Dear Cathedral Ohana:
I’ve been enjoying the cool temperatures in Honolulu over the past few days and worship on Sunday was cool and comfortable for us. We had 241 people in attendance as we honored our founder King Kamehameha IV. At the 8:00 service Leilani Kahoano offered a beautiful chant entitled Ua Nani O Nu‘uanu in tribute to the King and I noticed a light breeze coming through the Diamond Head door as she chanted. I took it as a spiritual sign that the chant was appreciated and offered in love for our founder and the many things, he did during his short lifetime to make worship possible for us over 150 years later.
I came away from that worship experience feeling refreshed and renewed. And now I’m ensconced in my week and have a few things to report to you.
EOW in Lent
Please remember that at the 10:30 services in Lent we will be using Enriching Our Worship (EOW) for our Eucharistic Prayer. The language and responses are new, so I am giving you a heads-up so that it won’t be too jarring for you. Personally, I like it when we change things like this, and it will be only for Lent, which will be a good spiritual practice as it will make me think about the words and what we’re saying in a way that using familiar prayers and wordings might not do for me because I’m accustomed to them and feel them in a different way.
I will travel to Hilo on Wednesday to visit with my grandmother and to pick up some wood roses from Holy Apostles that I hope to use as a flower arrangement for Lent. I will be at all three services on Sunday morning and then will head to Manila that afternoon. I will be back in the office on Monday, March 2nd. While in the Philippines I am going on a three-day silent retreat at the Cenacle House in Quezon City. Then I have a meeting of the Joint Commission on the Episcopal Church, also in Quezon City. Bishop Fitzpatrick will also attend this meeting.
Please note that we will have Evensong with the Orvis Music Scholars and Cathedral Choir in the sanctuary on Sunday, February 23rd at 5:30PM. As I will be in Manila at that time, The Rev. Alison Dingley will be with you to officiate. This is sure to be a beautiful worship offering, so please mark your calendars and make plans to attend if you can.
I mentioned this last week, but please remember that services for Uncle Richard Nagashima will be held in the Cathedral on Saturday, March 14th at 10:00AM with visitation beginning at 8:30AM. A reception will follow under the Diamond Head Tent.
That is all I have for this week. Please take care and I will look forward to seeing you at worship this weekend.