Online Worship for October 25, 2020

The video link above will be active at 10:00 am on Sunday, October 25, 2020. You may need to click the Play button to start the live video.

Welcome to Church of the Holy Cross’s live streaming worship service for October 25th, 2020. Feel free to follow the service text by scrolling down, or you may download and print the service in PDF format below.

As part of this service, we suggest that you set a candle or candles nearby to light as we remember the saints who have gone before us during this time of worship.

Online Worship, October 25, 2020
Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
All Saints Sunday

Rev. Eric S. Anderson, Pastor


Welcome:                                                                                Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Prelude: Prelude on Sine Nomine—Lehenbauer                        Kayleen Yuda

Call to Worship: based on 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8                      Woody Kita

Leader: The saints have come to us; they have spoken to us. Let their words not be spoken in vain.
All: May their courage in speaking the gospel of love be mirrored in us.

Leader: Let us give thanks for those who brought good news without flattery or as a disguise for their greed.
All: Though they sought no praise from us, we give our gratitude for them to God.

Leader: They cared for us gently, like a mother nursing her children.
All: Let us give thanks to God for the ones who cared so deeply for us, the ones we love so dearly in return.

Please join me in the Invocation: based Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17     Woody Kita

You have been our home, you have made our home, you have dwelt in our home for generations, O God. Before the mountains rose from the sea, before the planets spun in the void, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. We mortals spring up like the grass and fade back into dust. We blossom and fruit, then return to the earth. As we give thanks for the saints who have fed us today, O God, we ask that you would prosper the work of our hands. O prosper the work of our hands! Amen.

Hymn Duet #295 I Sing a Song of the Saints of God                Eric Anderson
                                                                                                Doug Albertson
                                                                                Movement led by Genie Phillips

Scripture                                                                                 Woody Kita

Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the Lord showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, the Negeb, and the Plain—that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees—as far as Zoar. The Lord said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.” Then Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, at the Lord’s command. He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day. Moses was one hundred twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigor had not abated. The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended. Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the Lord had commanded Moses. Never since has there arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. He was unequaled for all the signs and wonders that the Lord sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants and his entire land, and for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.

Matthew 22:34-46
When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment.  And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: “What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spiritcalls him Lord, saying,
 ‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
    until I put your enemies under your feet”’?
If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?” No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

Story/Sermon: Never Since                                                Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Pastoral Prayer                                                                    Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Please join me in the Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever and ever. Amen

Hula Anthem:  How Great Thou Art recorded by Mark Yamanaka 
                                                                                                Genie Phillips
                                                                                                Ki’ihele West

All Saints Day Candle Lighting

Pastor: We remember those Members and Friends of the Church of the Holy Cross who have gone from our care to God’s in the twelve months gone by.

Chair of Deacons:                                                                   Janet Fujioka

Margaret Mieko Fujimoto Gota
Kaweo Kanoho
Anita Louise Mathews
Anita Nichols
Dorothy Wong
Cheryl Mae Tokihiro
Julie Wilbur
Pat M Askew
Glenn Kuwaye
Robert Fujimoto
Charles Seikin Kamimura
Yoshi Tsukayama
Alice Fujimoto
Lauren Waters
Jeanette Akiko Maesaka
George Shiroma
Lefty Kawazoe
Eva Cuelho
Kenneth Earl Ditzler
Naoto Katada
Duke Boyd
Rev. Dr. Avery Post

As each name is read, the church bell will be tolled and a candle lit in remembrance of each person’s life, and in thanks for their new life in Christ.

Pastor: On this day, we remember others who have earlier gone from this life to the company of the saints. We light candle after candle as a reflection of the gifts they gave to us of love and joy and compassion. Across the screen you will see names appear, names we have received to share. As the light of the candles grows, we invite you to name in your home those whom you remember and honor. If you have a candle or candles available, light it or them now as well. Let these flickering flames be signs of our thanks to these saints and to God.

The worship leaders light the additional candles.

Pastor: Let us pray:

Holy One, the lives of all people are yours, the ones we have known and called saints, and the many more whom we have not known but you have welcomed as your own. May you rejoice in all your people, the living and the dead, for the love we and they bear for you and for one another. May we all be lights of inspiration that this world may be aglow with compassion, alight with inspiration, and warm with aloha. Embrace us, one and all, with mercy and with love. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Call to Offering:                                                                      Woody Kita

We invite you to an offering. Let these be gifts of the heart that extend your love and compassion to your neighbors and your friends, and also to the stranger on the far side of the world. Please send them through the mail in an envelope sent to 440 West Lanikaula Street, Hilo, Hawai’i, 96720, or give online at Let us pray together:

Offertory Prayer

You have made each of us unique, O God; not one is like another. You have called us, every one, to lives of grace and service. As we celebrate the lives of those who have meant so much to us, may we emulate them in our giving. With these offerings, may we become like them to someone else, a symbol of your love active in the world. Amen.

Anthem: In the Bulb There is a Flower—Natalie Sleeth            Eric Anderson
                                                                                                Doug Albertson
                                                                                Movement led by Genie Phillips

Announcements                                                                 Rev. Eric S. Anderson   

Benediction                                                                             Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Postlude: Rejoice, the Lord Is King – Darwall, arr. Whitworth      Kayleen Yuda

I Sing a Song of the Saints of God
Words and Music
Contributors: Lesbia Scott
Text: © 1929, Morehouse Publishing/Church Publishing
Contributors: John Henry Hopkins
Tune: © 1940, Morehouse Publishing/Church Publishing
Streamed with permission. ONELICENSE #A-735890

How Great Thou Art
Performed by Mark Yamanaka
Used by permission of the artist

In the Bulb There Is a Flower
Words and Music
© 1986 Hope Publishing Company
Contributors: Natalie Sleeth
Tune: © 1986 Hope Publishing Company Text: © 1986 Hope Publishing Company
Streamed with permission. ONELICENSE #A-735890

                                                            Dates to Remember
Sunday, November 1 — Communion during online worship

Minister: Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Moderator: Bob Smith
Lay Reader: Woody Kita
Chapel Decorations: Mr. & Mrs. Richard Miyake
Choir Accompanist: Kanako Okita
Choir Director: Doug Albertson
Organist: Kayleen Yuda
Hand Bell Director: Anna Kennedy
Childcare Coordinator: Evonne Shioshita
Movement Leader: Genie Phillips
Projected Imagery: Sue Smith
Web Master: Ruth Niino-DuPonte  

This week at the Church of the Holy Cross

  • The Gathering Place –Mondays: Pickleball at 12:00 p.m. in the Building of Faith.
  • Bible Study with Pastor Eric: Tuesdays, 3:00 pm via Zoom
  • Online Song — Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. online
  • Community Concert — 2nd & 4th Fridays, 6:00 p.m. online

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