Dear Cathedral Ohana:
I will confess that time has taken on a different quality for me in the midst of this pandemic, and the days and hours blend into one another creating a wonderful sort of nonlinear God time for me where I truly feel the presence of the Spirit as I go about my days of worship, meetings, exercise, and downtime. I also find myself wondering how I will look back on this time when I’m older and what I’ll relay about it in sermons five, 10, and 15 years from now. One thing I know for sure is that I’ll be able to say that the Cathedral community stuck together through worship, fellowship, prayers, kindness, compassion, and love. I am very, very proud to be your priest right now and I’m also proud of the Cathedral’s leadership and Cathedral staff for the way you have all held things together in the true spirit of church – not the building, but rather the body of Christ. You are a blessing.
Again and again, I would like to thank you all for your generosity to the Cathedral during this time when the facility is closed, and the church has been deployed through virtual worship and prayer. I’m also grateful for the way you are coming together to work with Wally House at St. Elizabeth’s Palama to make sure that people living on the streets get fed, honoring the mandate in the Gospel of Matthew that says, “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.“ This is what the church is all about. If any of you would like to join in this cause, please contact Barbara Service, our Outreach chair (see article below).
During our virtual worship on Sunday, after listening to the Gospel reading about the road to Emmaus, I talked about presiding at a Eucharist in that purported spot and I found a photo and video of that Eucharist that I would like to share with you.
Video of the Eucharist
Over the past couple of Sundays we’ve been doing video presentations of how people are coping with sheltering in place and now we would like to put together a video of what people look like in their masks, trying to guess who’s face is actually behind the mask. So, please send in your photos via text or email to me so that we can put them together for a Sunday offering.
I would also like to emphasize my gratitude for the extravagant generosity of the Cathedral. Last night Cathedral Chapter met and agreed to take part of the cost savings from not having to pay the diocesan assessment for two months and pay that cost savings forward by helping out those in need in our community. The chapter agreed to issue grants of $5000 each to 6 entities, totaling $30,000. Those entities are IHS, Food Bank of Hawai‘i, Wally House (at St. Elizabeth’s), Family Promise, St. Jude’s Oceanview and Grace Episcopal Church in Molokai. The decision to support two congregations in the Diocese of Hawai‘i was made on the basis of Molokai’s having the highest unemployment rate in Hawai‘i and Oceanview’s being the poorest community in Hawai‘i. At any rate, I was extremely proud to see the Chapter enact a resolution that shows that we strive to be a resource not only for our worshiping community, but also to the Diocese at large.
Finally, please remember to send in your photos of you in your mask for our virtual worship.
Please take care, everyone – and stay safe!