Dear Cathedral Ohana:
This week I decided to sit under the Diamondhead tent to write to all of you, rather than sitting in my office. It’s early in the morning and I can hear the birds in the trees and I’m watching the light shine on the ti plants and the kukui leaves. Even though we are smack dab in the middle of a large urban area, I find peace and stillness here.
When I got to the office this morning, I sat and looked at the website Sacred Space and read the Bible reading for the day (Matthew 11:20-24). After I was done, I sat in stillness again and asked God what God was trying to reveal to me through this particular reading. And then I waited for my answer and it came to me, even though it took a while and I had to sit for quite a bit. I was glad for that, because it reminded me that I am a human being and not a human doing. I’m confident that all of that will make for a much more productive day today.
I’d like to welcome Casey Santioanni to the Cathedral as our new Sunday sexton. Last Sunday was his first day with us and things went very smoothly with him here. Welcome, Casey.
Samson Occum Evensong
We had 32 people (including the choir) at Evensong on Sunday evening. And while the numbers were small, the spirit was large as the choir sang and offered up the blending of its voices to the glory of God. Todd, the Cathedral choir, and the Orvis Music Scholars put much time and effort into Sunday morning worship as well as Evensong and I would like to ask the congregation to support this effort by considering attending our once-a-month Evensong offerings. They provide a wonderful opportunity to experience stillness and calm in the midst our very busy lives. I know that those who attend greatly value the service and we would like to extend that circle of influence to as many people as we can.
Hedges Along Queen Emma Square
Yesterday I had a very nice lunch with Ruth Fletcher, Head of School at St. Andrew’s Schools, where we talked about plans to plant a hedge along the mauka perimeter of the Cathedral premises and on the makai side of Queen Emma Square. We also plan to work together to put three gates at the end of each sidewalk in an effort to beautify the campus, delineate boundaries, and do what we can to protect the children at the school from unauthorized visitors. I think that the hedge will look very nice and I will keep you posted about when the work will begin.
Cathedral Chapter & Cathedral Foundation
Next week Tuesday evening the Cathedral Chapter and Cathedral Foundation will convene meetings to conduct the business of both entities. Please rest assured that after the meetings I will provide you with minutes and financials. As you may or may not know, last month the Chapter did not meet due to lack of quorum.
Paulie Jennings Service
I would like to thank everyone who signed up to help with funeral services for Paulie Jennings on Saturday, July 27 at 10:00 AM. Please also remember that beginning at 9:00 AM that morning, anyone who wants to lend her/his voice to the kanikapila is welcome to do so as Aunty Vicky Hollinger leads us in Hawaiian music.
Bishop Fitzpatrick has asked congregations in the Diocese of Hawaii to experiment with a supplemental liturgy taken largely from Enriching Our Worship and The Book of Alternative Services of the Anglican Church of Canada. It is authorized for us and evaluation in the Diocese from August 1 through November 30, 2019.
We will use this experimental liturgy at the 5:30 PM service on Saturdays. Please consider joining us so that you can see what it’s like and then offer your feedback so that I can get those comments to the Bishop. I looked through the service earlier this morning and find it innovative and interesting. Reflections and suggestions can also be shared at firstname.lastname@example.org. This email address is currently only being used for the evaluation of liturgies and worship resources.
Time on Hawaii Island
I will be away on Hawaii island from Wednesday evening through Saturday evening to attend the 130th anniversary celebration of Honokaa School, where I graduated in 1983 and my grandmother graduated in 1938. Prior to 1938, Honokaa School went only up to the ninth grade and my grandmother was part of the first graduating class. She and her friend Misawo are the only surviving members of that class and they are going to be grand marshals for the parade on Saturday. It’s simply something that I cannot miss. I am available by email, text, and phone while I am away.
John and Susan Hayes were with us at the 10:30 service on Sunday to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary. I asked them to come forward for a special blessing. It was wonderful to have them with us on this very special occasion for them.
As I return late Saturday evening from Hawaii Island, The Rev. Jasmine Bostock will be with us as the supply priest for the 5:30PM service in the Cathedral.
Bishop Fitzpatrick’s Annual Visitation
Bishop Fitzpatrick will be with us in his Cathedral to preach and preside at all services on August 3 and August 4. This is his annual visitation to the Cathedral and a time for him to meet with me and hear about what’s going on and how things are going.
Louis James Kauilahuliliikeao Kusunoki was born on July 2, 2019 at 4:32AM and came in at 8 pounds, 8.8 ounces and 22 inches. We welcome him along with his parents Brad and Aggy and his big brother Harry.
I close here for this week with warm thoughts and I look forward to seeing you at worship this weekend. Please take care until then.