Worship for August 14, 2022

The video will stream live beginning at 10:00 AM on Sunday, August 14, 2022. You may need to click Play to launch the stream. You can also watch the recorded video at this same place at any time afterward.

Welcome to Church of the Holy Cross’s live stream of its worship service for Sunday, August 14, 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, August 14, 2022
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

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: More Love to Thee-R. Powell                                            Kayleen Yuda

Call to Worship: based on Psalm 82                                                 Ming Peng

Leader:         Centuries ago, the poet envisioned the LORD of hosts seated at council and prepared to judge.
People:        And down the centuries we hear God’s question: “How long will you judge unjustly?”

Leader:         “How long will you show partiality to the wicked?”
People:        “Where is the justice for the weak, the orphan, the lowly, the destitute?”

Leader:         With the psalmist, let us raise our heartfelt prayer:
People:        “Rise up, O God, judge the earth; for all the nations belong to you!”

Leader: Let us worship God.

Invocation:based on Psalm 80:8-19                                                                     Ming Peng

You planted a vine, O God. You cleared the ground and it took deep roots. Its shade covered the mountains; its branches twined in the trees. Its leaves extend over the sea; its roots reach to the rivers. But your vine suffers, O God, from neglect and disease and abuse. Let your hand rest upon it. Make it strong for yourself. For we are your vine, the planting of your hand. Restore us, O LORD God of hosts. Let your face shine, that we may be saved. Amen.

Hymn Duet with Movement #51: O Sing a Song of Bethlehem
                                                                                                                        Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                        Doug Albertson
                                                                                                                      Movement led by Genie Phillips

Time with the Children                                                                       Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Instrumental Anthem: Piano Sonata No.25 Op.79 3rd mvt–Beethoven                           Kanako Okita

Scripture                                                                                                    Ming Peng

Jeremiah 23:23-29
Am I a God near by, says the Lord, and not a God far off? Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them? says the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? says the Lord. I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in my name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’ How long? Will the hearts of the prophets ever turn back—those who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart? They plan to make my people forget my name by their dreams that they tell one another, just as their ancestors forgot my name for Baal. Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let the one who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? says the Lord. Is not my word like fire, says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?

Luke 12:49-56
‘I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! From now on, five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; they will be divided:

father against son
    and son against father,
mother against daughter
    and daughter against mother,
mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
    and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’

He also said to the crowds, ‘When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, “It is going to rain”; and so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, “There will be scorching heat”; and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

Sermon: When Prophets Get Cranky                                               Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Pastoral Prayer                                                                                       Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Please stand and 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                                                                                        Ming Peng

Across the centuries, the prophets have warned that offerings to God are not complete if we do not also care for our loved ones and for our neighbors. As a church, we seek to live that out by serving those around us, not just caring for ourselves. As Christians, let us make tomorrow a time to care and share just as much as today. Whether you share your gift here in the church today, through a gift online, or via an envelope in the mail, let the offering now be received.

Offertory: Invention—Flor Peeters                                                  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                                                                                     Ming Peng

Accept these gifts, O God. We pray that you guide us in their use such that they serve your will and purposes, not just our needs and desires. Inspire us to serve you in our neighbors throughout each one of our days. Amen.

Hymn Duet #43: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling                     Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                        Doug Albertson

Announcements                                                                                     Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Benediction                                                                                               Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Postlude: Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart—Marianne Kim                 Kayleen Yuda


More Love to Thee-R. Powell
Public Domain
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

O Sing a Song of Bethlehem
Text: Louis F. Benson, 1899
Tune: KINGSFOLD, trad. English melody
Public Domain

Piano Sonata No.25 Op.79 3rd mvt—Beethoven
Public Domain

Invention—Flor Peeters
Streamed by permission CCS License #13303

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Text: Charles Wesley, 1747
Tune: BEECHER by John Zundel, 1855
Public Domain

Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart—Marianne Kim
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Dates to Remember
Today, August 14 – Council Meeting after worship

Pastor                                                                                  Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Moderator                                                                         Woody Kita
Lay Reader                                                                        Ming Ang
Chapel Decorations                                                      Barbara Iwami, Bill & Nancy Chen
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, Eli Yamaki,
                                                                                                and Ruth Niino-DuPonte

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