Online Worship for November 28, 2021

Welcome to Church of the Holy Cross’s live streaming worship service for November 28, 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 28, 2021
First Sunday of Advent

Rev. Eric S. Anderson, Pastor


Welcome                                                                                                    Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Prelude: O Come, O Come Emmanuel-tune: Veni Emmanuel—Emma Diemer
                                                                                                                        Kayleen Yuda

Lay Reader in church:                                                                         Woody Kita
We have a circle of greens in this room,
a circle of greens and of candles.
As we make our way these next four weeks
to the joyous day of Christmas,
we mark the Sundays with steadily growing light.

Peng Family at home:
We light this first candle for hope.
We hope because the world is filled
with sorrow and with suffering.
We hope because yesterday is not
what we want for tomorrow.
We hope because we do not yet see the way
to God’s designs. We hope because we believe
that God has seen the way.

[Light the candle]

Lay Reader in church:                                                                         Woody Kita
We choose hope so that the world might be better than we have known.

All sing:
In sorrow, loss, and illness, we yet know
That in God’s heart are mercies still to grow.
We set this candle flame alight
Proclaiming that our hope is shining bright.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!


Family at home:

Let us pray together:
Bring us hope, O God, not because we have seen
your salvation in its fullness, but because
we have not seen it yet.
Strengthen our hope, O God, to cushion the shocks
the stresses of our lives will strike at us.
Feed our hope, O God, with its fulfillment,
bit by bit, in each and every day. Amen.

Hymn #103: Watcher, Tell Us of the Night                                    Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                        Doug Albertson
                                                                                                                      Movement led by Genie Phillips

Scripture                                                                                                    Woody Kita

Jeremiah 33:14-16
 The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.  In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.”

Luke 21:25-36
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves.  People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

 Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near.  So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

 “Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Story/Sermon: The Days are Surely Coming                                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: Yule Tide Reverie—D. Paxton             Kayleen Yuda

Call to Offering                                                                                        Woody Kita

We hope when we look into the future and see there something better than the past, something greater than the present. Hope is fulfilled when God creates new things, and when we labor to fulfill God’s purposes. These gifts come from our daily labor; these gifts are part of our labor together to bless the world. 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
Fulfill our hope, O God, in the renewal of the world. In these gifts, we seek to fulfill your hope in us. Amen.

Vocal Anthem: #609 Now Is the Time Approaching                  Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                        Doug Albertson
                                                                                                                      Movement led by Genie Phillips

Announcements                                                                                     Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Benediction                                                                                               Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Postlude: Joyous Dialogue – traditional melody, arr. Alice Jordan
                                                                                                                        Kayleen Yuda

O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Watcher, Tell Us of the Night
Text by John Bowring, 1825
Tune ABERYSTWYTH by Joseph Parry, 1879
Public Domain

Yule Tide Reverie
© 1985 Lorenz Publishing Company
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Now Is the Time Approaching
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Joyous Dialogue
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

                                                         Dates to Remember
Saturday, December 4 – Kupuna Gift Drive, 9-11 a.m. Building of Faith
Sunday, December 5 – Trustees meeting after worship

Pastor                                                          Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Moderator                                                 Woody Kita
Lay Reader                                                Woody Kita
Chapel Decorations
                             Ruth & Sachi Ohata
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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