Church News: February 6th, 2023

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Koloa Union Pastor Kahu Alan Akana

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Lectio Divina

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Lectio Divina February 7, 7-8:30 p.m.

The Smith Memorial Parsonage 3281 Waikomo Road Lectio Divina is a time to silently reflect together on a repeated reading from the Bible and then share with one another about the experience (if so desired). Lectio Divina will resume meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in March. Check with Karen Johnson for the location. Please let Kahu or Karen Johnson know if you will be attending.

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kiawe roots church breakfast

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Ash Wednesday

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Henry Opukahaia Offering

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Church Breakfast

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Prayers & Squares

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Prayers & Squares will meet on Tuesday, March 5, in Moore Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a ministry promoting prayer using hand-tied quilts. Volunteers with all ranges of quilting experience may join them for prayer, fellowship, stitching, and learning about quilting. The motto: “It’s not about the quilt; it’s all about the prayers.” The group is creating prayer quilts to be distributed at Wilcox Hospital. If you or someone in your ohana are in need of a tangible representation of prayer, please contact Debbie Gunning to request a quilt.

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Lectionary Readings


 Weekly Readings from the Bible

Each week, Christians throughout the world read biblical passages from the Revised Common Lectionary, including the Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament, and Gospels. After three years, a good portion of the Bible is included and the cycle begins again. RCL passages are often read in church worship services, and Kahu Akana usually includes at least one reading each Sunday.

Readings for February 11: 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9

Readings for February 18: Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15

Readings for February 25: Genesis 17:1-16; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38; Mark 9:2-9

Readings for March 3: Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22

Readings for March 10: Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-22; John 3:14-21

Readings for March 17: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12; Psalm 119:9-16; Hebrew 5:5-10; John 12:20-33

Readings for March 24: Psalm 118:1-29; Mark 11:1-11; John 12:12-16

Readings for March 31: Acts 10:34-43; Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 118:1-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18; Mark 16:1-8

Kalaupapa Sunday


A Message From Kahu: February 6th, 2023

Koloa Union Church Vision Update

A Message From Our Kahu

“Lenten Love”

No one has greater love than this,

to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

(John 15:13)

As I began looking at the worship schedule for the new year back in

December, one of the first things I noticed was that Lent begins this year on Valentine’s Day. That’s right: Valentine’s Day is also Ash Wednesday! My first thought was, “This just doesn’t feel right at all.” (Frankly, I am still trying to get used to it!) However, the more I thought about what these two “holy days” stand for, the more it made sense to me that they actually have something to do with each other.

On the Feast Day of St. Valentine, we honor this Roman saint, who was born some 200 years after Jesus died, and known as a fearless promoter of Christianity. He ministered to persecuted Christians and was later persecuted himself. According to legend, Valentine was arrested for advancing the Christian faith and placed under arrest. The wealthy judge who oversaw his case told him that he would grant him any wish if would restore his blind daughter’s sight. After miraculously giving the girl the gift of sight, Valentine asked the judge to convert to Christianity. The judge replied by smashing all of the idols in his home, freeing all of the Christian inmates under his authority, and baptizing his entire household. Upon being arrested again, Valentine was ordered to renounce his faith by the Roman Emperor Claudius II. Refusing to do so, the emperor sentenced Valentine to death. The execution took place on February 14, 269. Before he died, it is said that Valentine wrote a note to the formerly blind daughter of the aforementioned judge and signed it “from your Valentine,” which inspired lovers to send notes to each other with the same signature.

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, which is a time of prayer, fasting and personal reflection before Holy Week and Easter. Christians are invited to ponder the love of God which is demonstrated in the death and resurrection of Jesus, and to consider how to be more faithful and committed to God because of such great love.

So these two “holy days” actually do have a lot to do with each other. They both remind us of the importance of reflecting upon love and commitment. Beginning on Valentine’s Day / Ash Wednesday this year, let us be especially mindful of God’s unconditional and eternal love for all people and how we might be more open to receiving and giving love, remembering the depth of God’s love as demonstrated in Jesus:

“This is my commandment, that you love one another
as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

You are my friends if you
do what I command you. 
(John 15:12-14)

Aloha Nui Loa!