We are one congregation with two worship spaces: St. John's in Eleʻele and St. Paul's in Kekaha. Both churches serve the West Kauaʻi community. We welcome visitors to join our ʻohana for Sunday worship.
A message from recent priest-in-residence Rev. Kerry Holder Joffrion
Taste and see what the Lord brings us this season after Pentecost. Jewels. We are given jewels in Mark’s gospel, like the sunlight on the lake ... jewels, diamonds sprinkled across the consciousness of our souls, we are salted with wonder for the Lord has come to our open our eyes and make us children of the Light, and he has brought us a blessing.
The Gospel of Mark throughout the season of Pentecost and in Ordinary Time helps us to see the power of God in the Holy Spirit, as it intersects with our very human lives. These gospel narratives are quite powerful in the stilling of the sea, Jesus’ sending forth of the disciples ‘taking nothing with them but a staff,’ the healing of the sick in Genneseret and beyond. We bring into view through our liturgy, worship, sacraments, and scripture the companionship of the Spirit and what it can mean to our ordinary days. The understanding of the Holy Spirit as the Paraclete or Comforter, Counselor ennobles us as we live in the company of God’s presence… “and surely I am with you, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
Why is this promise made to us and kept by God? It is God’s grace to us. It may be because we need a witness to our lives. There are almost 7.9 billion people on the planet and what does any one life really mean? But the Spirit of God resides in us and cares about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible, the mundane. All of it, every day. In the Spirit of God, our lives do not go unnoticed because the Spirit will notice our lives and our lives will not go unwitnessed because the Spirit will witness it.
This is the promise of Pentecost, sprinkled across an ‘ordinary,’ season. God will love us in a companioning love that will not let us go. This is the diamond glint of eternal love that does not fade or waiver. (photo courtesy of S. Nishioka)
Worshiping During a Pandemic:
We continue to follow Covid safety guidelines: face masks, social distancing, hand sanitizer, cleaning, etc. If you forget your mask we have extras for you! During communion, wafers only, no wine is offered. Unfortunately, there are no aloha hours till further notice. We offer Holy Eucharist every Sunday at 8:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s, Kekaha, and 10:00 a.m. at St. John’s in Eleʻele.
For now, the monthly Ilokano service is suspended.
We wish you and yours a blessed season after Pentecost.
From your friends on West Kauai
If you need to speak to one of our wardens or you have a pastoral emergency, please call 808-335-5533 and leave a message. God's blessings to everyone.