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

Message from Fr. Moki April 10, 2019

Dear Cathedral Ohana:

I’ve been reading a lot about mindfulness these days and the importance of taking time to notice small things. And I find that I feel an awareness of God’s presence in the most interesting things, things that I often tend to overlook and not notice, because I’m busy doing rather than being. A case in point are the trellises that Bryan and Father Keleawe put up a while ago. When I was going into the sacristy the other morning to check on the count for this past Sunday, something caught my eye—one of the pakalana vines had finally made its way up the side of the trellis and to the top, something I’d been hoping for for several weeks now. It finally made it, but it made it on God’s time; not my time. I stopped, look and smiled. And I realized that it was worth the wait for that moment of joy. And I also realized that sometimes, I just have to be patient and let things unfold the way they are meant to unfold. And that brings to mind a story about a farmer who planted a mustard seed and when the shoots came up from the ground, he wanted them to grow so quickly that he tugged on them and eventually killed the plants by pulling them out of the ground. I realize that I have to trust in God’s time. And so, I sat on the bench under the trellis and just took it all in. And that’s a good vantage point to write to all of you this morning.

Evensong for Tikhon
We had a beautiful and rousing Evensong in the Cathedral on Sunday evening to honor Tikhon of Russia and we had the added gift of Christopher Sorrell’s being in our midst to share his icon of Tikhon with us and to talk about Tikhon’s ministry and life. It was a beautiful evening of music and worship and I look forward to our next Evensong on Sunday, May 5th at 5:30PM when we will to honor Prince Albert of Hawai‘i.

Matthew Moribe Memorial Service
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Matthew Moribe is scheduled for Saturday, April 27th at 6:30PM in the Cathedral with a reception to follow in Davies Hall. Visitation will begin at 5:30PM. For those who plan to attend, please note that there is a wedding in the Cathedral until 4:30 that afternoon and that it will be challenging to accommodate callers before 5:30. Thank you for understanding.

Name Tags
Thank you, thank you for ordering and wearing name tags on Sunday. I noticed that a number of choir members had them on as well and I greatly appreciate that as I’m sure the congregation does as well.

Sovereign Strings
On Friday and Saturday, the Cathedral hosted the Sovereigns Strings, an offering arranged by Maile Meyer from our 8:00 service. The group was very appreciative of the Cathedral’s hospitality and the event was well attended.

Queen Emma Ball
Maile Meyer and her husband Michael along with Herb and Nancy Conley were the honorees at this year’s Queen Emma Ball, hosted by St. Andrew’s Schools. As many of you know, Herb Conley’s father was the Dean of St. Andrew’s Cathedral in the 1970s and it was nice to have that connection with the school at their event.

HPU Choir at the 10:30 Eucharist
On Sunday morning at the 10:30 AM service we had the treat of having the choir from HPU with us and they lent their voices to our worship and it was exquisitely beautiful. I thank Alec Schumacher (pictured here) from HPU and Todd for helping to bring this about one for us once again.
Benedictine Work Day
Please remember our work day on Saturday, beginning at 10:00. In addition to worship and formation offerings throughout the day, we also have the added gift of a school choir from Cupertino, California coming in to experience singing in the space of our Cathedral sanctuary. It’s a very informal offering. The students simply want to feel what it’s like to sing in a place that has the acoustics that we have. It’s sure to be a special treat.

Closing Thoughts
I took a short break in the middle of writing this letter and walked by the trellises again and noticed that now both vines have reached the top. That vision is a wonderful way to start my day. Please take care until we see each other this weekend.


Fr. Moki’s past messages are available here, and his sermons are here.