Clergy Reflections

Message from Fr. Moki, May 14, 2017

Dear Cathedral Ohana:

I am happy to report an attendance of 215 people over four services last weekend and I’m grateful to Father Keleawe Hee for joining us at the 10:30 service to preach and preside. Father Keleawe’s being with us gave me the opportunity to sit in the pews and take part in the service as a congregant and it was interesting to see things from that perspective.

The Worship Committee met on Monday afternoon in the Manger and we identified a need for additional acolytes, lectors, and Lay Eucharistic Ministers. An ad to that effect went out last week in our Cathedral eNews and if you feel called to any or all of these ministries, please let me know and I will endeavor to get you trained as soon as possible.

A number of you commented on the sermon at 7:00 and 8:00 that I preached on Keanakolu, the plum farm that my uncle leased on the slopes of Mauna Kea in the 1970s and 1980s. For those of you at the 10:30 who missed it and would like to read it, it is posted on the Cathedral website.

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Message from Fr. Moki, May 7, 2017

Dear Cathedral Ohana:

I write in the middle of what is proving to be another busy week here at the Cathedral and that means that life is full, energizing, and meaningful. When I sit out on my lanai in the evenings and look out at the city lights of downtown Honolulu with our cathedral in the foreground, I think about the many lives that we touch. As an example, on Sunday morning I talked with a young couple from Tokyo, Japan who came to worship because they were wed in our sanctuary three years ago and our cathedral serves as a touchstone to the beginning of their life together. While we face a lot of challenges, we also do a lot of good and we affect people’s lives in positive ways.

Choral Scholars
Yesterday evening I went to the choir rehearsal to have a conversation with the choral scholars about the financial challenge we face in ensuring the continuation of the ministry through the rest of the year. The conversation was frank, grounded, and transparent. I outlined for the choir that choral scholars run $1400 per Sunday and after Pentecost, we will have $5400 remaining in the budget line item to pay them through the end of the year. Unfortunately, this means that we will have to ask the choral scholars to discontinue at the 8:00 service effective immediately and as is customary in most churches, I will ask the Cathedral choir (not the Hawaiian choir) to go on hiatus for the summer season. In the meantime, I will work with the Finance Committee on a solution that Todd and I have come up with to have the choir continue at a reduced rate from September through December of this year. The Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 15 and I hope to have more information to you after that. Please feel free to contact me by phone and/or email if you have any questions or concerns.

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Message from Fr. Moki, April 26 2017

Dear Cathedral Ohana:

I returned yesterday from a quick visit to Hawai‘i Island to spend time with my grandmother. It is always good to see and spend time with her and I am glad to be back in Honolulu as of yesterday afternoon. Every time I go back to my family home, I always reflect on how different my family homestead is from downtown Honolulu. They are like different planets, especially since the elevation at my grandmother’s house is quite high and the fog often rolls in in the morning. That is in great contrast to the blue sky and sunshine that I am enjoying as I sit on my lanai and write to you this afternoon.

Sunday
The Sunday after Easter is traditionally what they call a “low Sunday,” but that was not the case at the Cathedral. We had 217 people come to worship over four services this past Sunday and I enjoyed the opportunity to tell you my story about the opihi shell that my uncle polished for me many years ago. Sadly, I cannot find the shell. I searched for it frantically on Saturday night so that I could wear it on Sunday morning, but I fear it got lost in the move from Hilo to Honolulu.

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Message from Fr. Moki, April 19, 2017

Dear Cathedral Ohana:

Post-Easter, I have been sitting on my lanai in the mornings and watching a pair of terns flying back to their nest to feed their babies in one of the trees on Queen Emma Square. This morning when I saw them return to feed their young after being out at sea, it reminded me of how Christ returned to all of us in the resurrection that we commemorated at our services this weekend. He went away, and then he returned. In addition to that, the two terns flying in the air and hovering above that tree reminded me of the Holy Spirit and how she is always present in our midst, hovering around and waiting to land on our hearts.

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Message from Fr. Moki April 12, 2017

Dear Cathedral Ohana:

The holiest and most sacred time of the year is upon us and this morning I sat in the Cathedral in the company of a street person. Each of us, in our own private ways, sat in prayer. I felt the Christ within her ministering to me and I hope the Christ within me did the same for her. If that did indeed happen, then this truly is a holy Holy Week. And as I left the sanctuary to come back into the office, I was glad to know that because of all we do, people can come into our worship space, say prayers, and feel the presence of God. Furthermore, it’s nice to know that not only are we blessed; we are also a blessing to others. That makes me very proud to be your priest and to serve at the Cathedral. Let’s not lose sight of the way we can and do touch people’s lives.

