Worship for May 22, 2022

The video will stream live beginning at 10:00 AM on Sunday, May 22, 2022. You may need to click Play to launch the stream.

Welcome to Church of the Holy Cross’s live stream of its worship service for Sunday, May 22, 2022. Feel free to follow the service text by scrolling down, or you may download and print the service in PDF format below. You are welcome to attend worship in person or to participate via live stream or recorded video.

Service of Worship, May 22, 2022
Sixth Sunday of Easter

Rev. Eric S. Anderson, Pastor


Please note that audio and video of this service are being live streamed on the Internet and will be recorded. The right rear section of the sanctuary will not be captured by any cameras. Please be aware that in other sections you may be visible at times.

Welcome                                                                                                    Rev. Eric S. Anderson

An Opening Good Word                                                                      Gloria Kobayashi

Prelude: Praise God—Hugh Livingston, Jr. (Based on Coronation by Holden & hymn to Joy by Beethevon)                                                         Kayleen Yuda

Call to Worship: based on Psalm 67                                                 Gloria Kobayashi

Leader: May God be gracious to us and bless us. May God’s face shine upon us.
People: May God’s way be known on Earth, God’s saving power among all nations.

Leader: Let the people of the nations praise the Lord, our God.
People: Let them be glad and sing for joy at the guidance of our God.

Leader: The earth has brought forth fruit and grain. God, our God, has blessed us.
People: May God continue to bless us and everyone, so that God is praised over all the earth.

Invocation: based on Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5                           Gloria Kobayashi

Be our light, O God; let your glory be our light. May it shine in our streets and in our homes, may it shine in the forests and on the mountains, may it shine in the depths of the sea. Let your glory shine like crystal, crystal of the River of Life. Let it shine in the hearts of your created people; let it shine in the souls we open to you. Amen.

Hymn Duet with Movement #597: Shall We Gather at the River
                                                                                                                        Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                        Doug Albertson

Time with the Children

Special Anthem: Balm in Gilead with What a Friend We Have in Jesus–Arr. by Cathy Stamegna                                                            Doug Albertson, vocals; Taarini Godbole, violin; Kayleen Yuda, piano

Scripture                                                                                                    Gloria Kobayashi

Acts 16:9-15
During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the districtof Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days. On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. A certain woman named Lydia, a worshipper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, ‘If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.’ And she prevailed upon us.

John 5:1-9
After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in HebrewBeth-zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed.One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, ‘Do you want to be made well?’ The sick man answered him, ‘Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Stand up, take your mat and walk.’ At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.

Now that day was a sabbath.

Sermon: By the Water                                                                           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

Call to Offering                                                                                        Gloria Kobayashi

Life on this planet relies upon the waters that God created: flowing water, still water, water in waves, water in spray. There is also a source of life in the flowing of God’s spirit: flowing spirit, still spirit, spirit in waves, spirit in spray. Give thanks in your offering today for all the water of life. Whether you share your gift here in the church today, through a gift online, or via an envelope in the mail, God is praised in your generosity. Let the offering now be received.

Offertory: Meditation—David Lasky                                               Kayleen Yuda

Praise God from whom all blessings flow,

Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost – Amen

Offertory Prayer                                                                                     Gloria Kobayashi

We praise your goodness, O God, beside the waters that flow down the slopes of our mountains, above the waters that wash our shores, amidst the constant flowing of your spirit. Bless these gifts by your Holy Spirit, we pray. Amen.

Hymn Duet and Movement #428: For the Healing of the Nations
                                                                                                                        Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                        Doug Albertson

Announcements                                                                                     Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Benediction                                                                                               Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Postlude: Recessional in C—David Lasky                                      Kayleen Yuda

                                                                  Dates to Remember
Today, May 22 – Trustees Meeting after worship

Praise God—Hugh Livingston, Jr.
Based on Coronation by Holden & hymn to Joy by Beethevon
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Shall We Gather at the River
Text by Robert Lowry, 1864
Tune HANSON PLACE by Robert Lowry, 1864
Public Domain

There is a Balm in Gilead with What a Friend We Have in Jesus
There is a Balm in Gilead
Traditional spiritual
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
George Scriven & C. C. Converse
Arr. Cathy Stamegna
Streamed by permission of the author/arranger

Meditation—David Lasky
Tune: © Lorenz Publishing Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation
(Admin. by Music Services)
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

For the Healing of the Nations
Text by Fred Kaan, 1965
© 1968 Hope Publishing Company
Tune CWM RHONDDA by John Hughes, 1907
Public Domain
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Recessional in “C” — David Lasky
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Pastor                                                                                                          Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Moderator                                                                                                 Woody Kita
Lay Reader                                                                                                Gloria Kobayashi
Chapel Decorations
                                                                             Ann Kanahele
Choir Accompanist                                                                                Kanako Okita
Choir Director                                                                                         Doug Albertson
Organist                                                                                                     Kayleen Yuda
Guest Violinist                                                                                         Taarini Godbole
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: Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m., Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m., Saturdays 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.

Offerings may be accepted through the mail in an envelope to 440 West Lanikaula Street, Hilo, Hawai’i, 96720, or give online at holycrosshilo.com/donate.

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