Dear Cathedral Ohana:
After church on Sunday afternoon I had to pick up a couple of things at Kahala Mall, and on the way home I decided to go the long way and stop at Diamond Head to watch the surfers-something I’ve loved to do since my college days at UH. I look at the surfers and I realize that they don’t catch every single wave that comes along, even though they try. It takes a lot of effort and a lot of persistence. And when they do catch a wave, there’s no guarantee how long or how far any given ride is going to be. And even though I don’t personally do it, I realize that to get on a surfboard takes a great deal of faith and that the thrill of it all must be worth the effort and sometimes I can hear the surfers shouting for joy down in the water from way up on the cliff. The other thing I like to do at Diamond Head is look out at the ocean and ponder how it’s the only thing between us and the Society Islands. That puts things in perspective for me in terms of my role on the planet. I am one extremely minuscule part of God’s creation, and yet I get to have a personal relationship with God. Because of that, I am grateful and I am blessed. So, it’s good to take time from the conundrum of life from time to time and take in the beauty of creation and reflect on who we are and what the God with whom we have a personal relationship is calling us to be.
And then I got in my car, drove back into life and the beginning of my work week. That’s the way it is, and the contrast is good; because it makes me appreciate the special God moments.
In terms of my workweek, Ramona and I chatted yesterday morning and we’d like to let you know that if you have maintenance requests/concerns, we will put out pink quarter sheets that we will ask you to fill out and submit to one of the ushers (if it’s on a Sunday) or to the office staff (if it’s during the workweek). This will help ensure that we are keeping track of and addressing the work that needs to be done.
On Sunday, August 19 at 5:30 PM, we will offer Evensong in honor of the Virgin Mary. The music that evening will be provided by the Cathedral Men’s Schola, a group that Todd has worked to put together. We should have a flyer available within the next couple of days and I ask you to please mark your calendars and join us on the 19th.
I would also like to let you know the plans are underway to honor Queen Liliuokalani at a special Diocesan Evensong on Sunday, November 11 at 5:30 PM. Todd and I will be working with Bishop Fitzpatrick to offer this opportunity for the Diocese to honor Her Majesty on the 101st anniversary of her death.
Please remember that Bishop Fitzpatrick will be with us on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. This is his annual visitation to his Cathedral, and one of five times a year that he spends with us. The Bishop will preach and preside at all for services this weekend.
Over the past couple of weeks it has come to my attention that a number of you would like me to hold regular office hours during the week-the idea being that one can drop in and chat, ask questions, and discuss things that are on your mind. Please know that I am always willing to make appointments for people to talk with me and that unfortunately, the rhythm of my workweek is not predictable enough to hold office hours at times certain. Emergencies and other issues that arise may and often do require my being out of the office with little or no notice. I also have many meetings off plant over which I have no control over the time or venue, such as Keola Ho’onanea, Queen Emma Square meetings, Kuraudia, and diocesan meetings. My other concern is that if someone comes to me without an appointment, another person may be talking with me and you may not be able to get into see me by the time my office hours are over, depending on the nature of the conversation with the person who’s there before you. I would certainly hate for that to happen. Thank you for understanding and, again, if you’d like to meet with me for any reason, please feel free to make an appointment to guarantee that our meeting can and will take place.
Today will be a day of meetings with organ builders, staff members, colleagues, and Cathedral leadership. I also have a Eucharist at 11:30. At the end of the day today, I will look toward Sunday and our time with the Bishop in his Cathedral. I look forward to your joining me and being with the Bishop at worship on either Saturday evening or Sunday morning. Please take care until then.