Online Worship for April 17, 2022: Easter Sunday

The video will stream live beginning at 10:00 AM on Sunday, April 17, 2022. You may need to click Play to launch the stream.

Welcome to Church of the Holy Cross’s live streaming worship service for Easter Sunday, April 17, 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, April 17, 2022
Easter Sunday

Rev. Eric S. Anderson, Pastor


Welcome                                                                                                    Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Prelude: Risen to Victory—Tom Birchwood                                 Kayleen Yuda, Paul Arceo

Call to Worship: Lay Reader based on Luke 24:1-12                  Barbara Iwami

Leader: On the first day of the week, at early dawn, women who followed Jesus made their way to his tomb.
All: We honor Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and their companions for their faithfulness to Christ.

Leader: They found the stone rolled away and the tomb open. They entered but they did not find Jesus.
All: Their confusion turned to fear as two men in dazzling clothes appeared before them.

Leader: “Why do you seek the living among the dead?” the women heard. “He is not here, for he has risen.”
All: The women sought out Jesus’ closest friends. They were the first to testify to Jesus’ resurrection.

Leader: But the disciples thought their words an idle tale, and they did not believe them.
All: Yet those women were right, and because they believed, we believe. On this Easter Sunday we come to worship the risen, living Christ.

Invocation: based on based on Isaiah 65:17-25

Create your new heaven and your new Earth, O God. Do the new things you have in mind. We look ahead to rejoicing in your new creation; we pray for our cities to be a joy and our people to be a delight. Let the wolf and the lamb feed together. Let the lion and the ox share a manger of straw. In Jesus’ resurrection we anticipate the joy of your holy mountain, O God, and in our hope we rejoice. Amen.

Hymn #233: Christ the Lord Is Risen Today                                Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                        Doug Albertson
                                                                                                                      Movement led by Genie Phillips

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:19-26                                                   Barbara Iwami

If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

John 20:1-18
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to lookinto the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

Story/Sermon: Run, Return, Remain                                               Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Instrumental Anthem: Easter Exultation—Michael Springer, hymn tune: Victory
                                                                                                                        Kayleen Yuda
                                                                                                                        Paul Arceo

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

Vocal Anthem: I Will Rise                                                                    Kanako Okita, piano
                                                                                                                        Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                        Doug Albertson

Call to Offering                                                                                        Barbara Iwami

What a gift to present to the world: a gift of life where there had been only suffering and death. In the promise of this gift we live; in the fulfillment of this gift we rejoice. In receiving this gift, we also give. 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                                                                                     Barbara Iwami

We thank you, God, for the gift of Jesus, for the gift of his birth, for the gift of his teaching, for the gift of his faithfulness unto death, and for the gift of his life beyond the jealous power of death. Accept these offerings, we pray, for we present them in celebration of your steadfast love for all humanity. Amen.

Closing Hymn #245: The Day of Resurrection                            Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                        Doug Albertson
                                                                                                                      Movement led by Genie Phillips

Announcements                                                                                     Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Benediction                                                                                               Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Postlude: Day of Triumph—Edward Broughton                         Kayleen Yuda


Risen to Victory—Tom Birchwood
Tune: © 1989 Lorenz Publishing Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation
(Admin. By Music Services)
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
Text: Charles Wesley, 1739
Tune: EASTER HYMN, 1708
Public Domain

Easter Exultation—Michael Springer
Streamed by permission of the composer

I Will Rise
by Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Louie Giglio & Matt Maher
Arr. Craig Courtney & Lynda Hasseler
© 2008 Thankyou Music
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

The Day of Resurrection
Text: John of Damascus, 8th cent.
Trans. John Mason Neale, 1862
Tune: LANCASHIRE, Henry T. Smart, 1836
Public Domain

Day of Triumph—Edward Broughton
Tune: © 1980 Lorenz Publishing Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation
(Admin. by Music Services)
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

                                                                  Dates to Remember
Today, April 17 – Easter Sunday. He is risen!

Pastor                                                                                                          Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Moderator                                                                                                 Woody Kita
Lay Reader                                                                                                Barbara Iwami
Chapel Decorations
                                                                             Millie Daikawa
Choir Accompanist                                                                                Kanako Okita
Choir Director                                                                                         Doug Albertson
Organist                                                                                                     Kayleen Yuda
Trumpeter                                                                                                Paul Arceo
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 1:30 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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