Online Worship for January 30, 2022

Welcome to Church of the Holy Cross’s live streaming worship service for January 30, 2022. Feel free to follow the service text by scrolling down, or you may download and print the service in PDF format below.

Online Worship, January 30, 2022
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Rev. Eric S. Anderson, Pastor


Welcome                                                                                                    Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Prelude: When Morning Gilds the Skies—Dale Wood, tune: Laudes Domini—J. Barnby                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        Kayleen Yuda

Call to Worship: based on Jeremiah 1:4-10                                    Cindy Debus

Leader: How long has God known us? What is the length of time?
All: Each of us has come into the world with purpose. Each of us testifies to God’s word.

Leader: None of us come to this calling with certainty.
All: All of us wonder, “How shall I speak? How can I know what to say?”

Leader: Pause for a moment and wait. Wait to hear the assurance of God.


Leader: The LORD has touched your heart, you soul, and your mouth.
All: We will speak as God leads, we will do as God directs.

Invocation: based on Psalm 71:1-6                                                         Cindy Debus

In you, O LORD, we take shelter. May we never ache for shame. Let your righteousness deliver us; let your ear hear us and save us. On your rock we take refuge from the unjust and the cruel, for you, O God, are our hope and our trust. Upon you we have leaned from our birth, and for your faithfulness we praise you today. Amen.

Hymn #496: Ekolu Mea Nui                                                                Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                        Doug Albertson
                                                                                                                      Movement led by Genie Phillips

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13                                                      Cindy Debus

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

Luke 4:21-30
Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’” And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown.  But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.

: Love Demands                                                          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: What A Friend We Have in Jesus—Charles Converse, Concert Transcription of Favorite Hymns by Clarence Kohlmann                                                                                                                        Kayleen Yuda

Call to Offering

The demands of love are not demands of feeling or emotion. The demands of love are the demands of action and relationship. Love summons us to support the people of Tonga today. Volcanic ash has made drinking water scarce, such that the Hawai’i Conference is collecting funds to send water to the stricken islands. To be part of that effort, visit, click the button for the Disaster Relief Fund, and when completing the giving form, click the pencil icon next to Hawai’i Disaster Relief Fund, and enter Tonga Relief. To support the ministries of this church, 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                                                                                    Cindy Debus

We would not be gongs or cymbals, O God. We would be greater than nothing. We would receive everything. Accept these gifts, we pray, as expressions of love, and may your own love magnify them to a love that embraces the entire Earth. Amen.

Vocal Anthem: Hymn to Love—Eric Anderson                           Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                      Movement led by Genie Phillips

Announcements                                                                                     Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Benediction                                                                                               Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Postlude: Fanfare—James Conely                                                     Kayleen Yuda

When Morning Gilds the Skies
Contributors: Dale Wood, Joseph Barnby
Tune: © 2001 The Sacred Music Press, a division of The Lorenz Corporation (Admin. By Music Services) Text: 2001 The Sacred Music Press, a division of The Lorenz Corporation (Admin. By Music Services)
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Ekolu Mea Nui
Text by Robert Nawahine
Tune NAWAHINE by Robert Nawahine
Public Domain

What A Friend We Have in Jesus
Contributor: Charles Kohlmann
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Hymn to Love
Words and Music by Eric Anderson
© 2020 by Eric Anderson
Streamed by permission

Fanfare—James Conely
Tune: © 2018 Lorenz Corporation (admin. By Music Services) All Rights Reserved. ASCAP Text: © 2018 Lorenz Corporation (admin. By Music Services) All Rights Reserved. ASCAP
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

                                                                            Dates to Remember
Today, January 30 – Board of Stewardship & Mission via Zoom

Pastor                                                                                  Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Moderator                                                                         Woody Kita
Lay Reader                                                                        Cindy Debus
Chapel Decorations
                                                     Woody & Jean Kita
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: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.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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