Online Worship for December 26, 2021

Welcome to Church of the Holy Cross’s live streaming worship service for December 26, 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 December 26, 2021
First Sunday after Christmas

Rev. Eric S. Anderson, Pastor


Welcome                                                                                                    Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Prelude: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Angels from the Realm of Glory – arr. Whitworth                 Kayleen Yuda

Call to Worship: based on Psalm 148                                               Woody Kita

Leader: Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens! Praise the LORD from the heights!
All: Praise God, all the angels! Praise God, heavenly host!

Leader: Praise God, sun and moon! Praise God, shining stars!
All: Praise God, highest heavens! Praise God at the limits of the universe!

Leader: Mountains and hills, fruit trees and pines, wild animals and cattle, things that crawl and things that fly
All: Rulers of earth and working people, young and old together: Praise the LORD!

Please join me in the Invocation: based on Psalm 148           Woody Kita

You commanded, O God, and the heavens were created. You commanded, O God, and the planets took shape. You commanded, O God, and life blossomed and flourished. You commanded, O God, and in your image your children spread across the Earth. You have given your love and promises to us, not just to the powerful and wealthy, but to the poor and forgotten. In this time we praise your name, your goodness, and your mercy, echoing the songs of stars and angels resounding in the heavens. Amen.

Hymn #146: Nu Oli (Glad Tidings)                                                   Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                        Doug Albertson
                                                                                                                      Movement led by Genie Phillips

Scripture                                                                                                    Woody Kita

Colossians 3:12-17
As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Luke 2:41-52
Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.” He said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.

And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.

Story/Sermon: Now We Look                                                            Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Hymn #154: Go Tell It on the Mountain                                         Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                        Doug Albertson

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: Little Children, Wake and Listen – arr. Leonard/Ang                     Mace Peng    

Call to Offering:                                                                                       Woody Kita

Mary treasured her experiences of Jesus, even the frightening ones, in her heart. We invite you to treasure your experiences of grace, expected or unexpected, overwhelming or comforting, in your heart. We also invite you offer some of your treasure to the Spirit who has given you those experiences. 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
You sent Jesus to us, O God, and even though he may seem to vanish from our awareness, when we seek him we find him. Accept these gifts, O God, and though our love for you may sometimes seem to fade, you will find it in these offerings and also in our hearts. Amen.

Installation of Officers and Board Members


Pastor: There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them.
All: There are different ways of serving, but the same God is served.

Pastor: There are different abilities to perform service, but the same God gives ability to each of us for our particular service.

All: The Spirit’s presence is shown in some way in each person for the good of all.

Pastor: Christ is like a single body, which has many parts.
All: It is still one body even though it is made up of different parts.

Pastor: If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it; if one part is praised, all the other parts share its happiness.

All: All of us are Christ’s body, and each one is part of it.


Pastor: Sisters and brothers in Christ, it is an honor to be entrusted with responsibility for particular service in the ministry of the church, whether gathered or scattered.

Having prayerfully considered the duties and responsibilities of your ministry, are you prepared to serve with the help of God in Christ’s name and for the glory of God?

Woody Kita: I am.

Pastor: Do you promise to exercise your ministry diligently and faithfully, showing for the love of Christ?

Woody Kita: I do, relying on God’s grace.

Pastor: Members of this household of faith, you have heard the promises of our brothers and sisters in Christ who have answered God’s call to service. Let us affirm our covenant with them in prayer:

Eternal God, you have called these people to serve you in this household of faith and in the world, which you have entrusted to our care and keeping. Send your Holy Spirit on them that they may serve among us with honor and faithfulness. Help them to be diligent in your duties that your church may prosper in the mission you place before us. May their example prove worthy for all of us to follow, as we are united in Christ’s ministry, to the glory of your name. Amen.

Pastor: In the name of Jesus Christ, and on behalf of the people of Church of the Holy Cross United Church of Christ, I rejoice to announce: You are installed in your respective positions. Let all the people say:

All: Thanks be to God!

Vocal Anthem #160: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Jesus the Light of the World)
                                                                                                                        Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                        Doug Albertson

Announcements                                                                                     Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Benediction                                                                                               Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Postlude: Joy to the World—Ritter, tune: Antioch, by G. F. Handel
                                                                                                                        Kayleen Yuda

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Angels From the Realm of Glory – arr. Whitworth
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Nu Oli (Glad Tidings)
Text: Fanny Crosby, 1873 & Lalaina (Lorenzo Lyons)
Tune: GLAD TIDINGS, Robert Lowry, 1873
Public Domain

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Jesus, the Light of the World)
Text: Charles Wesley, 1739, George D. Elderkin
Tune: ELDERKIN by George D. Elderkin
Public Domain         

Joy to the World    
Contributors: Franklin Ritter, George Frideric Handel
Tune: © 1981 Lorenz Publishing Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation (Admin. By Music Services)

Pastor                                                          Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Moderator                                                 Woody Kita
Lay Reader                                                Woody Kita
Chapel Decorations
                             Laura Ota
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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