Dear Cathedral Ohana:
I just got back from my daily visit to the buildings and grounds at the Cathedral and I am happy to report to you all the things there are in good order. The grass is getting cut, the bills are getting paid, and we have 24 hour coverage of security for the duration of our shelter in place order. On Sunday afternoon I took an extensive survey of the buildings and grounds and it felt like the Cathedral was on a sabbatical of rest and rejuvenation. Things there were very calm and peaceful and I took my fancy Nikon camera with me, took photos, and shared them by video during our virtual worship this morning. For those of you who didn’t get a chance to see it, we will show it again during our Liturgy of the Word on Sunday.
Last Sunday morning we ended our worship with nine or ten video messages from various people in the congregation. It went very well and people expressed appreciation for being able to see one another and find out how everyone was doing. We would like to open that invitation to all of you once again and please feel free to send video messages to let us know how you’re doing to me via text or email. The more, the better. We will share them again this Sunday.
We have had a number of meetings via Zoom, a video conference application that has worked quite well for us. The Cathedral Chapter has met via Zoom, as well as the staff, the finance committee, and the executive committee. I would very much like to open this up to groups like the Bible study group and the book group. So that you can see how this would work, I would like to invite any and all of you to a Zoom coffee hour this Sunday at 11:00 am after the 10:00 Facebook Live Liturgy of the Word. Please email or text me (808-756-1053) if you would like to attend the virtual coffee hour, and on Saturday I will send you an email invitation with a link to click and instructions. Coffee is not mandatory to attend 🙂
I cannot express adequately my gratitude to you all for continuing to contribute to the cathedral the checks and/or online. This contributes greatly to our viability and sustainability during this pandemic and it also ensures that we can continue to pay our staff who are working from home to serve all of you. Your offerings are more important than ever since during this time we do not have wedding re-enactments or parking revenue.
The Cathedral chapter will be meeting next week Tuesday April 28 via Zoom and once the minutes in financial statements are approved, I will get them out to you via next weeks letter. Please know that because of your support, the Cathedral is doing well financially and in terms of morale as well. I am extremely grateful for this.
I like to start out every morning’s virtual were ship with prayer requests. If you have prayers that you would like me to mention, please text or email me and I will be sure to announce them before we begin our worship. I thank you also for joining me at 7 PM every evening for three minutes of silence followed by the Lord’s Prayer where we are invited to consider not only what we need to get through this pandemic, but also for the goodness and blessings that arise from it.
Please know that I am doing very well. My days have a set routine to them that I haven’t experienced in a number of years. I wake up every morning, make coffee, get ready for Facebook Live virtual worship at 9:00 AM, do the actual virtual worship, check emails, make phone calls, exercise, and drop in to check on the Cathedral buildings and grounds. After that there are staff meetings via Zoom, other correspondence, review of the next day’s worship bulletins, etc. Then in the evening I look at the readings for the next day, eat dinner, and usually watch Netflix or HBO. I also pray daily and ask you to do the same, looking forward to the day when we can all worship together again in the sacred space of the Cathedral sanctuary. Until then, hang in there, know that I love and care about you very much, and please be safe and take care.
Happy Earth Day
Here’s the video I showed after Morning Prayer this morning, a look at the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands on this 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970. Music is by Leohone.