Worship for October 23, 2022

The video will stream live beginning at 10:00 AM on Sunday, October 23, 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, October 23, 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, October 23, 2022
Twentieth 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: Savior, Lead Us                                                                      Bonnie Alger

Call to Worship: based on Sirach 35:12-17                                    Carolyn Lum-Bellem

Leader:         Give to the Most High as God has given to you. Give as generously as you can afford.
People:        The LORD is one who repays, not just a little but sevenfold.

Leader:         But do not attempt to bribe God with gold or with gifts, for God will not accept it.
People:        We will offer honest sacrifice to the God who shows justice and impartiality.

Leader:         God will listen to one who is wronged and hear their prayer.
People:        God will not ignore the appeals of the disadvantaged of the earth.

All: Let us worship God!

Invocation: based on Psalm 65                                                           Carolyn Lum-Bellem

Praise is due to you, O God, and in faithfulness to you we will keep the promises we have made. We praise you because you forgive our transgressions. We bless you because you deliver us from distress. By your strength you established the mountains. You wear might as we wear clothing. Let the hills adorn themselves with joy, let the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, and let the valleys deck themselves with grain. Let all shout and sing together for joy! Amen.

Vocal Anthem: Ningen Kot (Glory of God)                                    IYAA

Time with the Children

Instrumental Anthem: I Need You Every Hour                          Kanako Okita

Scripture                                                                                                    Carolyn Lum-Bellem

Psalm 84:1-7
How lovely is your dwelling place,
    O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, indeed it faints
    for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh sing for joy
    to the living God.

 Even the sparrow finds a home,
    and the swallow a nest for herself,
    where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
    my King and my God.
Happy are those who live in your house,
    ever singing your praise. Selah

Happy are those whose strength is in you,
    in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
As they go through the valley of Baca
    they make it a place of springs;
    the early rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;
    the God of gods will be seen in Zion.

Luke 18:9-14
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.” But the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.’

Sermon: Hold the Contempt, Please                                                 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                                                                                        Carolyn Lum-Bellem

No, we cannot bribe God. We can thank God. We cannot buy God. We can appreciate God. We cannot give God anything that is not already God’s. We can declare our commitment to God’s will and ways with 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: Abide With Me                                                                    Bonnie Alger


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                                                                                    Carolyn Lum-Bellem

You know that as we make our offering there are things we want and things we need, O God, things we do not forget as we extend these gifts to you. Receive them with your grace, and hear as well the needs of our hearts, which we offer also in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Hymn Duet with Movement: Not My Brother, nor My Sister
                                                                                                                        Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                        Doug Albertson
                                                                                                                      Movement led by Genie Phillips

Announcements                                                                                     Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Benediction                                                                                               Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Postlude: Zion, City of Our God                                                          Bonnie Alger


Savior, Lead Us—Robert Hughes
Tune: © 1964 Lorenz Publishing Company, a division of
The Lorenz Corporation (Admin. by Music Services)
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Ningen Kot (Glory of God)
Public Domain

I Need You Every Hour
Tune NEED by Robert Lowry, 1872
Public Domain

Abide With Me—Arranged by James C. Kasen,
Copyright © 2005 by Jackman Music Corporation.
All rights reserved.
Streamed by permission CCS License #13303

Not My Brother, nor My Sister
(Standing in the Need of Prayer)
African-American Spiritual
Public Domain

Zion, City of Our God—Jane Carrier
Tune © 1964 Lorenz Publishing Company,
a division of The Lorenz Corporation
(Admin. by Music Services)
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

                                                       Dates to Remember
Today, October 23 – Membership Meeting after worship
Sunday, October 30 – All Saints Day
Sunday, October 30 – Stewardship and Missions Meeting after worship

Pastor                                                                                  Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Moderator                                                                         Woody Kita
Lay Reader                                                                        Carolyn Lum-Bellem
Chapel Decorations                                                      Richard & Shirley Miyake
Choir Accompanist                                                        Kanako Okita
Choir Director                                                                 Doug Albertson
Organist                                                                             Kayleen Yuda
Guest Organist                                                                
Bonnie Alger
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,
                                                                                                Woody Kita and Ruth Niino-DuPonte

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