Worship for September 18, 2022

The video will stream live beginning at 10:00 AM on Sunday, September 18, 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, September 18, 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, September 18, 2022
Fifteenth 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: Prelude                                                                                     Kayleen Yuda

Call to Worship: based on Luke 16:1-13                                          Bob Smith

Leader: Jesus told a story about a careless and dishonest manager.
All: There came a time when his failures were found out.

Leader: In the story, he gave the clients discounts so they would be grateful later.
All: In the story, the manager’s boss commended his shrewdness.

Leader: Jesus then asked, Have you made friends by using your wealth, or have you made friends with your wealth itself?
All: May we be faithful to God in all we do, and not give it up for money and gain.

Leader: Let us worship God.

Invocation: based on Psalm 113                                                         Bob Smith

We praise you, O LORD, and bless your name from this time on and forevermore. We praise you from the rising of the sun until its setting, and we praise you as the stars emerge to grace the night. Who is like you, O God, that raises the poor from the dust and the needy from the ash heap, and makes them sit with the mighty of the nations? We praise you, O God, from this time on and forevermore! Amen.

Hymn Duet with Movement: There is a Balm in Gilead          Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                         Movement led by Genie Phillips

Time with the Children

Instrumental Anthem: Be Still, My Soul (FINLANDIA)            Kanako Okita

Scripture                                                                                                    Bob Smith

Jeremiah 8:18-9:1
My joy is gone, grief is upon me,
    my heart is sick.
Hark, the cry of my poor people
    from far and wide in the land:
‘Is the Lord not in Zion?
    Is her King not in her?’
(‘Why have they provoked me to anger with their images,
    with their foreign idols?’)
‘The harvest is past, the summer is ended,
    and we are not saved.’
For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt,
    I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me.

 Is there no balm in Gilead?
    Is there no physician there?
Why then has the health of my poor people
    not been restored?
O that my head were a spring of water,
    and my eyes a fountain of tears,
so that I might weep day and night
    for the slain of my poor people!

Psalm 79:1-9
O God, the nations have come into your inheritance;
    they have defiled your holy temple;
    they have laid Jerusalem in ruins.
They have given the bodies of your servants
    to the birds of the air for food,
    the flesh of your faithful to the wild animals of the earth.
They have poured out their blood like water
    all around Jerusalem,
    and there was no one to bury them.
We have become a taunt to our neighbors,
    mocked and derided by those around us.

 How long, O Lord? Will you be angry for ever?
    Will your jealous wrath burn like fire?
Pour out your anger on the nations
    that do not know you,
and on the kingdoms
    that do not call on your name.
For they have devoured Jacob
    and laid waste his habitation.

 Do not remember against us the iniquities of our ancestors;
    let your compassion come speedily to meet us,
    for we are brought very low.
Help us, O God of our salvation,
    for the glory of your name;
deliver us, and forgive our sins,
    for your name’s sake.

Sermon: Is There No Balm in Gilead?                                              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                                                                                        Bob Smith

Sometimes our days bring us joy; sometimes our days bring us sorrow. Because God is present and faithful in good times and in bad, we praise God with our prayers, our voices, and our gifts. 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: Recitative for Flute                                                            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                                                                                     Bob Smith

Holy One, always present, receive these gifts from your grateful people. May we always live in confidence of your abiding love, whether our days bring hardship or glory. Amen.

Hymn Duet: Precious Lord, Take My Hand                                   Eric S. Anderson

Announcements                                                                                     Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Benediction                                                                                               Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Postlude: Refresh My Heart, O God                                                  Kayleen Yuda

Prelude – Ellen Jane Lorenz
Tune: © 1956 Lorenz Publishing Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation
(Admin. by Music Services)
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There Is a Balm in Gilead
African-American spiritual
Public Domain

Be Still, My Soul
Tune FINLANDIA by Jean Sibelius, 1899
Public Domain

Recitative for Flute –David Paxton
Tune: © 1985 Lorenz Publishing Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation
(Admin. by Music Services)
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Precious Lord, Take My Hand
Text and tune PRECIOUS LORD by Thomas A. Dorsey, 1932
© 1938, 1966 Hal Leonard Corporation (select catalogs)
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Refresh My Heart, O God—Robert Powell
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