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the Church of the Holy Nativity, Aina Haina
July 24, 2019
The Coming Week
at Holy Nativity

Worship this Sunday, 
July 28, 2019

The Seventh Sunday
after Pentecost
Eucharist 7:30am
Eucharist 9:30am
Sunday School 9:30am

Wednesday, July 31
 (10am)  Chapel

Thursday, August 1
Prayer (4pm)  Chapel

Worship the 
following Sunday,
August 4, 2019

The Eighth Sunday
after Pentecost
Eucharist 7:30am
Eucharist 9:30am
Sunday School 9:30am

Serving this Sunday 
(July 28)   
The Seventh Sunday
after Pentecost

7:30am Eucharist 
       The Rev'd George Clifford
     The Rev'd Christopher Bridges
Lector: Lorraine Mau
Prayers of the People: Kim Garner 
Usher: Austin Nakoa

9:30am Eucharist
     The Rev'd George Clifford
    The Rev'd Christopher Bridges
Server/Eucharistic Minister
    Sandra Braham
Lectors: Bob & Jean Steele
Acolyte: Sandra Braham
Prayers of the People: 
   Sandra Braham 
Usher: Rich Miller

Altar Guild: Nina Livingston's Team

Serving next Sunday 
(August 4)   
The Eighth Sunday
after Pentecost

7:30am Eucharist 
     T he Rev'd Christopher Bridges
     T he Rev'd Christopher Bridges
Lector: Ed Strikeleather
Prayers of the People: Kim Garner 
Usher: Ed Strikeleather

9:30am Eucharist
     T he Rev'd Christopher Bridges
    The Rev'd Christopher Bridges
Server/Eucharistic Minister
    Louisa Le Roux
Lectors: Stanley Yon & Alison Kittle
Acolyte: Louisa Le Roux
Prayers of the People: 
   Lila Johnson 
Usher: Bob Steele

Altar Guild: Sandra Braham's Team
The Sunday Readings

Interim Rector
The Rev. George Clifford
The Rev. Christopher Bridges

The Vestry
Sr. Warden: Austin Nakoa
Jr. Warden: Eva Eglinton
Treasurer: Jean Steele
Clerk: Nancy Thomas
Members at Large: Lila Johnson, Justin Donahue, Nina Livingston, Joe Kindrich, Rich Miller, Ed Moore, Jeff Taylor, Wyn Aubrey-Child, Ken Zitz
Rector Search Committee Chair: Bob Steele

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Rooted in the Episcopal tradition, Holy Nativity School is dedicated to excellence in education within a small and personalized environment. Built upon principles of respect and inclusion, Holy Nativity School values each child's individuality as it develops principled citizens who recognize their role in the local and global community.
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What does the Book of Common Prayer say about who carries out the mission of the church ?  The Church carries out its mission through the ministry of all its members. page 855
A Message from the Bishop

July 21, 2019
Aloha o ke Akua,

The Statement below was prepared by two kānaka maoli clergy of the Diocese of Hawaiʻi.  While recognizing that there are differing opinions regarding the building of a new telescope on  Maunakea, it has become clear to me that the concerns are much deeper than the Thirty Meter  Telescope (TMT). I concur with the Statement's intent and call. As Bishop of Hawaiʻi, I am  compelled to offer a teaching as we seek to understand the Gospel's call to justice and long term  reconciliation in the Hawaiian Islands today. 

At this point, I suggest the imprudence of and the insult caused by the arrest last week of the kupuna  and the governor's emergency order will not soon be forgotten. The actions inhibit  conversation and reconciliation. The events, however, have brought attention to the alienation of  the indigenous people of these Islands, the kānaka maoli, from their own land. Issues of power,  control, identity, culture, and history are brought to focus on Mauna a Wākea, but have meaning  for all these Islands and our future together. 

As Episcopalians, we must not be afraid to speak honestly together about past wrongs and the  current injustices. We must talk and, more importantly, deeply listen and act. While we engage  in such conversations, there will be conflict. Our faith does not promise freedom from conflict  or from disagreement. We are called to seek together peace with justice in the Beloved  Community. The Beloved Community must be one where all people experience dignity and  abundant life, and wherein they see themselves and others as beloved children of God. Such  conversations will take time - even years. It will certainly call for patience and honesty. Our  conversation must deepen now. 

When I was ordained a Bishop, I promised to "show compassion to the poor and strangers, and  defend those who have no helper." At this time, I think fulfillment of that promise means  standing with the "protectors" on Maunakea. It means standing with the Hawaiian people as  they seek to protect their culture and seek their own path as a sovereign community. It also  means, I think, a call for an immediate moratorium on all moves to begin construction of the  TMT. It will likely mean that such a new telescope should never be built. I acknowledge that  the livelihoods of some will be impacted and the hopes of others overturned by such a move. I  am saddened by that reality and it certainly must be part of our conversations, but we must  continue together. 

I am reminded of the words of today's Psalm:  Common English Bible:  Psalm 15 

Who can live in your tent, Lord?  Who can dwell on your holy mountain?  The person who  lives free of blame,  does what is right,  and speaks the truth sincerely;  who does no damage with their talk,  does no harm to a friend,  doesn't insult a neighbor;  someone who despises  those who act wickedly,  but who honors those  who honor the Lord;  someone who keeps their promise even when it hurts;  someone who doesn't lend money with interest,  who won't accept a bribe against any innocent person.  Whoever does these things will never stumble. 

I urge us to take these words as our guide for the conversations about Maunakea, the Islands and  our future, and as we seek together the Beloved Community.

