Clergy Reflections

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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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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