Dear Cathedral Ohana:
It was wonderful to see all of you on Sunday morning and I very much appreciated your expressions of concern for my health and well-being. I have been and continue to fight a chest cold, which I hope to get rid of in the next few days. This is one of those colds that seems to linger and I’m not used to that.
I am very pleased to report to you that we had 235 people in attendance at church this past weekend, much of it due to a large contingent of Japanese tourists who came to the 1030 service. I got a note from one of them via email who said that she appreciated me talking about Hiroshima, because that’s where she was born and raised.
I’m actually writing this on a Tuesday morning (Christmas Eve) and I am looking forward to the worship this evening as well as on Christmas Day. I was in the Cathedral yesterday morning and saw all the hard work that people were doing to green the sanctuary for our services and when you see it I’m confident that it will take your breath away. See slides of Christmas preparations!
Many of you were aware that I took a short trip home to be with my grandmother for her 100th birthday. I am pleased to report that she made it to that day and that we had a wonderful gathering of family and friends for her at the Hamakua country club. Many are surprised that my grandmother has lived this long, but I bear in mind that she had two siblings who lived to be over 100 years old, so she is honoring her family tradition well.
On another note: please mark your calendars for Sunday, January 5 in the cathedral sanctuary, when we will have an Ali‘i Sunday to honor the birthday of Queen Emma. The Royal Civic Societies will be in attendance with us and it is sure to be a very moving service as we honor one of our diocesan founders as well as the person largely responsible for the building of our cathedral.
That is all that I have for this week. I continue to wish you a Blessed Advent as well as a very Merry Christmas.