Sermon: Catch and…?

January 21, 2018 Mark 1:14-20 As a child, I was aware of two kinds of fishing. Not very aware, as my grandfather’s affection for fishing had gone to my aunt and not my father (and I don’t have it either), but I was aware of two kinds of fishing. There was catch, cook, and eat, […]

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Pastor’s Corner: Breathe

January 17, 2018 Regular viewers of our “What I’m Thinking” video series might believe that I think about Scripture most of the time. And, when I’m in front of that camera every week, that’s precisely what I’m thinking about. Sitting in front of the keyboard today, however, my mind has been awhirl with many, many things: […]

January 21, 2018 in Pastor's Corner Reflections by

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Pastor’s Corner: Tree of Joy

January 3, 2018 Many years ago I knew a man named Gordon. He was bright and funny, a skilled architect, and a person with a lot of joy to share. We met when he and I both served as counselors at Pilgrim Lodge, the summer camp of the Maine Conference UCC. I’d only see him […]

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Remembering Henry `Opukaha`ia

Haili Congregational Church UCC (211 Haili Street, Hilo) will host a worship service honoring Henry ‘Opukaha’ia on the 200th anniversary of his passing on Saturday, February 17, at 10 am. If you happen to be on O`ahu that day, a similar service will take place at Kawaiaha’o Church (957 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu).

January 18, 2018 in Community, Events by

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Annual Meeting, February 25, 2018

Our church’s Annual Meeting will be held after worship on Sunday, February 25, at approximately 11:00 am. We will accept reports of our Boards and our Treasurer’s Financial Report. Annual Reports should be ready for distribution the first week of February. Also on the meeting agenda will be a motion to approve our church’s participation […]

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What I’m Thinking: Catch and… Then What?

  Jesus summoned his first disciples from their nets and told them they would now fish for people. But once you’ve caught people, what do you do then? They’re not to be used like fish. Here’s a transcript: Well, first of all, I’m thinking how good it is to be here, that last weekend’s nuclear […]

January 16, 2018 in What I'm Thinking by

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Sermon: The Discomfort of Faith

January 14, 2018 John 1:43-51, Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 My intent for this morning’s sermon had been to reflect on the intimacy of our relationship with God, the God who has “searched me and known me.” The psalmist seemed to find that relationship both uncomfortable and comforting. In these days of targeted advertising, security cameras, and […]

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What I’m Thinking: Searched and Known

  In an age where we are concerned for our privacy, the Psalmist reminds us that there is One – a loving One – from whom we have no secrets. Here’s a transcript: I think I’ll explain the bandage first – this one here.  I had a skin growth removed from my nose. It’s healing […]

January 9, 2018 in What I'm Thinking by

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What I’m Thinking: Words and Deeds

Mark didn’t begin his gospel with an account of Jesus’ birth. He had other things he wanted to tell us about Jesus. Here’s a transcript: My first thought: Hau’oli makahiki hou! A Happy and Blessed New Year to all of you. This coming Sunday we have a real treat at Church of the Holy Cross. […]

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Sermon: Recognition

December 31, 2017 Luke 2:22-40 In the fall of 1985, I was a brand-new student at a new school – well, new to me. As part of orientation, we in the incoming class were supposed to pick up our lunch in the cafeteria and then go eat… somewhere. As it happened, I didn’t know where. […]

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