Online Worship for February 7, 2021

The video link above will be active at 10:00 am on Sunday, February 7, 2021. YOu may need to click the Play button to start the video.

Welcome to Church of the Holy Cross’s live streaming worship service for February 7, 2021. Feel free to follow the service text by scrolling down, or you may download and print the service in PDF format below.

Invitation to Communion

This Sunday we will share Holy Communion in morning worship. Those who bless and receive the sacrament at home, please prepare food for yourself and those with you as if it were a celebration of the unexpected gift of Christ’s presence. It may be a slice or roll of bread (sweet or savory), a corn tortilla, Naan, or rice cake and a cup of juice — perhaps grape or cranberry — or wine, with or without alcohol, and it may be closer to a meal.

Online Worship, February 7, 2021
Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Rev. Eric S. Anderson, Pastor


Welcome:                                                                                Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Prelude: Break Thou the Bread of Life—Sherwin, arr. Jordan   Kayleen Yuda

Call to Worship: based on Psalm 147:1-11, 20                        Jennifer Tanouye

Leader: Praise the LORD! How good it is to sing praises to our God, whose grace demands a song of praise.
All: God heals the brokenhearted and gently bandages their wounds.

Leader: God determines the number of stars; God has given each star a name.
All: The LORD lifts up the downtrodden and brings down the wicked.

Leader: God covers the heavens with clouds and brings rain to the Earth.
All: The grass springs up on the hills, and gives the creatures good things to eat.

Leader: God’s delight is not in strength or speed or any puffed-up human pride.
All: No, God delights in those who are reverent, those who hope in God’s steadfast love. Praise the LORD!

Invocation: based on 1 Corinthians 9:16-23                                             Jennifer Tanouye

We come today to hear the gospel, O God, Good News of your grace and love and glory. May we find it in the words spoken and in the silences kept. May we find it in the music sung and the dances danced. May we find it in the taste of bread and grape upon our lips. May we find the gospel, O God, in this time, that our weakness may become strength, and we may share your blessings with those around us. Amen.

Hymn Duet #179: We Yearn, O Christ, for Wholeness              Eric Anderson
                                                                                                Doug Albertson
                                                                                                Movement led by Genie Phillips

Scripture                                                                                 Jennifer Tanouye

Isaiah 40:21-31
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
    Has it not been told you from the beginning?
    Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,
    and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
    and spreads them like a tent to live in;
who brings princes to naught,
    and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.

 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
    scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
when he blows upon them, and they wither,
    and the tempest carries them off like stubble.

 To whom then will you compare me,
    or who is my equal? says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high and see:
    Who created these?
He who brings out their host and numbers them,
    calling them all by name;
because he is great in strength,
    mighty in power,
    not one is missing.

Why do you say, O Jacob,
    and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
    and my right is disregarded by my God”?
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
    his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
    and strengthens the powerless.
Even youths will faint and be weary,
    and the young will fall exhausted;
but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
    they shall walk and not faint.

Mark 1:29-39
As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them. That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.

Story/Sermon: Everyone is Searching for You                         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
: Largo–Handel                                    Kanako Okita

Call to Offering:                                                                      Jennifer Tanouye

We invite you to an offering. Jesus has summoned us to service, and one of the ways we serve is through the sharing of our gifts. Please send your offering through the mail in an envelope to 440 West Lanikaula Street, Hilo, Hawai’i, 96720, or give online at Let us pray together:

Offertory Prayer

We seek our own healing in you, O God. We also seek to bear your healing to others. In these gifts, may we find the weariness of our spirits relieved. In these gifts, may others find the needs of their souls addressed. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Vocal Anthem: On Eagle’s Wings – Michael Joncas                Eric Anderson
                                                                                                Doug Albertson
                                                                                                Movement led by Genie Phillips

Celebration of Holy Communion

Invitation to Communion
Come to this table
because you want to celebrate –
care in illness,
comfort in sorrow,
healing beyond curing,
peace in forgiveness,
hope in times of fear or threat.

Come to this table
because you claim yourabundance,
as culture defines it
or as your heart knows it.
Come to this table
because you have discovered
your own generosity
and need to start giving.

