Online Worship for April 18, 2021

The video link above will be active at 10:00 am on Sunday, April 18, 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 April 18, 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, April 18, 2021
Third Sunday of Easter

Rev. Eric S. Anderson, Pastor


Welcome                                                                                 Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Prelude: Holy Ground – Beatty, arr. Smith                               Kayleen Yuda

Call to Worship: Lay Reader based on Acts 3:12-19                Stefan Tanouye

Leader: What is it to forgive? What is it to love?
All: Our lives are surrounded by examples of injustice, of carelessness, of cruelty.

Leader: Simon Peter had heard the calls for Jesus to be crucified – after he had denied that he knew him.
All: From his guilt and his forgiveness he knew that sins could be wiped away.

Leader: Human beings act badly in ignorance and we also act badly in knowledge.
All: Praise God who forgives us with a grace greater than our own. Praise the LORD!

Invocation: based on Psalm 4                                                  Stefan Tanouye

We have been in distress before, O God, and you have come to us. Sometimes you have held us in sorrow. Sometimes you have protected us from harm. Sometimes you have given us strength to endure. May those about us see your light reflected from our faces, O God. May our gladness speak in praise of your glory. Amen.

Hymn Duet #230: Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain           Eric Anderson
                                                                                                Doug Albertson
                                                                                                Movement led by Genie Phillips

Scripture: 1 John 3:1-7                                                            Stefan Tanouye

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

Luke 24:36b-48
While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence. Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

Story/Sermon: Broiled Fish                                                     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: Haydn Sonata XVI:27 1st mvt             Kanako Okita

Call to Offering                                                                       Stefan Tanouye
We invite you to an offering. Jesus’ friends offered him a piece of broiled fish, a small gift that united all their hearts. What can we give to one another, to our neighbors, and to the risen Christ that will unite all our hearts? There is much we can and will give, but in this moment, prepare one part of your gift. 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
In the gift of a piece of fish, O God, we find our awareness open to your life. In the gifts we present now, may we be aware of your grace and power at work throughout the world. Amen.

Vocal Anthem: Christ is Risen! Shout Hosanna!                      Eric Anderson
                                                                                                Doug Albertson
                                                                                                Movement led by Genie Phillips

Announcements                                                                      Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Benediction                                                                             Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Postlude: Postlude in D – Rinck-Nordman                               Kayleen Yuda

Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain
John of Damascus, 8th century
Trans. John Mason Neale, 1872
ST. KEVIN by Arthur S. Sullivan, 1872
Public Domain

Christ Is Risen! Shout Hosanna!
Contributors: Brian Wren
Text: © 1986, Hope Publishing Company
Streamed by permission. ONELICENSE #A-735890

                                                                 Dates to Remember
Today, April 18th – Deacons Meeting after worship via Zoom

Minister                                            Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Moderator                                        Woody Kita
Lay Reader                                       Stefan Tanouye
Chapel Decorations                          Millie Daikawa
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  
Videographer                                   Eric Tanouye

This week at the Church of the Holy Cross

  • Bible Study with Pastor Eric: Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • Pickleball: Mondays, 12 noon, Thursdays, 8:30 a.m., Saturdays 1:00 p.m., Building of Faith
  • Online Song – Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. online
  • Community Concert — 2nd & 4th Fridays, 6:00 p.m. online

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  1. by Penelope J Hunt

    On April 18, 2021

    Greetings from Santa Rosa CA,
    Thank you Pastor Eric for your message and all your parable messages that include the flora and fauna of Hawaii. The characters in the parable messages would indeed be ones I believe Jesus would have much delight in sharing lessons of life. As a matter of fact, now that I see the words in “ink” there is no doubt in my mind that there have been many heavenly chuckles as well as human ones. I must admit that the message of the “nesting” required 5 minutes of getting myself out of Tim Conway’s dental chair and I suppose I missed a point because I was laughing out loud with that one.. I do think you should produce a children’s book of those stories (although parental readers to their children would probably benefit more) and maybe there is a retired Disney illustrator hanging around needing some volunteer work. Your service is the last one of services I “attend” on Sundays and I think of it as dessert.
    With appreciation,
    Penelope Hunt

  2. by holycrosshilo

    On April 18, 2021

    Aloha, Penelope Hunt,

    Thank you so much for the kind words of appreciation! I do hope there have been some heavenly chuckles. I definitely feel that the Creator of the Universe is a being with a truly Divine sense of humor.

    There have been times I’ve considered collecting the stories. For most of my career they’ve reached no more written form than a few noted words, but one of the things the pandemic has done is persuade me to write them out so that they’re accessible in more than one medium. So, who knows?

    I’m so glad that our service brings your worshipful Sunday to a joyful conclusion!

    Many blessings,

    Eric Anderson

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