Pastoral Update
For Sunday, December 4, 2022

Second Sunday of Advent

Candle of Maluhia - Peace

WORSHIP THIS WEEK IS IN-PERSON
AND LIVESTREAM on VIMEO

at 10 a.m. HST

Aloha Keawalaʻi ‘ohana, 

This Sunday is the second Sunday in Advent. The focus of Advent-2 is maluhia (peace). The scripture passage from Isaiah 11 is a beautiful prophecy intended for the time in which it was written. The long-expected Prince of Peace at the time was King Hezekiah. The hope was that he would be able to establish peace by warding off the dreaded Assyrians and reverse the course of the Israelites so that they would be at peace with one another and faithful to God.

Christians read the prophecy differently. We view the Prince of Peace as Jesus – the coming Messiah. The result is still the same – a Peaceable Kingdom where all competing factions resolve their differences. Even wild animals are willing to share their food and sleep together. Oh, what a wonderful world. Idealistic? Impossible? Or something we should work toward.

Be thinking about the ways we might restore peace in our land. What might we need to sacrifice for this new world order to emerge? Is the whole idea crazy? Is this not what God desires for humanity – and all living creatures?

As always, our Sunday service can be accessed livestream 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 – www.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 remember, this Sunday we celebrate holy communion. Please prepare your communal elements in advance so that they can be blessed along with those in our hale pule and taken at the same time.

Please send me any additional prayer requests for our pule during this Sunday’s worship. Requests can be sent to keawalaichurch@gmail.com or call the church office at 808-879-5557. You can also email me directly slandis1955@gmail.com 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.

DON’T FORGET: Our A Cup of Cold Water Campaign (through December 4). You are invited to bring small-sized toiletries (soap, shampoo, shaving cream, toothpaste, etc.) that ACCW will distribute to those who remain houseless in our County. Mahalo for your kōkua and generosity.

Sunset Meditations: On the four Sunday evenings in Advent (beginning at approximately 5:15p.m. HST) I will host Sunset Meditations. The brief gathering will focus on the Advent theme of the week and allow for periods of silence to be still, peer into the sunset, listen to the waves, and to God’s message for your life. Feel free to join me in person (bring a beach chair and dress for the weather) or watch online – click on the Keawala’i Group Facebook Page.

Blessing of the Animals: We will host the blessing on Saturday, December 10th at 10 a.m. Come to the church and bring your pet for a picture with Santa and a blessing on your furry or feathered friend. Come regardless of whether you have a pet to bless. Bring ashes or a picture if your pet has recently died so we can offer a special prayer. See you under the octopus tree.

Plan Ahead: We look forward to gathering for our extraordinary Christmas Eve Celebration on Saturday, December 24 at 6:30 p.m. Special Music will be offered by Leihuanani Bissen, our Keawala’i Choir, and Hawaiian musician Anthony Fluke. You’ll want to come early to get some pictures by the seawall and Christmas tree and to get a great seat. This candlelight service draws hundreds of people and is a highlight of the entire year.

During this wonderful season I look forward to being with you in person or in spirit as we gather for worship.

Me ke aloha o ke Akua,

Kahu Scott Landis, Transitional Pastor


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