Church of the Holy Apostles
1407 Kapi'olani Street 96720
https://www.episcopalchurchhilo.org
A letter from the Rector
Welcome to Holy Week 2021.

It is time for the family to gather and tell the stories of ages past. That we may remember our long line of ancestral faith, draw strength from hearing the mighty acts of God, and affirm once more who we are and whose we are: a family in Christ with unwavering hope in the Resurrection.

Lest you think you know this story all too well, the living Word is never silent and even today beckons us closer to whisper the mysteries of God into our hearts. Come, in person or virtually, take your place at the table of God and feast on the Good News of Jesus Christ.

This week you are encouraged to set time apart for prayer, fasting, and giving. The labyrinth is open for prayerful walks and the schedule of services for Holy Triduum is below. You might also consider making an offering to the diocese of Jerusalem to support Christians living in the birth place of our savior.

Walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:2)

Aloha nui,
Pr. Katlin
Mahalo nui to those who helped spruce up the church the last two Saturdays. It was much appreciated.
Volunteers needed:
Building and Grounds: For anyone interested in joining the B/G committee contact Rick Witter at (808)421-8192 or burbrick@aol.com. This is not a request for physical labor but a committee to oversee the parish campus. Meetings will happen quarterly.

Welcome Committee:
Greeter/Usher on Sundays. Please contact Barbara Gallop at (808)785-8121 or at bcgallop@yahoo.com. Your help is much appreciated.
What's so holy about Holy Week?
Holy Triduum
What does Triduum mean? 
            •  It means “The Three Days”
What’s the big picture?
            •  Sundown on Holy Thursday to sundown on Easter Sunday is considered the most solemn or sacred part of the liturgical year because it’s the final hours of Jesus’ earthly life and the culmination of his life’s ministry.  This three-day period is referred to as the Easter Triduum, also known as the Sacred Triduum, or Paschal Triduum.  

Palm Sunday
Passion Sunday and Passion Week
            •  Why is it called “the Passion?”
                        •  from the Latin Patior meaning “suffer,” refers to those sufferings our Lord endured for our redemption from the agony in the garden until His death on Calvary. 
                        •  It is a “transitional”: liturgy where we remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a colt as prophesied in Zacariah 9:9 and the hasty turn to his crucifixion.  

Maundy Thursday
 What does “Maundy” mean? 
      From Latin mandatum, meaning “command or order”
      The last supper:  institution of Holy Communion
      Foot washing: servanthood, act of humility and tenderness
      Garden of Gethsemane – overnight prayer watch; “…not my will but yours be done.”

Good Friday
Why is it called “Good”?
            • It took the death and burial of Jesus to make the victory of the Resurrection possible
            •  “Good” is also a word to say, “holy, righteous, sacred, pure”
                        •  Eucharistic prayers:
                                    •…”it is meet and right so to do…”
                                    •…”it is right, and good and a joyful thing…”
                        • Genesis story of creation:  “…And God saw that it is good.”

Stations
 Traditionally 14 stations (15 with a Resurrection station) to recount the steps Jesus took and attempt to grasp the offering He gave.  
            •  Witness to the reality of Chirst’s sacrifice.
            •  Receive examples for faith
                        • Selflessness, perseverance, humility, faith

Holy Saturday 
 Jesus is dead in the tomb.
The Apostles Creed: “…he descended into hell” or “…he descended to the dead”
“Harrowing of Hell”: to save souls, such as the Old Testament patriarchs, who died before his crucifixion.

Great Vigil of Easter
            •  We wait in the dark of Jesus’ death for the Light of the world to break through death.
            •  We recount God’s story arc of salvation history.
            •  Light the paschal candle in remembrance of the Paschal Mystery
•  The sacrificial lamb of the Passover becomes the Messiah of the world for all people, beyond the Israelites community’s anticipation. 
            •  We renew our baptismal vows and baptize new members of the Body of Christ.
            •  We share the first Holy Communion of the New Light.  
Remember someone special with an Azalea!
Easter Azaleas are on their way! Each plant is $20.
Please call or email Amy at the office with your order. 808-935-5545 OR
Please provide the following information:

Number of Plants:
Donor Name:
Given in Remembrance of:

BJ Saito is making her famous homemade name plates for each remembrance plant and we’ll pray for the faithful departed at the Great Vigil of Easter.

