Renewal of Ministry and Welcoming of Vicar Service March 27th, 2022
Rev. Bruce DeGooyer & Rev. Sanford Johnson
This Lent, join Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick as he shares weekly reflections each Wednesday on The Book of Job & the Nature of Suffering. He begins the series with this Ash Wednesday message.
Aloha Sisters and Brothers at Holy Innocents,
It is with much happiness that I accept the call to become your next Vicar. Sylvia and I are both looking forward to our faith journey together with you.
I have been so blessed to be with you as a supply priest, even as the uncertainties and changes brought about by Covid led to some Sundays being put on hold. And during this challenging time, you have continued to work together, keeping your focus and spirit on members (those who could attend and also those who couldn’t), the community, and the mission of Holy Innocents. You live the aloha spirit!
Your love for each other and those around you is evident, and I see in you a genuine openness and inclusiveness that expresses ‘ohana and God’s love. Every week that I have been with you, I have heard from visitors of the open warmth of Holy Innocents, a feeling of Christ’s loving welcome that has touched the hearts of so many who have come through the front doors.
I look forward to us exploring the mission and ministries to which God is calling us. As we build on the past, we’ll also see what the future holds. And all of this with shared conversations, fellowship, and community. Together, we can move into a future that celebrates and expands on Holy Innocents’ ways of loving welcome and faithfulness in mission and ministry.
God has good things in store… Let's see what they are!
AN EPIPHANY MESSAGE January 6, 2022
Aloha my dear Siblings in Christ Jesus,
Today, January 6, 2022, is both the Feast of the Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ and the first anniversary of the insurrection at the United States Capital. We are also fast approaching the second anniversary of the COVID pandemic as an international crisis.
The word “Epiphany” comes from the Greek epiphaneia, meaning “manifestation” or “appearance.” The word is used in 2 Timothy 1:9-10 to explain the believers’ relationship to God through Jesus Christ: “God is the one who saved and called us with a holy calling. This wasn’t based on what we have done, but it was based on his own purpose and grace that he gave us in Christ Jesus before time began. Now his grace is revealed through the appearance of our savior, Christ Jesus. He destroyed death and brought life and immortality into clear focus through the good news.” During the Season of the Epiphany, we are reminded how to “see” God through the lens of the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ.
O God, b Bishop y the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spir it, one God, now and forever. Amen . Epiphanytide Blessings! +Bob The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick The Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii Bishop
September 22, 2021 - The Bishop talks about COVID-19, Job, and Love
September 8, 2021 - In this week's video message, Bishop Fitzpatrick talks about sin, will and love, in light of the upcoming anniversary of 9/11.
September 1, 2021 - The Bishop resumes his weekly video messages. This week he talks about our faith especially during these difficult times.
On Pentecost Sunday, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preached during Washington National Cathedral’s morning Eucharist, his first time preaching live at a Sunday service since the start of the pandemic. Curry said the unifying spirit of Pentecost isn’t always obvious, but it is revolutionary – drawing on Gil Scott-Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” “Pentecost is about a revolution. It is not about mere moral reform. It is not about tinkering at the edges. It is about transforming an old order into a new order, but do not despair. I know the evidence is not in yet; it looks like the old order is still around, but do not despair,” Curry said.
“Love is ecumenical. Love is interfaith. Love is bipartisan. Love is multiethnic. Love embraces and includes us all.” Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry celebrated Pentecost Sunday with us yesterday, reminding us that Pentecost is an extension of the incarnation, and a revolution of the Spirit and love.
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