Pastoral Update
For Sunday, January 29, 2023


at 10 a.m. HST

Aloha Keawalaʻi ‘ohana, 

This week we will shake things up a bit since it is a “Fifth Sunday of the month.” I thought it might be fun to have a more informal church experience on “Fifth Sundays” by holding a hymn sing during the regular sermon time. The hymn sing gives worshippers a chance to call out your favorite hymn – one that you have been wanting to sing – and to enjoy singing it together with all those gathered. Our recent services have seen a fairly full attendance so it will be fun to sing with a larger group. Remember, one of the primary ways that our faith is learned and communicated is through the lyrics of our hymns. The Psalms were the original hymns. They were sung during times of great joy and deep lament. Tunes help us remember the words. The words help us remember who God is and how God is made known in our lives. Think about that as you ponder the hymns that have great meaning in your life.

As you prepare for worship this Sunday, I encourage you to be thinking of the Beatitudes. You might want to read Matthew 5:1-12 in advance which is the gospel reading for this Sunday. Which Beatitude do you feel drawn to or resonate the most with? It might be fun to focus on that throughout the weekend and see how God is opening that gift in your life.

As always, our Sunday service can be accessed livestream by going to and clicking on the Vimeo link.

We apologize for the poor audio quality last week. We believe we have solved the problem and the quality should be greatly improved this Sunday.

If you are at home for worship, please print out this week’s service order 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.

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

I look forward to greeting you in person or in spirit this week – as we ponder the invitation of Jesus – and as we sing the songs of our faith.

Me ke aloha o ke Akua,

Kahu Scott Landis, Transitional Pastor

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