Pastoral Update
September 29, 2022

17th Sunday after Pentecost


at 10 a.m. HST

Aloha Keawala’i ‘ohana

Increase my faith! Have you ever prayed this or a similar prayer? Sometimes we find ourselves in situations that are overwhelming. Our faith is tested, and we call out for help. “If only my faith was stronger, or I had more faith like so and so” (you fill in the blank of one whose faith you most admire). Jesus seems to take a very different approach. As his apostles ask for their faith to increase, he challenges them to think of their faith in new ways.

Perhaps you are exhausted, feel lost, or left behind. Maybe you even wonder if you have any faith left. If so, this Sunday is for you. Come and be rejuvenated in your faith as we worship with fellow disciples around the world who celebrate communion as one table on this World Communion Sunday. It will be good to worship together!

Our Church Council has voted that wearing facemasks inside our hale pule is now optional, however, we will have masks available if you wish to wear one. As always, we request, if you are not feeling well or have any Covid symptoms, please do not attend worship but participate from your home.

This Sunday’s service (and recent services) can be accessed livestream by going to and clicking on the Vimeo link.

If you are at home for worship, please print out this week’s service order (attached below) and create a sacred space in your home, your own kuahu, to enhance your worship experience. I also invite you to bring an offering (lūlū) for a time of dedication and blessing. Please remember, online giving is available to you. All you need to do is go to our church website – and click on the donate now button. You can do this anytime. It takes only a few minutes to set up your profile for a one-time or recurring gift. Mahalo for your generosity and support.

Remember, if you are worshiping from home, to prepare your communal elements so they can be blessed during that time in the service and so you can commune with us from afar.

Please send any additional prayer requests for our pule during this Sunday’s worship. Requests can be sent during the week to or call the church office at 808-879-5557. You can also email me directly at or text me at 619-884-5830. And they can be written out on the pew cards when you arrive at worship. I hold these prayer requests in my personal prayer and will offer them during the service as well.

This Sunday is our monthly Sunset Meditation. With the slight chill of autumn in the air (well, at least in the early morning hours), we will focus on the changing seasons and the God who is both creator and steward of all life and season. Feel free to join me by the seawall at 5:45 pm HST (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or participate by Facebook Live (go to the Keawala’i Group Facebook page). This is a wonderful way to relax into the evening as we celebrate the end of our sabbath and prepare for the week ahead.

I look forward to being with you in person or in spirit this Sunday.

Me ke aloha o ke Akua,

Kahu Scott Landis, Transitional Pastor

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