Pastoral Update from Pastor Scott Landis
January 14, 2022
WORSHIP THIS WEEK IS LIVESTREAM ONLY
Aloha Keawala’i ‘ohana,
Changing water into wine – Magic? Miracle? Malarkey? What do you think? I think we may be missing the point. While the story has lots of appeal regarding Jesus’ ability to “save the day” or the reception as it were, I’m even more intrigued by Mary’s role in the story. This is Jesus’ “coming out” moment. In the gospel of John this is Jesus’ first superhuman event as Mary prods him to “Do Something!” I’d like us to focus our attention this week on that challenging moment in the mother-son relationship which is really the beginning of the end for both of them. As Mary insists that her son do something, she is also forcing him into the public eye – a position from which he will never be able to return.
I love that contemporary Christmas song, “Mary Did You Know?” I wonder, did she know? Did she know what she was doing when she demanded that Jesus “Do Something?”
I hope you will join us for our livestream worship service and participate from your home. We will be using the Facebook Live format again this week as we work out some technical issues on Vimeo. Just go to https://keawalai.org and click on the Facebook Live button to join us in worship. I will also host a virtual “Aloha Hour” this week on Zoom. The link for Aloha hour is below and is also posted on our church website. Please join us for a social gathering with no purpose other than to talk-story and enjoy your ‘ohana.
To enhance your worship experience, please print out this week’s order of worship (attached below) and create a sacred space in your home, your own kuahu, to enhance your worship experience.
Please send me any prayer requests you have for our pule in this Sunday’s worship. Requests can be sent to email@example.com or call the church office at 808-879-5557.You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hold these prayer requests in my personal prayer and will offer them during the service as well. 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 https://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. You can also still send a check to the church. Mahalo for your generosity and support. Don’t forget to join us shortly following the service for “Aloha Hour” here is the link:
Finally, please continue to pray for our beloved church as we navigate these days of transition. Whether we are making decisions on how to worship, participation in mission, or selecting the next kahu, our prayers for God’s discernment and guidance are essential. Your active participation is most welcomed.
I look forward to being with you in spirit this Sunday.Me ke aloha o ke Akua, Scott Landis, Interim Pastor