Dear Cathedral Ohana:
I received numerous words of affirmation about the sermon that I preached for Prince Albert on Sunday morning. A recording of the sermon is available on the website for those of you who would like to listen. Download it here.
While I appreciate the words of affirmation, I would like you all to know that I believe the words were inspired and that they came through me, but not necessarily from me. As part of the spiritual exercise of preparing for last Sunday’s sermon, I went up to the Kamehameha Crypt at Mauna Ala and stood in silence, asking God what God needed people to hear on Sunday morning. And what I felt while I was there was a sense that the significance of Hawaiian royalty is not only historical, but that they are also relevant in our lives today. Our job is to figure out how and why. And sometimes in order to figure that out, I have to get out of the head and into the heart – and listen.
The Right Rev. Evelyn Dacuycuy
As I mentioned on Sunday morning, this coming Sunday we have the honor of having The Right Rev. Evelyn Dacuycuy as our preacher at the 8:00 and 10:30 services. Bishop Dacuycuy is the first woman Bishop in the Philippine Independent Church and we look forward to hearing what she has to say from our pulpit on Sunday morning. We will also have The Rev. Deacon James Moore with us from Guam that morning, and he will serve as deacon at the 8:00 and 10:30 services as well.
Many of you know that Casey Santoianni has been with us as our Sunday sexton and I’m please to let you know that we have brought him on full-time as the Cathedral sexton. He will be on the premises Wednesday through Sunday, and Christopher Sorrell will be here Monday and Tuesday.
United Thank Offering
This year I would like to the Cathedral to participate in the United Thank Offering (UTO), sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women of Hawaii.
UTO is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion (from the UTO website).
I have asked Ramona to order the boxes and I will distribute them as soon as they arrive.
Ali‘i Sunday for Prince Albert
We had a beautiful and moving service to honor Prince Albert at 8:00 this past Sunday, with the Royal Civic Societies in attendance. Before the service, various people put beautiful lei around the Prince’s portrait (maile, ginger, and crown flower). It is a custom to deliver the offerings to Mauna Ala after the service, and I made the trek up there after our 10:30 service only to find that the gates were locked. As such, I went down to Nu‘uanu Memorial and placed them on the grave of Sophia Wharton, whom I mentioned in the sermon. As you know, Sophia died tragically in a house fire in Kahala last year at the age of nine months. She was baptized in the Cathedral and regularly attended the 5:30 Saturday service with her grandparents.
Last week I neglected to mention that I had the honor of participating at a memorial service for the 74th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki. The service took place at Myohoji Temple in Nu‘uanu, and Bill Souza from the Royal Order of the Kamehameha asked me to participate and share my insights not only about living in Hiroshima, but also growing up two islands south of Tinian, where my father’s parents lived and where Enola Gay made the bombing run on Hiroshima and Boxcar made the bombing run on Nagasaki. At the service, I also had the honor of meeting Maya Soetoro-Ng, the sister of President Barack Obama.
As I write to you in the middle of the week, I am looking toward a full and busy rest of the week with meetings, desk work, correspondence, visiting clergy from Guam and the Philippines, and getting ready for Sunday morning. I look forward to seeing you all at worship this weekend. Please take care until then.