Flowers may be taken home after Easter Services.
Latest Video Messages from Bishop Bob
March 29, 2021 - In his Monday Lenten series, Bishop Bob concludes his reflections on the hymns of Charles Wesley, with hymns #188 and #493.
LENTEN STUDY: In his continuing Wednesday Lenten series on the Baptismal Covenant, Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick looks at the final three questions (found at the top of page 305 of the Book of Common Prayer).
The history of the Good Friday Offering reaches back to 1922 when, in the aftermath of World War I, The Episcopal Church sought to create new relationships with and among the Christians of the Middle East. From these initial efforts which focused on a combination of relief work and the improvement of ecumenical and Anglican relations, the Good Friday Offering was created.
Through the years many Episcopalians have found the Good Friday Offering to be an effective way to express their support for the ministries of the four dioceses of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Pastoral care, education and health care continue to be primary ministries through which the reconciling spirit of the Christian faith serves all in need. Participation in this ministry is welcome. The generous donations of Episcopalians help the Christian presence in the Land of the Holy One to be a vital and effective force for peace and understanding among all of God’s children.
A Message from our Family Minister
Our next Sunday school will be held on:
Sunday, April 18 on Zoom at 10:30am. Email familylife@episcopalchurchhilo.org to join.
A Children’s Sermon on Matthew 21:1-11 — Palm Sunday

Yesterday was Palm Sunday, the beginning of the week we call “Holy Week.” Jesus knew that this would be the last week of his life on earth.

The next Thursday night he and his friends would eat a special meal called “Passover.” It was the most important celebration of the year for the Jewish people — and it still is.

At that Thursday supper, Jesus gave his friends the bread and said “This is my body, broken for you.” And then he gave him the cup of wine and said “This is my blood of the new covenant, shed for you.”

It was the same special meal we still share in worship. We call it “the Lord’s Supper,” or “Communion,” or “the Eucharist.” It’s the day we call “Maundy Thursday.”

Then on Friday Jesus would be falsely accused of crimes, and be sent to die on the Cross. It’s the day we call “Good Friday.”

And then on the Sunday after that, Jesus would be alive again. Death just couldn’t hold him! It’s the day we call “Easter.”

But on the day we call Palm Sunday, a week before Easter, Jesus wanted a big celebration.

Jesus had his friends find a donkey for him to ride on.
Then he got on and rode the donkey into Jerusalem, while people lined the sides of the road. Some of them made a carpet for him to ride in on, laying down their coats and palm branches on the road.

They sang “Hosanna!” which means “Save us now!” And they sang, “You are blessed! You come in God’s name to help us!” And they waved their palm branches.

It was like a big parade. I suspect that the ones who had the most fun were probably the children. Wouldn’t it be fun to wave palm branches while Jesus rode by? Or to run alongside singing songs to him?

It was such a special celebration that all four Gospels tell the story — Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

But Matthew’s version of the story, is a little bit different from all the others.
In Mark, Luke, and John, Jesus rides into town on a donkey.
But in Matthew, Jesus rides into town on TWO donkeys!

Matthew wanted to make a very important point. Matthew remembered something said years and years before by one of the prophets.

Look, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

It sounded like the prophet said there were two donkeys. So Matthew told the story with two donkeys.

Matthew wanted to make sure you and I know that Jesus is the savior that had been promised by the messengers of God for centuries.

Jesus is not just someone who was wise and good.
Jesus is someone God had been planning and planning for. When we celebrate Jesus on Palm Sunday, we are welcoming someone whom God’s people have been waiting for forever. God finally came in person.
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Camp Mokuleia is excited to be expanding their Day Camp program this summer to include several locations on Oahu, one on Maui, one on the Big Island, and one on Kauai. These five Day Camps are for children finishing grades 1-5. All Day Camps are led by our highly trained Camp Mokule`ia staff and include games, arts & crafts, spiritual formation, and much more!

