Newsletter – June 2012

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Without Love You Have Nothing

A few months ago we celebrated Easter Sunrise or Resurrection Sunday. Volunteers lined the access road next to the Hula Mound at 5:00 AM to unload gear, set up equipment, and prepare for Easter Sunrise Service. It was a quiet and beautiful morning. Who would ever think that in one and a half hours there would be approximately 2,000 people clapping there hands, singing, praising, and worshiping the LORD Jesus on the beach at Waikiki?

The sound of the Pu (conch shell) started the morning out with a joyful sound of a trumpet blast. The love of the LORD roared out of the sea with the reenactment of how the Bible came to shore on a canoe. The love of the LORD poured out on the people with songs of praise. The love of the LORD soared to the heavens when the Word of God was spoken, bringing sweet aroma to everything that has breath.

Everyday is Easter Sunday, Resurrection Sunday. So let our LOVE shine ever so brightly so we can roar out of the sea, pour out our love on everyone we meet, and soar with the angels in the heavens, echoing “Jesus Christ is LORD.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Remembering The Love

When Mothers’ Day or Fathers’ Day comes around, my thoughts always go to my grandmother (Nanny) and grandfather (Poppy) – my mother’s parents. They were the people I went to if things were not going well in our house. They were the ones whom I turned to for guidance and answers. They were the soft place to fall and the comfort in those rough patches – and there were many rough patches growing up.

It’s not that my mother and father were not around, but that they just were not able to be parents to their children. They were very much in the home, day and night, but not present in our lives. Both were into other things. They did the best they could.

My grandparents on the other hand were a godsend and spoke of the Lord’s love and lived by His example. They were always taking us all under their wings of peace and wisdom.

Their relationship was something I bragged about to my friends. The love and respect they had for each other never failed. I can’t remember a cross word or a time they were not laughing about some silly adventure they had.

It was a love that lasted 45+ years until my grandmother went home to be with the Lord. My grandfather took her passing hard. We all did.

But as time passed, he met a wonderful woman and remarried. When I asked how he could marry again, he said it was because the love he shared with my grandmother had made him know how to love someone more than himself. Embrace love and cherish it.

My grandfather has since passed but my grandparents are always in my thoughts and I am forever thankful for the time I had with them. I could not have been blessed more.

So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12)


Photos

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Worship Service, June 10, 2012
Worship Service, June 10, 2012

Mothers' Day, May 13: Mothers receive flowers
Mothers’ Day, May 13: Mothers receive flowers

Fathers' Day, May 17: Fathers receive books
Fathers’ Day, June 17: Fathers receive books

Mahalo to Mel Villoria for filling in as guest speaker on June 3
Mahalo to Mel Villoria for filling in as guest speaker on June 3

Kila, Mel, James, and Neil
Kila, Mel, James, and Neil

Do a shaka
Do a shaka

Memorial Day Church on the Beach
Memorial Day Church on the Beach

Memorial Day Church on the Beach
Memorial Day Church on the Beach

Memorial Day Church on the Beach
Memorial Day Church on the Beach

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Posted by admin in Newsletters on June 28, 2012