Clergy Reflections

Message from Fr. Moki

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.

Last Week
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.

Sunday
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.

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Message from Fr. Moki Thursday, March 9, 2017

Dear Cathedral Ohana:

I would like to start my reflection of the past week by saying how moved I was by our guest preacher, Sister Barbara Jean Brown, who traveled all the way from Delaware to be with us not only for three services, but also for the clergy day and Chrism Mass the day before. My personal take away from Sister BJ’s sermon is that love means being sensitive to understanding and experiencing the pain of others. To me that means that love is not always easy and that it doesn’t always feel good, but it does sum up our call by Christ to be compassionate, that is, to suffer with others in what can be a cruel and lonely world.

Compline: I also felt very moved by our Compline service at 7:00 later that day. It was, for me, a wonderful way to end a deep and meaningful day of worship and to transition into a calm and peaceful night before beginning my workweek on Monday morning. You helped me recall how I would often host Compline in my dormitory room in seminary and how at times I would have 20 or more people with me in my cramped quarters to say prayers and invoke the presence of God as we engaged in our studies, strove to be in community with one another, and hoped for a night of peaceful rest and quiet sleep – a rare commodity in the midst of our formation to become priests.

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Message from Fr. Moki Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dear Cathedral Ohana:
It’s been a wet and rainy week here in Honolulu, and I am grateful for how the weather puts me in a reflective mood so that I can think not only about my ministry, but also about life in general-what I’ve done so far and what I’d still like to do. For me, it’s a fitting way to begin Lent. Like I said in my sermon for Ash Wednesday, I am continually trying to find ways to get rid of life’s distractions so that I can focus on the presence of God.
For me, this has been a week of meetings. I’ve met with staff, collectively and individually. I’ve held spiritual direction sessions in my office. I met with the Executive Committee before our Chapter meeting and then attended the Chapter meeting itself. I’ve had discussions about anthems in honor of Darrow Aiona, organizing and recruiting people to help out with IHS, final plans for the wahi kapu, and the list goes on.

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Message from Fr. Moki Thursday, February 23, 2017

Dear Cathedral Ohana:
As I reflect upon my week here at the Cathedral, I realize that it has now been over one month since I returned from my doctoral residency at Virginia Theological Seminary. In that time I have written two book reports, three papers, and I’m in the midst of a congregational study where I am analyzing the social networks at the Cathedral, interviewing a cross-section of parishioners, and working on a historical timeline.

While many people in my cohort find this work tedious, I am finding it very life-giving, informative, and timely. My most significant finding in this study is the profound depth of spirituality that exists in this faith community. People here at the Cathedral have deep faith and an overwhelming desire to serve God. Bearing that in mind, I do not see how we can do anything but succeed as we work together to serve the God of our understanding by coming to worship and using the worship to inspire us to serve God in whatever way God is calling each of us to serve.

The past week has been a week where I have worked very closely with the Cathedral staff on various matters, including the preparation of our annual parochial report. I would like to take this opportunity to express my deep appreciation to God for the staff that currently serves the Cathedral. A good, committed team has come together to meet the needs of the Cathedral community and I am very happy with the way it is working out. We work hard together, we laugh together, and we are very honest with one another. I find that I am enjoying the collegiality among the current staff and I am honored to be its leader.

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Message from Fr. Moki, Feb. 17, 2017

Fr. Moki Hino, Canon Administrator and Priest-in-Charge

Fr. Moki Hino, Canon Administrator and Priest-in-Charge

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Dear Cathedral Ohana:

It has been another full and life-giving week at the Cathedral and I am looking forward to Saturday evening and Sunday morning as we gather to worship the God who makes life not only possible, but also rewarding. As I end my workweek, my heart is full and I am grateful to be here serving as your priest.