Aloha ma o Iesu Kristo, ko mākou Haku,
The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick, Bishop
The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i


A Statement from Two Kānaka Maoli Clergy of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi

* The Reverend Jasmine Hanakaulani o Kamamalu Bostock
* The Reverend Paul Nahoa Lucas

The Episcopal Church in Hawaiʻi stands proudly on the shoulders of our ancestors, who were  faithful aliʻi. Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV invited and welcomed our Church into  these islands. Queen Liliʻuokalani was an honored member of our Church. Our history as
Episcopalians is tied with them, and, therefore, with the sovereign nation and people of Hawaiʻi.  As such, our responsibility is to the welfare of this ʻāina, and the kānaka maoli people whom our  monarchs loved and served so dearly. 

As Episcopalians, our Baptismal Covenant asks us, "Will you strive for justice and peace among  all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?" 1 We boldly answer, "I will, with  God's help." We fear that the dignity of kānaka maoli people is not being respected, and with
the militarized police presence, there can be no peace. Hawaiians are a living, breathing people,  whose cultural practices do not belong in museums, or merely on display for tourist  consumption. The cultural practices lead many to protect Mauna a Wākea as she is preceived to  be genesis point of the people of these Islands - she is a part of us.

The conflict on Maunakea has escalated with a "state of emergency" being declared to counter  those who are standing to protect Maunakea as a sacred place. This is not an issue of being antiscience,  as Hawaiian people have a long and proud history of technological advancement. We
reject a colonialist worldview that sees indigenous peoples as ones whose intelligence is inferior. 

We recognize the 'eha, the hurt, that are on many sides of the issue. We acknowledge and respect  the many police officers sent to keep peace on Maunakea. We know they often have  relationships with the protectors and that they respect the kupuna. Emotional harm has been done  and that deeply divides an island community. The police officers are upholding the law, as they  have vowed to do. We also are keenly aware that sometimes a law or its enforcement can be  unjust or immoral. In another age, it was legal to bomb Kahoʻolawe and to ban ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi  from public schools, though these were injustices. We also encourage and respect the Kapu  Aloha, which is nothing but aloha - the experience of reverence - that is being kept on the
mountain. We believe that Kapu Aloha is the Way of Love, it is the journey of Jesus, and it is  ultimately the only way forward for these Islands. 

This conflict centers on efforts to respect Maunakea as a sacred space - as wao akua, realm of the  gods. In our Judeo-Christian heritage we can well understand and appreciate such a perspective  about a place. Mount Horeb, Mount Carmel and Mount Zion were sacred dwelling places for  God. Sacredness is not merely a concept or a label. It is a lived experience of oneness and  connectedness with the natural and spiritual worlds. Nature is not inert, but a place where our  Creator is known and honored. Maunakea is such a holy place for the Hawaiian people and many  others. Seeing the land and seas as nothing more than something created for human consumption  and benefit has deep colonial roots, and one that for indigenous peoples is maliciously articulated  in the now discredited Doctrine of Discovery   that shaped much of Christian history. 

The words of Psalm 18:2 come to mind, "The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,  my god, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my  stronghold." Maunakea isn't simply part of what God has created, but it is the very reflection and  abiding place of the Holy. Honoring the creation is honoring God, as an ʻōlelo noʻeau tells us,  "He aliʻi ka ʻāina, he kauwā ke kānaka ." Meaning, "the land is chief, and man is her servant." 

We, the Episcopal Church in Hawaiʻi, stand in service to Maunakea as a sacred place, and in  solidarity with those who are protecting her. We add our prayers for just resolution to this issue,  that the dignity of all people will be upheld, and the sacredness of Maunakea will be honored and  protected.
1 Book of Common Prayer, 305
2 For more information, please see



Buz Tennent, baritone,  
is internationally recognized as a versatile performing artist equally at home in opera, oratorio, musical theater, lieder, art song, television and independent film.  Career highlights include leading baritone roles in European opera houses, a Carnegie Recital debut, Emile DeBeque on the South Pacific National Tour and locally, Javert in Les Miserables at Paliku Theatre.  Currently Buz teaches voice at Chaminade and privately.
Sunday July 28, 9:30am

Ryan Souza, tenor,
completed his BA in Music with emphasis on Voice. He has been a chorus member of Hawaii Opera Theater since 1994 and has had several comprimario roles over the years. Ryan has studied voice with Marilyn Kim (Leeward), Laurence Paxton (University of Hawaii), Neva Rego, Arturo Spinetti (New York), and Seth Riggs (Los Angeles). Currently Ryan is a voice teacher at the Mānoa School of Music and Art, and performs in Waikiki for Tihati Productions at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Princess Ka'iulani Hotel, and Hyatt. 
Sunday August 11, 9:30am

With Mary Palmer
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Honolulu, HI

Holy Nativity's School Board's voting composition, under the Mission Possible framework, will consist of 1 to 3 parents, 1 to 3 parishioners, 5 to 7 community members, and the parish rector. Adhering to that framework, last week the School Board elected Tessa Gomes and Patti van Kuran members of the School Board Nominating Committee. 

The Vestry elected the School Board Nominating Committee's other two members at its July 18,meeting: Joe Kindrich  and Jeff Taylor . After the Nominating Committee has interviewed all candidates, the Committee will present its slate to the School Board for nomination for election to the Board by the Vestry when the Vestry meets as the Corporation of Holy Nativity School. This process will hopefully be completed by the end of August. If you want to serve on the School Board (or know of someone who would be a strong Board member), please send a brief bio and expression of interest to any of the four nominating
committee members.

Learning on the Lanai
Please come join Fr. Chris after our 9:30am Sunday service for Learning on the Lanai.  It is an opportunity to take a few minutes to go over various topics of interest. For example: scripture, Book of Common Prayer and theological questions