Dear Cathedral Ohana:
The Cathedral staff and I are coming off of a very busy weekend and as we prepare for this coming Sunday’s services as well as our Diocesan Convention, I’ve been encouraged by my spiritual director to find moments of stillness during my day. One of those moments came for me yesterday afternoon when I was wringing my hands and fretting about not being able to come up with a sermon when I usually have the first draft done by Sunday evening. I decided to follow my spiritual director’s advice and so I sat for 20 minutes and sipped a glass of iced tea. Then I sat at the computer, and half an hour later the first draft of my sermon was done. It reminds me, of course, that often times I have to sit and make space, let God in, and use God’s help to get things done that I cannot do for myself.
This weekend had wonderful Sunday services to honor Princess Ka’iulani, culminating with a beautiful Evensong with Leohone Magno, John Alexander, the Orvis Music Scholars, the Cathedral Choir, and a rousing solo to honor the princess by Sienna Achong who was accompanied on the guitar by Aunty Vicky Hollinger. For those of you who have access to the Cathedral‘s Facebook page, photos and videos of the day have been posted, so please take a look. You may hear Sienna and Aunty Vicky here.
On Monday morning Leohone and I met to discuss the music for Sunday, November 3. We agreed that we should use the Propers for All Saints and I would like to remind and ask everyone to bring in photos of loved ones who have left us so that they can be honored at the Eucharist. This will be for all three services on Sunday, November 3.
We sent out materials for annual pledge drive on Wednesday and have already received back several pledge commitments, for which I am very grateful. A couple of you have indicated to me that you did not receive the materials and we are working to resolve that. Please know that we will have blank pledge cards available at the back of the Cathedral this coming Sunday. I am pleased to report that so far, we have seven pledges totaling $19,800. I am very grateful.
This evening (Wednesday, October 23) Dan Garrett from St. Jude’s in Ocean View on Hawaii Island will be with us to offer his insights on stewardship and out reach. We will begin at 5:30 PM in the Von Holt Room and with a Eucharist at about 6:30 PM. I am working with the Stewardship Committee to address the one session that was postponed due to the Pacific Fleet’s having a concert in the Cathedral sanctuary. I will have more information on that for you once a decision is made.
Annual Meeting of the Diocesan Convention
This weekend the Cathedral will be the gathering place for delegates from across the Diocese who will be here to attend an education day on Friday and the Diocesan Convention on Saturday. It is a real privilege to serve the diocese in this way and I look forward to having everyone with us.
That is all I have for this week. Please take care.