Pastor’s Corner: Every Week There’s a Story

(Color enhanced) An 'apapane in a tree.

March 3, 2021

This Pastor’s Corner is for the keiki of Church of the Holy Cross, and for everyone who is still young at heart.

I’m still telling stories, friends.

Before our Sunday School Zoom time formally began last Saturday, some of the families began connecting. It’s a wise thing to do with Zoom, since you never can be sure whether some update will have to download and install before you join the meeting, and we have wise families in our church.

As we waited for some of the others, one child said to me, “I miss the stories you used to tell in church.”

Oh, my. So do I.

I quickly told her that I am still telling those stories. During our Sunday services streamed live on our website and on YouTube, I begin every sermon by telling a story. Last week it was about an ‘akepa, and the week before it was about a lau’ipala, and the week before that it was about a myna and a kolea.

Every week there’s a story. Every week, because I remember all our young folks and care about you and I know that you appreciate these stories. Every week there’s a story.

I know it’s not the same. How could it be? As I’m telling these stories I can’t see your faces. I can’t hear your questions. I can’t reply to your comments. I can’t enjoy your laughter – which I enjoy nearly as much as you enjoy laughing. It’s not the same.

But every week there’s a story because you deserve my time and thought and attention. Every week there will be a story because I care about you, and because I want to show you that God cares about you.

Every week there’s a story.

With aloha,

Pastor Eric

PS: If you want to hear the stories you haven’t heard, you’ll find them saved at – each one includes video of me telling it, too!

Photo by Eric Anderson.

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