Dear Cathedral Ohana:
I’m writing in the middle of the week after a weekend of full and rich worship experiences. The choir from Hawaii Pacific University was with us at the 10:30 service and while I appreciated all their music, I was especially grateful for the selection by Handel for the Offertory. The timbre of their voices with the accompaniment of the organ propelled me into a wonderful spiritual realm as I presided at the table. I came home on Sunday feeling grateful not only for that, but for all our worship offerings over the weekend. What I enjoy about worship at the Cathedral is that all four of our weekend services are very different and the variety creates a spirituality in me that I might not have if I presided at four services that were all the same. I very much appreciate that.
I’m also grateful for the gift of the Paschal candle that’s lit during our services, ever reminding me of the presence of the Risen Christ in our midst and in our lives. It also enhances a personal feeling for me that people like Bishop Chang, Kilani Ventura, Nat Potter, and others who’ve passed away since last Easter, are present with us through the Resurrection. I am very grateful for that.
We are having a calm and quiet week at the Cathedral and I have had a number of meetings and pastoral calls. Today I have a full schedule of meetings with the staff in addition to our Wednesday Eucharist. Tomorrow I will be heading to Hilo for funeral services for my auntie who died a couple of weeks ago at the age of 94. I will be back Saturday afternoon in time to preside at the 5:30 PM Eucharist. Until then, please take care.