LENT 4 – Sunday March 26th – Reflections on Compassion
Thanks to those who came to our excellent dinner discussion last Sunday! We will meet for a lunch finale on April 2nd, sharing our comments and unanswered questions from the five-week journey. Please sign up for this final meal meeting by emailing Melvia Kawashima, <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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- The Tenth Step – Knowledge How have you been misunderstood? Do you think you might also have misunderstood or misinterpreted a topic due to lack of knowledge?
- The Eleventh Step – Recognition How in your life have you struggled with an enemy and with yourself toward reconciliation?
- The Twelfth Step – Love Your Enemies Who inspires you to want to love your enemies?
Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Dear Cathedral Ohana:
As I write to you this week, I realize that we are in the middle of Lent and not only can I not believe how quickly the time is going by, but as I walk the grounds of the Cathedral in the mornings and evenings (when I return from my workout at the gym), I am overwhelmed by the presence of God that I feel here and with all of you. I am continually struck by the depth of faith of this community and your commitment to the mission and ministry of our Cathedral.
As many of you know, I was on Hawaii Island last week Thursday and Friday to attend to personal matters before returning to Honolulu early Saturday morning to lead a retreat for the Episcopal Church Women (ECW). It’s interesting to me that when I go back to the Big Island, I feel like I’m visiting rather than going home. This is because Honolulu is now my home and the Cathedral is my church. A big part of this feeling comes from the fact that the week before last, I paid off my pledge and capital campaign commitment to Holy Apostles ($1110 & $2665). Beginning in April, which marks the beginning of the second quarter of the fiscal year, I will be making pledge payments to the Cathedral of Saint Andrew and feel honored to do so because of the way that you have all welcomed me back into the fold.
I recorded a count of 259 people at our services this past weekend. I presided at all five of them and preached at four (there is no sermon at Compline). I’m encouraged by our worship numbers, the musical offerings at the 8:00, 10:30 and Compline services, the positive responses to my preaching efforts, and the sense of spirit that I feel that as we gather together to worship the God we love.
Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2017