As I walked to the office this morning and came into the Memorial Building cloister, I saw three white terns swirling in the sky and making their way back to the monkey pod tree above the birdbath. It reminded me of how I talked about the terns in a sermon a few weeks back and how when I see them, I am reminded of the presence of the Holy Spirit as she blesses our mission and ministry as a cathedral congregation. And as we move forward in mission and ministry, I offer the following thoughts, reflections and reports of the past week.
LEM Training & Acolyte Training
Roth Puahala has graciously offered to train Lay Eucharistic Ministers and Acolytes between two Sunday services in July. They will be offered on:
July 23rd at 9:15AM for LEMs
July 30th at 9:15AM for Acolytes
Please note that in order to serve as a LEM, one must be a confirmed communicant in good standing in the Episcopal Church. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions and/or concerns.
Judy Masuda, our Altar Guild Chair, just retired from Chaminade University and will take an extended trip to be with family on the Mainland. First of all, I would like to say “Congratulations” to Judy and wish her safe travels and a safe and speedy return to us. While Judy is away, Aunty Tiny Chang has agreed to take the lead on Altar Guild matters and I am very grateful to her as well. The Cathedral is blessed with a truly dedicated Altar Guild.
Last week Sunday I asked Bryan to please figure out a way to open some of the stain glass windows during our worship services in an effort to mitigate the heat. I also asked him to open the side door behind the organ and this made a huge difference in the temperature in the sanctuary.
I would like to say thank you to Todd and the volunteer choir that gathered for the 10:30 service on Sunday. They sounded great and made a wonderful contribution to our worship experience. I am very grateful and appreciative.
Please remember that the Cathedral office will be closed tomorrow for our staff retreat. During the retreat we will go over the calendar between now and July 2018. We will also take a look at each of our roles, duties and needs in order to serve the Cathedral congregation to the best of our abilities. Please know that your staff goes above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis to ensure the smooth running of worship, the office, and the physical plant. I am eternally grateful that God has given brought this particular group together as a staff. We are richly blessed.
We will use our staff retreat to bid farewell to Jasmine Bostock and to express our appreciation to her for her six-week internship with us. Jasmine has been a joy to work with and as she returns to Yale Divinity School for her third and final year of seminary studies, I feel a profound sense of hope for the future of the Church and the people whom God has called to serve, whether they be lay or ordained. Spending time with Jasmine over the past six weeks has shown me not only her gifts, but it has also helped me to see more clearly the gifts for ministry that we all have as we strive to worship God and give God glory in all we do as disciples of Jesus.
Until we meet at worship this weekend, please take care.