Worship for August 28, 2022

The video will stream live beginning at 10:00 AM on Sunday, August 28, 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 28, 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.

Worship Service for August 28, 2022


440 West Lanikaula Street, Hilo, Hawai`i
Service of Worship, August 28, 2022
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Rev. Eric S. Anderson, Pastor
Guest Pastor Rev. Jonathan Roach, PhD


Welcome     Rev. Jonathan Roach, PhD

Prelude: Fill Me, Now     Kayleen Yuda

Call to Worship     Stefan Tanouye

One: All elders and youth,
All: Come and worship!

One: All you saints, all you sinners,
All: Come and worship!

One: Wise counselors, teachers, parents and all in authority, you who think deep thoughts, all of you who have simple faith, you who heal the sick and do miraculous acts, all preachers of the Gospel, all who can discern differing spirits, everyone gifted with tongues, you who are interpreters of tongues,
All: Come and worship!

One: All you whose spirits are sad and lonely
All:  Come and worship! Alleluia! Alleluia!  We praise God with one voice, one body, one church, one mind, one spirit. We are shining with the power of our Great God’s love.


All: God of the heart, God of the blood and fire and smoke, you have invoked our presence here this morning with your great gift of the Holy Spirit.  May this service of worship and praise be worthy of your challenge to us.  May we turn the Spirit’s reign in our hearts to fire in our lives. May we glow red with power and love.  May we wear our fiery hearts on our sleeves for all who have eyes to see! 

Hymn: Spirit of Gentleness #286       Doug Albertson

Time with Children         Rev. Jonathan Roach, PhD

Instrumental Anthem: Fill me, Now—Lani Smith            Kayleen Yuda

Scripture: Acts 2:1-21                Stefan Tanouye   

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: Wide Enough for an Elephant, High Enough for a Giraffe, and Still Comfortable for a Mouse          
Rev. Jonathan Roach, PhD                              

Pastoral 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

Special Hymn: We Are the Church     Doug Albertson

Prayer of Dedication       Stefan Tanouye    

All: With these our earthly treasures, we return to you a portion of your blessings upon us. We sing praises to your name, O Spirit. O Holy Fire of Love and Glory, you who touch the mountains and they smoke, we honor you all the days of our lives. Creator God, as you have given yourself away to make us holy, we are blessed by giving ourselves away to you. Amen.

Offertory: Meditation     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

Announcements   Rev. Jonathan Roach, PhD

Benediction Rev. Jonathan Roach, PhD        

Postlude: Gigue     Kayleen Yuda


Fill Me, Now—Lani Smith
Tune: © 1984 Lorenz Corporation (admin. by Music Services) All Rights Reserved. ASCAP Text: © 1984 Lorenz (admin. by Music Services) All Rights Reserved. ASCAP
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Spirit of Gentleness
James K. Manley
Tune: © 1978, J. Manley Publishing Text: © 1978, J Manley Publishing
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Just As I Am—William Bradbury
Contributors: William B Bradbury, Charlotte Elliot
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We Are the Church
Text: © 1972, Hope Publishing Company
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Meditation—David Lasky
Tune: © 1984 Lorenz Publishing Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation (Admin. by Music Services)
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Gigue—Telemann, arr. Carl Simone
Tune: © 1984 Lorenz Publishing Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation (Admin by Music Services
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Pastor                       Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Guest Pastor             Rev. Jonathan Roach, PhD

Moderator               Woody Kita

Lay Reader              Stefan Tanouye

Chapel Decoration    Laura Ota

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 Doug Albertson

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