Worship for December 11, 2022

The video will stream live beginning at 10:00 AM on Sunday, December 11, 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, December 11, 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, December 11, 2022
Third Sunday of Advent

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: Noel Nouvelet                                                                         Kayleen Yuda

Lighting of the Advent Candles                                                       Santo and Tanouye family

Family Member: Please rise if you are able as we light the first three Advent candles.
                                                                                                                        Santo and Tanouye family

Family Member: When the ancient prophet envisioned great joy, it was not just the smiling faces of people before his eyes. “The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,” he wrote, “the desert shall rejoice and blossom.” He even imagined the flowering desert singing, making melodies of praise and thanks and joy. The joy of our Redeemer is not just a joy for a few people. It is not just a joy for many people. It is not even just a joy for all people. The joy of our Redeemer is a joy for all Creation.

Singing                                                                                                        Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                        Doug Albertson
Ocean waves shall leap in praise,
stars shall twinkle their grandest rays,
joy abundant shall hearts amaze
when Christ is born, the blessed child of Mary.


Family Member: We have lit the Advent candle of Hope. We have lit the Advent candle of Peace. Now we light the Advent candle of Joy: the Joy that exists, and the Joy still to come. This light shines for those oppressed by misfortune and human malice. This light shines for a Creation mistreated by those who call it home. This light shines for a young woman who trusted in a promise and rejoiced in God, our Savior. This light shines for Joy.

Prayer                                                                                                         Nalyn Ang

Our hearts are light in part, and heavy in part, O God. We are merry in our loves and successes, and we grieve in our losses and our needs. Rekindle Joy within us, O God. Rekindle a Joy that holds fast to the love you bear us. Rekindle a Joy that withstands the struggles we endure. Rekindle a Joy that wells up so greatly as to water a desert of suffering, bring it to blossom, and hear Creation’s joyful song. Amen.

Vocal Anthem #119: My Soul Gives Glory to My God               Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                        Doug Albertson
                                                                                                                      Movement led by Genie Phillips

Time with the Children

Special Anthem: Do You Hear What I Hear                                  Marlise Ahuna, vocal
                                                                                                                        Kayleen Yuda, Piano

Scripture                                                                                                    Nalyn Ang

Luke 1:46b-55
And Mary said,
‘My soul magnifies the Lord,    and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
    Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
    from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
    he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
    and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
    and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
    in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
    to Abraham and to his descendants forever.’

Matthew 11:2-11
When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offence at me.’

As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: ‘What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written,

‘“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
    who will prepare your way before you.”

‘Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.’

Sermon: Fulfillment                                                                                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                                                                                        Nalyn Ang

We live in the almost but not yet, in the time between Creation and Eternity. In this time, we make a difference to those about us. Bring your gifts today, because today you will make someone’s life a little easier, a little brighter, a little more blessed. 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: The Quiet Carol                                                                   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                                                                                 Nalyn Ang

Come to us, Christ Jesus. You have already come into the world; you have already come into our hearts. Make another journey, Holy One, to revive and renew us again. Inspired by your grace, we bring you these gifts. May they brighten the way for us and for all your children. Amen.

Hymn Duet #103: Watcher, Tell Us of the Night                         Eric Anderson
                                                                                                                        Doug Albertson

Announcements                                                                                     Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Benediction                                                                                               Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Postlude: In Dulci Jubilo                                                                       Kayleen Yuda

* Please stand if you are able.

Noel Nouvelet—Dale Wood
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Advent Verses
Text © 2019 by Eric Anderson
Used by permission
Tune JOSEPH LIEBER, JOSEPH MEIN 15th cent. German carol
Public Domain

Do You Hear What I Hear—Regney/Shayne
Streamed by permission CCS License #13303

The Quiet Carol—Ellen Jane Lorenz
Tune: © 1982 Lorenz Publishing Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation
(Admin. by Music Services) Text © 1982 Lorenz Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation (Admin. by Music Services)
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

My Soul Gives Glory to My God
Text by Miriam Therese Winter, MMS, 1987
© 1987, Medical Mission Sisters
Tune MORNING SONG published 1816
Public Domain
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Watcher, Tell Us of the Night
Text by John Bowring, 1825
Tune ABERYSTWYTH by Joseph Parry, 1879
Public Domain

In Dulci Jubilo—Dale Wood
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Dates to Remember
Today, December 11 – Council Meeting after worship

Pastor                                                          Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Moderator                                                 Woody Kita
Lay Reader                                                Nalyn Ang
Chapel Decorations                              Beverly Dodo
Choir Accompanist                                Kanako Okita
Choir Director                                         Doug Albertson
Organist                                                     Kayleen Yuda
Guest Soloist                                             Marlise Ahuna
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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