The 198th ‘Aha Pae‘āina in 2020
WORSHIP & DEVOTIONALS
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OPENING WORSHIP • Sunday, October 4, 2020
Order of Worship
Opening Prayer, Kahu Kenneth Makuakāne, Kawaiaha‘o Church
"Nū ‘Oli", Kawaiaha‘o Quartet
"Leaning on the Everlasting Arms", Kawaiaha‘o Quartet
Scripture Reading Ephesians 4:1-6, Youth of Lāna‘i Union Church
Sermon, Kahu Kealahou Alika
Benediction, Kahu Kealahou Alika
DEVOTIONAL • "Bear With One Another!"
Monday, October 5, 2020
Rev. Michael Neuroth is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and serves as the Policy Advocate for International Issues in the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries’ office in Washington DC. Prior to joining the staff of the UCC, Michael worked with various ecumenical and interfaith organizations including the World Council of Churches, Church World Service, Ecumenical Advocacy Days, and the Parliament of the World’s Religions. His current work on international justice focuses on coordinating the UCC’s work and witness as a Just Peace church and related international peace, human rights, and economic justice issues reflected in UCC policy. He also currently serves as the co-chair for the board of Jubilee USA. Michael holds master’s degrees in divinity, theology, and social work from Princeton Seminary and Rutgers University. He currently resides in Washington D.C. with his wife, Amber, and their two boys.
DEVOTIONAL • "We Are One Moana"
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy serves as President of Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California –a progressive, multi-denominational seminary and center for social justice that prepares theologically and spiritually rooted leaders to work for the well-being of all. A committed pastor, a nationally recognized immigration leader, and a sought after speaker, Vásquez-Levy leads at the intersection of faith, higher education, and social change. Vásquez-Levy regularly contributes a faith perspective to the national conversation on immigration and is the author of various publications that explore migration stories in sacred texts and in people's lives. He has lived in four countries and taught courses and led international study and service trips across the globe, including a course in France entitled, “Immigration/Refugee Crisis, Religion, Globalization and the Post-Colonial Immersion” and a course in Guatemala entitled: “Guatemala: Roots of Migration”.
DEVOTIONAL • "Faithful People Show Up"
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Rev. Rosemary McCombs Maxey, is of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. A retired clergy, members of Kansas-Oklahoma Conference United Church of Christ and Fellowship Congregational United Church of Christ in Tulsa, Rev. McCombs Maxey is well known throughout the UCC having served on many national boards and committees and has been a leading voice and member of the UCC Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM). Rev. McCombs Maxey was the first American Indian woman to be ordained in the United Church of Christ. She teaches the MVSKOKE language in order to keep it alive and has served as chaplain to Native Hawaiians incarcerated at Watonga.
DEVOTIONAL • "The Samoan Ifoga: Asking for Reconciliation and Apology"
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Rev. To‘o‘olefua Paogofie is the pastor of Nu‘u Lotu, a Samoan church on the island of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i.
DEVOTIONAL • "Our hopes for the Church"
Friday, October 9, 2020
HCUCC young adults from various churches and backgrounds gathered for conversation and offered hopes and prayers for this devotional.
DEVOTIONAL • Saturday, October 10, 2020
The Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia A. Thompson is the Associate General Minister (AGM) for Wider Church Ministries (WCM) and Operations in the United Church of Christ and Co-Executive for Global Ministries with the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She is an inspiring preacher and theologian, who shares her skills and gifts in a variety of settings nationally and internationally, often using her poetry as a part of her ministry. Read more.