 7:30-9:00 PM (Mountain). The study will conclude on Mon., March 25.

Bob Ross Painting Night • Friday, February 16!

Join the Innovation Hub for an evening of fellowship, painting, and relaxing while we watch Bob Ross on Friday, February 16 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM in the Social Hall! We will provide some light snacks and beverages as well as painting supplies and materials! All are welcome. Scan the QR code or sign up here:

Please email Lynne Onishi at with any questions. We can’t wait to see you there!

Last year at the Day of Remembrance Part II, members of Blaine Memorial UMC caravaned to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash. The solidarity with the Japanese American community and those who are in the NWDC link the past and present injustices, drew attention to worsening conditions inside NWDC. Photo by Ryan Kozu.

Day of Remembrance 2024 “Remember & Resist”

Sunday, February 18, 1:00 – 3:30 pm (One event at TWO sites)

Washington State Fairgrounds’ Agriplex
5th St SW, Puyallup, WA 98371
1:00 – 1:45pm
Northwest Detention Center
1623 E J Street, Tacoma, WA 98421
2:30 – 3:30 pm

Sign up here!

February 19, 2024 will mark 82 years since the signing of Executive Order 9066, ordering the forced removal and mass incarceration of Japanese Americans on the West Coast. Most Japanese Americans in the Seattle area spent their first few months in detention at the Puyallup Assembly Center, ironically nicknamed “Camp Harmony.” It’s now the site of the State fairgrounds.

The trauma of family separation, child imprisonment, poor sanitation, bad food, inadequate health care, and uncertain futures CONTINUES today at Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, just a 20 minute drive from Puyallup. NWDC is a private prison with capacity to hold 1500 immigrants, but Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) is secretive and never disclose how many are incarcerated or who they are. We know most are from Mexico, Central & South America, Southeast Asia, India, Africa and the Middle East who seek asylum and opportunity in the US.

Conditions inside are horrific; detainees often hold long hunger strikes demanding humane treatment and their legal rights. There were 7 last year and another in January. This private for profit prison in our state must shut down.

Join us to hear from incarceration survivors at both Puyallup and Tacoma – Japanese American camp survivors and people recently detained at NWDC. There will be Taiko! When we raise the roof with drums and voices, those held inside know they are not forgotten.

Please come to both parts of this important event – we will remember our past AND speak out for the rights of others.

Organized by Tsuru for Solidarity, La Resistencia, Puyallup and Seattle chapters of the JACL, Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee, and Densho. For more information, media inquiries, and to find out about volunteer opportunities email

Sukiyaki Dinner Returns!

Saturday, March 2, 2024 • Blaine Memorial UMC

More information to come!

Afghanistan and Ukranian Refugee Donation Ministry

At this time, needed items include women’s products, toothpaste, personal care items, rice cookers, blenders, mixing bowls, microwave ovens, toasters, mixers, irons, dish sets, towels, and blankets. No to clothes or toys.

Blaine Memorial UMC Collection Hours: Tuesday-Friday between 10:00AM-4:00PM. Call the Church Office at (206) 723-1536 prior to dropping off your items.

South King County Response Center Collection Volunteer Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10:00AM-2:00PM, same time as the Tukwila Pantry at 3118 S. 140th St. Seattle. Please text Kim Parks at (206) 683-1707 when you would like to help. Please wear a mask and bring a marking pen and measuring tape if possible. Other Questions? Please contact Donna Sekijima at: and/or Anne Arakaki-Lock at:

The Beacon is now available!

View the Jan-Feb 2024 Calendar