Dear Cathedral Ohana:
As I write to you this week, I write with a heavy heart at events in the past week that have unfolded-pipe bombs being sent to politicians, people of color being shot in grocery stores in Louisville just because of who they are, and faithful people being shot in their places of worship in Pittsburgh. In my prayers, I talk to Jesus and ask him who I’m supposed to be and what I’m supposed to do in the midst of events like these. And in addition to thoughts and prayers, I think we’re called to advocacy-to demonstrate against the wrongs that we see, to speak out in God’s love for what we feel is right based on our prayers. But most of all, the action to which I feel we are called to is the action of loving our neighbors by embracing the gift of diversity that God has given us. We have to continue to worship and pray together so that we have the strength and wisdom to help God bring that kind of world about.
Lee Loy Anniversary
I think a big part of that is seeing the goodness, blessings, and grace that surrounds us. On Sunday morning we had a wonderful witness to the power of love when we prayed over Uncle Hartwell and Aunty Leimalama Lee Loy on the occasion of their 58th anniversary. I wish them congratulations and many happy returns on this milestone and I’m sure that a good number of you join me in doing the same. Uncle and Aunty are a blessing to this Cathedral community, and 58 years of marriage gives this witness to the love of God in our lives.
As I mentioned on Sunday mornings, we will commemorate All Saints this coming Sunday. Like we did last year, I invite you to bring pictures of loved ones (preferably framed) to be placed in front of the altar and to be remembered by the worshiping community as we take Communion in the Communion of Saints.
Our stewardship efforts are progressing very nicely and I very much appreciate and thank those of you who have prepared and delivered contemporary epistles over the past three Sundays. Not only are they informative, but they also show the spiritual vitality of our Cathedral community as we endeavor to engage in God’s mission and ministry in this world. Please know that these letters are an invitation to all of you to join into any ministries at the cathedral to which you discern God is calling you. We will have a Mahalo dinner for all who make a pledge of support for 2019. This will be in Davis Hall at 6:00 PM on Saturday, December 1. I will be sending out a written invitation by email to those who pledge; and please mark the date on your calendar.
As I mentioned in my sermon on Sunday morning, we gathered for our Diocesan Convention at the King Kamehameha Hotel in Kona on Friday and Saturday. I served as Secretary for the eighth year in a row and I’m pleased to report that I have submitted the final version of the minutes to the Bishop. We elected people to serve on various diocesan bodies, including a lead member from the Diocese to the Cathedral Chapter-John Decker from Good Shepherd Wailuku. We also considered four resolutions, including clergy compensation. Please know that I serve in what is considered an unclassified position and that I am not subject to diocesan minimums or increases. I agreed to a three-year contract with the Cathedral with a flat rate of compensation below the Diocesan minimum that remains the same over the three years. I did not receive any increase in pay this year over last year, and I do not anticipate receiving one next year. I feel blessed to be back at the Cathedral and serving as your priest. The past two years have been challenging, engaging, and fulfilling.
I will be on vacation this week. Fr. Keleawe will take the Wednesday morning and Saturday evening services for me. I will be here on Sunday morning to preside at the Eucharist and Fr. Keleawe will be the preacher.
I would like to close this week by asking again for prayers for the repose of the souls of Connie and Sophia Wharton, for their parents and grandparents Glenn and Sandy Moribe, for their husband and father Nathan Wharton, and for all family, friends, and church members who are connected to and feel the effects of this very tragic event. I appreciate the prayers you’ve offered and thank you in advance for the prayers that you will continue to offer.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday morning. Please take care until then.
Fr. Moki’s past messages are available here, and his sermons are here.