Dear Cathedral Ohana:
Not only can I not believe that January has come and gone, I also can’t believe that we are approaching the Last Sunday of Epiphany and that a week from now it will be Ash Wednesday. Where has the time gone?
The Worship Committee met last week Thursday evening and we are ready for our three Ash Wednesday offerings on February 14. We will have two morning services at 7:00 AM and 11:30 AM, both without music and both in the choir stalls. Later that afternoon, we will have another service at 5:30 PM in the Nave with Music. All three services will offer Holy Communion.
We had close to 250 people attend church last weekend. I was quite pleased with this figure, especially since it was Super Bowl Sunday. We also had a wonderful Evensong to commemorate the Presentation with wonderful music, prayers, and hymns. Our next Evensong will be on Sunday, March 11 at 5:30 PM to dedicate the memorial plaques for Bishop Chang and Bishop Browning.
Please remember that funeral services for Kilani Ventura will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 17, proceeded by visitation at 9:00 AM and followed by a reception under the Aloha Hour Tent.
My week has been and continues to be full. I’ve made a number of phone calls, answered and written a number of emails, attended more than one meeting, engaged in counseling sessions, prepared sermons for this Sunday and Ash Wednesday, and continued to work on a Letter of Agreement for Father Keleawe as well as a Memorandum of Understanding between the Cathedral and St. Paul’s.
In the midst of the business though, I realize that I was neglecting to say prayers and to spend time in meditation. As such, I’ve taken to actually calendaring prayer time during my week and this has been a tremendous help. I offer it to you as a possible discipline for Lent and as a way for all of us to deepen our relationship with God.
During my times of prayer, I have been overwhelmed with the sense of gratitude for my ministry with all of you and the gift of being able to serve again at the Cathedral, which is a place and with people that I have always loved.
Please continue to have a fruitful and peaceful week and I will look forward to seeing you at worship. Please take care until then.