December 19, 2022
A Message from the Bishop &
Christmas Services Around the Diocese
Na ke aloha o ke Akua ma loko o Iesu Kristo, e aloha iā ʻoukou ā pau!

On the Fourth Sunday of Advent (December 18th), the Gospel lesson was from the Gospel of Matthew (2:18-25)
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ took place. When Mary his mother was engaged to Joseph, before they were married, she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her husband, was a righteous man. Because he didn’t want to humiliate her, he decided to call off their engagement quietly. As he was thinking about this, an angel from the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the child she carries was conceived by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you will call him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Now all of this took place so that what the Lord had spoken through the prophet would be fulfilled:
Look! A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, And they will call him, Emmanuel. (Emmanuel means “God with us.”)
When Joseph woke up, he did just as an angel from God commanded and took Mary as his wife.
Matthew’s telling of the story of the birth of Jesus is very different than that of Luke. There is mention of a census, the manger, the shepherds or even angels singing “Gloria.” It is a story of a simple pious man in a difficult situation.

The story picks up two themes from Matthew’s Gospel: Mercy and Action.

First, Joseph knows that Mary could be publicly punished (even with death) and certainly humiliated, and yet that is not the path he wanted. He is merciful. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus teaches mercy as a prime value of faith. During the Sermon on the Mount, he declares:
“Happy are people who show mercy, because they will receive mercy” (5:7)
Jesus quotes Hosea 6:6 twice in Matthew’s Gospel (9:13 and 12:7):
“Go and learn what this means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice.’ I didn’t come to call righteous people, but sinners.”
In the story of Joseph, he has three dreams with one that requires him to act. In the first, he is assured all is well with Mary and he took Mary as his wife. In Matthew, Jesus calls disciples to action. Again, from the Sermon on the Mount:
“Happy are people who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, because they will be fed until they are full…. Happy are people who make peace, because they will be called God’s children.”
In Matthew 25, we are reminded of the actions that show our connection with God (25:31-46):
“I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.”
Perhaps those two words – mercy and action – are the watch words of Christmas 2022. Our world has changed. The Pandemic, war in Europe, refugees, inflation and much more make for anxiety. We, however, are the followers of Jesus. We know we are loved by God. As is declared in the First Letter of Peter (2:10):
“Once you weren’t a people, but now you are God’s people. Once you hadn’t received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

Mercy is love enacted.
This Christmas, I hope we can all be thankful for the mercy of God – love – in our lives and that can call us to act – to be Christ’s love in the world.

May endless Joy and Peace and Love, the Blessed Savior’s gifts from heaven above shine like candles in the night to make your pathways clear, smooth, and bright throughout 2023.

Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!

Aloha ma o Iesu Kristo, ko makou Haku,

+Bob
CHRISTMAS SERVICES AROUND THE DIOCESE
Listed below are Christmas service times for most of the churches in the Diocese. At the time of release, we did not receive all schedules. If you have any questions, contact the church directly. Contact information for all churches can be found on the Diocesan website HERE, where the linked church name will take you to their website. Most churches are also offering both in-person and online services.

Wishing you and your loved ones a very merry blessed Christmas!
O'AHU
THE CATHEDRAL OF ST. ANDREW,
229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu
(O'ahu churches listed alphabetically:
CALVARY EPISCOPAL CHURCH
45-435 Aumoku St., Kaneohe
EMMANUEL EPISCOPAL CHURCH
780 Keolu Dr., Kailua
EPIPHANY EPISCOPAL CHURCH
1041 10th Ave., Honolulu
GOOD SAMARITAN EPISCOPAL CHURCH
1801 10th Ave., Honolulu
HALAU WA'A EPISCOPAL
Kapolei
THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY NATIVITY
5286 Kalanianaole Hwy., Honolulu
THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST. CHRISTOPHER
93 N. Kainalu Dr., Kailua
THE PARISH OF ST. CLEMENT
1515 Wilder Ave., Honolulu
ST. ELIZABETH'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
720 N. King St., Honolulu
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
87-227 St. John's Rd., Waianae
MALUHIA LUTHERAN
85-256 Farrington Highway, Waianae
ST. LUKE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
45 N. Judd St., Honolulu
ST. MARK'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
539 Kapahulu Ave., Honolulu
ST. MARY'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
2062 S. King St., Honolulu
THE PARISH OF ST. PETER'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
1417 Queen Emma St., Honolulu
ST. TIMOTHY'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
98-939 Moanalua Rd., Aiea
At the time of release, we did not have schedules for the following O'ahu churches. Please contact them directly for Christmas service times.
ST. JOHN'S BY-THE-SEA EPISCOPAL CHURCH
(808) 239-7198
47-074 Lihikai Dr., Kaneohe
ST. MATTHEW'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
(808) 259-8664
41-054 Ehukai St., Waimanalo
ST. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
(808) 538-3275
229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu
ST. STEPHEN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
(808) 621-8662
1679 California Ave., Wahiawa
KAUA'I
ALL SAINTS' EPISCOPAL CHURCH
4-1065 Kuhio Hwy., Kapa'a
CHRIST MEMORIAL EPISCOPAL CHURCH
2509 Kolo Rd., Kilauea
ST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
4364 Hardy St., Lihue
EPISCOPAL CHURCH ON WEST KAUA'I
St, John's: 322A Mehana Rd., Eleele
St. Paul's: 8640 Kiowea Rd., Kekaha
MAUI
THE PARISH OF GOOD SHEPHERD EPISCOPAL CHURCH
2140 Main St., Wailuku
THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS
561 Front St., Lahaina
THE PARISH OF ST. JOHN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
8992 Kula Hwy., Kula
TRINITY BY-THE-SEA EPISCOPAL CHURCH
100 Kulanihakoi St., Kihei
MOLOKA'I
GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
2210 Farrington Ave., Ho'olehua
HAWAI'I ISLAND
CHRIST CHURCH EPISCOPAL
81-1004 Konawaena School Rd., Kealakekua
CHURCH OF THE HOLY APOSTLES
1407 Kapiolani St., Hilo
At the time of release, we did not have St. Augustine's Christmas schedule. Please contact the church directly:
ST. AUGUSTINE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
(808) 889-5390
54-3801 Akoni Pule Hwy., Kapa'au
ST. JUDE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
92-8606 Paradise Circle Mauka, Ocean View
THE PARISH OF ST. JAMES' & ST. COLUMBA'S
ST. JAMES' EPISCOPAL CHURCH
65-1237 Kawaihae Rd., Kamuela
Beach Mass: Kawaihae Harbor
ST. COLUMBA'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
43-1425 Hauola Rd., Pa'auilo
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Contact Information
Sybil Nishioka, Editor
The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i
229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 536-7776