"Be present, O Jesus, as you were present with your disciples, and be known to us in the breaking of bread and the sharing of the cup. In your name we pray."
(adapted from the Book of Common Prayer, p834)
As we move toward greater health in our larger community, so are we now able to take another step toward wholeness in our Sunday services. Beginning on May 16, in line with our bishop's safely guidelines, we will make consecrated wine available at the time of communion (for the first time since March of last year). While "communion in one kind," (bread only) is considered a complete sacrament by the church, many among us have missed receiving the consecrated wine; I, as your priest, have felt alone in being the only person to consume it. We are not yet able to drink from the "common cup'; nor is it clear when or if it again will be possible. Meanwhile, we will begin offering consecrated wine, dispensed in small disposable cups, on May 16. As you come forward to receive the bread at the altar rail, you are welcome to take the wine, as well, or not, as you wish. -Rev. Libby
I asked Frank Condello to share a reflection on this practice with you this week:
As a refresher, some of you may be asking what the significance of the Holy Eucharist is. It is the sacrament commanded by Christ for the continual remembrance of his life, death, and resurrection, until his coming again. Why is the Eucharist called a sacrifice? Because the Eucharist the Church’s sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, is the way by which the sacrifice of Christ is made present, and in which he unites us to his one offering of himself.
The outward and visible sign in the Eucharist is bread and wine, given and received according to Christ’s command. The inward and spiritual grace in the Holy Communion is the Body and Blood of Christ given to his people, and received by faith. The benefits we receive are the forgiveness of our sins, the strengthening of our union with Christ and one another, and the foretaste of the heavenly banquet which is our nourishment in eternal life. When we come to the Eucharist, it is required that we should examine our lives, repent of our sins, and be in love and charity with all people.
I hope to see many of you on Sunday, May 16. Take care and God bless,
--Frank Condello II, Candidate for Ordination
WHO'S IN THE PEW? OUR WONDERFUL MUSICIAN, AMIE LAWYER!
Amie Lawyer, a kamaaina, started playing Flutophone at the age of 8; the next year she started to learn the soprano recorder. Then she joined the Wailupe Valley Elementary School Band, playing the Bb clarinet. This was just the beginning. At age 12, she started study of the ‘ukulele with the Roy Sakuma Studio. After college, she added guitar, autoharp and mandolin. Not finished yet, she tackled tenor and alto recorders and the Melodica, too. You may have noticed the variety of instruments she plays while singing for our Sunday worship.
At Calvary by the Sea, Amie is the Lead Montessori Teacher for 3-6 year old children and is currently teaching this new generation about native Hawaiian plants. After attending Kalani High School, Amie earned a B.A. at University of Hawaii in Hawaiian Studies and an M. Ed from Chaminade University. She also gained her Primary Montessori Teaching Credential. Some of us will remember when she was a pre-K assistant at Holy Nativity School in 2000-01. She has taught at Calvary by the Sea and Kawaiaha’o Church School in a variety of roles (music, P. E., movement, Christian Ed, Hawaiian studies and ASC enrichment). In 2015, she returned to Calvary by the Sea.
Amie has performed with a long list of choirs, ensembles and bands—including the UH at Manoa Community Choir and the Slack Key Guitar Ensemble, the Movement Center and the Eine Kleine Keiki Musik Concert ‘ukulele and recorder band. The last of these was with her church music and music education mentor, the late Rev. Dr. Arthur Harvey. She enjoys a wide range of music genres: English and Hawaiian hymns, Gospel, Reggae, Jahawaiian, classic rock, and country are just a few.
When not teaching or making music, Amie is happy on a bicycle or snorkeling or fishing or flying a kite. Amie ran cross country in high school, played basketball and lettered in soft tennis, a Japanese version of the game. For Amie, early childhood education and music are her passions. She says, “Music is an international language of peace.”
Thank you, Amie, for bringing your musical gifts to our worship!
"With office staff spread thin and a teacher out, Bob and Bill saved the day and managed the church gate checkin for us! We are so grateful for our committed Kupuna Watch and our good partnership."