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First Sunday of Advent

Posted by on Dec 3, 2023 in Blaine Youth Group, Church News & Events, Congregational Care, Giving, Innovation Hub, Pastors' Columns, Prayer, Sermons, Service Opportunities, Small Groups, Spiritual Formation, Sunday Worship, Videos, Weekly Calendar

Welcome

  • Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023, 10am
  • First Sunday of Advent
  • Hybrid Worship
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Order of Worship

Prelude
Like a Child
By D. Damon, D. Cherwien

Kathy Onishi
Words of Grace and Greeting
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Call to Worship
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Opening Hymn
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus • UMH #196
Eugene and Kathy Onishi
Opening Prayer
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Lighting the Advent Candle
Glenn and Arlene Mitsui with Gibby
Scripture Reading
Mark 13:24-37 (NRSVUE, JLB)
Arlene Mitsui and George Yates
Message for the Children
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Special Music
Waiting for the Promise
By J. McGuire and L. Larson

Blaine Memorial Choir
Sermon
Our Shocking Hope
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Music of Reflection
I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light • UMH #206
Eugene and Kathy Onishi
Holy Communion
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Offertory Invitation
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Doxology
“Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” • UMH #94
Eugene and Kathy Onishi
Prayer of Dedication
Rev. Mia MiKyung Park
Announcements
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Closing Hymn
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel • UMH #211
Eugene and Kathy Onishi
Benediction
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
Postlude
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel • By L. Larson
Kathy Onishi

Sermon Questions

1. What are your temple stories? What stories have been foundational for you but no longer give you a safe or life-giving place to stand?

2. What things do you do to stay awake and prepared for God’s work in your life?

3. What commitments are you willing to make to God during this Advent season?

Daily Lectionary Readings

Monday, December 4, 2023:
Psalm 79; Micah 4:1-5; Revelation 15:1-8
Tuesday, December 5, 2023:
Psalm 79; Micah 4:6-13; Revelation 18:1-10
Wednesday, December 6, 2023:
Psalm 79; Micah 5:1-5a;  Luke 21:34-38
Thursday, December 7, 2023:
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; Hosea 6:1-6;  1 Thessalonians 1:2-10
Friday, December 8, 2023:
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13;  Jeremiah 1:4-10; Acts 11:19-26
Saturday, December 9, 2023:
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13;  Ezekiel 36:24-28; Mark 11:27-33

Announcements

December Worship Dates

Sunday, December 3, 10:00AM
First Sunday of Advent and Holy Communion Sunday
Sunday, December 10, 10:00AM
Christmas Play with children and youth in the LAC
Sunday, December 17, 10:00AM
Christmas Music Sunday in the Sanctuary
Wednesday, December 20, 7:00PM
Blue Christmas Service in Kono Chapel
Sunday, December 24, 10:00AM
Fourth Sunday of Advent Worship Service
Sunday, December 24, 5:00PM
Christmas Eve Candlelight Lesson and Carols Service

Reconciling Ministries Curry Lunch! • Today!

Join us on Sunday (12/3) immediately after worship in the Social Hall when we will celebrate with joy that we are a Reconciling Ministries congregation! The Reconciling Ministries Team is hosting a chicken curry lunch with an ube cake (with a macapuno filling) celebration! ALL are welcome!

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

The Giving Tree Gift Return Deadline • Today

Please return wrapped gifts with securely attached tags by today, Sunday (12/3) in the Social Hall. If you missed the chance to participate or contribute to the Giving Tree this year, we warmly welcome donations. For any inquiries, please contact Terri Adolfo at locket@gmail.com.

Holiday Card Signing • Today

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.

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!

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

contacting the church office for Zoom info.

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.

‘Tis the Season and the Place: Calling for Haiku and Senryu • Deadline: December 22

This year the special Advent and Christmas “ornament” for Blaine MUMC is a haiku contest dreamed up by Shig Nishida. Not just haiku, but also senryu.

Haiku is a 17-syllable poem, conventional in Japanese, in three lines of 5-7-5 syllables. Senryu, like Haiku, are 17-syllable poems about insights into society, people, rather than about perceptions of nature. Senryu are social commentary or criticism, or personal self-reflections. The poem should imply or suggest the season it occurs in, should be focused on the immediate setting or place where the poem occurs, and should try to show a spontaneous insight.

Submit your entry on a 5×7 index card (available in the entrance of the Sanctuary and in the church office) with bold and large font or handwriting in drop boxes or the office by the deadline of December 22. A panel of judges will select poems in each category submitted in Advent and the poets and their poems will be announced in church. This contest is open to members of all ages, and you may submit multiple entries with prizes awarded to winners.

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Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Comments Off on Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Posted by on Nov 19, 2023 in Blaine Youth Group, Church News & Events, Congregational Care, Episcopal News, Giving, Innovation Hub, Pastors' Columns, Prayer, Sermons, Service Opportunities, Small Groups, Spiritual Formation, Sunday Worship, Videos, Weekly Calendar

Welcome!

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 
Announcements 
Rev. Karen Yokota Love
*Closing HymnI Come with Joy (UMH #617) 
Miriam Tong, Michelle Vaughan, and Neal Komedal 
*Benediction 
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

Announcements

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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