Worship for December 18, 2022

The video will stream live beginning at 10:00 AM on Sunday, December 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, December 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, December 18, 2022
Fourth 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: O Come, All Ye Faithful                                                        Kayleen Yuda

Moment of Concern                                                                              Anne Sadayasu

Lighting of the Advent Candles                                                       Rekis family

Family Member: Would you dare to ask for a sign of God’s love? “Behold, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” Each child is a testimony to God’s love. Each raindrop is a testimony to God’s love. Each grain of sand upon the beach is a testimony to God’s love. All creation cries, “The love of the LORD is here!”

Singing                                                                                                        Eric Anderson

On the earth’s revolving sphere,
in the heavens God’s love is clear,
for the promise of ages nears
as Christ is born, the blessed child of Mary.


Family Member: Again we light the Advent candles of Hope, of Peace, and of Joy. Today we complete the circle with the fire of love. This is a love free from selfishness and greed. This is a love free from ignorance and limitations. This is a love to embrace a child, a family, a nation, a world, even a universe. This is a love to overwhelm the powers of evil. This is a love as tiny as an atom, and as great as existence itself. This candle shines for love.

Prayer                                                                                                          Cindy Debus

You might have come in majesty and might, O God. You might have come in war and in wrath. You might have come in fire and in fury. We would have recognized these signs. Instead, Emmanuel, “God with us,” is a newborn child. In humility and in amazement we recognize this sign of your holiness, your presence, and your everlasting love. Amen.

Christmas Pageant: What Do You See When You Look at the Sky?

Scene One: On the road to Bethlehem

Carol: O Little Town of Bethlehem v. 1, 4
O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see you lie!
Above your deep and dreamless sleep the silent starts go by;
Yet in your dark streets shines forth the everlasting light,
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in you tonight.

v. 4
O Holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in; be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

Scene Two: An inn in Bethlehem

Carol: Away in a Manger, v. 1-2
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The starts in the sky looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the poor baby wakes,
But little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes.
I love you, Lord Jesus: protect me, I pray,
And stay by my side until night turns to day.

Scene Three: Hillside outside Bethlehem

Carol: Angels We Have Heard on High, v. 1-2
Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing o’er the plains
And the mountains in reply, echo back their joyous strains.
Glo—ria in excelsis De-o,
Glo—ria in excelsis De-o.

Shepherds, why this jubilee?  Why your joyous strains prolong?
Say what may the tidings be, which inspire your heavenly song.
Glo—ria in excelsis De-o
Glo—ria in excelsis De-o.

Carol: The First Nowell, v. 1-2
The first Nowell, the angel did say,
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay.
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell, born is the King of Israel.

They looked above and saw a star
Shining in the east, beyond them far,
And to the earth it gave great light,
And so it continued both day and night.
Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell, born is the King of Israel.

Scene Four: A stable in Bethlehem

Carol: Hark the Herald Angels Sing, v. 1
Hark the herald angels sing, “Glory to the Christ child bring
Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinner reconciled!”
Joyful, all you saints arise, join the triumph of the skies;
With the angel host proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn king!”

Scripture                                                                                                    Cindy Debus

Isaiah 7:10-16
Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test. Then Isaiahsaid: ‘Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young womanis with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. He shall eat curds and honey by the time he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. For before the child knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land before whose two kings you are in dread will be deserted.

Matthew 1:18-25
Now the birth of Jesus the Messiahtook place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

 ‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
    and they shall name him Emmanuel’,

which means, ‘God is with us.’ When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

Processional Carols

O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant!
O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold him,
Born the King of angels.


O come, let us adore him;
O come, let us adore him;
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation;
O sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above!
Glory to God,
Glory in the highest.



It came upon a midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold:
“Peace on the earth, good will to all
From heaven’s all gracious King.”
The world in solemn stillness lay,
To hear the angels sing.


Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let ev’ry heart prepare him room,
And heav’n and nature sing,
And heav’n and nature sing,
And heav’n, and heaven and nature sing.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders of His love.

Anthem: Christmas Fantasia                                                               Fantasia Orchestra

Organ Meditation: How Beautiful Upon the Mountains Are the Feet of Them That Bring Good Tidings                                                      Rick Mazurowski

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                                                                                        Cindy Debus

We have been given stars in the heavens. We have been given a Savior on Earth. Let us give thanks for God’s grace with giving of our own. 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: Infant Holy, Infant Lowly                                                Fantasia Orchestra


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                                                                                  Cindy Debus

You gave angels’ voices to shepherds, O God. We lift our human voices to you. As you have heard and blessed the voices of the children and the voices of the chorus, receive and bless the voices of our giving, O God. May these voices bless your world. Amen.

