Online Worship for August 15, 2021

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Welcome to Church of the Holy Cross’s live streaming worship service for August 15, 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 15, 2021
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Rev. Eric S. Anderson, Pastor


Welcome                                                                                     Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Prelude: Prelude in E flat –Guilmant                                          Kayleen Yuda

Call to Worship: based on 2 Kings 3:3-14                                 Jennifer Tanouye

Leader: When Solomon came to the throne, the LORD came to Solomon in a dream.
All: God asked the king what he would like as a coronation gift.

Leader: Solomon asked for “an understanding mind to govern your people,” and God was pleased.
All: Would that all God’s people would seek an understanding mind!

Leader: Though none of us are Solomon, with a nation to guide, we too can seek God’s wisdom.
All: In our lives and in our prayers, we seek to know the guiding will of God.

Invocation: based on Proverbs 9:1-6

You call to us, O God. Your Wisdom calls to us. Your Spirit calls to us. Jesus calls to us. And how do we respond? We know the ways of wisdom bring us joy. We know the ways of wisdom bring us health. And yet we often stray to dance the paths of folly. Holy One, renew us in your wisdom in this time of worship, that we may live in health and joy and praise your holy name. Amen.

Hymn #446: Jesus, Still Lead On                                                Eric Anderson
                                                                                                    Doug Albertson
                                                                                                   Movement led by Genie Phillips

Scripture                                                                                     Jennifer Tanouye

Ephesians 5:15-20
Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

John 6:51-58
 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me.This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”

Story/Sermon: Awkward 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: Gnossienne No.1–Satie                         Kanako Okita

Call to Offering                                                                          Jennifer Tanouye

How do we make the most of the time? How do we embrace the living bread come down from heaven? How do we live? With faith. With compassion. With sharing. This is one such moment in our week to share. 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 God, you are generous with your wisdom, generous with your love, generous with your life. Accept these gifts we offer in return, and bless them to the building of a community of compassion, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Vocal Anthem: Adoro te devote—Thomas Aquinas                   Eric Anderson
                                                                                                    Doug Albertson
                                                                                                   Movement led by Genie Phillips

Announcements                                                                         Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Benediction                                                                                 Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Postlude: March in C – C. M. Von Weben                                  Kayleen Yuda

Jesus, Still Lead On
Words: Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, 1721
Trans. Jane Borthwick, 1846
Music: SEELENBRAUTIGAM, Adam Drese, 1698
Public Domain

Adoro te devote
Words: Thomas Acquinas, c. 1260
Trans. New Century Hymnal, 1995
Tune: ADORO TE DEVOTE, Paris, 1697
Public Domain
Trans. streamed by permission of The Pilgrim Press

                                                                  Dates to Remember

Today, August 15 – Deacons meeting after worship

Pastor                                                 Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Moderator                                          Woody Kita
Lay Reader                                         Jennifer Tanouye
Chapel Decorations
                          Herb Watanabe
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, Gloria Kobayashi

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 12:00 p.m., Sundays 1:30 p.m. Building of Faith—limited to 10 attendees
  • Online Song – Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. online
  • Community Concert – 2nd and 4th Fridays, 6:00 p.m. online

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