August 11, 2022
WORSHIP THIS WEEK IS IN-PERSON AND LIVESTREAM
at 10 a.m. HST
FOR THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ALL WE REQUEST THAT YOU WEAR A
FACEMASK WHILE INSIDE OUR HALE PULE.
Aloha Keawala’i ‘ohana,
I typically think of Jesus as a “Gentle Savior” the Iesu no ke kahuhipa whom we love to sing about and expect will be there to pick up the pieces of our lives when we fall apart. This is certainly true of Jesus, but there is another side. Jesus was a passionate man – the incarnation of God who wanted nothing more than our full commitment as we say “yes” to his invitation. Too often we forget about that as we focus our attention on “church” rather than God – the structure rather than its contents.
In our gospel lesson today, we hear another voice of Jesus as he seemingly lashes out to gain our attention (then and now). These are hard words but important ones that demand our attention and commitment if we are truly going to be Christ’s disciples.
As Annie Dillard said, “We should come to church wearing crash helmets, for the sleeping god may wake someday and take offense, or the waking god may draw us to where we can never return.” We are, indeed, entering a construction zone – and the construction is a reordering of our lives as we give ourselves to the Holy One.
We request that you wear a mask while inside the sanctuary and especially while singing (which really sounds funny in light of my last paragraph – nevertheless). The continued surge in the pandemic demands we do everything we can to reduce spreading the virus. If you are not feeling well or have any Covid symptoms, please do not attend worship.
If you cannot attend in person, you can access the service virtually by going to https://keawalai.org and clicking on the Vimeo link.
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 – keawalai.org 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 any additional prayer requests for our pule during this Sunday’s worship. Requests can be sent during the week to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 808-879-5557. You can also email me directly at email@example.com 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.
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