We are back in our Historic Church site for live Services!

Join us in Worship on site both on the lawn and in the sanctuary.

Come and join us, Your Church by the Ocean,  in beautiful Puako. 

You can still join us via Zoom at 9 am HST.  Please contact us for the Zoom link.
 


 

Please feel free to dress Aloha  (casually).
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Bible Readings

Click the links below to read the Revised Common Lectionary readings for this Sunday, May 22, 2022

Acts 16:9–15                         Lydia’s house
Psalm 67                               God’s blessing is for all
Revelation 21:10, 22—22:5   A vision of the New Jerusalem
John 14:23–29                      The Spirit will teach
or John 5:1–9                        Healing a paralytic

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Throughout the Easter season we have seen how people found themselves being opened up and transformed by a flow of energy and power which they could not deny but which they also could not entirely understand. Today we read of Lydia’s conversion and the founding of a new church in her house; of Jesus’ promise of the Spirit as a guide in all new situations; and of John’s vision of the new Jerusalem.

Kahu Nani’s Mana`o
We have contrasting images of a “gate” in today’s readings of Luke and Revelations.  The social schema is in the background of Luke’s narrative as Paul recounts that on the Sabbath “we went outside the gate by the river” looking for “a place of prayer.”  This is where Paul has a serious discussion with a group of women.  One of these women is Lydia, a “worshiper of God. . . and a dealer in purple cloth.” People are waiting outside to hear the word.  The Revelation’s reading brings hope to the people who are waiting Outside the Gate of Jerusalem to hear the word of God:  “Its gates will never be shut by day – and there will be no night there.”
 
The Kids are Alright
Hokuloa UCC hopes to re-establish our Sunday morning Christian Education (CE) program for children as COVID-19 restrictions lessen.  Regular CE programs for children have been mostly suspended for the past two years. Hokuloa continues to subscribe to a lectionary-based CE curriculum that provides lessons and materials for multiple ages. We need volunteers who are willing to work with children during a portion of the worship service. Our 'safe church' policy requires that two adults be present with the children and that all adult CE volunteers pass a background check. There is usually one adult who leads the lesson and another who assists and can respond if a child wants to return to worship with their parent. We need additional volunteers to have adequate staff to offer Sunday school every week. Please contact the church office if you would are willing to assist with the CE program.

 
You are invited to share your intercessory prayers, joys, or concerns during worship each Sunday. You can also request prayers during the week by emailing the church office. 

You may ask that your prayer request remain confidential. Non-confidential prayer requests are shared with the Prayer Support Group.
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Prayer


The United Church of Christ (UCC) has issued an appeal for the people of Ukraine, in collaboration with our close partners in the Reformed Church of Hungary (RCH). "Members of the United Church of Christ are joining the global community to respond to the events unfolding in Ukraine," said Karen Georgia Thompson, Associate General Minister, Wider Church Ministries and Global Operations. "We are praying earnestly for peace and for the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the war. And, we are adding our resources to ensure that all can have access to safety and shelter as the fighting escalates."

    Gifts to the UCC Ukraine Emergency Appeal will provide shelter, food, and other care to war refugees and internally displaced people. It also will help refugees and asylum seekers from African, Middle Eastern, and other countries who had sought refuge in Ukraine and now are twice displaced, as well as other citizens of more than 125 countries living in Ukraine.

"People will reside again in God's shade; they will plant and harvest grain in abundance. They will blossom like a vine, and God's fame will be like the wine from Lebanon." Hosea 14:7