Come to this table
because you are willing
to be welcomed,
even when that is awkward,

and willing to welcome
to the limit of your resources,
and even to offer welcome
knowing it may be rejected.

Come to this teeter-totter table,
where the bakers and the starving
touch elbows and hearts.

Words of Remembering

We remember that Jesus Christ came
from a culture of oasis hospitality,
stories of manna, grain gleaned,
a raven feeding the prophet Elijah,
Abigail hurrying to offer a feast,
and a Passover meal
for which everything stopped
and all were fed.

We remember that Jesus came
from both family Sabbath evenings,
and the rule-bending
of grain plucked from a field
when someone was hungry.

We remember
that Jesus remembered,
that on his first day in the healing business,
he lifted up a woman from her fever
and she responded by serving everyone
from the generosity of her wellness.
Jesus sat and ate at that table.

We remember
that Jesus remembered
that, near the end of his ministry,
he called a short man from a tree
into a forgiveness so abundant
it became a meal for the least and lost.
Jesus sat and ate at that table, too.

And we remember that Jesus knew,
when it was the last Passover,
how important healing
and turning lives around was,
and blessed unleavened bread.
and poured wine and love freely,
inviting us always to share
both brokenness and grace.

Prayer of Consecration

Gentle Host, rest upon us as you rested upon water and light, earth and creatures, human beings, all in your image, and even the cooking pots and serving bowls of those who love you. Send your Spirit of life and love, power and blessing upon your children that this bread may be broken and gathered in love and this cup poured out to give hope to all. Risen Christ, live in us, that we may live in you. Breathe in us, that we may breathe in you. Amen.

Sharing of the Elements

Leader: Let us in our many places
receive the gift of God, the bread of heaven.

Unison: We are one in Christ in the bread we share.

(Eat the bread)

Leader: Let us with our many needs and many blessings,
receive the gift of God, the cup of blessing.

Unison: We are one in Christ in the cup we share.

(Drink from the cup)

Prayer of Thanksgiving

All: Spirit of Christ, we give thanks for this grace, from our deep heritage of sanctuary Eucharists and community meals, and from our personal memories of many generous plates and your Holy Supper. Wrap your hopeful presence around all whose bodies, spirits and hearts need healing or hope, and let us become your compassionate spoon, your safe refuge. May we be lifted up to serve you and all your children in the world. Amen.

Announcements                                                                      Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Benediction                                                                             Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Postlude: Paean—Tambling                                                     Kayleen Yuda

Communion Liturgy by Maren Tirabassi
Used by permission of the author

On Eagle’s Wings
Text: Based on Psalm 91. Text and music © 1979, OCP. All rights reserved.
Contributors: Michael Joncas
Streamed by permission. ONELICENSE #A-735890

We Yearn, O Christ, for Wholeness
lyrics by Dosia Carlson
Streamed by permission of Bob Carlson

                                                            Dates to Remember
Today, February 7 – Holy Communion
Today, February 7 – Trustees Meeting after worship                                      

Minister                                            Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Moderator                                        Woody Kita
Lay Reader                                       Jennifer Tanouye
Chapel Decorations                          Else Ushijima
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

Categories Worship | Tags: | Posted on February 5, 2021

Social Networks: RSS Facebook Twitter Google Stumble Upon Digg Reddit

Leave a Reply

close window

Service Times & Directions

Sunday School Classes

Sunday 8:45 am

Sunday Worship Service

Sunday 10:00 am

Adult Bible Study

Monday 6:30 pm, Wednesday 9:00 am

(International Young Adults Association)
Bible Study

Wednesday 7:30 pm

The Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga

(The Rev. Tevita) Sunday 1:00 pm Wednesday 7:00 pm (Sanctuary)

The United Church of Christ, Pohnpei - Hilo

(The Rev. Ichiro) Sunday 10:00 am (Bdg. of Faith)

The Samoan Church

(The Rev. Sunia) Sunday 4:00 pm (Sanctuary)

440 W. Lanikaula Street
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 935-1283