I’d like to start this week’s missive by saying how incredibly moving our worship was this past Sunday. To preach a sermon about the Kimo Henderson Hula with the composer’s granddaughter in the congregation was truly an honor and then to have the song played and the aunties get up and dance – wow. It is something I will never forget. Then to have the Honor Choir USA with us at the 10:30 service and to take in the Battle Hymn of the Republic on the July 4th weekend – incredible.
Jasmine will be preaching the next two Sundays and her last day with us will be Sunday, July 16th. After that she’ll spend some time at home on Hawaii Island and then will head off for her third and final year at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. It has been a real treat to have Jasmine here with us and I appreciate her insights and contributions to the life of the Cathedral this summer.
On another note, if and when you have the chance, please come into the Cathedral office to take a look at photos that we’ve put up. I believe that the church is not only buildings, but also the people of God and I realized that we have a lot of images of buildings on our walls, but very few people. I have changed that and it gives the office a new and good feel. Bryan is taking good care of the artwork of the buildings and we will rotate them in and out from time to time.
Now that it’s summertime, I’ve noticed that it’s getting rather hot in the Cathedral during our worship services. As such, I’ve asked Bryan to make sure that the side door by the organ is open on Sunday mornings. I’ve also asked him to open the windows a little wider, bearing in mind that many of our stain glass windows are sealed shut and cannot be opened for fear of irreparable damage. We have it in our budget to work on two windows a year.
On a personal note, I will be home with my grandmother this weekend. My grandmother lost her last sibling last week Monday and I feel the need to spend time with her. She comes from a family of twelve kids and it’s hard for her to see them all go. Prayers will be much appreciated. Mahalo! I will be here for services on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.
Until then, please take care.