What I’m Thinking: Whom Shall I Fear?

As we wrestle in Hawai’i with the shocking news of murder and arson near Diamond Head, we hear the Psalmist ask: “Whom shall I fear?” Here’s a transcript: I’m thinking about how a Sunday in Honolulu, just below the majesty of Diamond Head, became the setting for violence, for fire, for death. My prayers are […]

January 19, 2020 in What I'm Thinking by

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Sermon: Let Me Introduce…

January 19, 2020Second Sunday after the Epiphany John 1:29-42 by Eric Anderson Every once in a while I get introduced to someone. It usually goes something like this: “Let me introduce you. This is Eric Anderson. He’s the pastor at Church of the Holy Cross in Hilo.” Then I put on my best “I’m not […]

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Upcoming Service Day, January 25

The next Service Day for cleaning and beautifying our church campus is scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 8:30 to 1:00 pm. More hands make for lighter work! Thank you for pitching in in whatever way you can. Click here to view the Service Day flyer.

January 17, 2020 in Community, Events by

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What I’m Thinking: The Old, Old Question

When John the Baptist began to “introduce” Jesus to his followers, he opened the question we’ve been asking ever since: Who is Jesus? Here’s a transcript: Belatedly, I wish you a very Happy New Year. My prayer is that the struggles and trials that 2020 has already brought to us on the national and international […]

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Sermon: Scrub-a-Dub

January 12, 2020Baptism of Jesus Matthew 3:13-17 by Eric Anderson Jesus went to the Jordan River, to the place where John the Baptist ranted and roared about the sinfulness of those who came to hear him. Here’s what he told the most respected religious leaders of his day when they ventured to the riverside: “You […]

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Sermon: Christmas Meditation

December 24, 2019Christmas EveLuke 2:1-16 by Eric Anderson What an evening we have had! It’s been filled with amazing music shared in different languages. It’s been filled with the ancient story of a Savior’s birth in Bethlehem. It’s been filled with people we love and people we don’t know; here we are, filling this house […]

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What I’m Thinking: Birth of a Savior

Luke and all his contemporaries knew where a savior should be born – and it wasn’t in a stable. Yet that, said Luke, is the way God works. Here’s a transcript: “And while Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to be delivered. And she gave birth to her first born […]

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Sermon: God With Us

December 22, 2019Fourth Sunday of AdventMatthew 1:18-25 by Eric Anderson All the stories of Jesus’ birth have something in common: the unpredictability of it all, the intrusiveness of it all, the world-overturning plans-unmaking you-may-have-had-your-ideas-of-what-would-happen-but-I-am-God-and-I-will-get-my-way of it all. Consider Joseph. Unlike Luke, whose Gospel concentrates on Mary, Matthew tells the story of Jesus’ birth from Joseph’s […]

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Pastor’s Corner: Christmas Giving

December 18, 2019 Some years ago my mother-in-law contributed mashed potatoes to a family Christmas meal for the first time. They were gently seasoned with garlic, so subtly that the precise flavor was hard to identify but so uniquely delicious that the first mouthful raised gasps around the table. Years later, it fell to me […]

December 18, 2019 in Pastor's Corner Reflections by

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Christmas Greetings from the United Church of Christ

The elected officers of the United Church of Christ – General Minister and President the Rev. John Dorhauer, Associate General Minister the Rev. Traci Blackmon, and Associate General Minister the Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson – offer Christmas greetings and blessings to the people of the UCC and of the world in this video.

December 18, 2019 in Community by

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