Online Worship for December 5, 2021

Welcome to Church of the Holy Cross’s live streaming worship service for December 5, 2021. Feel free to follow the service text by scrolling down, or you may download and print the service in PDF format below.

This service includes the celebration of Holy Communion. Please prepare and have ready a staple food like bread and a something to drink for that portion of the service.

Online Worship December 5, 2021
Second Sunday of Advent

Rev. Eric S. Anderson, Pastor


Welcome                                                                                                    Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Prelude: In the Bleak Mid-Winter—arr. Innes                             Kayleen Yuda

Lay Reader in church:                                                                         Nalyn Ang

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.

Mori Family at home:

We light this second candle for peace.
Over and over again, the prophets have prayed
that God would guide us in “the ways of peace.”
And still we pray, and still we pray, for peace.
We pray because we have not attained it for ourselves.
We pray because we so desire it for our world.

[Light the two candles]

Lay Reader in church:

We choose peace so that the world might be better than what we have known.

All sing:

What ocean could accommodate the tears
That flow unchecked by turning of the years?
O God, let war and violence cease
And yield their rule unto the Prince of Peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!


Mori Family at home:

Let us pray together:

Forgive us, O God, and all the people of the world,
who yearn for peace yet cannot build it or maintain it.
Help us hope for peace and work out of that hope,
so that our families, our neighborhoods,
and our nations live together in peace. Amen.

Hymn #115: The Baptist Shouts on Jordan’s Shore                   Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                        Doug Albertson
                                                                                                                      Movement led by Genie Phillips

Scripture                                                                                                    Nalyn Ang

Malachi 3:1-4  
See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?

For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

Luke 1:68-79
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us. Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins. By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Luke 3:1-6
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
    make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled,
    and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight,
    and the rough ways made smooth;
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

Messengers                                                                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: Danseuses de Delphes (Dancers of Delphi)– Debussy

                                                                                                                        Kanako Okita

Call to Offering:                                                                                       Nalyn Ang
God has called to the people of the world time and time again in the course of history. God has summoned us to justice, to compassion, and to generosity. This moment is an opportunity to respond to God’s call to share. 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

God who has given so much to us, bless these gifts. They are a part of our sharing with others: sharing a faith, sharing a hope, sharing the vision of peace you inspired through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Vocal Anthem: #345: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence          Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                        Doug Albertson
                                                                                                                      Movement led by Genie Phillips

Celebration of Holy Communion

Invitation to Communion – from Todd Jenkins’ longer poem “Advent(ure)”(used by permission)

… The sacred unfolding
of these four gifts —
hope, peace, love, and joy —
in their unvarnished glory,
will flip our political
and socioeconomic culture
on its head,
ushering in a new vision of community
that’s more flush with justice
than we’ve ever dreamed,
as it invites everyone
to the table,
which causes us
to scramble for more chairs.

Come to think of it,
maybe searching for ways
to extend the table
is precisely what Advent
is supposed to be about.

                                      Words of Remembering

We remember that Jesus was always
about more chairs –
for the “friendly beasts:”
a cow whose manger fed him,
the birds that never fall unloved,
and the comforting animals
of his forty wilderness days.

Jesus was always about more chairs,
for the poor, lonely, grieving, hungry,
the most vulnerable and rejected,
and even those deep in deserved regret.

And we remember that Jesus
sat in the chairs of anyone who welcomed him.
He came to tables and asked for food,
not to see the guest list.
He knew how multiply barley loaves
but, also, how to grill fish.

In this sacrament on Advent’s day of Peace,
we remember that the starlit Child,
protected by angels
grew up to offer bread and cup
to a betrayer, a denier, a doubter,
several sleepers, many who fled
because at the cross there were no angels.

We remember that Jesus is in the Bread and Cup
for those of us who know its blessing well,
and yet is still pulling out folding chairs
so that more, even all, can come, sit, rest, eat.  

Prayer of Consecration (unison)

Emmanuel, God with us,
in the hopes and fears of all our years,
we come for comfort,
for peace of mind and peace on earth,
for a blessing on our hands and the Bread in them,
on our lips and the Cup we lift to drink.

May this Bread and Cup
be all your holy life,
that we may ponder in our hearts,
and be nourished without ceasing.

Sharing of the Elements

Leader:            The Holy Child of Bethlehem descends to us,
Unison:           and is born in us in these days.
Leader:            Let us share the bread.
[Eat the bread]
Unison:           We hear Christmas angels
                           their great glad tidings tell. 
Leader:            Let us drink deeply for in every time
                          Christ abides with us.
Unison:           In every time and every place
                          Christ abides in us.
[Drink the cup]

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Peace-giver, Blesser of tables shared and some tables turned over, we rise or roll from our places at this most welcoming meal prepared anew to live Advent hospitality, by becoming your chair-people, not leaders, but ushers and servers for the worldwide banquet of grace.  Amen.

Announcements                                                                                     Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Benediction                                                                                               Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Postlude: Noel Nouvelet (French carol melody) arr. Dale Wood     Kayleen Yuda


In the Bleak Mid-Winter
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

The Baptist Shouts on Jordan’s Shore
Text: Charles Coffin, 1736
Trans. The New Century Hymnal, 1993
Musikalisches Handbuch, 1690
Public Domain; trans. used by permission of the Pilgrim Press

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
Text from the Liturgy of St. James, 4th cent.
Trans. Gerard Moultrie, 1864
Tune: PICARDY, French carol, 17th cent.
Public Domain

Danseuses de Delphes (Dancers of Delphi)—Debussy
Public Domain

Noel Nouvelet
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Communion liturgy by Maren Tirabassi & Todd Jenkins
Used by permission

                                                           Dates to Remember
Today, December 5 – Trustees meeting after worship

Pastor                                                          Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Moderator                                                 Woody Kita
Lay Reader                                                Nalyn Ang
Chapel Decorations
                             Beverly Dodo
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

  • 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
  • Bible Study with Pastor Eric: Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m. via Zoom.
  • Online Song – Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. online.
  • Community Concert – 2nd and 4th Fridays, 6:00 p.m. online.

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