Holy Week Begins
8:00 am and 9:30 am

We begin this service outside, remembering Jesus’ procession into Jerusalem. We follow him waving our palm branches as we process into the church singing the familiar hymn, “All Glory, Laud & Honor.” Our joyfulness will quickly change however, as we read and relive His Passion.

Scripture Readings

Morning Coffee Inspiration from Pastor Gae
Aloha Friends,

Years ago, I came across a Hasidic folk tale that said Jerusalem sits with its towering walls high upon a hill because for years people have worn away the ground by circling it, instead of entering its holy gates.

That image comes to mind every Palm Sunday, the day in which we are invited to begin Holy Week, the holiest of all weeks in our Christian year. It’s called Holy Week for a reason. The intent is that it be a week-long pilgrimage, setting aside a week of our lives every year — a week away from “business as usual” in order to journey with our Master though the gates of Jerusalem and to the very sacred space that we call the Paschal mystery.

I think it takes a bit of crazy to decide to enter those holy gates and not just stay outside, circling the walls. It certainly was crazy for Jesus. He knew what he would face when he entered Jerusalem. He knew that the triumphal celebration of his presence would change very soon to a painful, lonely passion. He knew that the palm branches would be replaced by iron nails. He could have easily stayed outside, circled them and left. And yet he didn’t. He didn’t because somehow in that crazy was the only way there could be life for him and his followers.

Don’t you think it takes a bit of crazy to really live? We can circle the walls our entire life — never making the commitment to journey into what is inside of them — and we can probably do OK. But Jesus told his disciples that those who wish to be safe will lose their lives; those who are prepared to lose their lives will keep them. That even sounds a bit crazy.

We could do what many folks do during Holy Week -— circle around the outside and never really enter. I’ve done that many times. You might know what that’s like — you hop from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday without a whole lot of energy or thought.

I don’t do that anymore. And not just because I work in the church. There’s a bit of crazy in me now. I look forward to making that pilgrimage with my Master. I want to enter those gates and be with him as he spends his final days with his disciples. I want to listen to everything he has to tell them. I want to listen just in case he has something to say to me. I need to hear him say again and again that we are to love one another as he has loved us.

I want to be present with Jesus during the hours before his arrest. I want to hear him say to his disciples,“Can’t you just stay awake, be with me?” I want to try to understand why they let him down. I want to see how I let him down.

I want to try to understand how he willingly gave his life to the cross. I want to stand at the foot of the cross just to see what it has to say to me.

And, for sure, at the end of all the crazy, I am going to be present to see the first light of Easter. I want to hear again that the tomb was empty!

I hope you will be a little crazy and join me this Holy Week. If you can’t make every one of our services, mark off the time and create for yourself a real Holy Week. If you don’t live on Kaua`i, find an Episcopal church near you.

In the Light and Love of the One we follow,
~Pastor Gae+
Stations of the Cross — A Journey with our Lord
This Sunday 4:00-4:30 pm (centering prayer 4:30 - 5:00 pm)
The Stations of the Cross is a Lenten devotion in the Episcopal Church that offers witness to Jesus’ Passion and Death.

We gather in the sanctuary for this special service in which we process on our burial grounds to each of the 14 “stations” where there is a visual image.

Our spiritual guide is “Everyone’s Way of the Cross” by Clarence Enzler.

The “stations” were created by members of the church — children and adults. Join us Sunday!
Holy Week Services
 You are encouraged to attend as many services as possible as we journey with our Lord during his last week on the earth to his resurrection.

The following are dates/times and descriptions of our services for the Triduum. If you are not on island, check your local Episcopal church for dates/times.
Maundy Thursday
April 18: 7:00 pm
We begin the Triduum, the three most sacred days in the church, by recalling the time when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. We will also celebrate our last Eucharist until Easter. The sanctuary is stripped of all decoration. The service ends with the walk on our burial grounds. This service features beautiful chants led by Chanterelle.

