Ke hoʻomaikaʻi aku nei au i koʻu Akua i nā manawa a pau aʻu i hoʻomanaʻo ai iā ʻoukou; I nā pule a pau aʻu no ʻoukou a pau, ua pule nō au me ka ʻoliʻoli, no ko ʻoukou hoʻolauna ʻana i ka ʻeuanelio, mai ka lā mua mai, a i nēia wā.
I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. (Philippians 1:3-5)
St. Paul starts his epistle to the Philippians with a message of gratitude. Scholars believe that Paul wrote this letter at a stress-filled, yet wistful, time of his life; it was an unprecedented time, for sure. What a way to mark that significance, by expressing his thanks for the support and encouragement the people of Philippi had offered to him and the new church that was taking root.
We love this, and have been so supported and encouraged during this unprecedented COVID time, the threat of a hurricane, as well as this period of transition for our St. Andrewʻs ʻohana. We are taking the example of St. Paul, and think it is time for gratitudes to be shared:
For the Vergers, the Altar Guild, the Lectors, the Ushers, the Orvis Scholars, and the fabulous Leohone. You have pivoted your ministries to provide for the safest in-person worship we could share in together. Thank you.
For the volunteers who stepped forward to continue the live-streaming of our worship: Elizabeth, Ann, Robert, Leilani. We are grateful for your dedication, tenacity, and sticktoitiveness through all of the learning curves and challenges. And for the quick support for the worship service during our hurricane-that-wasnʻt – Leilani, MʻLiss, Matt, Elizabeth – Mahalo!
For the music offerings which fill us with joy! The Orvis Scholars and Leohone, the Boomers group, the soloists and the ensembles – and for sharing this music in the safest way we can…sometimes masked and behind plexi, sometimes home and alone, but always full of beauty and grace.
For the opportunities for Formation and Outreach which have continued during this time – Bible Study, school supplies for Kalihi Waena, and the sandwich making for Wallyhouse. Mahalo to George, Ann, and Barbara for your leadership.
For the staff: Liane, Lauren, Julia, Casey, Christopher – who prepare for all of us all of the time, always looking to keep our spaces ready and us praying and staying together. What a team!
For the whole St. Andrewʻs ‘ohana- thatʻs YOU! In-person for worship you have worn your masks and watched your safe distance, and online you have continued to gather and pray, too. We are deeply grateful for our ʻohana, and encourage you to spread the word about our life together! Invite neighbors, friends, and family to join us online– we have gone world-wide! Letʻs throw the doors of the Cathedral wide open and share our aloha and kokua with all.
We hold you all in our daily prayers. Please do not hesitate to be in touch if there is anything you need.
Aloha ke Akua,