I write after being away on a week’s vacation on the US Mainland and I am glad to be home and back on the Cathedral Square.
I returned home to a wonderful Sunday where we honored Queen Lili`uokalani not only at our 8:00 service, but also with a rousing and stirring Evensong at 5:30PM. The music that Todd put together and the way the choir pulled it off made, what was for me, a deep and profoundly spiritual worship experience that not only honored the Queen, but also gave glory to God. I am extremely pleased with how it all turned out and it was really good to have our choral scholars back with us after their summer hiatus.
Stewardship Listening Sessions
Many of you have received word inviting you to attend one of two listening sessions that I will facilitate to determine how the congregation would like to move forward as stewards (caretakers) of the mission and ministry to which we’ve been entrusted by God. I would like to confirm the dates and times and ask that you please register for one of the sessions:
Wednesday, September 13th at 6:15PM in the Von Holt Room with light supper
Saturday, September 16th at 6:15PM in the Von Holt Room with light supper
Please note that there was confusion about the September 16th offering. It will be on September 16th and not September 17th. September 17th is set aside for services for Bishop Chang.
Reiterating a Previous Request
A couple of months back I wrote and asked that we keep Sundays holy, sacred and focused on worship by refraining from business discussions and saving them for the work week. I am pleased with the way the congregation has honored that request and I’d like to ask that we extend that courtesy to Bryan, our Facilities Manager. Sundays are physically intensive and time sensitive for him and I ask that matters of calendaring, scheduling and facilities maintenance be saved for the workweek. Bryan is in the office Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and most Saturdays. Thank you so much for understanding.
We lost Bishop Chang last week and his service is scheduled for 4:00 pm on Sunday, September 17th here at the Cathedral. Visitation will begin at 2:00 pm and a reception will follow the service. All are invited to attend.
Bishop Chang ordained me to the priesthood on February 4th, 2006 at Church of the Good Shepherd in Wailuku, Maui. He was bishop during all my seminary studies and he continued to serve as a mentor after he retired in 2007. He faithfully attended our 7:00 am service and I am sure that he will be greatly missed and much appreciated by many in our diocese and the wider church. As we have always done over the years, Bishop Fitzpatrick and I are working very closely to put together a fitting service for Bishop Chang.
I returned to Honolulu late Friday evening and on Saturday I caught up on correspondence. At 5:30PM I presided at the Eucharist and then joined some parishioners for dinner afterwards. On Sunday, of course, we honored Queen Lili`uokalani. After the three services, I went home and crafted a sermon for this Sunday and then officiated Evensong in honor of the Queen. On Monday, of course, we were closed for Labor Day and on Tuesday I came in and had individual meetings with staff, caught up on letter writing, emails and phone calls and met with the caterer for Bishop Chang’s funeral. Today I have a staff meeting, Eucharist, luncheon, counseling session, Personnel Committee meeting, and a pastoral call at a hospital. Tomorrow I have a spiritual direction session, a meeting with a representative from Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries, a luncheon with the verger, a meeting to discuss Children’s Youth Day, and have to write my weekly report to the Bishop.
I look forward to seeing you all at worship on either Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. Please take care until then.