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LCH was pleased to welcome the Lehigh University Glee Club as guest choir for Choral Eucharist on May 12.
The Glee Club is one of the ensembles that make up Lehigh University Choral Arts (LUCA), who are visiting O‘ahu on their 2013 choir tour. The LCH Choir and the Punahou School Chorale sang with LUCA the previous evening in a concert that featured a performance of Kumulipo by Dr. Steven Sametz, LUCA director. The piece had been commissioned by Punahou School in honor of President Barak Obama and James K. Scott, current president of the school.
During worship, the Glee Club provided all the special music of the service (giving the choir a day off) and sang a choral postlude. At right, they sing a setting of Psalm 114 that combines traditional Sephardic cantillation, Gregorian chant, and men’s chorus.
“What is ‘eARTh Sunday’?” you may ask. It’s a way to combine “Faith and Arts Sunday” (which LCH celebrates every year) with “Earth Sunday” (which we also celebrate every year) so we don’t use up all the Sundays with special observations.
For Faith and Arts Sunday, the Hörmann Courtyard was full of a wide range of artistic offerings from members and friends of the congregation. There was knitting and painting, sculpture and stained glass, writing and baked goods, even plant sculpture and weaving.
Continuing with artistic expression, a mother and her two children offered a skit retelling the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden in place of the children’s conversation. The skit also touched on Earth Sunday by reminding us that we are stewards of the Earth and all of God’s creation. (Listen to the skit.)As part of the observation of Earth Sunday, Jim Sullivan presented a Temple Talk on Earth Day, with particular emphasis on the faced of climate change, including a look at LCH’s response to this issue. (Listen to Jim’s Temple Talk.)
At left, a family from the congregation presents the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden for the children’s conversation. Additional photographs from eARTh Sunday are available in the Faith & Arts Sunday 2013 slideshow.
The people of LCH and friends from the community were able to express their thanks to Kathy Crosier for her 35 years as organist at LCH at a joyful celebration following worship on April 14. And the weather cooperated with a break from the storm warnings until a couple of hours after the celebration concluded.
A number of organists from across the island, many of Kathy’ current and former students, and worshippers from the early service joined with the 10:30 congregation to pile Kathy high with lei. About 150 people fill tables in the courtyard and Isenberg Hall for a delicious catered lunch.
Following lunch, everyone moved into the Nave for a slideshow highlighting Kathy’s life and career, organ pieces by some of her current students, a poem from Fritz Fritschel, tributes from Carl Crosier and Pastor jeff Lilley, and some words from Kathy. For the grand finale everyone joined in singing “When in our music God is glorified,” with Kathy playing the organ.At right, the Carol Langner’s bulletin board recounting the many facets of Kathy Crosier. Click on the picture to see a larger version, or visit Kathy’s blog post about the bulletin board for commentary and details of each part of the bulletin board.
Again this year members of the LCH congregation fielded a tem for the annual Honolulu AIDS Walk to benefit the Life Foundation.
The team of thirteen members (one more than their goal of twelve!) raised almost $2,000 from friends and relatives.
At left, the LCH team poses for a photo before they begin the walk.
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