Good Friday
April 19: Noon
In this very solemn worship service, we remember and honor the crucifixion. The early church in Jerusalem began a ritual surrounding a relic of the cross of Jesus. The faithful bowed before the cross, looked upon it, and kissed it. A similar practice grew up in Rome, which also claimed a relic of the cross. Eventually, this ritual was done even where there was no relic. At Christ Memorial, we bring in our wooden cross and are allowed individual time to come and pray before it.

5:00 pm Stations of the Cross

Easter Sunday
April 21 8:00 & 9:30 am
Alleluia! He is Risen! Celebrate Easter with us. Following the 9:30am service, we will have a traditional Easter egg hunt for all children!


Labyrinth at Christ Memorial

Labyrinths are a wonderful way to quiet the mind and move deep into the heart. We are exploring creating a labyrinth on the grass next to our burial grounds. For those interested in being part of our Labyrinth Ministry, see Pastor Gae.

For more information on the spirituality of labyrinths, go to https://veriditas.org/
Men’s Fellowship: Every Monday, 9:00 am
Kilauea Bakery and Pizza (Kong Lung Market Center)
Christ Memorial Men’s Fellowship group is growing! We meet every Monday morning at 9:00am for coffee or breakfast at the Kilauea Bakery. 

The first book we are reading together is Lee Strobel’s “The Case for Christ.” Lee was an investigative journalist and a self professed “atheist” when his wife had a conversion to Christ. He attempts to dissuade her by trying to find evidence that the resurrection wasn’t real. Our plan is to follow the questions provided at the end of the chapters as our discussion starting points. Books are available at the gathering, so please feel welcome to jump in at any time.

For more information, see Patrick O’Connell at worship or email him at paoco65@gmail.com .
Thrift Shop Hours for Shopping and Donations
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 2:00 - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am - 3:00pm
Sunday, Monday: closed

A Prayer for Holy Week

Lord God,
I give you thanks, for you are good, and your mercy is endless.
Here I stand, at the start of this holy week,
This week in which your church remembers Jesus’ passion and death,
And I am distracted by many things.
Turn my eyes now to the One who comes in your name
The one who opens the gates of righteousness
The one who answers when we call.
I bless you, Lord, for shining your light upon me,
And for sending your son to us, in human frailty.
To walk the road we walk.
Open my eyes that I may see him coming,
And may praise him with a pure heart.
And may walk in the way of his suffering,
And share also in his resurrection.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.
Special Ministry of Christ Memorial ~ Open for Prayer
Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Feeling a little overwhelmed with life? Just drop in to Christ Memorial for a little peace and quiet.

One important ministry of Christ Memorial is the opening of our church doors, Monday through Friday, during the day. It’s amazing the number of people who drop in to pray, meditate, or just to seek a few minutes of quiet. Unfortunately fear has crept into many churches. Pastor Gae believes our country would be very different if all churches kept their doors unlocked.

Our Sunday prayer list includes those whom our visitors have asked us to pray.

Live off island? If you have a prayer intention or would like to pray for those on our prayer list, email Pastor Gae at gdchalker@gmail.com .

As we enter Holy Week, we concentrate on the glorious events of the Resurrection on Easter Day. However, as we face the needs of the world around us, we must remember the anxiety and pain faced by our Lord during Holy Week to give all of us Salvation. What can we do to help others? ~Bill Butler

To give to our Easter Appeal 2019, please click on one of the buttons below:

Sharing our Property for Support and Recovery Groups
Christ Memorial wants to be known in the community as a healing place for the body, mind and spirit. We are seeking support and recovery groups to meet on the property, either in the Parish Hall or the Office. If you know of a group looking for a place to meet: grief support, eating disorders, anxiety, Al-Anon, Gamblers Anonymous, etc., please tell them to contact us.

If you know of a group looking for a place to meet: grief support, eating disorders, anxiety, Al-Anon, Gamblers Anonymous, etc., please tell them to contact Pastor Gae.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) groups meet at Christ Memorial Parish Hall every week on these days and times:

  • Tuesday at 10:00 am
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 7:30 pm
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Christ Memorial Episcopal Church
2509 Kolo Road, Kilauea, HI 96754
Mailing: PO Box 293, Kilauea, HI 96754
Phone: (808) 482-4824