Online Worship for October 3, 2021

Welcome to Church of the Holy Cross’s live streaming worship service for October 3, 2021. Feel free to follow the service text by scrolling down, or you may download and print the service in PDF format below.

This is a service of Holy Communion honoring World Communion Sunday. Please have a staple food and a beverage prepared for that part of the service. It can be bread and juice, or it may be something that reflects the culinary traditions of your family.

Online Worship October 3, 2021
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
World Communion Sunday

Rev. Eric S. Anderson, Pastor


Welcome                                                                                     Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Prelude: Kum Ba Yah (Based on a traditional African tune)—Lani Smith Kayleen Yuda

Call to Worship: based on Psalm 8                                            Gloria Kobayashi

Leader: How majestic is the name of the LORD, whose glory spans the heavens!
All: The majesty of the LORD is such that the voices of babes and infants are enough to silence the enemy and the avenger.

Leader: Look to the heavens, look to the moon. Look to the stars: What do you see?
All: We see the work of God’s fingers, the crafting of the Divine.

Leader: Look at yourself and wonder: What are human beings that God takes heed of us? Why is it that God cares for us?
All: Yet we have been made just a little lower than God, with Creation’s care given to our hands.

Leader: Come and praise, people of God, the One who has created the heavens and the Earth.
All: We praise the LORD, our Sovereign, whose name resounds in all the Earth!

Invocation: based on Psalm 26                                                   Gloria Kobayashi

Vindicate us, O LORD, for we have made our journey with integrity. We have trusted in you, and if we have wavered, we have paused to breath and returned to you. We have abandoned the hypocrisies of others and laid aside our own. We have left those who do evil, and we have repented our own acts of selfishness. We come to you to sing a song of thanksgiving, to tell your wondrous deeds, and to seek your grace as we bless your name. May your glory abide in our homes, O God, as we worship you today. Amen.

Hymn #327: Jesus Loves Me                                                      Eric Anderson
                                                                                                    Doug Albertson
                                                                                                   Movement led by Genie Phillips

Scripture                                                                                     Gloria Kobayashi

Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12
Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. But someone has testified somewhere,

“What are human beings that you are mindful of them,
    or mortals, that you care for them?
You have made them for a little while lower than the angels;
    you have crowned them with glory and honor,
    subjecting all things under their feet.”

Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them, but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying,

“I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters,
    in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.”

Mark 10:2-16
Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

 Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

Story/Sermon: Blessed                                                               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.10 KV330 1st mvt.– Mozart                                                   Kanako Okita

Call to Offering                                                                          Gloria Kobayashi

Today we invite you to contribute to one of the four special offerings of our church year. Neighbors in Need supports the domestic mission work of the United Church of Christ. The Council for American Indian Ministry uses these gifts to maintain its ministries and churches across the upper Midwest. The offering also supports justice and service projects initiated by local churches of the UCC from the coast of Maine to the shores of Kauai. 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

Our neighbors include some with great resources, O God, who live lives of comfort and ease. Among our neighbors are others whose lives are marked with sorrow, struggle, and distress. May we, in this offering, lift the circumstances of our needy neighbors so that your grace can shine in their lives. Amen.

Vocal Anthem: Come, Share the Lord                                        Eric Anderson
                                                                                                    Doug Albertson
                                                                                                   Movement led by Genie Phillips

Celebration of Holy Communion

Invitation to Communion

Come to the table of One whose footprints are on tundra, desert, delta, the Sea of Galilee, bush, and forest and whose Good News speaks in Swahili, Spanish and Sign, Bahasa Indonesia, Basque and Braille, ‘olelo Hawai’i, HTML and Te Reo Maori.

Come to the breaking of rice cake, ulu, and corn tortilla, the laying down of seema and banana bread, the passing of poi, unleavened Passover bread, and naan, and the pouring a cup of merlot or
concord grape, salabat juice, atole, or coconut milk.

Come to a meal with a global guest list. There is no “save the date” – it is now.

                                                        Words of Remembering

We always remember
a Passover in Jerusalem
when Jesus borrowed an upper room,
soaked and scrubbed  
the tired feet and rough heels of others,
and explained that there is
a hunger so deep
no one can feed themselves,
everyone must drink from a hand of love.

Remembering is beautiful,
but there is not much to taste in it.
Let us fill our emptiness,
by sitting down here and now,
distant in virtual tenderness,
as people are doing in all the world,
to eat and drink, be blessed and whole.

Let us pray

All: God of vast creation, God of heaven and earth, we thank you for the bread of life.

