Online Worship for January 24, 2021

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Welcome to Church of the Holy Cross’s live streaming worship service for January 24, 2021. Feel free to follow the service text by scrolling down, or you may download and print the service in PDF format below.

Online Worship, January 24, 2021
Third Sunday after Epiphany

Rev. Eric S. Anderson, Pastor


Welcome                                                                                 Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Prelude: A Song for the King of Kings – H. S. Livingston, Jr.        Kayleen Yuda

Call to Worship: based on 1 Corinthians 7:29-31                    Barbara Iwami     
Leader: Paul the Apostle wrote: “The appointed time has grown short.”
All: Two thousand years later, it seems he was mistaken.

Leader: Out of that sense of urgency, he called for a radical way of living:
All: To deal with the world as if we have no dealings with it.

Leader: “The present form of this world is passing away,” he wrote, and in this he was right.
All: Each day the world is different from the day before, sometimes in small ways, sometimes in great.

Leader: Let us then affirm the urgency of Paul’s summons, to realize that time is precious.
All: Let us give our attention to the mercy and call of God, to make the most of our time.

Invocation: based on Psalm 62:5-12                                        Barbara Iwami

For you alone our souls wait in silence, O God. Our hope is in you. Though others claim to be our rock and salvation, only you keep us from being shaken. Only you are our deliverance, our honor, our rock, and our refuge. We pour out our hearts before you, O God, for we are beckoned to place our faith in riches, in high estate; or in humility, in low estate. But we have been told and we have known that power belongs to you, O God; that steadfast love belongs to you. In that assurance we come to you in worship. Amen.

Hymn Duet #172: Jesus Calls Us, o’er the Tumult                    Eric Anderson
                                                                                                Doug Albertson
                                                                                                Movement led by Genie Phillips

Scripture                                                                                 Barbara Iwami

Jonah 3:1-5, 10
The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, “Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth. When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.

Mark 1:14-20
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen.  And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.”  And immediately they left their nets and followed him.  As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets.  Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

Story/Sermon: Tell Me More                                                   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.

Instrumental Anthem
: Saint Saëns – 7. Aquarium from The Carnival of Animals

                                                                                                Kanako Okita

Call to Offering                                                                       Barbara Iwami

We invite you to an offering. We have been called through the Holy Spirit to be part of the people of Christ, to be part of the community of Church of the Holy Cross. A part of our calling is to share the good news through the sharing of our gifts. Please send your offering 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

Somehow, some way, O God, we heard your summons. Somehow, some way, we chose to respond. In many how, in many ways, we have walked with you as best we knew, sometimes closely, sometimes at a distance, ever since. Accept the offering of our service, O God, and bless the presentation of our gifts as we continue our journey with you. Amen.

Vocal Anthem: You Walk Along our Shoreline                        Eric Anderson
                                                                                                Doug Albertson
                                                                                                Movement led by Genie Phillips

Announcements                                                                      Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Benediction                                                                             Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Postlude: Trumpet Air – Purcell, arr. Smith                              Kayleen Yuda

You Walk Along our Shoreline
Contributors: Sylvia G. Dunstan
Tune: Irish melody; Text: Sylvia G. Dunstan, 1955–1993 © 1991 GIA Publications, Inc.
Streamed by permission. ONELICENSE #A-735890

Minister                                            Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Moderator                                        Woody Kita
Lay Reader                                       Barbara Iwami
Chapel Decorations                          Ethel Yoshimasu and Teddy Mukai
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

  • Bible Study with Pastor Eric: Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • Online Song – Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. online
  • Community Concert — 2nd & 4th Fridays, 6:00 p.m. online

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