September 27, 2020

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture Readings for this Sunday:
Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
Matthew 21:23-32

Service of Holy Eucharist
In the Sanctuary
8:00 am
This service is spoken (no music)

Please make a reservation as we are allowed a limited number. Email Pastor Gae at: christmemorialkilauea@gmail.com.
Please wear a mask.

Service of Morning Prayer with Music, Only on Zoom
9:30 am

Here is the link to join us on Zoom:
Healing of body, mind and spirit for Xavier, Susan, Nancy, Web & Kelly (cancer); Nancy (radiation treatment); Doug (stroke); Matt’s dad (polio); Bill, in hospital with infected shoulder; all those hospitalized by the virus. Gretchen and all those in assisted living; Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg may she rest in peace; the Reverend Melinda Archer, may she rest in peace.
Raymond, Aaron and all those affected by the fires in Oregon and California


8:00 am on the Labyrinth
All creatures, great and small, are invited!

Our 9:30 am service on Zoom will be in celebration of the life and ministry of
St. Francis of Assisi

Details coming soon!
Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick will be joining Christ Memorial for the Sacrament of Confirmation. He will also be blessing of our Labyrinth and new memorial benches. Mark your calendars and help us celebrate this very special event.
Lectors Needed
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Lectors needed at our 8:00 and 9:30 service (on ZOOM). The benefits of this ministry are many. Among them are getting more acquainted with the scripture and enhancing public speaking skills. Interested? Let Pastor Gae know today!
Foster a Gravesite
We have the most beautiful graveyard on the island thanks to those who spend a little time each week weeding and caring for a gravesite. There are two gravesites that would love a little attention:

The Widdifield Family: Francis 1793-1823
Richard 1878-1951
James 1911-1944

Claude Wilson White 1876-1923
Aloha Friends,

This past Tuesday at Centering Prayer we opted to do Lectio Divina, also known as Divine Reading. For those not familiar with Lectio, it is a beautiful way to internalize the scripture. We read a passage and then sat in silence for ten minutes, noticing if a word or phrase stood out. Then we read the passage again and we repeated the sit, this time noticing if it connected in some way with life at the moment. It was also a time to have to conversation with God, listening for an invitation of any kind.  At the end of the sit we just rested in gratitude. The passage we used was John 1:35-39 which takes place right after Jesus was baptized: 

The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon.

After the meditation, we shared what word or phrase spoke to us. Each of us connected in a different way. For me what stood out immediately was, “What are you looking for?” I wrestled with that question wondering if I could even answer it. Finally, what came to my mind was, “I am looking for calm and peace in this chaotic time we are living in. And I am looking for more joy. There is so little joy in the news and on the faces of people I intersect with every day.” 
It was near the end of the sit when I did receive a bit of an invitation. It was a simple one. Often, I’ve found that answers to my prayers are not complicated. The invitation came from Jesus. He said, “Remain here with me.”  

I’ve kept those words close to my heart the last few days when I find myself feeling fearful or frustrated, usually after watching the news. Will our leaders in authority act with integrity and honesty? Will there be help soon for people who are living on the edge? Will the protests be met with violence and looting?  And as I’ve been contemplating how the drug appetite of Americans and attachment to guns continue to destroy our cities and take away so many lives, I come away feeling so small and powerless to do anything about it. 

“Remain here with me,” Jesus says, “Just remain here with me.”  I repeat those words over and over again. His words are magical. I feel safe in Him. He gives me hope.

I encourage you to set aside 30- 40 minutes and try Lectio Divina using the scripture from John. What words do you hear? What invitation are you receiving? As always, please share,

In Christ’s love,


PS Do you have a story you tell and retell because of the meaning it keeps revealing to you? As always, please share.
CONNECT - A Note to Our Zoom Family
One big blessing for our church that has come out of the struggle with the Covid Virus is the connection we have made via Zoom. Many folks who are either seasonal residents, timeshare residents, or even tourists consider us their church community. They can now be a more active part of our church. We have a Sunday worship service, two Bible studies, an Adult Confirmation class and Centering Prayer, made possible through Zoom.  Who knew! This has been a learning experience for us. The good news is that even after the virus crisis is over, we will continue many of our offerings on Zoom.

