photo: Fr. Moki Hino, The Cathedral of St. Andrew (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Letter from Fr. Moki, August 14, 2019

Dear Cathedral Ohana:

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been coming onto Queen Emma Square early in the morning, usually around 7:30. I appreciate the silence and solitude that I experience on the Square at that time of day and I especially find solace by sitting on one of the two benches under the pakalana trellises and feeling God’s presence in the aroma of the flowers and the light wind that comes in through the venturi effect that the cloister creates. I like to call those moments God shots. They’re like little spiritual boosts that I strive to find throughout my day and I hope that you have those moments and those places as well, where you can feel the presence of God that you need to get you through the demands of your day. We’re blessed by our lives in the church, especially when we realize that we have these extra little gifts from God to help us through what can be challenging times and situations.

This morning I spent almost half an hour on the bench and then went back into the world of running the office, preparing sermons, looking at bulletins, monitoring finances, working with staff, and attending and arranging meetings. These things are all a means to a very wonderful end being of use to the God I love. I’m grateful that I can serve.

As we look to the coming week, there is a Stewardship Committee meeting this evening where we will begin to take a look at our 2020 pledge drive for the Cathedral. The coming week also has a clergy listening session with Camp Mokuleia, our diocesan camp on the North Shore. The camp is endeavoring to discern how to collaborate not only to keep the camp up and running, but also to be available for the spiritual enhancement of the people in our diocese. Also in the coming week, we will honor Prince Albert, Crown Prince of Hawaii at all three Sunday morning services, with the Royal Civic Societies in attendance at 8:00.

In the midst of all of that there are gutters that need to be cleaned, leaks in fountains that need to be addressed, groups to be hosted, and the list goes on. The staff and I will tend to these issues faithfully. I look forward to being with all of you at worship this weekend. Please take care until then.