Worship for February 19, 2023

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Welcome to Church of the Holy Cross’s live stream of its worship service for Sunday, February 19, 2023. Feel free to follow the service text by scrolling down. You are welcome to attend worship in person or to participate via live stream or recorded video.

Service of Worship, February 19, 2023
Transfiguration Sunday

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.

Prelude: Is There Anybody Here?                                                     Kayleen Yuda

Lighting of the Candles

Ringing of the Bell

Welcome                                                                                                    Rev. Eric S. Anderson

*All who are able, please rise

*Call to Worship: (based on Psalm 99)                                          Jane Kawazoe

Leader: The LORD rules; let the peoples tremble!
People: The LORD is great, and so the earth shakes.

Leader: The LORD is a lover of justice, establishing righteousness among the people.
People: The LORD is a forgiving God, answering the cries of the people.

Leader: Extol the LORD! Bring your worship to God’s holy mountain!
People: We will worship the LORD, for our God is holy.

*Hymn #182: We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding (v. 1-3)

* Invocation: (based on 2 Peter 1:16-21)                              Jane Kawazoe

Down the centuries we hear the echo of your words about Jesus, O God: “This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” We look to Christ as a lamp shining in dark places, to give us hope until day dawns and the morning star rises in our hearts. Let your Holy Spirit be with us in this time of worship, O God, and let your Holy Spirit move us to speak your words of grace and peace and truth. Amen.

Please be seated


Anthem: The Snow is Dancing                                                            Kanako Okita

Time with the Children                                                                       Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Scripture                                                                                                    Jane Kawazoe

Exodus 24:12-18
The Lord said to Moses, ‘Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.’ So Moses set out with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. To the elders he had said, ‘Wait here for us, until we come to you again; for Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a dispute may go to them.’

Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud. Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.

Matthew 17:1-9
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, Iwill make three dwellingshere, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!’ When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, ‘Get up and do not be afraid.’ And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, ‘Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.’

Sermon: The Words on the Mountain                                             Rev. Eric S. Anderson


Pastoral Prayer                                                                                       Rev. Eric S. Anderson

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

*Hymn #184: O Wondrous Sight, O Vision Fair (v. 1-4)

Please be seated

Call to Offering                                                                                        Jane Kawazoe

Jesus does not need a special shelter, and neither do Moses and Elijah. People like us need shelters: shelter from the weather, shelter from loneliness, shelter from illness, shelter from hopelessness. With our gifts we contribute to those shelters for body, mind, and spirit. 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: Simple Prayer                                                                      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                                                                                  Jane Kawazoe

We listen, O God, and we try to listen well. We respond, O God, and we try to respond wholeheartedly. We give, O God, and we pray that you accept these gifts as signs of our love and faithfulness. Amen.

* Hymn #164: Arise, Your Light Is Come (v. 1-4)

Please be seated

Announcements                                                                                     Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Benediction                                                                                               Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Postlude: Postlude on Yorkshire                                                       Kayleen Yuda

* Please stand if you are able.

Is There Anybody Here?
John Troutman
Tune: © 1985 Lorenz Publishing Company
A division of the Lorenz Corporation
(Admin by Music Services)
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding
Text by Carl P. Daw, 1988
© 1988 by Hope Publishing Company
Tune HYFRYDOL by Rowland H. Prichard, 1844
Arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906
Arr. © Oxford University Press from The English Hymnal
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

The Snow is Dancing
S. Debussy
Public Domain

Simple Prayer
Virgil Ford
Tune: © 1984 Lorenz Publishing Company,
A division of The Lorenz Corporation
(Admin. by Music Services)
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

O Wondrous Sight, O Vision Fair
Latin Text 1495
Trans. by John Mason Neale, 1851
Tune DEO GRACIAS ca. 1415
Public Domain

Arise, Your Light is Come!
Text by Ruth Duck, 1973
© 1992 GIA Publications, Inc.
Tune FESTAL SONG by William Walter, 1872
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Postlude on Yorkshire
David Lasky
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

                                                                 Dates to Remember
Today, February 19 – Deacons meeting after worship
Monday, February 20 – President’s Day holiday
Tuesday, February 21 – Bible Study, 3 pm via Zoom
Wednesday, February 22 – Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, February 22 – Bible Study, 5pm Meeting Room
Thursday, February 23 — Bible Study, 9:30 am Meeting Room

Pastor                                                                                  Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Stefan Tanouye
Lay Reader                                                                        Jane Kawazoe        
Choir Accompanist                                                        Kanako Okita
Choir Director & Conductor                                     Doug Albertson
Organist                                                                             Kayleen Yuda
Hand Bell Director                                                        Anna Kennedy
Chapel Decorations                                                       Hats Kamimura
Childcare Coordinator                                               
Evonne Shioshita
Movement Leader                                                         Genie Phillips
Projected Imagery                                                        Sue Smith
Web Master                                                                      Ruth Niino-DuPonte  
Videographers                                                                Eric Tanouye, Bob Smith, Eli   
                                                                                                Yamaki, Ruth Niino-DuPonte

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