Online Worship for August 1, 2021

The video link above will be active at 10:00 am on Sunday, August 1, 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 August 1, 2021. Feel free to follow the service text by scrolling down, or you may download and print the service in PDF format below.

This worship service includes celebration of Holy Communion. Feel free to have any form of bread or other staple – roll, tortilla, rice – and something to drink ready for that portion of the service.

Online Worship August 1, 2021
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Rev. Eric S. Anderson, Pastor


Welcome                                                                                     Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Prelude: Berceuse—Ilyinsky                                                      Kayleen Yuda

Call to Worship: based on John 6:24-35                                   Nalyn Ang

Leader: Jesus warned the crowd to seek something more than bread for the body.
All: May we, in this hour, receive nourishment for the soul.

Leader: Jesus told the crowd to believe in the living presence of God.
All: May we, in this hour, renew our faith in Jesus Christ.

Leader: Jesus reminded the crowd that all bread and all blessings come from God.
All: May we, in this hour, receive the bread of life.

Invocation: based on Ephesians 4:1-16                                            Nalyn Ang

We would be worthy of the calling to which you have called us, O God. We would be gentle, humble, patient, and loving. We would make every effort to build the unity of the Spirit through connections of peace, grateful for the measure of Christ’s gift that you have shared with us in grace. In one body, one Spirit, one baptism, and one faith, we come now to worship the one Messiah and Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn #349: I Come with Joy                                                     Eric Anderson
                                                                                                    Doug Albertson
                                                                                                   Movement led by Genie Phillips

Scripture                                                                                     Nalyn Ang

Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15
The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not.

Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, ‘Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.’” And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. The Lord spoke to Moses and said, “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’”

 In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.

Psalm 78:23-29
Yet he commanded the skies above,
    and opened the doors of heaven;
he rained down on them manna to eat,
    and gave them the grain of heaven.
 Mortals ate of the bread of angels;
    he sent them food in abundance.
 He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens,
    and by his power he led out the south wind;
 he rained flesh upon them like dust,
    winged birds like the sand of the seas;
 he let them fall within their camp,
    all around their dwellings.
And they ate and were well filled,
    for he gave them what they craved.

Story/Sermon: Heaven’s Bread                                                  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: Piano Sonata No.8 KV 310 in A minor, (1st mvt.) — Mozart

                                                                                                    Kanako Okita

Call to Offering:                                                                         Nalyn Ang

The people didn’t recognize the gift of God for what it was. Manna did not look like bread. Your gifts may not be immediately recognized, either, as they take new forms in service to God and God’s people – but they are your gifts, and God’s gifts, for the building up of Christ’s community of love. 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:
May these gifts feed your people, O God. May they feed them bread. May they feed them spirit. May they feed them hope. Amen.

Vocal Anthem: One Bread, One Body                                                           Eric Anderson
                                                                                                    Doug Albertson
                                                                                                   Movement led by Genie Phillips

Service of Holy Communion

Invitation to Communion
We invite you, though this meal
is far more than any of us can understand.

We welcome you, whether you are tied to us
via a communications cable
or you are as wireless as the Holy Spirit.

We want to offer you this good news,
whether you long for church
or have been damaged
by some church-experience in the past.

This is Communion. We don’t deserve it;
we don’t define it; we don’t own it;
but it is the greatest gift we have to give
and we want to share it with you.

Prayer of Remembrance and Consecration

Let us pray:

Christ, at our table we remember.
We remember your “tabling”
at Martha’s kitchen and the beach fish-fry,
at homes of the self-righteous
or the disrespected.

We remember a wedding made more festive
and we pray for every human relationship.


We remember loaves and fish
and pray for places where there is no food.


We remember Passover, when you washed feet,
shared bread with a betrayer, and sang a hymn,
and we pray for all who need to learn
how to serve or be served,
how to turn away from temptation
or open up to a song
not only vocalized but heart music.


We remember all tables,
from cathedrals to campgrounds —
where your children have gathered
to eat bread or tortilla, rice cake or cassava,
and we lift into your love
five-star churches
and down-on-their luck holy-diners.


We communion the remembrance of saints
in all times and places,
and lift before you
those we have loved from the past,
our saints who need healing, comfort for loss,
guidance in decisions, peace in living,
and many others in whom the yeast has not yet risen,
though they may feel punched down.


Christ, yours is the grain and yours the grape,
yours is the leaven and the love.
Rest your Spirit on this place
of prayer and party, in-person and online,
shine your blessing on every face,
now and whenever food is offered.

This is the feast your heart rehearsed,
eating this bread we break each curse,
drinking this cup, we do not thirst. Amen

Sharing of the Elements

Leader:           The Bread on our tables is blessed and broken.
Unison:           Sharing love, we will never be hungry.

(Eat the bread)

Leader:           The Cup on our tables is blessed and shared
                        like the overflowing of tears and joy.            
Unison:           Even a sip is drinking deeply.

(Drink from the cup)

Prayer of Thanksgiving
We give you thanks, O Christ, for gathering us at all our tables for word of life and sacred banquet. As we part from one another with the leftovers of your love, turn our being fed and blessed into holy takeout, as we share all we have received, slowly, sweetly and surely with all of your children. Amen.

Announcements                                                                         Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Benediction                                                                                 Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Postlude: Fanfare – Lemmens                                                     Kayleen Yuda

Communion liturgy by Maren Tirabassi
Used by permission of the author

I Come with Joy
Text: Brian Wren, 1968
© 1995, Hope Publishing Company
Tune: DOVE OF PEACE, Southern Harmony, 1835
Public Domain
Streamed by Permission ONELICENSE #A-735890

One Bread, One Body
Text and music © 1978, John B. Foley, S.J., and OCP. All rights reserved.
Streamed by Permission ONELICENSE #A-735890

                                                                 Dates to Remember
Today, August 1 – Trustees meeting after worship in the Building of Faith

Pastor                                                 Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Moderator                                          Woody Kita
Lay Reader                                         Nalyn Ang  
Chapel Decorations
                          Anne Sadayasu
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  
Videographers                                    Eric Tanouye, Bob Smith

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, Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m., Thursdays, 8:30 a.m., Saturdays 1:00 p.m., Sundays 1:30 p.m. Building of Faith—limited to 10 players
  • Online Song – Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. online
  • Community Concert – 2nd and 4th Fridays, 6:00 p.m. online

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