A Special Mahalo
Last week I received a very gracious letter from Father Malcolm Chun where he submitted his resignation as Canon Pastor at the Cathedral. His last day in the office will be Friday, April 21st and that means that his last Sunday with us will be Easter Sunday. As such, Bishop Fitzpatrick has asked that he preside at the 8:00 Easter service and Father Malcolm has accepted the Bishop’s invitation to do so.

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Message from Fr. Moki April 5, 2017

Dear Cathedral Ohana:

The Fifth Sunday in Lent has come and gone and we had 228 people in attendance at five services over the weekend, which is a good indication of vibrancy and vitality in our congregation and parish. For me personally, it just feels so good and so right to be back at the Cathedral and worshipping with all of you. And as we move into Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter; I feel very, very blessed.

Palm Sunday
This coming Sunday we mark Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. Please be aware that the flow of the 8:00 and 10:30 services will be a bit different from what we’re used to. After the Liturgy of the Palms and the reading of the Epistle, we will have a sequence hymn and then go directly to the Prayers of the People. Then after receiving communion we will sing a closing hymn and then take in an interpretation of the Passion Gospel. After that final reading is over, I will give the Dismissal and ask the congregation to depart the sanctuary in silence. This will be different and I thank you in advance for your willingness to try something new. Mahalo!

Holy Week and Easter
We have a full schedule of Holy Week worship offerings next week and the Bishop will be with us at the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening as well as Easter Sunday at 8:00 and 10:30. The Altar Guild will work to create a garden in the ambulatory for prayer and reflection after the Maundy Thursday service and it will be available to you all until 9:00PM on Thursday evening, after which we will have the security guard come in and close the building for the night.

The schedule of services for Holy Week is:

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Message from Fr. Moki March 29, 2017

Dear Cathedral Ohana:

Let me start off by reporting to you that we had a count of 262 this past weekend, with 31 out of that 262 at Compline. I was pleased that the group of young adults that Chaplain Annalise gathered together for dinner decided to join us! I also very much appreciated Father Malcolm’s sermon on Sunday about Prince Kuhio and I learned a lot, especially the fact that Prince Kuhio was an Episcopalian. It was also nice to have Father Keleawe with us to preside at the 10:30 service as well Ha`aheo Guanson assisting as our seminarian intern.

Monday
Our weekend worship set the stage for what has been and will continue to be a full week for me here at the Cathedral. On Monday I had the honor of being invited to a luncheon with Kilani Ventura and Rianna Williams. As many of you know, Mrs. Williams wrote Gothic Splendor, which provides a detailed history of our Cathedral. She also wrote a phenomenal book called Deaths and Funerals of Major Hawaiian Ali`i as well as books on Kaumakapili Church and the life of Queen Lili`uokalani. After my luncheon, I drove out to the Lunalilo Home to call on Auntie Paulie Jennings and she extends her greetings and best wishes to her church family and hopes to be able to attend services again sometime in the near future.

Todd Beckham
On Tuesday evening I informed the Chapter that Todd Beckham signed a Letter of Agreement with the Cathedral to serve as Director of Music. I am very pleased to have Todd aboard permanently and I know that his contributions to our community’s mission and ministry will be invaluable. Thank you, Todd, for joining our Cathedral ohana.

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Message from Fr. Moki March 22, 2017

Dear Cathedral Ohana:

As I write to you this week, I notice that the days are getting longer and that it’s light when I get up in the morning. This past Sunday when I got to the Cathedral at 6:30, the sky was blue and I could see the clouds. When I went for my first Sunday with you on January 1st at 6:30, it was pitch black outside. It’s hard to believe that was almost three months ago. Time is flying by quickly for me and that is always a sign that, while there may be challenges that come our way, things are going well.

Sunday Morning
I am recording a count of 271 for our five services this weekend. Please bear in mind that this includes our 7:00PM Compline where we had 33 people worshipping. Please consider joining us for Compline this coming Sunday as well as the following Sunday. Compline is a wonderful way to contemplate the coming week and marinate in the music and prayers to feel God’s presence in our midst.

Many of you made very nice and positive comments on Sunday morning about the way I read the Gospel and presided over the Liturgy of the Table. This, of course, was the result of my working with a voice coach last week Thursday as well as calling in a sound guy who adjusted the amplifier and mikes. I appreciate the positive feedback and I’m touched that so many of you noticed and commented.

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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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