Dear Cathedral Ohana:
Yesterday morning I drove to Kailua for a 7:30 meeting with my spiritual director. after that session was done, I had a little bit of time and thought about driving back into town via Makapu‘u. Something told me, however, to come straight home over the Pali Highway and so I decided to follow my gut.
When I got to the intersection at School Street, there was a man standing with a sign on the highway divider asking for spare change. Normally I’d face forward and wait for the light to turn green, but something told me to look this man in the eye, as if the words from the Book of Common Prayer and our Baptismal Covenant were thumping me to seek and serve Christ in all persons.
And I then found myself hurriedly reaching into the coin box of my Toyota, grabbing the coins that I have in it for parking meters, rolling down the window, and handing it to this man – my brother in Christ. He gratefully took my spare change and calmly walked on and as I drove off it suddenly dawned on me that even though we are getting ready for the season, maybe I had already experienced Advent.
If nothing else, it certainly food for thought and so I share this experience with you.
Meeting of the Cathedral Chapter
Yesterday evening (Tuesday, November 26) the Cathedral Chapter met and in addition to engaging in regular business, we received a report from our auditors. At this meeting we also approved financial statements and meeting minutes for October 2019 and those documents are attached here for your review and ready reference.
Feast Day of the Holy Sovereigns
Bishop Fitzpatrick joined us for all three services this past Sunday not only to honor King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma, but also to bless the newly refurbished icon in the Cathedral’s Wahi Kapu. It was a beautiful day with the Royal Civic Societies in attendance at the 8:00 service. In addition, the music was not only outstanding, but also transcendent. I will endeavor to post videos of the music on our Cathedral Facebook page. Photos of the day have already been posted.
Those of you who were in church on Sunday would have probably noticed that we have installed new, larger fans in the cathedral sanctuary. The fans are 85 inches in diameter and have been placed slightly higher than the fans that were older and replaced. My hope and prayer is that this will help mitigate the issues of heat in the sanctuary during our worship services, especially during the summer months.
Thanksgiving Day Eucharist
Please remember that we will have a Thanksgiving Day service this coming Thursday, November 28 at 10:00 AM in the Cathedral sanctuary with Eucharist and music.
Advent Lessons & Carols
Please also mark your calendar‘s for Sunday, December 8 at 5:30 PM in the Cathedral sanctuary for Advent Lessons & Carols. Leohone has been working very hard putting this service together and it is sure to be a wonderful service of music, worship, and prayers.
World AIDS Day
Also, this coming Sunday, December 1 at 6:00 PM the Cathedral will host the annual World AIDS Day commemoration. This is an outreach endeavor of the Cathedral community and I’m glad that we can make ourselves available for this event.
I will be taking several short trips during the month of December and this will be my last weekly letter to you until December 18. I will be in church this coming Sunday and look forward to seeing you all at that time. Until then, please take care.