Dear Cathedral Ohana:
I’m writing to you today after having spent yesterday morning at Holy Nativity School in a second grade classroom where I read them a wonderful story called The Clown of God by author and illustrator Tomie de Paola. It’s a beautiful story about the giving ourselves to the Christ child and it was such an honor and privilege to impart that message to youngsters. It was also wonderful for me to sit with children and relive my days as an elementary school teacher, a part of my life that I greatly miss but that also feeds and fuels my priestly ministry; for teaching it is a vocation, and about working with people to change lives for the better. It was a wonderful morning.
I’d also like to let you know that this Sunday at 8:00 AM we will honor King Kamehameha V, brother of King Kamehameha IV and the man who laid the cornerstone of our Cathedral in 1867.
Please remember that at 5:30 PM this Sunday we will have the Advent Processional, which is a beautiful service of music and light to set the tone for the Advent Season and to prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ child in our midst. Please come and join us. I promise you it will be well worth your while.
Stewardship Mahalo Dinner
We had a wonderful Stewardship dinner on Saturday evening with excellent, excellent food and beautiful, beautiful Hawaiian music and hula. I would like to send a special thank you to Uli Cutter for all her hard work in putting this dinner together for us.
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
Please know that we have a full offering of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services at the Cathedral. They are:
December 24th (Monday)
5:30PM Family Service with Holy Communion
7:30PM Evening Service with Holy Communion
11:00PM Midnight Mass with Holy Communion
December 25th (Tuesday)
10:00AM Hawaiian Service with Holy Communion
Please remember that we will have poinsettias available for anyone who wishes to purchase in memory of a loved one. The flowers will be placed in the Cathedral sanctuary for our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.
Kirkin’ of the Tartan
I would like to thank Canon Sandy Graham for being with us in the Cathedral to officiate at the Kirkin’ of the Tartan last week Friday. It was a beautiful service with bagpipe music and the University of Hawaii Choir as well as our Cathedral Choir. Thanks also go out to our Director of Music, Todd Beckham, for working so hard to put together such a beautiful service.
Winter Solstice & Yoga
I’d also like to let you know that we will have a special offering at 5:30 PM on Friday, December 21, the winter solstice. My yoga instructor, Claudia Castor, has agreed to come in to do a restorative yoga class in the Cathedral, followed by light refreshments under the Diamondhead Tent afterwards. All members are invited and encouraged to attend, free of charge, and we will have a calabash available that will go to the students of Central Middle School.
This morning I woke up early to take in the funeral services for President Bush at the Washington National Cathedral. President Bush was a lifelong Episcopalian and the service was, of course, familiar, fitting, and moving. Regardless of what anyone’s political leanings might be, it seems as if we are marking the end of an era. George H. W. Bush was President during my 20s and in a way, I feel like I’m saying farewell to my youth. So this morning, invite you to join me in reflecting on our past, and feeling how it informs the present and empowers us to live into the future, whatever that future may be.
I look forward to seeing you all at worship. Please take care until then.