Hymn #146: Nu Oli

Announcements                                                                                     Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Benediction                                                                                               Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Postlude: Jubilate Deo                                                                           Kayleen Yuda

* Please stand if you are able.

O Come, All Ye Faithful—John F. Wade
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Advent Verses
Text © 2019 by Eric Anderson
Used by permission
Tune JOSEPH LIEBER, JOSEPH MEIN 15th cent. German carol
Public Domain

What Do You See When You Look at the Sky?
© 2022 by Eric Anderson
Used by permission

O Little Town of Bethlehem
Text by Phillips Brooks, 1868
Tune ST. LOUIS by Lewis H. Redner, 1868
Public Domain

Away in a Manger
Text Anonymous, 1885
Tune AWAY IN A MANGER attrib. to James R. Murray, 1887
Public Domain

Angels We Have Heard on High
Traditional French Carol, trans. 1862
Tune GLORIA traditional French carol
Public Domain

The First Nowell
Text traditional English carol
Tune THE FIRST NOWELL traditional English melody
Public Domain

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Text by Charles Wesley, 1739
Tune MENDELSSOHN by Felix Mendelssohn, 1840
Public Domain

O Come, All Ye Faithful
Latin text trans. by Frederick Oakeley, 1841
Tune ADESTE FIDELES English melody, 18th cent.
Public Domain

It Came upon the Midnight Clear
Text by Edmond H. Sears, 1849
Tune CAROL by Richard S. Willis, 1850
Public Domain

Joy to the World!
Text by Isaac Watts, 1719
Tune ANTIOCH by Lowell Mason, 1836
Public Domain

Fantasia on Christmas Carols—Ralph Vaughan Williams
Tune: © 1989 Roger Dean Publishing Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation (Admin. by Music Services)
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How Beautiful Upon the Mountains Are the Feet of Them That Bring Good Tidings
John Carter—Text (c) 1977, Hinshaw Music, Inc.
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Nu Oli
Text by Fanny Crosby, 1873, trans. Lorenzo Lyons
Tune NU OLI by Robert Lowry, 1873
Public Domain

Infant Holy, Infant Lowly—arr: Richard Proulx
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Jubilate Deo–George Blake, George Frideric Handel
Tune: © 1981 Lorenz Publishing Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation
(Admin. by Music Services)
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Pastor          Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Moderator             Woody Kita
Lay Reader            Cindy Debus
Chapel Decorations      Jean & Woody Kita
Choir Accompanist        Kanako Okita
Choir Director & Conductor 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,
            Woody Kita and Ruth Niino-DuPonte
Fantasia Orchestra       
Michael Russell, 1st violin
            Alden Young, 1st violin
            Cathy Young, 2nd violin
            Mark Caudill, 2nd violin
            Taarini Godbole, 2nd violin
            Susan McGovern, viola
            Mary Szaur, viola
            Kelly Stuart, cello
            Rick Mazurowski, organ
            Kanako Okita, piano
            Barry Brandes, solo
Fantasia Singers
Lorraine Davis, soprano
            Lori DeMello, soprano
            Keiko Formanek, soprano
            Phyllis Fujimoto, soprano
            Jane Kawazoe, soprano
            Genie Phillips, soprano
            Susan Wackerbarth, soprano
            Sandra Wagner-Wright, soprano
            Ramona Witt, soprano
            Nina Buchanan, alto
            Rachel Edwards, alto
            Mari Endo, alto
            Dorothea Fendentz, alto
            Jeri Gertz, alto
            Barbara Iwami, alto
            Gloria Kobayashi, alto
            Tupou Koenig, alto
            Teresa Mondoy, alto
            Kanako Okita, alto
            Kenny Simmons, alto
            Eric Anderson, tenor
            Kevin Lewis, tenor
            Tom McAlexander, tenor
            Ian McMillan, tenor
            Tom Mirenda, tenor
            Len Miyazono, tenor
            Wayne “Doc” Wilson, tenor
            Kevin “Nohea” Elzia, bass
            Nathanael Friday, bass
            Bob Grove, bass
            Tim Oldfather, bass
            Bob Smith, bass
            D Michael Steele, bass

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