Online Worship for November 14, 2021

Welcome to Church of the Holy Cross’s live streaming worship service for November 14, 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 November 14, 2021
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Loyalty Sunday

Rev. Eric S. Anderson, Pastor


Welcome                                                                                                    Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Prelude: Prelude in F Major—A. Hesse                                           Kayleen Yuda

Call to Worship: based on Mark 13:1-8                                           Barbara Iwami

Leader: When his disciples admired the appearance of the Temple, Jesus paused.
All: “Do you see these great buildings?” he said. “Not one stone will be left here upon another.”

Leader: What gets raised gets removed; what gets built gets torn down.
All: Sometimes these come as plans, sometimes through the unexpected events of life.

Leader: In times of building or of collapse, know this: our God is near.
All: We will worship the God of time and change, the God of eternal ever-constant love.

Invocation: based on Psalm 16                                                           Barbara Iwami

Protect us, O God, for in you we take refuge. Though there are good and beautiful things in the world, they all flow from you. You are our chosen portion; you are our cup of blessing. You give us counsel; you instruct our hearts in the night. Therefore our hearts are glad, our souls rejoice. You show us the path of life, and in your presence there is fullness of joy. Amen.

Hymn #179: We Yearn, O Christ, for Wholeness                         Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                      Movement led by Genie Phillips


1 Samuel 1:4-20
On the day when Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters; but to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the Lord had closed her womb. Her rival used to provoke her severely, to irritate her, because the Lord had closed her womb. So it went on year by year; as often as she went up to the house of the Lord, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat. Her husband Elkanah said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? Why is your heart sad? Am I not more to you than ten sons?”

After they had eaten and drunk at Shiloh, Hannah rose and presented herself before the Lord. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the Lord. She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord, and wept bitterly. She made this vow: “O Lord of hosts, if only you will look on the misery of your servant, and remember me, and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a male child, then I will set him before you as a naziriteuntil the day of his death. He shall drink neither wine nor intoxicants, and no razor shall touch his head.”

As she continued praying before the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. Hannah was praying silently; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard; therefore Eli thought she was drunk. So Eli said to her, “How long will you make a drunken spectacle of yourself? Put away your wine.” But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman deeply troubled; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord. Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation all this time.” Then Eli answered, “Go in peace; the God of Israel grant the petition you have made to him.” And she said, “Let your servant find favor in your sight.” Then the woman went to her quarters, ate and drank with her husband, and her countenance was sad no longer.

They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord; then they went back to their house at Ramah. Elkanah knew his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her. In due time Hannah conceived and bore a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, “I have asked him of the Lord.”

1 Samuel 2:1-10
Hannah prayed and said,
“My heart exults in the Lord;
    my strength is exalted in my God.
My mouth derides my enemies,
    because I rejoice in myvictory.

 “There is no Holy One like the Lord,
    no one besides you;
    there is no Rock like our God.
Talk no more so very proudly,
    let not arrogance come from your mouth;
for the Lord is a God of knowledge,
    and by him actions are weighed.
The bows of the mighty are broken,
    but the feeble gird on strength.
Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
    but those who were hungry are fat with spoil.
The barren has borne seven,
    but she who has many children is forlorn.
The Lord kills and brings to life;
    he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
    he brings low, he also exalts.
He raises up the poor from the dust;
    he lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes
    and inherit a seat of honor.
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
    and on them he has set the world.

 “He will guard the feet of his faithful ones,
    but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness;
    for not by might does one prevail.
The Lord! His adversaries shall be shattered;
    the Most Highwill thunder in heaven.
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth;
    he will give strength to his king,
    and exalt the power of his anointed.”

Story/Sermon: Rise and Fall and Reversal                                   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: Beethoven Sonatine No.25, Op.79 1st mvt. Kanako Okita

Call to Offering                                                                                        Barbara Iwami

Today we dedicate the gifts of the moment, the things we share from the resources at hand. We also dedicate our promises for the year to come, made in faith and hope that we will have the means to meet our commitments, and that the Church will engage in ministries of grace and service. We offer both in the confidence that God will bless our gifts, our promises, and our gifts to come. Please send your offering and your pledge 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:
You can see, O God, the offerings we present today. You can see the hearts with which we offer them and the compassion to which we dedicate them. You can see, O God, the promises we make today. You can see the hearts we hope will be served with them, and the plans we have made to keep our commitments. Accept them both, promise and fulfillment, and bless them In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Vocal Anthem: Stone of Help                                                              Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                      Movement led by Genie Phillips

Announcements                                                                                     Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Benediction                                                                                               Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Postlude: Trumpet Tune in F—Alice Jordan                                 Kayleen Yuda

Prelude in F Major—Adolphe Hesse
All rights reserved.
Streamed by permission. CCLI License #1595965

We Yearn, O Christ, for Wholeness
Text: Dosia Carlson, 1986, rev. 1993
Tune: PASSION CHORALE, Hans Leo Hassler, 1601
Streamed by permission of Bob Carlson

Stone of Help
Text and Music by Eric Anderson
Streamed by permission of the author

Beethoven Sonatine No.25, Op.79 1st mvt.
Public Domain

Trumpet Tune in F—Alice Jordan
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

                                                         Dates to Remember
Today, November 14 — Loyalty Sunday
Today, November 14– Council meeting after worship service

Pastor                                                          Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Moderator                                                 Woody Kita
Lay Reader                                                Barbara Iwami
Chapel Decorations
                             Jean Tanouye, Kelley & Stefan Tanouye
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., Fridays, 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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