Dear Cathedral Ohana:
It’s been interesting walking from home to the Cathedral in the morning these days, especially with the way the wind has been blowing. I find that the wind drowns out much of the ambient noise around me, and in a strange way it seems to heighten my sense of the presence of God in my midst. The strong winds and my trying to stand up straight as I walk also remind me that there is a power much greater than me who is in charge of things and I am learning that I have to trust in the power and to move forward in faith. The Eucharist, for me, is a wonderful way to remember that, and I’m glad that so many of you join me in partaking at our worship services. The world will be a better place because of that.
And in the midst of those spiritual realizations, life continues to move on, and there are several things that I would like to share with you.
Deaths in the Cathedral Family
We lost Linda Verdugo last week. I worked with Linda when I was here as your canon pastor and we had many good times of joy and laughter here in the office. Even after she left us to work for the Presbyterian Church, many of you stayed in close contact with her and I know that she will be deeply missed by the Cathedral community.
And then on Monday morning I got word from Aunty Euphemia that Uncle Richard Nagashima passed away on Sunday evening. Uncle Richard was a kind soul who had a wonderful sense of humor and joie de vivre. He was a regular presence in the Hawaiian choir and will be deeply missed by this community.
Please remember that the Annual Meeting of the Cathedral of St. Andrew will be held in the Tenney Theatre on Sunday, January 26 at 9:00 AM. At that time we will receive reports on the budget, my annual report, and will also hold elections for members of the Cathedral Chapter and delegates to the diocesan convention.
This past Sunday we had 186 people attend our services, where the music at the 8:00 AM and 10:30 PM services was (in my humble opinion) outstanding. Leohone and the choir have been working very hard in the ministry of music, and I am pleased that both she and John Alexander have agreed to stay on through 2020 in their capacities as Organist and Director of Music and Assistant Director of Music. We are very lucky to have them both, as well as all the people who lend their voices to our choirs.
Also, many of you have asked for a transcript of Sunday’s sermon. Unfortunately, I preached from scribbled notes and don’t have a manuscript available this week. Kala mai.
Meetings This Week
In addition to my regular meetings with the Cathedral staff, I also have a Wednesday morning meeting with Bishop Fitzpatrick. On Tuesday I had a very interesting meeting with the Standing Commission on Liturgy & Music, where we’re looking at how saints are commemorated in the Episcopal Church. I also had a meeting of the Commission on Finance & Administration where we review leases and contracts across the breadth of the Diocese of Hawai‘i. And next week, I will be at the Royal Mausoleum at Mauna Ala with St. Andrew’s Schools for their commemoration of Queen Emma’s birthday.
Martin Luther King Holiday
Finally, please note that the Cathedral offices will be closed on Monday, January 20th in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday.
That is all I have for this week. Please take care.