December 16, 2020
The Season of Advent
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Message from the Bishop on the Promised Bible Study of the Gospel of Mark

I am still preparing the Bible study on the Gospel of Mark and hope to begin it in the new year. Frankly, two things have slowed me down. 

First, the Gospel is an organic whole, and I don’t want to just divide into disconnected sections. M. Eugene Boring begins his excellent commentary on the Gospel with this explanation (Mark: A Commentary, Westminster/John Knox Press, 2006, page 1): “The Gospel of Mark is a written text composed to be read aloud, all at once, in the context of a worshiping congregation. Mark’s potent story cannot be summarized; it must be experienced.” I am still pondering how best to present lessons on this Gospel while maintaining the flow and intent of the story. 

Second, I have to admit that I am taking some days off throughout December. Bea and I had planned on an extended vacation connected to the Lambeth Conference (now postponed) and time in Estonia with our grandchildren at out our daughter-in-law’s family home. With the pandemic, all of that had to be canceled. Like so many, we hoped to be able to make new arrangements as the year progressed. Come November, the staff – really Denise and Rae – suggested that I take additional days off in December. I am following their advice. 

Taken together, that means the Bible study will have to wait until 2021.

Thank you for understanding.
Advent blessings!

+ Bob

The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick
Bishop Diocesan
The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i

The Episcopal Church in Micronesia
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Reminder: Diocesan Offices Closed Over Holidays
The Diocesan Support Center will be closed from Thursday, December 24, 2020, through Monday, January 4, 2021. This is due in part to tenting for termites of the Cathedral and Memorial Hall during this time period. If you need to reach someone in the Diocesan Support Center, you may contact them by email HERE.
Alert: Vaccine Scam
Please be on the alert for any COVID-19 vaccine scams that ask for money or other personal information. View the flyer issued by the Federal Trade Commission about potential vaccine scams. Click HERE or on the flyer image shown for more information.
Advent in the Diocese
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
The Cathedral of St. Andrew: Blue Christmas Service
The Cathedral of St. Andrew will be sharing a Blue Christmas service on Monday, December 21, 5:30 PM, premiering on their Facebook page HERE. Join the Vicars and some Orvis Scholar friends for the "longest night" service, "Blue Christmas." In this time together, we will acknowledge and offer to God the burdens we carry, the stresses we have, and the distance from "merry" we may be feeling right now. Through scripture, song, and prayer, we will journey together through the darkness.
Advent Stations from Good Shepherd
Fr. Moki Hino and the members of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church on Maui share a resource and video on Advent Stations. To view the video on YouTube, click HERE, or download the Advent Stations bulletin through the button below.
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