Pastor: We recall the time when you preserved the children of Israel by leading them to Egypt, where your prophet Joseph had gathered grain.
All: On our Communion table, O God, is bread baked from wheat to keep us whole and sound.

Pastor: We recall the time when they fled slavery into a barren land, and you fed them with your manna.
All: On our Communion table, O God, is rice, which nourishes so many hungry people every day.

Pastor: We recall the time your people found a promised land, rejoicing in its plenty.
All: On our Communion table, O God, is banana bread, in which we taste the sweetness of life.

Pastor: We recall the time when Israel received its law from you, a law that extended justice to the stranger and sojourner.
All: On our Communion table, O God, is tortilla, which is the bread of so many newcomers to our nation.

Pastor: We recall the time when Israel was taken into exile, and they sought to worship you in a new land.
All: On our Communion table, O God, is ulu, breadfruit, which has nourished Polynesian peoples wherever they have traveled.

Pastor: We recall that in your wisdom and mercy, O God, you have never left your people hungry when your Spirit might provide.
All: On our Communion table, O God, is poi from taro root, which keeps our bodies rooted in the land.

Pastor: And we recall, O God, that when your people were starved for your Spirit, you sent us Jesus, to fill us and make us whole.
All: On our Communion table, O God, is an empty bowl, which reminds of the hungry we still yearn to feed, and reminds us of the love of Christ which fills our souls from depth to height.

All: God, bless the spoons, chopsticks, flat bread, and fingers of all your children. Bless every meeting of hunger and generosity. Bless our memories of food shared and our hopes for food justice. Bless the peace of our common cup, the pieces of our broken bread, that, everywhere sacred to us today, it may become a sacred meal, our pledge of open table, a sign of our care for earth itself – fin, feather, scale and fur, wave and wind, ground un-quaked beneath our feet and breath clear of wildfire. Amen.

Sharing of the Elements
Leader: The bread is blessed and broken like the banquet of grace. Let us eat the bread.
All: Sharing love, we will never be hungry.

Leader: The cup is blessed and poured like overflowing tears and joy. Let us drink the cup.
All: Drinking deeply, we will never thirst.

Prayer of Thanksgiving  (prayer of Rt Rev. Richard Bott)

Creator, as I prepare to go into the world
help me to see the sacrament in the wearing of this cloth –
let it be “an outward sign of an inward grace” –
a tangible and visible way of living love for my neighbours,
as I love myself.

Christ, since my lips will be covered, uncover my heart,
that people would see my smile in the crinkles around my eyes.
Since my voice may be muffled, help me to speak clearly,
not only with my words, but with my actions.

Holy Spirit, As the elastic touches my ears,
remind me to listen carefully – and full of care –
to all those I meet.

May this simple piece of cloth be shield and banner,
and each breath that it holds, be filled with your love.
In your Name and in that love, I pray.

May it be so. May it be so. Amen.

Going Forth

As we took off the mask, we received Communion.
As we put on the mask, we become Communion.

Announcements                                                                         Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Benediction                                                                                 Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Postlude: Hymn of Praise – J. Denton                                        Kayleen Yuda

The communion liturgy is adapted from one by Maren C. Tirabassi
including a prayer by the Rt. Rev. Richard Bott
Used and adapted by permission

Jesus Loves Me
English Text by Anna B. Warner, 1860
Chuukese trans. Anonymous
Spanish trans. Himnario Metodista, 1968
Japanese trans. Mas Kawashima, 1988
Hawaiian trans. Laiana, 19th cent.
Tune: JESUS LOVES ME by William Bradbury, 1862
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Kum Ba Yah
Contributor: Lani Smith
Tune: © 1984 Lorenz Publishing Company, a division of the Lorenz Corporation
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Hymn of Praise
Contributor: James Denton
Tune: © 1985 Lorenz Publishing Company, a division of the Lorenz Corporation
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Come, Share the Lord
Fred Bock Music Company ID: FBC-A001300
Text and Tune by Bryan Jeffery Leech
© 1984, Fred Bock Music Company
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Pastor Eric will be on vacation from October 4th through October 18th and will return to the office on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. The Rev. Jonathan Roach will lead worship for us on October 10th and October 17th.

                                                             Dates to Remember

Pastor                                                 Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Moderator                                          Woody Kita
Lay Reader                                         Gloria Kobayashi
Chapel Decorations
                          Bob and Sue Smith
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: Resumes Tuesday, October 19, 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 – Resumes Wednesday, October 20, 2021
  • Community Concert – 2nd and 4th Fridays, 6:00 p.m. online, resumes Friday October 22nd

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