Worship for June 5, 2022

The video will stream live beginning at 10:00 AM on Sunday, June 5, 2022. You may need to click Play to launch the stream.

This is a Communion Sunday. Please join us in celebrating the sacrament at home. Have bread or another staple food and juice or another beverage at hand when we reach that portion of the service.

Welcome to Church of the Holy Cross’s live stream of its worship service for Sunday, June 5, 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, June 5, 2022
Pentecost Sunday

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

Prelude: Reflection on Let Us Break Bread–Lasky                     Kayleen Yuda

Call to Worship: based on Romans 8:14-17                                   Cindy Debus

Leader: All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
People: God’s children are not slaves to fear. We have been gathered in God’s arms.

Leader: When we think of God or speak of God,
People: It is the Holy Spirit bearing witness that we are God’s children.

Leader: We are joint heirs with Christ, our brother and our friend.
People: As Christ suffered with us, we suffer with him, and so in Jesus we find our glory.

Invocation: based on Psalm 104:24-35                                                        Cindy Debus

Your Creation is before us, around us, beneath us, and above us, O God. Your wisdom has taken form in the depths of the ocean and farther than the most distant star. May your glory endure forever even as the planets shift and the stars move in their courses. As we sing to you, may our words and melodies please you, O Holy One, for we rejoice in you. Amen.

Hymn Duet with Movement #270: Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
                                                                                                                        Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                        Doug Albertson
                                                                                                                      Movement led by Genie Phillips

Time with the Children

Recognition of Graduates

Instrumental Anthem: Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us–Bradbury                                         Kayleen Yuda

Scripture                                                                                                    Cindy Debus

Genesis 11:1-9
Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as they migrated from the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, ‘Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.’ And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.’ The Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which mortals had built. And the Lord said, ‘Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.’ So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore it was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

Acts 2:1-21
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’ All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’ But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

“In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
    and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
    and your old men shall dream dreams.
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
    in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
        and they shall prophesy.
And I will show portents in the heaven above
    and signs on the earth below,
        blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
The sun shall be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood,
        before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Sermon: Just a Little Closer                                                                 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                                                                                        Cindy Debus

What is God’s greatest gift? Is it Creation? Is it Christ? Is it the presence of the Holy Spirit? Is it all of these and more? We live a life in which God’s gifts are constantly showered upon us. Some we recognize, some we do not. Let us give in return, and know that whether any human being ever hears of it, God we know of our generosity. Whether you share your gift here in the church today, through a gift online, or via an envelope in the mail, you are sharing the love of God. Let the offering now be received.

Offertory: Air–Purcell                                                                           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                                                                                     Cindy Debus

God of rushing wind, God of shared languages, God of open arms, accept the gifts we offer. May they become part of the Holy Spirit’s work in the world. Amen.

Hymn Duet and Movement #337 Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether
                                                                                                                        Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                        Doug Albertson
                                                                                                                      Movement led by Genie Phillips

Sacrament of Holy Communion

Consecrating the Bread and Cup
Sharing the Bread and Cup
Prayer of Thanksgiving

Announcements                                                                                     Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Benediction                                                                                               Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Postlude: March in D – Handel arr, Blake                                       Kayleen Yuda

Reflection on Let Us Break Bread—Lasky
Tune: © 2022 Lorenz Corporation (admin. by Music Services) All Rights Reserved. ASCAP Text: © 2022 Lorenze Corporation
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Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
Lyrics by Carl P. Daw, Jr., 1982
© 1982 Hope Publishing Company
Tune BRIDEGROOM by Peter Cutts
© 1969 Hope Publishing Company
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us–Bradbury
Contributor: Clarence Kohlmann
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Tune: © 1989 Lorenz Publishing Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation (Admin. by Music Services)
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Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether
Lyrics by Percy Dreamer, 1923
© 1925 Oxford University Press
Tune UNION SEMINARY by Harold Friedell, 1957
© 1957, The H.W. Gray Co. Inc., renewed 1985 and assigned to Belwin-Mills Publishing Corp. All rights reserved.
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

March in D – Handel arr, Blake     
George Blake, George Frideric Handel
Tune: © 1982 Lorenz Publishing Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

                                                                          Dates to Remember
Today, June 5 – Dedication of Strengthen the Church

Pastor                                                                                                          Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Moderator                                                                                                 Woody Kita
Lay Reader                                                                                                Cindy Debus
Chapel Decorations
                                                                             Bob & Sue Smith
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: 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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