Worship for September 10, 2023

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Welcome to Church of the Holy Cross’s live stream of its worship service for Sunday, September 10, 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, September 10, 2023
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.

Prelude: Under His Wings                                                                    Kayleen Yuda

Lighting of the Candles

Ringing of the Bell

Welcome                                                                                                    Rev. Eric S. Anderson

* Call to Worship: (based on Psalm 149)                                      Cindy Debus

Leader:         Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song!
People:        We will sing God’s praise in this assembly of the people.

Leader:         Let all the earth be glad of its Creator. Let the children of humanity rejoice.
People:        We will praise with dance and song, with tambourine and strings.

Leader:         The LORD takes pleasure in humanity, adorning the humble with success.
People:        Let the faithful exult in glory. Let us sing for joy wherever we may be.

All:     Let us worship God!

* Hymn #497: Guide My Feet (v. 1-4)

* Invocation: (based on Psalm 119:33-40)                                   Cindy Debus

Teach us, O LORD, the ways of your statutes, that we may observe them until the end. Give us understanding that we may keep your law with our whole heart. Turn our hearts to your decrees, not to selfish gain. Turn our eyes away from vanity. Give us life in your ways. We long for your direction. In your righteousness give us life everlasting. Amen.

Please be seated


Anthem: Grace Alone                                                                       Holy Cross Singers

Time with the Children

Scripture: Exodus 12:1-14                                                                  Cindy Debus

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs. You shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the Passover of the Lord. For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

 This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.

Matthew 18:15-20
‘If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax-collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.’

Sermon: With Your Sandals on Your Feet                                      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 #504: You Walk Along Our Shoreline (v. 1-3)

Call to Offering                                                                                        Cindy Debus

We believe that God is the source of all that is and of all that lives. Among all the infinity of Creation, God care for each one of us. Let us bring our care to our neighbors in honor of our Creator through these offerings today. 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: God’s Love Surrounds Us                                                Kayleen Yuda

* Doxology
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

Accept these gifts, O God, for they are a part of what we present to you. Today we gather in prayer and song; tomorrow we act in love and mercy. Accept all these offerings, we ask, and bless them In Jesus’ name. Amen.

* Hymn #609: Now Is the Time Approaching (v. 1-3)

Please be seated

Announcements                                                                                     Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Benediction                                                                                               Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Postlude: Praise                                                                                       Kayleen Yuda

* Please stand if you are able.


Under His Wings
Contributors: Ira David Sankey, Robert J Hughes
Tune: © 1970 Lorenz Publishing Company,
a division of The Lorenz Corporation
(Admin. by Music Services)
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Guide My Feet
Text Traditional African-American
Tune GUIDE MY FEET Traditional African-American
Arr. by Joyce Finch Johnson, 1992
© 1992 The Pilgrim Press
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Grace Alone
by Scott Wesley Brown & Jeff Nelson
© 1998 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing
(Admin. By Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)
Streamed by permission CCLI License #1595965

You Walk along Our Shoreline
Text by Sylvia G. Dunstan, 1984
© 1991 GIA Publications, Inc.
Tune SALLEY GARDENS, trad. Irish melody
Harm. The New Century Hymnal, 1994
© 1993 The Pilgrim Press
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

God’s Love Surrounds Us
Carl Simone
Tune: © 1985 Lorenz Publishing Company
a division of The Lorenz Corporation
(Admin. by Music Services)
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Now Is the Time Approaching
Text by Jane Laurie Borthwick, 1859
Tune WEBB by George J. Webb, 1837
Public Domain

Contributor: Dennis Eliot
Tune: © 2007 Lorenz Publishing Company
Reserved. ASCAP Text: 2007 Lorenz Publishing Company
Streamed by permission ONELICENSE A-735890

Dates to Remember
Today, September 10th – Council Meeting after worship

Pastor       Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Stefan Tanouye
Lay Reader       Cindy Debus
Choir Accompanist  Kanako Okita
Choir Director Doug Albertson
Organist   Kayleen Yuda
Hand Bell Director Anna Kennedy
Chapel Decorations Joyce Nakamoto
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

We welcome you to worship this day. Church of the Holy Cross seeks to help its members, friends, and visitors follow the guidance of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit, encouraging all people to love one another according to the teachings of Jesus. We live and teach the faith, speak good news, minister to people near and far, and work with other households of faith and helping agencies to improve our community and our world. Please call or write us to learn more and join in. To support our ministries financially, donate online here.

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