Worship Committee

On Monday our Worship Committee met for an hour and a half to reflect on and prepare for our liturgical life here at the Cathedral. I’d like to make the following report:

  • We will have three services on Ash Wednesday (March 1st):
    • 7:00AM Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes in the Cathedral choir stalls
    • 11:30AM Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes in the Parke Chapel
    • 5:30PM Eucharist with music and the Imposition of Ashes in the Cathedral
  • We will pray the Great Litany at the 8:00 and 10:30 services on the 1st and 3rd Sundays in Lent (March 5th and March 19th).
  • During Holy Week, in addition to our regular Easter Sunday schedule, we will hold the following services:
    • Maundy Thursday (April 13th) at 5:30PM
    • Good Friday (April 14th) at 12:00N
    • The Great Vigil of Easter (April 15th) at 7:00PM
  • All services will take place in the Cathedral
  • Our next Aliʻi Sunday will honor the Baptism & Confirmation of Queen Lili`uokalani on Sunday, May 21st at the 8:00 service
  • Beginning the First Sunday in Lent, the 7:00 service will gather in the choir stalls for Eucharist

Please feel free to contact me during the week if you have any further questions. Mahalo!

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Message from Fr. Moki, Feb. 3, 2017

Thursday, February 3, 2017 Dear Cathedral Ohana: Not only is it hard for me to believe that the end of the week has come, it’s also hard to believe that one month has passed since I arrived back on the Cathedral Close. Quite a number of you have asked how it’s going for me and my response is always the same, “It’s hard work and…

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Message from Fr. Moki

Fr. Moki Hino, Canon Administrator and Priest-in-Charge

Fr. Moki Hino, Canon Administrator and Priest-in-Charge

Thursday, February 9, 2017
Dear Cathedral Ohana:

I’m very much settled into my routine at the Cathedral and I must say what a joy it is to wake up, drink a cup of coffee, and then walk two minutes to the office. I also enjoy sitting my lanai at night and looking at the Cathedral all lit up. It really is a beautiful place and I find peace and serenity when I look at it at night or when I walk the grounds after everyone has gone home. St. Andrew’s, after all, is my spiritual home and I’m so honored to be back with all of you.

Bells

We’ve had a group of bell ringers with us from the Pacific Northwest and they rang together on Sunday morning and afternoon. I could feel the sense of joy emanating from the bell tower when I got home from church and I was glad to know that our Cathedral is a place that can bring that kind of feeling about.

Saturday Service

On Saturday I returned from my two-day visit with my grandmother on Hawai`i Island in time to preach and preside at the Saturday evening service in the Cathedral. It was a nice, informal gathering with 19 people in attendance. I preached an extemporaneous sermon and we gathered around the altar for the distribution of communion, which I found very moving. It was a nice way to begin my liturgical weekend.

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Christmas Message

From The Reverend Moki Hino, newly appointed Canon Administrator  and Priest-in-Charge

Fr. Moki Hino, Canon Administrator and Priest-in-Charge

Fr. Moki Hino, Canon Administrator and Priest-in-Charge

Dear Cathedral ʻOhana,

As I prepare to leave Hilo to go to Honolulu to serve as your Canon Administrator and Priest-in-Charge, I find it necessary to wake up extra early to start my day with prayer and then delve into all the things that need to be done in order to move from one place to another. I appreciate the stillness, the darkness, the sounds of nature, and the stirring of my soul as I begin to anticipate things to come. It’s a fitting place for me to be spiritually as Advent comes to an end and Christmas approaches.

Leading up to the decision to accept my appointment, I had several discussions with Bishop Fitzpatrick about his sense of mission and ministry and how he looks forward to journeying with us as we move toward that vision of stewardship of our Hawaiian heritage, musical and liturgical innovation, and the mandate of our Holy Sovereigns to reach out to those in need. I look forward to working with you and to bringing that vision to fruition not only for us as the Cathedral community, but also for the community at-large who in this day and age seems to long desperately for the Christ light in their midst.

As I sit, pray and meditate on these dark and comforting Hilo mornings I offer up gratitude (click Read More)

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Announcement of the Appointment of a Canon Administrator & Priest-in-Charge

Bishop’s letter to the Congregation (Nov. 10, 2016) – I am pleased to inform the congregation that last night the Chapter confirmed my appointment of the Reverend Moki Hino as Canon Administrator & Priest-in-Charge of the Cathedral of St. Andrew. As my appointee and representative, he will be responsible for liturgical, programmatic and administrative oversight and management of the Cathedral congregation. He is to join…

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Pa`akai a Malamalama

Salt and Light Reflections from the Dean

“Seeking Reconciliation”

From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  (2 Corinthians 5: 16 21)

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