Pastor’s Corner: Thanksgiving

The first American Thanksgiving did not take place in Plymouth, Massachusetts, attended by local Wampanoags and their new neighbors, that curious collection of English religious refugees and business speculators we call the Pilgrims. They did celebrate a successful harvest together in 1621, but oddly enough they did not call it a “thanksgiving.” Our modern observance […]

November 15, 2017 in Pastor's Corner Reflections by

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What I’m Thinking: Active

  In Jesus’ parable of the talents, he commends activity over caution, industry over stillness. Faith at its best grows. Here’s a transcript: I’m thinking about talents today: Jesus’ parable of the talents, found in the twenty-fifth chapter of Matthew (Matthew 25:14-30). You may remember the story about a wealthy man who goes away and […]

November 13, 2017 in What I'm Thinking by

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Sermon: Is There Forgiveness?

November 12, 2017: Loyalty Sunday Matthew 25:1-13 Is there forgiveness? That’s the inescapable question for those reading this passage about the wise and foolish bridesmaids. Is there forgiveness? Because it seems so harsh. So unforgiving. So… final. Granted, they had missed their chance. The custom in those days was for the bridesmaids to wait with […]

November 12, 2017 in Sermons by

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What I’m Thinking: Ready with Light

  I’m struggling to think this week, because I feel so deeply at the news of so many killed during worship at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. In the story of the bridesmaids and their lamps, Jesus told his followers to be ready: with light. Here’s a transcript: I’m not thinking about Sutherland […]

November 5, 2017 in What I'm Thinking by

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2017 Advent and Christmas Events

Mark your calendars for the annual Hanging of the Greens, starting at 9:00 am on Saturday, December 2nd. Help us prepare our sanctuary for the Advent and Christmas seasons with greenery, decorations, the star, and angels in flight! December 3 – First Sunday of Advent (Hope) – Holy Communion, “Holy Listening” program led by the […]

November 1, 2017 in Community, Events by

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Pastor’s Corner: The Reformation at Five Hundred

November 1, 2017 Five hundred years ago yesterday, October 31, 1517, a German monk named Martin Luther nailed a long document to the door of his church in Wittenberg: his Ninety-Five Theses. They were actually proposals for a formal debate about the Church’s practice of selling “indulgences” – forgiveness for sins committed by the purchaser […]

November 1, 2017 in Pastor's Corner Reflections by

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FAQs regarding ‘Family Promise’

The next general membership meeting has been set for November 26. The item to be voted on will be the election of our 2018 officers and Board members. Also on the agenda is a question and answer session related to the church’s participation in the Family Promise program. Some Questions and Answers About Family Promise […]

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Nov 21 – Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

The annual Thanksgiving Celebration sponsored by Interfaith Communities in Action will take place on Tuesday evening, November 21st, at 7:00 pm at Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin on Kilauea Avenue. Come enjoy the music and celebrate the blessings of the season! The theme for the service is “A Place at the Table” and it will be […]

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Nov 11 – Bell Ringing for Queen Lili`uokalani

Along with churches around Hawai’i, we will ring our church bell 100 times beginning at 8:30 am on Saturday, November 11, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the passing of Queen Lili’uokalani. If you would like to be among those ringing, please let Pastor Eric know. Church of the Holy Apostles will hold a […]

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What I’m Thinking: Leadership (Jesus’ Idea of Leadership)

  Jesus’ harshest critique of the religious leaders of his day was “Do as they say, not as they do” – because they told people to do difficult things, and then didn’t help them do it. The true leader, said Jesus, is the one who serves. Here’s a transcript: I think we’re going to be […]

October 29, 2017 in What I'm Thinking by

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