Dear Cathedral Ohana:
There’s a light rain coming in from the Koʻolau Mountains as I write to you this morning. It puts me in a reflective mood and gives me the opportunity to sit and think about my blessings, especially the gift of being able to serve at the Cathedral and to take part in its life, worship, and community.
That’s on my mind perhaps because (at my request) Honolulu Theater for Youth came in yesterday and put 30 bulletin boards up in the hallway of the Memorial Building so that we could put our photos back up. That meant that I had to go through the photos that I had taken over the past year and a half and I am just amazed at the different things that I have occurred as I went down Memory Lane. I have photographs of Sunday worship, parties, baptisms, weddings, funerals, Aliʻi Sundays, services with the Bishop, and many more. And the thing that I pick up from looking at those photos is a sense of joy in our community, for which I am very grateful. I hope to have some of the photos up in time for the ordinations on Saturday.
In the midst of all of this, I’m also a bit pensive. In my last cure, I would often go down to the Puna coastline to get re-centered, and would even go down there to write sermons, asking the beauty of creation around me to inspire my words. Much of that area, the places where I hung out, are gone; including the house of a friend where I used to go and spend time. A parishioner from Holy Apostles has also lost his home. I think this makes the sense of joy I feel at the Cathedral all the more special, because of the contrast with what people in Puna are going through. I thank you for your continued financial support for them, as well as your prayers.
In the meantime, life goes on. We have the ordination of six people to the transitional diaconate coming up on Saturday at 10:00, as well as our regular offerings of worship today at 11:30 – along with our four weekend services. There are sermons to write, meetings to attend, new computers to install, and many other things. In the midst of it all, let’s all bear in mind our call to give glory to God in all that we do, including our prayers for the people of Puna.
I look forward to seeing you all at the ordinations this weekend, and at worship. Please take care until then.