June 14th - 18 Day Camp #2 Church of the Holy Apostles $200. / $150 Early Bird
Happy Birthday!
O God, our times are in your hand: Look with favor, we pray, on your servants as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen their trust in your goodness all the days of their life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
March 30 - Anne Gibson
March 31 - Leland Nash
April 3 - Jay Chow Sr.
& Kau'i Kaluhiwa
April 6 - Laurie Ziegler
April 7 - Ann Mans
April 9 - Keith Lincoln
April 10 - Francisco Mateo
April 21 - David Hryniuk
April 22 - Nainoa Kaluhiwa
April 30 - George Curtis
Centering Prayer - Prayer as Relationship
Contemplative Outreach of Hawaii: March Newsletter
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CONTEMPLATION IN THE TIME OF COVID
For the last 13 years on Kauai, small groups of folks, as part of a larger world wide community called Contemplative Outreach, have practiced a method of meditation called Centering Prayer.  It is a form of prayer that goes beyond words and stems from the ancient monastic traditions.   
Now, in the time of Covid, almost all of these groups have expanded to a worldwide Zoom presence.  Gathering in this way feels so necessary right now and performs a stabilizing function connecting us in a wider community in spite of quarantines and isolation.  
All that is needed for this prayer is a willingness to show up and consent to open your heart to the Divine.   As Bill W. writes in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous:   “… for deep down in every man, woman, and child, is the fundamental idea of God.”    Any desire for Divine Mystery and the God of your understanding suffices.  We simply sit and listen to God’s first language “Silence” and let God do the healing.   As the late Fr. Thomas Keating, who brought this ancient practice back to life said:   “When you sit down in silence, you allow God to introduce himself as he is and not as other people have defined him.” 
Those who have been practicing this prayer for a while will tell you  that it is a discipline and that you don’t necessarily feel changes or differences while you are sitting, but gradually you will experience the gifts of this prayer in daily life and be able to be in it in a more centered, patient and loving way.    All you have to do is stick with it and say yes and show up and let the Divine do the changing and caring that we need, especially now.
For more information on Centering Prayer, 12 Step friendly Centering Prayer Groups and finding  a Zoom group go to www.contemplativeoutreach.org  or www.cp12stepoutreach.org
 For Kauai based groups contact Liedeke at lbulderart@gmail.com
Contemplative Outreach of Hawaii is a chapter of Contemplative Outreach Ltd. which is a spiritual network of individuals and small faith communities committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel. The common desire for Divine transformation, primarily expressed through a commitment to a daily Centering Prayer practice, unites our international, interdenominational community.
Book Review
"Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life" by Henri Nouwen (with M. J. Christensen and R.J. Laird). HarperCollins, 2013.

Henri J.M. Nouwen (1932-1996) was a Catholic priest and author who taught at many universities before finally becoming a senior pastor of L'Arche Daybreak, a community in Canada where people with disabilities created a home for one another. I stumbled across him while searching for books that could help me understand Incarnation Theology (please ask Pastor Katlin to explain this if you don't know what this means). While I found many intriguing titles by him, I was drawn to reading "Discernment" because the preface spoke directly to what I was feeling during this pandemic:

"The premise of this book is that God is always speaking to us - individually and as people of God - at different times and in many ways: through dreams and visions, experience and reason, nature and events. And that discernment is the spiritual practice that accesses and seeks to understand what God is trying to say." (p. 8)

The part of this book that I liked the best was his chapter "Read the Book of Nature". Nouwen asserts that "nature . . . points to God and offers signs and wonders indicating God's presence and will." (p.96) This has become a greater reality since I moved here nine years ago, being surrounded every day by the beauties of this island. I found Nouwen's writings to be truly comforting and hopeful.

This book is available through the Hawaii State Library System and can be purchased on Amazon or abebooks.com. Abebooks is an online source for used books from independent booksellers and I have had nothing but positive experiences with them.

Linda Watson, Librarian SFPL (retired)
Are you needing assistance? Through the generosity of our congregation, we are able to meet some basic needs for anyone facing critical hardship to purchase groceries, rent, electric, and medicine. When we offer such assistance, it is done in the form of a check or giftcard and bills are paid directly to vendors and landlords. If you are in need of assistance from the church, call the office and leave a message for Pastor Katlin. 808-935-5545
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Please, please do not click on links unless you can verify who the link came from.