Online Worship for February 20, 2022

Welcome to Church of the Holy Cross’s live streaming worship service for February 20, 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, February 20, 2022
Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

Rev. Eric S. Anderson, Pastor
Rev. Jonathan Roach, PhD Guest Pastor

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD

Welcome                                                                                                    Rev. Jonathan Roach, PhD

Prelude:                                                                                                      Kayleen Yuda

Call to Worship                                                                                       Stefan Tanouye

One: Holy One, your call is deceptively simple: “Turn the other cheek, love your enemies” and yet we cling to self-serving ways which separate us from your beloved creation from the love of God and neighbor and enemies…
All: You call us to turn our lives around, to risk repentance and learn forgiveness, to work with patience and diligence to prepare the way for your Reign, but we get discouraged and give up too soon. Lord, have mercy on us.

One: You call us to be full of joyful confidence to create community where all have enough for abundant life, but we burden ourselves with anxiety and fear. Christ, have mercy on us.
All: You call us to speak out in the presence of injustice, but too often we do not challenge words and actions rooted in hate. Holy One, have mercy on us!

Invocation
Holy One, you are deep within our world, calling us to join you in creating abundant life for all. Calling us to hard edges of loving you and neighbor. Open our hearts to recognize you. Free us to trust your call and follow; enable us to repent, and forgive, and empower us to join in your work to make “all things new.” In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

Hymn #541: They Asked, ‘Who’s My Neighbor?”                        Doug Albertson & Genie Phillips

Scripture: Gospel of Luke 6:27-38 (The Message)                      Stefan Tanouye

“To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the supple moves of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more payback. Live generously. “Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! If you only love the lovable, do you expect a pat on the back? Run-of-the-mill sinners do that. If you only help those who help you, do you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that. If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that’s charity? The stingiest of pawnbrokers does that. “I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind. “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”


Sermon: Really God? Even Those Jerks?                                          Rev. Jonathan Roach, PhD 

Pastoral Prayer                                                                                         Rev. Jonathan Roach, PhD

A Time of Silent Prayer                                                                       Rev. Jonathan Roach, PhD

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:                                                                         Kanako Okita

Call to Offering                                                                                        Stefan Tanouye
When we give our tithes and offerings, we are witnesses to the transforming love of God in Christ. We are giving to God, to neighbor, and to our enemies. I invite you to give as generously as you have received. Please send your offering through the mail in an envelope to 440 West Lanikaula Street, Hilo, Hawai’i, 96720, or give online at holycrosshilo.com/donate. Let us pray together our prayer of dedication.

Offertory Prayer:
Accept these gifts, we humbly pray, O God. Let them give you honor and glory as we serve the needs of your people. And let all the people of God say, Amen!

Vocal Anthem: Prayer of St. Francis                                                Doug Albertson & Genie Phillips

Announcements                                                                                     Rev. Jonathan Roach, PhD

Benediction                                                                                               Rev. Jonathan Roach, PhD

Postlude:                                                                                                    Kayleen Yuda

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Used and adapted by permission. Copyright 2022 Faith INFO Team, United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115-1100. Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this material for use in services of worship or church education.

They Asked, Who’s My Neighbor?
Text and Tune by Jan Wesson
Text: © 1982, Hymn Society in the US & Canada
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Prayer of St. Francis
Text and Tune by Sebastian Temple
Dedicated to Mrs. Frances Tracy.
Text and music © 1967, OCP. All rights reserved.
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Pastor                                                          Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Guest Pastor                                             Rev. Jonathan Roach, PhD
Moderator                                                 Woody Kita
Lay Reader                                                Stefan Tanouye
Chapel Decorations
                             Hats Kamimura
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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