Online Worship for October 17, 2021

Welcome to Church of the Holy Cross’s live streaming worship service for October 17, 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 October 17, 2021
Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

Rev. Eric S. Anderson, Pastor
Rev. Jonathan Roach, Guest Pastor


Welcome                                                                                 Rev. Jonathan Roach

Prelude:  Improvisation on Simple Gifts                                  Kayleen Yuda
Anonymous American Shakers Song – Alice Jordan

Call to Worship: based upon Psalm 148 Jennifer Tanouye

One: Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise God in the heights!
All: Praise God, all the angels and all of God’s host, Praise God!

One: Praise God, sun and moon; praise God, all you shining stars! Praise God, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!
All: Let them praise the name of the Lord, for God commanded and they were created. God established them forever and ever and fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.

One: Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command! Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars! Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds!
All: Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise God in the heights! 

Prayer of Invocation Jennifer Tanouye

All: Creator God, You are the peace of all things calm. You are the place to hide from harm. You are the holy notes in the songs of the whales, and the birds, and the fish, and even the snails. You are the light that shines in dark. You are the heart’s eternal spark. You are the door that’s open wide. You are the guest who waits inside. You are the stranger at the door. You are the calling of the poor. You are my Lord and with me still. You are my love. You are the light, the truth, the way. You are my Savior this very day.

Vocal Hymn: #501 We Are Dancing Sarah’s Circle                 Doug Albertson
                                                                                                Movement led by Genie Phillips

Scripture: Genesis 7:1-16 (The Message) Jennifer Tanouye

Next God said to Noah, “Now board the ship, you and all your family—out of everyone in this generation, you’re the righteous one.

“Take on board with you seven pairs of every clean animal, a male and a female; one pair of every unclean animal, a male and a female; and seven pairs of every kind of bird, a male and a female, to insure their survival on Earth. In just seven days I will pour rain on Earth for forty days and forty nights. I’ll make a clean sweep of everything that I’ve made.”

Noah did everything God commanded him.

Noah was 600 years old when the floodwaters covered the Earth. Noah and his wife and sons and their wives boarded the ship to escape the flood. Clean and unclean animals, birds, and all the crawling creatures came in pairs to Noah and to the ship, male and female, just as God had commanded Noah. In seven days the floodwaters came.

It was the six-hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month that it happened: all the underground springs erupted and all the windows of Heaven were thrown open. Rain poured for forty days and forty nights.

That’s the day Noah and his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth, accompanied by his wife and his sons’ wives, boarded the ship. And with them every kind of wild and domestic animal, right down to all the kinds of creatures that crawl and all kinds of birds and anything that flies. They came to Noah and to the ship in pairs—everything and anything that had the breath of life in it, male and female of every creature came just as God had commanded Noah. Then God shut the door behind him. 

Sermon: We are all Noah Now!                                               Rev. Jonathan Roach

Silent Prayers

Pastoral Prayer                                                                      
Rev. Jonathan Roach

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: Le Tombeau de Couperin, 5 Menuet Kanako Okita
– Ravel

The Call to Offering Jennifer Tanouye
My friends, as we enter this time of giving, I invite all of us to send our offerings through the mail in an envelope to 440 West Lanikaula Street, Hilo, Hawai’i, 96720, or give online at and let us pray together.

The Prayer of Dedication:
All: Lord God, we offer to you only a portion of what you have given us. All that we have is from your creative hand. All that we can give away we do through Jesus’ love. All our renewal comes from the Holy Spirit’s wisdom. Deal graciously with these gifts so that others may have joy; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Vocal Anthem: #475 God’s Eye is on the Sparrow               Doug Albertson
                                                                                              Movement led by Genie Phillips

Announcements                                                                      Rev. Jonathan Roach

Benediction                                                                             Rev. Jonathan Roach

Postlude: Lead On, O King Eternal                                         Kayleen Yuda
-Boughton, tune: Lancashire by Henry Smart

Used by Permission

Under Creative Commons License

Improvisation on Simple Gifts
© 1974 Lorenz Publishing Company
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

We Are Dancing Sarah’s Circle
African-American Spiritual
Contributors: Jacob’s Ladder (African-American)
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Le Tombeau de Couperin, 5. Menuet 
Public Domain

God’s Eye Is On the Sparrow
Based on Job 11:16; Mathew 6:25-34; John 14:18 © Bob Hurd Published by Spirit & Song®
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Lead On, O King Eternal—Public Domain
Tune: Music by Henry T. Smart 1836 (Lancashire

                                                              Dates to Remember
Today, October 17—Deacons meeting is cancelled

Pastor                                               Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Guest Pastor                                     Rev. Jonathan Roach
Moderator                                        Woody Kita
Lay Reader                                       Jennifer Tanouye
Chapel Decorations
                         Felina and Mark Sakumoto
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., 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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