Online Worship for August 8, 2021

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Welcome to Church of the Holy Cross’s live streaming worship service for August 8, 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 August 8, 2021
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Rev. Eric S. Anderson, Pastor


Welcome                                                                                     Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Prelude: God Will Take Care of You—tune: Martin, arr. Whitworth
                                                                                                    Kayleen Yuda

Call to Worship: based on John 6:35, 41-51                              Stefan Tanouye

Leader: Jesus told his followers, “I am the bread of life.”
All: Some of those who heard him wondered how this could be.

Leader: They knew his parents, after all. They knew his brothers and his sisters.
All: How could someone so familiar be the bread come down from heaven?

Leader: Only later would the truth be clear: that Jesus, flesh and blood, had been sent to us by God.
All: In this hour we await the teaching of the Spirit that affirms we have been nourished by the bread of life.

Invocation: based on Psalm 34:1-8                                            Stefan Tanouye

May we bless you at all times, O God; may we praise you every time we open our mouths. In this hour especially, our souls magnify you and exalt in your holy name. We sought you, and you answered. We were afraid, and you gave us courage. Let us taste your blessings once again, to know that you are good and you are God. Amen.

Hymn #539: Won’t You Let Me Be Your Servant?                    Eric Anderson
                                                                                                    Doug Albertson
                                                                                                   Movement led by Genie Phillips

Scripture:                                                                                   Stefan Tanouye

1 Kings 19:4-8
But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, “Get up and eat.” He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. The angel of the Lord came a second time, touched him, and said, “Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.” He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God.

Ephesians 4:25-5:2
So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil. Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved usand gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Story/Sermon: Oh, Those Virtues                                              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: Sonatine 2nd mvt.– Ravel                     Kanako Okita

Call to Offering:                                                                         Stefan Tanouye

What builds up the community of Christ? Simple things: kindness, forgiveness, truth, and generosity. This offering is one of the ways that we share our gifts with one another, as real and as powerful as a supportive word, a reassuring glance, or a comforting embrace. Let your generosity make a difference. 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:

O Bread of Life, accept, combine, and transform these gifts of dollars and cents into nourishment for the body and for the spirit. Amen.

Vocal Anthem: The Gift of Love                                               Eric Anderson
                                                                                                    Doug Albertson
                                                                                                   Movement led by Genie Phillips

Announcements                                                                        Rev. Eric S. Anderson                                                                                

Benediction                                                                                 Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Postlude: Double Chorus – Wilson                                             Kayleen Yuda

The Servant Song
by Richard Gillard
© Words: 1977 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing
Music: 1977 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing
All rights reserved.
Streamed by permission. CCLI License # 1595965

The Gift of Love
Type: Words by Hal H. Hopson
Music adapted by Hal H. Hopson
© 1972, Hope Publishing Company
Used by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

                                                                  Dates to Remember

Today, August 8 – Council meeting after worship via Zoom

Pastor                                                 Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Moderator                                          Woody Kita
Lay Reader                                         Stefan Tanouye     
Chapel Decorations
                          Barbara Iwami, Bill and Nancy Chen
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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