What I’m Thinking: Troublesome Call

  Pastors like to talk about the “call to ministry” – and we really do believe that it’s not just pastors, but everybody – that God calls to ministry. Nevertheless, there are problems… Here’s a transcript: I’m still wearing my Pentecost red, although this coming Sunday is Trinity Sunday on the Christian calendar, and I’m […]

May 20, 2018 in What I'm Thinking by

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Sermon: Come, Holy Spirit, to Aid Us

May 20, 2018: Pentecost Sunday Acts 2:1-21 Romans 8:22-27 It is Pentecost. We’ve heard the story. We’re wearing red – well, at least some of us are wearing red. We’ve sung the songs, despite various warnings on the Internet that some people think singing “Happy Birthday” to the Church is silly. We’ll sing some more […]

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Pastor’s Corner: Still In for the Long Haul

May 16, 2018 We’re still in for the long haul. I claim no prescience in my last column. The floods on Kaua’i did not lead me to wonder about a volcanic eruption in Puna. As I flew off to Florida and an educational program for mid-career clergy two weeks ago, I was more concerned that […]

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Pastor’s Corner: In for the Long Haul

May 2, 2018 As I write this, some days before its publication (I’m visiting family as you read it), my head is spinning with sights of suffering and sin: Chemical weapons in Syria, American bombs falling in Syria, The entire island of Puerto Rico without electricity (again), Political proposals that could criminalize homelessness, Kaua’i’s damaged […]

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Church of the Holy Cross now in the Blue Zone

Church of the Holy Cross has received its approval for certification as an official “Blue Zones Project Faith-based Organization.”   Members of The Gathering Place took on the responsibility of meeting the requirements to qualify, which included activities to encourage healthy living.   We have eaten the vegetables we grew in our little garden by the shed, […]

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The Community Responds to the Leilani Estates Eruption

As of Tuesday, May 15, twenty fissures in Leilani Estates and their associated lava flows had claimed twenty-seven homes and ten other structures. Amidst the uncertainty, Hawai`i County officials ordered over 2,000 people from their homes. Sulfur dioxide fumes have prevented some from even checking on their property when residents were allowed back into the […]

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What I’m Thinking: Pentecost

  First and foremost, I’m thinking about our neighbors in Puna. They need our help, and they will need it as time goes on. And I’m also thinking about Pentecost, and all its drama. Strangely, it seems to come down to one thing: God’s help. Here’s a transcript: I’m thinking about those who have been […]

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Sermon: Choices, Choices

May 13, 2018 Seventh Sunday of Easter Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 This story of the early church sits between that of Jesus’ Ascension – when he left his followers after spending the forty days since his resurrection teaching them further – and Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit sent them out into the public squares to begin […]

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Vacation Bible School, June 4 – 6, 2018

Save the date! More information to follow. Call 935-1283 to register.

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May 20, Strengthen the Church offering dedicated

The annual Strengthen the Church special offering empowers youth to build the future of the United Church of Christ.  Money received from this offering is split evenly between the Hawai’i Conference and the UCC national ministries. Nationally, the offering supports youth and young adult ministries, new church plants and grants to help congregations communicate the […]

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