Weekly News of the Church

A Special Online Worship Service Sunday, April 5, 2020 __________________ Join us on Sunday for: † A Special Message by Kahu Alan Akana † Music by Kathleen Dahill & Chris Sweitzer † Scripture Readings by Our Keiki † Prayers of the People ________________ Click HERE To Watch! _________________________________________________     STEWARDSHIP MESSAGE Our Stewardship Committee asks each person to prayerfully consider giving as much as you are able so that our church can continue to carry on our important mission and get through the next couple of months by fulfilling all of our financial commitments. As always, checks may be mailed to the church: P.O. Box 536, Koloa, HI 96756. All gifts are greatly appreciated! Sincerely, Bill Dressel, Stewardship Chair _________________________________________________ LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE WEEK During challenging times, reading the Bible on a daily basis is a great source of inspiration and hope. I encourage you to read and meditate upon the Scriptures of the Revised Common Lectionary and ask yourself how God might be showing up in the Scriptures for you, what God might be saying to you, and what guidance you might find as you share God’s love in creative and meaningful ways.        —Kahu Alan Akana Each week Christians throughout the world read biblical passages from the Revised Common Lectionary, including the Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament, and Gospels. After three years, a good portion of the Bible is included and the cycle begins again. RCL passages are often read in church worship services, and Kahu Akana usually includes at least one of them on the following Sunday. This week’s readings are Psalm 118:1-29; Matthew 21:1-11; Isaiah 50:4-10; Psalm...

A Message from Our Kahu

“Honoring the Missionaries” “I shall cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.” (Ezekiel 37:5)   It was on this week 200 years ago that the first Christian missionaries landed in Hawaii. By the end of the year, there were mission stations in Kailua-Kona, Honolulu, and Waimea (Kauai). They arrived during a time of novel viruses and horrific epidemics. In the short span of just over 40 years before their arrival on March 30, 1820, the population of Hawaiian people had decreased by more than a half. By the end of the century, the population of Hawaiians was only 5-10 percent what it had been when Captain James Cook arrived in 1778. In my online message this past week, I talked about the book I wrote, The Volcano Is Our Home: Nine Generations of a Hawaiian Family on Kilauea Volcano, which tells the story of the Hawaii from 1756 to modern day through the eyes of my Hawaiian ancestors and family. Throughout my research for the book, I tried to constantly imagine what it would be like to have so many people die in these islands. In my writing, I tried to put myself in the shoes of my ancestors who survived dreadful decades of epidemics—one after another for over 100 years. The example of many of the missionaries of the time gave me hope—especially the doctors. In my research for my book and in the reading I have done since moving back to Hawaii in 2014, I have been greatly inspired by the physicians and their wives who left comfortable lives and promising careers in the United States to sail...

Weekly News of the Church

“200th Anniversary Celebration” Celebrating the Arrival Of The First Company Of Christian Missionaries In Hawai`i March 30, 1820   A Special Online Worship Service Sunday, March 29, 2020 __________________ “We can learn a lot from the early missionaries about compassion and wisdom during crises and epidemics.” —Kahu Alan Akana __________________ Join us on Sunday for: † A Special Message by Kahu Alan Akana † Music by Dr. Douglas Duvauchelle † Hula by RoseTatiana Warken Ceballos † Scripture Readings † Prayers of the People ________________ Click HERE To Watch! _________________________________________________ STEWARDSHIP MESSAGE Our Stewardship Committee asks each person to prayerfully consider giving as much as you are able so that our church can continue to carry on our important mission and get through the next couple of months by fulfilling all of our financial commitments. As always, checks may be mailed to the church: P.O. Box 536, Koloa, HI 96756. All gifts are greatly appreciated!   Sincerely, Bill Dressel, Stewardship Chair   _________________________________________________     LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE WEEK During challenging times, reading the Bible on a daily basis is a great source of inspiration and hope. I encourage you to read and meditate upon the Scriptures of the Revised Common Lectionary and ask yourself how God might be showing up in the Scriptures for you, what God might be saying to you, and what guidance you might find as you share God’s love in creative and meaningful ways.        —Kahu Alan Akana Each week Christians throughout the world read biblical passages from the Revised Common Lectionary, including the Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament, and Gospels. After three years, a good portion of...

A Message from Our Kahu

“Community and Sanctuary” In the Lord you are light. Live as children of light. Ephesians 5:8   In my online message this past week, I talked about the importance of community and how we are still a strong community of faith even when we are not physically together. All of the key ingredients of community still apply today, although they look quite different because we have to do them differently. I offered these thoughts about community during these days of isolation and social distancing: Community is about showing up as we are and knowing there is a place where we are loved and accepted as we are. We can still show up as we are—as we watch the online worship service and as we call to check in on church members. Community is about sharing a common purpose. We still share the same purpose of sharing the love of God with one another and the world as the body of Jesus Christ. Community is about sharing our stories and our beliefs and perceptions with one another in honest and nonjudgmental ways. We will continue sharing our stories, beliefs and perceptions with one another—just not in person. Community is about asking for help when we need it. I urge you to ask for help from me, our Deacons, our Council members, and anyone else in the church who can help you. Community is about being honest and transparent. We need each other to be honest and transparent with one another—now more than ever. I also talked about the importance of sanctuary. In his book, On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity and Getting Old, Parker Palmer writes about about...