Dear Cathedral Ohana:
Yesterday morning I was at the University of Hawaii at Manoa to pick up a check from Ruth Bingham, from the Orvis Foundation, to help fund the Orvis Choral Scholars at the Cathedral. It had been quite sometime since I was on the campus of my university alma mater and it was interesting to see how many changes there were – and at the same time how many things remained the same. While it was difficult to figure out where the Campus Center was, when I finally saw it, it had the same mural on its side that was there when I was a student. And while I was struck by the fact that there was a new building with a fitness center in it, in front of the building the sausage tree that I always used to admire was still
there. And then when I thought about it, I remembered that I graduated from UH in December 1988, which means that it has been 30 years since I got my diploma. There has been a lot of life between then and now. But what struck me the most about the visit was that I still feel at home at UH in the midst of everything that had changed, because there were still some things that were the same that I could latch onto – the mural, the sausage tree, and things like that. But looking at the changes at UH, I realize that I have also changed and that some of those changes are good and others are not so good – like the fact that I’m 60 pounds heavier now than I was in college! And while I may be 60 pounds heavier, I’m also so much wiser and I have a lot more experience under my belt than when I was in my late teens and early 20s. So whether it’s good or not so good, change is inevitable and I don’t think we’re called to be the same way we’ve always been. In addition, I don’t think we are called to go back, and I definitely would rather be where I am now than where I was in college. So I encourage us all to embrace the changes in our lives and in our church and ask God to be part of that process so that we can deal with the changes that are scary and be grateful for the changes that are good.
This coming Sunday we are planning a ministry fair in Davies Hall after the 8:00 and 10:30 services. We will hold our Aloha Hour there and we will have tables out with information and materials for you about the various ministries at the Cathedral and how you might become involved. We will also begin a series of contemporary epistles beginning this Sunday that will be offered by various ministries. We will begin with Nohona Hawaii this coming Sunday. You should also be receiving a mailing from the church with a trifold brochure that highlights the events of the past year and it asks you to prayerfully consider what your financial commitment to the cathedral might be for 2019. The ingathering for pledge commitments will be on November 18. Please know that you can submit it in person, in the offertory plate, or by mail anytime before that.
This past Sunday we had over 200 people in attendance for the first time in many weeks and I was pleased to see the Cathedral full and to hear the voices not only singing, but also praying. It did my heart good. Many of you probably noticed that Todd was not here. He is on vacation and was out last Sunday and will be out again this coming Sunday. We are grateful to Leohone Magno for being with us and for her ministry of music. Todd will be back on October 21st for our Sunday services and our Evensong at 5:30. We will be honoring Princess Kaiulani at the 8:00 service as well as at the 5:30 Evensong, where the choir from Saint Andrew’s Priory we will be joining us along with the Cathedral Women’s Schola. It is sure to be a wonderful evening of worship and music, so please mark your calendars
I look forward to seeing you at the ministry fair and at worship this weekend. Until then, please take care.