Dear Cathedral Ohana:
As I write this on Tuesday afternoon, I’m thinking back to this past Saturday at the 5:30PM Eucharist when during the Peace, little Harry Kusunoki came up to me to shake my hand and said, “I’m going to help you.” And the next thing I knew, there he was up at the altar with me and copying all my hand gestures and manual acts as I presided at the Liturgy of the Table. The best part, though, was went I made a slight bow after the Memorial Institution and he copied me by putting his forehead on top of the altar.
I share all this, because I think it’s important (number one) to make our worship experience accessible, especially to young people. Who knows? Even at two years of age, we may be forming a future ordained minister. Time will tell. I also think it’s important to allow ourselves to experience joy in our worship. I truly, truly believe that’s God’s will for us and Harry helped to make that happen not just for me, but for everyone who attended the Eucharist that evening. It’s a memory that I will keep in my heart for years to come.
I want to thank everyone who came out for the work day on Saturday. I was amazed at the things people got done as well as with the spirit of community that I could feel throughout the day. I am just so appreciative and I know that your offering was pleasing in God’s sight.
UH Chamber Choir
After the work day I was at home eating dinner and had a spur of the moment desire to go back to the Cathedral to listen to Jace Saplan and the UH Chamber Singers. I thought to myself, “Just go back and listen to two or three numbers, then go home.” The concert was so good that I ended up staying for the whole thing! The concert was a wonderful mixture of classical, modern and Hawaiian music and I’m so glad I listened to that small voice inside me that told me to go back for it.
You may remember that I was away for Palm Sunday last year to attend and participate in March for Our Lives. I have no regrets about that, but I must say that it was good to be with all of you in the Cathedral for Palm Sunday this year. I appreciate the joy that I felt as we processed into the Cathedral together and then at the 8:00 and 10:30 services when we read the Passion Gospel at the end and then departed in silence—wow. I want to thank Todd for suggesting to end that way as well as for the beautiful music that he and the choirs offered that morning.
For me, our Palm Sunday services set the perfect tone for Holy Week and we are ready for the Triduum that begins with Maundy Thursday, continues with Good Friday and culminates with the Great Vigil of Easter on Saturday. I encourage you to attend these services and look forward to being there with all of you.
House of Representatives
Later this morning I will be at the State House of Representatives to offer the opening prayer for this morning’s session. This will be the second time I’ve been asked to do this this year and it is such a privilege and honor to represent the Cathedral this way. I’m grateful.
Sand Island Treatment Center
When I was here as Canon Pastor, one of my regular ministries was going out to Sand Island Treatment Center to work with the residents there on their Fifth Steps. I used to love doing that and I was so glad when they called the other day and asked if I would be willing to reboot our relationship after having gone to Hilo. I gladly accepted and met with two gentlemen last week Tuesday. It was just so nice to see people not giving into defeat and trying to put their lives back together. I’m grateful that the Cathedral can be a part of that process for them.
We are truly blessed here at the Cathedral. For many clergy, Holy Week is a rough and stressful time. That is not the case for me. Because of all of your hard work and effort as well as the hard work and effort of the staff, the bulletins are ready and plans are in place for our worship offerings. Things are smooth and calm in the office and I can simply “be” and reflect on what we are about to undertake and the worship into which we are about to enter. I’m grateful and I feel blessed.