Online Worship for September 12, 2021

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Online Worship September 12, 2021
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Rev. Eric S. Anderson, Pastor


Welcome                                                                                     Rev. Eric A. Anderson

Prelude: Dear Lord and Father of Mankind—Blake, Tune: F. Maker       
                                                                                                    Kayleen Yuda

Call to Worship: based on Psalm 19                                          Jennifer Tanouye

Leader: To what may we compare the glory of God?
All: We may compare God’s glory to the sky above with its sun by day and stars by night,

Leader: Yet it still falls short of the glory of God.
All: We may compare God’s glory to the joys of human love or the warmth of the sun,

Leader: Yet both fall short of the glory of God.
All: We may compare God’s glory to the revival of God’s will, moving the human heart to wisdom and care,

Leader: Yet even God’s law falls short of the glory of God.
All: Awed by God’s glory, let us worship God!

Invocation: based on Isaiah 50:4-9                                            Jennifer Tanouye

Give to us the words to inspire, O God, that we might sustain the weary with a word. Do not let us turn backward from our quest to follow you. Vindicate us when we face rejection and condemnation; hold us in strength when safety crumbles around us. It is you, O God, who helps us, and so we shall endure. Amen.

Hymn #455: I Am Yours, O Lord                                               Eric Anderson
                                                                                                      Movement led by Genie Phillips

Scripture                                                                                    Jennifer Tanouye

Proverbs 1:20-33
Wisdom cries out in the street;
    in the squares she raises her voice.
At the busiest corner she cries out;
    at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
 “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing
    and fools hate knowledge?
Give heed to my reproof;
I will pour out my thoughts to you;
    I will make my words known to you.
 Because I have called and you refused,
    have stretched out my hand and no one heeded,
 and because you have ignored all my counsel
    and would have none of my reproof,
 I also will laugh at your calamity;
    I will mock when panic strikes you,
 when panic strikes you like a storm,
    and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
    when distress and anguish come upon you.
 Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;
    they will seek me diligently, but will not find me.
Because they hated knowledge
    and did not choose the fear of the Lord,
 would have none of my counsel,
    and despised all my reproof,
 therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way
    and be sated with their own devices.
 For waywardness kills the simple,
    and the complacency of fools destroys them;
 but those who listen to me will be secure
    and will live at ease, without dread of disaster.”

Mark 8:27-38
Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.”And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him. Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Story/Sermon                                                                             Rev. Eric A. Anderson

Pastoral Prayer                                                                          Rev. Eric A. 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: Les soirs illuminés par l’ardeur du charbon –Debussy                                                                                      
                                                                                                    Kanako Okita

Call to Offering:                                                                         Jennifer Tanouye

Who do we say that Jesus is? In Jesus’ day, that was the great question, and it remains the great question in our day, too. In his day and in ours, how we live reveals who we say that Jesus is. Those who give are those who follow the one who offered everything. 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:

Receive these gifts, O God, presented by your people, offered in gratitude for the love you have showered upon us. Because we follow Jesus, we extend ourselves to serve you by caring for the world in which we live and the people with whom we live. Receive these gifts, O God, and bless them in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Vocal Anthem #451: Be Now My Vision                                   Eric Anderson
                                                                                                      Movement led by Genie Phillips

Announcements                                                                         Rev. Eric A. Anderson

Benediction                                                                                Rev. Eric A. Anderson

Postlude: Behold, the Master Cometh–Moore                            Kayleen Yuda

I Am Yours, O Lord
Tune: I AM YOURS by William H. Doane, 1874
Text by Fanny Crosby, 1874
Public Domain

Be Now My Vision
Tune: SLANE, trad. Irish melody
Text: Ancient Irish text, trans. Mary E. Byrne, 1905
Public Domain

                                                                      Dates to Remember
Today, September 12 – Council Meeting after worship

Pastor                                                 Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Moderator                                          Woody Kita
Lay Reader                                         Jennifer Tanouye
Chapel Decorations
                          Joyce Nakamoto
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., Wednesdays, 2:00 p.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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