Pastoral Update from Pastor Scott Landis
December 3, 2021


Aloha Keawala’i ‘ohana

On the Second Sunday of Advent, we listen to the words of John the Baptist. God picks the most unlikely person found in the strangest place to announce the coming of the Messiah. One would expect such an announcement from within the religious establishment. Instead, John is the “voice crying in the wilderness” calling on all to prepare for the coming of our God.

What initially sounds like a harsh challenge is really a call to follow the Prince of Peace. On this Sunday our focus is on peace as we light a candle dedicated to that quality of life between us and within. Maluhia is our hope and our desire as we travel further in our Advent journey.

We will light a new Advent candle each Sunday to remind ourselves of the weekly theme and to notice that light shines even in darkness reminding us that Jesus – the light of the world – will be born into each one of our lives.

Our worship services are currently open for live gatherings. Masks are required at all times. Alternatively, you may also join us for worship online (live at 10 a.m. HST or recorded) by visiting our church website at keawalai.org and clicking on the Vimeo button.

If you are at home, please print out this week’s order of worship (attached below) and create a sacred space in your home, your own kuahuto enhance your worship experience. I also invite you to bring an offering (lūlū) for a time of dedication and blessing. Please note: 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. You can also still send a check to the church. Mahalo for your generosity and support.

Please send any prayer requests you have for our pule in 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 at slandis1955@gmail.com. I hold these prayer requests in my personal prayer and will offer them during the service as well.

We continue to meet weekly in our KCC Zoom Room on Wednesday’s at 11. Consider joining us (again or for the first time) this week. We will send out another email early next week with the link and instructions. Wednesday Zoom Room is a great time to prepare for worship the following Sunday as we spend some time thinking about the theme for the week.

Please Note: This Sunday we will continue a series of 4 Sunset Meditations for Advent. I will host a brief service (30-45 minutes) of meditation each Sunday evening beginning at 5:15 based on the theme of the week. You are invited to join me in person (please bring a lawn chair and dress for the weather – if inclement, we will meet inside hale pule) or join me on Facebook Live by clicking on the Keawala`i Group Facebook Page.

I look forward to greeting you in church. May you have a blessed week.

Me ke aloha o ke Akua,

Scott Landis, Interim Pastor


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