Here are some things everyone can do to help us all have the best experience possible:

  1. Please try to connect at least 10 minutes before the service or the meeting to make sure everything is working correctly.  
  2. If possible, keep your video on so it feels more like being together in church.  
  3. Have your audio always on mute unless advised by the facilitator.
  4. Be present. Try not to multi-task. Having your water or coffee nearby is fine but since your video is on, probably best not to be moving around.
  5. Try your best not to leave early. If your computer drops you out, come back on but make sure your video is on and your audio is muted.  
Vicarage Project- NEWS UPDATE
Some of you have asked about the VICARAGE PROJECT. We want to reassure you that we haven’t given up the ghost. The virus slowed our momentum for the past couple of months but we are back on track. We have hired a company to stake the property.

Having a vicarage for a priest is essential for the future of our little church. When Pastor Gae arrived, full-time rental housing was very scarce on our side of the island. We didn’t know if she was going to have to live in Kapa’a or Lihue and commute. In the time that she has been here she has already had to move once.

We are currently looking at some architectural drawings. Stay tuned!
Our Thrift Shop is Open!
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

For a safe shopping experience, we can only allow 5 shoppers in the store at any time. All must wear masks and use hand sanitizer.

See our newly renovated Thrift Shop! Click here

Online Study:
Monday 10:00 am-11:15 am:
Spiritual Lessons from the Book of Genesis

Wednesday 2:00 pm-3:15 pm:
Letters of John

Email Pastor Gae if you are interested in attending at christmemorialkilauea@gmail.com

Connect via Zoom for both study sessions:
Online Centering Prayer & Scripture Reflection
Tuesdays, 9:00 - 9:45 am (HST)
Join Zoom Meeting

Centering Prayer is every Tuesday morning on Zoom, 9:00 - 9:45 am. We begin with a Scripture reading for the day followed by 12 minutes of meditation. Then a reflection is read and anyone who would like to share an insight is invited to do so. We finish with prayer time for those in need of healing.

Meets in the Parish Hall:
Monday 6:15 - 7:15 pm & 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00-11:00 am & 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Go to www.kauaiaa.org for more info.
Our giving is important, especially now.

Although we aren’t gathering in the sanctuary for worship, our church bills are still the same. We’ve had questions from our Sunday worshippers and now our Zoom worshippers about how to give. Your continued gifts really matter, especially in this time of uncertainty.  
If you like to give by check, please send to:
Christ Memorial Episcopal Church,
P.O. Box 293, Kilauea, HI 96754

Or consider changing to Automated Giving. It makes life easy. Just click on the button below to make a one-time or recurring donation. 

Thank you for your love and care for our Christ Memorial community!

Join the Remembering Reception Team
Currently Melody is gathering photos and any information about priests who served, events, challenges, and accomplishments.  Even if you can’t join the Team, can you take a bit of time and send her a note about when you came into the church and what you remember.  Maybe it’s just something little like, “There was a big storm that year” or “There were a lot of baptisms” or “We had big dance”. Anything you can remember is helpful. And we’d love pictures. Send them over and we’ll scan them and send them back!  Here’s how to connect with Melody: mellomack@gmail.com
~Marcos E. Carver, 1917 – 1925 Founder and Priest-in-Charge of missions on the Island of Kauaʻi
~Henry A. Willey, 1924 – 1945
~Harold Wilmot-Smith, 1945 – 1948
~Paul R. Savanack, 1949 – 1950
~Norman R. Alter, 1950 – 1952
~E. Lani Hanchett Layman-in-Charge, 1951 – 1952, Deacon at CMEC in 1952, ordained Priest in 1953, later became the 1st Hawaiian Bishop, and 1st Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi
~Keith Kreitner, 1952 – 1953
~Samuel N. McCain, Jr., 1953 – 1958
~Thomas D. Hughes, 1958 – 1960
~Charles T. Crane, 1960 – 1962
~Thomas K. Yoshida, 1962 – 1966
~Charles G. Hopkins, Jr., 1966 – 1969
~Elsberry W. Reynolds, 1969 – 1970
~George T. Eppley, 1972 – 1973
~Richard S. O. Chang, 1973 – 1979 later became the 4th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi
~Robert E. Walden, 1979 – 1981
~Jan C. Rudinoff, 1982 – 1984
~James P. Eron, 1984 – 1992
~A. Donor Macneice, 1993 – 2005
~Shirley Ellingboe, 2009 – 2010
~Roberta R. Taylor, 2011 – 2016
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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