Clergy Reflections

Message from Fr. Moki July 19, 2017

Dear Cathedral Ohana:

As many of you know, I have been away on Hawai‘i Island to attend the funeral of my grandmother’s sister and I returned to Honolulu late yesterday afternoon. I thank you for your kind words of comfort and your expressions of condolence to my family and me in our time of loss.

As I reported to you last week, on Thursday morning the staff and I closed the office and met to discuss the calendar for the coming year and our various roles, needs, and expectations as we endeavor to serve you as your staff. I think we all left feeling that the session was good and the time well spent. After our meeting, we took Jasmine out to lunch at the Contemporary Art Museum up in Makiki Heights. As you know, Sunday was Jasmine’s last day with us and we send her off to her final year of studies in Connecticut with warm thoughts and best wishes.

On Friday morning, Todd and I met with Ruth Bingham from the Orvis Foundation and she endorsed the draft of our grant proposal, which I will submit later this week. I ask that you keep this particular process in your prayers and that if it is God’s will, that we prevail in our endeavor to receive these funds for the Cathedral’s music program.

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Message from Fr. Moki, July 12, 2017

Dear Cathedral Ohana:

As I walked to the office this morning and came into the Memorial Building cloister, I saw three white terns swirling in the sky and making their way back to the monkey pod tree above the birdbath. It reminded me of how I talked about the terns in a sermon a few weeks back and how when I see them, I am reminded of the presence of the Holy Spirit as she blesses our mission and ministry as a cathedral congregation. And as we move forward in mission and ministry, I offer the following thoughts, reflections and reports of the past week.

LEM Training & Acolyte Training
Roth Puahala has graciously offered to train Lay Eucharistic Ministers and Acolytes between two Sunday services in July. They will be offered on:

July 23rd at 9:15AM for LEMs
July 30th at 9:15AM for Acolytes

Please note that in order to serve as a LEM, one must be a confirmed communicant in good standing in the Episcopal Church. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions and/or concerns.

Judy Masuda
Judy Masuda, our Altar Guild Chair, just retired from Chaminade University and will take an extended trip to be with family on the Mainland. First of all, I would like to say “Congratulations” to Judy and wish her safe travels and a safe and speedy return to us. While Judy is away, Aunty Tiny Chang has agreed to take the lead on Altar Guild matters and I am very grateful to her as well. The Cathedral is blessed with a truly dedicated Altar Guild.

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Message from Fr. Moki, July 5, 2017

Dear Cathedral Ohana:

I’d like to start this week’s missive by saying how incredibly moving our worship was this past Sunday. To preach a sermon about the Kimo Henderson Hula with the composer’s granddaughter in the congregation was truly an honor and then to have the song played and the aunties get up and dance – wow. It is something I will never forget. Then to have the Honor Choir USA with us at the 10:30 service and to take in the Battle Hymn of the Republic on the July 4th weekend – incredible.

Jasmine will be preaching the next two Sundays and her last day with us will be Sunday, July 16th. After that she’ll spend some time at home on Hawaii Island and then will head off for her third and final year at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. It has been a real treat to have Jasmine here with us and I appreciate her insights and contributions to the life of the Cathedral this summer.

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Message from Jasmine Bostock, Seminarian Intern, June 28, 2017

Dear Cathedral ‘Ohana,

Father Moki asked me to write to you all with some updates on what I have experienced while I have been here. First of all, I would like to thank all of you for the warm welcome and encouragement you have given me. The Cathedral is a new church environment for me to get used to, and all of your smiling faces and genuine encouragement have helped it to feel like home. Mahalo.

Last week, I helped Father Moki to plan the Chapter retreat, where we had fruitful discussions about the calendar for the next year, the fountain, and the ways we organize and think about the committees of the Cathedral. In regards to the committees, we organized them under category headings (an acronym of SWEEPS – Stewardship, Worship, Education, Evangelism, Pastoral care, and Service). This allowed us to see where our efforts are, and where we might need to build in ministry. As we went through categorizing in this way, we also looked at the six Hawaiian values from the DOE, using them as a “litmus test” for each of the committees.

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Message from Fr. Moki, June 18, 2017

Dear Cathedral Ohana:

First of all, I’d like to report an attendance of 198 over four services last weekend, which is a good number for the summer and a holiday weekend. It was nice to see you all and to welcome visitors who came to church.

Since I last wrote to you (on Wednesday last week), my calendar has been full. I have done two home visits with parishioners, which is something I love to do. I’ve also attended various meetings with wardens, officers, staff, vendors, spiritual directees, and constituents of the Cathedral Square (St. Paul’s, St. Peter’s, the Cathedral, the Office of the Bishop, and St. Andrew’s Schools). In the midst of this schedule I have also been mentoring Jasmine Bostock, whom you met on Sunday morning and who is our seminary intern for six weeks before she heads back to Yale Divinity School for her final year of studies.

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Message from Fr. Moki, June 11, 2017

Dear Cathedral Ohana: As I write, I find it hard to believe that it is the middle of the week already.  As they say, “Time flies when you’re having fun!”  And I am having fun.  Our services over the weekend were very grounding and joy-filled for me and I was delighted to have Bishop Fitzpatrick join us in his cathedral and the music offerings that…

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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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