May 2022

Aloha Hope Honolulu! 

As people venture out of their homes and COVID routines, the war continues in Ukraine, scandals erupt in every segment of society, the cost of living rises here in Hawai’i and perhaps everywhere else, who can we trust in beside God? Where can we find hope except in the Kingdom of God and its righteousness? I’m so grateful that God’s love towards you and me is so steadfast, constant, and able to turn all things for good to those who love Him! (Psalm 103:17; Isaiah 54:8; Romans 8:28).

GPS NPBI Ionization Technology 

We praise the LORD for helping us to not only find a workable and affordable solution to making our indoor gatherings safer in this season of caution and concern, but also for the favor with distribution and installation to finally get our AC system updated. The ionization technology we installed imitates what naturally occurs in nature when you’re near a waterfall, after the rain, or out in a forest where negatively charged ions clear the air of pollutants and odors. If you’re curious to know more about this, you can check out GPS | Cleaner Air with Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization (globalplasmasolutions.com).

Love Feast on Sunday, May 29, 2022 

It’s been a very long time since we were safely able to gather and share a meal together as a church, not since we tried to pull off a Ho’olaulea at the Waikiki Aquarium in 2018 or so it would seem! While we’re not moving away from our strategy of prayer and meaningful relationships towards events to attract people—I don’t believe that’s what God is leading us to do—we do want to imitate the Early Church in how they would gather to celebrate God’s power, love, and faithfulness by breaking bread, worshiping, and praying together. While many of us have been able to do this in our homes and MiniChurches to some degree, I regret that we’ve not been able to do so as a local church.

To remedy this, we’re going to host a Hope Chapel Honolulu Love Feast on Sunday, May 29, 2022. We’ll supply breakfast bentos, pastries, and drinks for those who are scheduled to volunteer or who make a reservation to attend our live gathering. Unfortunately, we will continue to have limited seating because of our round table format and apologize in advance if you’re still unable to join us in person! This will be a day filled with worship, fellowship, teaching, mutual learning, prayer, and encouragement, perhaps even the start of something new here at Hope Chapel Honolulu. I hope that you can join us!

Whole-Brained Worship + Discipleship

Our Love Feast will be yet another step towards a more whole-brained model of worship and discipleship here at Hope Chapel Honolulu. What do I mean by "whole-brained worship and discipleship"? For example, while singing is a right-brain activity, when trying to sing a new song, we’re probably spending as much effort learning with our left-brain. In a similar way, most of the spiritual disciplines the Church has practiced for the last 2,000 years are left-brain activities.

If you’re like me and have been disappointed by the lack of emotional and relational transformation experienced despite years of devotion to reading the Bible and other spiritual disciplines, the emergence of something called "neurotheology" (the engagement of theology with neuroscience) has helped us to see how we can better love God with our minds by retraining the relational or right brain so that we grow in love for God, neighbor, and even enemy. If this is interesting to you, please join our Spring DMN series or watch the recording of the teaching sessions in our MyChurch app!

"Masks Welcome"

Last and not least, in our continuing effort to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves, we are moving towards a "masks welcome" stance. I know that with federal, state, and local authorities backing away from masks and other precautions, more and more people are thinking along the lines of "masks optional" or "no need wear mask anymore, yeah?" Consequently, those who continue to wear masks out of concern for others or even personal concern are having to deal with verbal and even physical abuse. That’s not love.

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While there are some who are more concerned about their personal rights or convenience, I have great respect and admiration for those who continue to honor and care for the elderly and those who cannot care for themselves. Consequently, I will continue to ask our volunteers to check temperatures at the door and remind our members and guests about joining our Zoom simulcast when they feel ill or present symptoms. The best evidence of our loyalty and faithfulness to Christ continues to be our love for those around us (John 13:34-35; 1 John 4:7-12).

I continue to pray that you and I would increasingly love God and one another from our hearts. I pray that our words, works, and relationships would increasingly resemble and represent the grace and truth of Jesus Christ. I pray that the steadfast power, love, and faithfulness of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be revealed to, through, and around as well as beyond you and me, in the Name of Jesus Christ! Amen!

Pastor Corey