Iao United Church of Christ

“We are a people of God, living and sharing the love of Christ—and reflecting that love in WORDS and ACTIONS.”



Rev. Floren“Tino” C. Cordova
Pastor, Iao UCC
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Sunday Virtual Worship
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
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Church Address
2371 W. Vineyard St.
Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793
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(808) 244-7353—Church Phone
(808) 740-8358—Pastor's Phone

Church E-mail
iaoucc@hawaiiantel.net
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tinocordova@live.com

Iao Preschool
(808) 242-1995
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Pastor Tino's Sermons

“The Wind Calls Us Beloved”
January 10, 2021 | First Sunday After the Epiphany

       Water is one of the most powerful elements in nature. In our first reading in Genesis – we get an image of God sweeping over the water as God begins the creation story we know in the Bible. Part of this creation is the idea of light and darkness. But I believe that in this part of creation, darkness is different than what we know of as dark evil...
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“Arise To A New Light”
January 3, 2021 | Epiphany & Communion Sunday

       On behalf of Iao United Church of Christ, here in Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, we extend our best wishes to every one of our Iao House Churches and our brothers and sisters that join us out in the virtual world a Happy New Year. May this year bring us a new rebirth and a hopeful future as the vaccine makes its way out into our communities...
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“Prophets In This New Age”
December 27, 2020 | 1st Sunday After Christmas

       Today, God communicates through two ancient prophets—One named Simeon, righteous and devout on which the Holy Spirit rested on him. He is not destined to see death until he has seen the Messiah. Beloved community, here we have somewhat of a parallel to what is to come when Jesus gets baptized by John coming up in a few Sundays...
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“When Things Seem Bleak”
December 21, 2020 | Blue Christmas - Winter Solstice

       We offer a “Blue Christmas” worship service for those who find the holidays difficult. Especially after a year such as this one when so much pain and loss has been felt by many. This year’s Christmas, many of our loved ones will not be with us at the dinner table or gathered around the tree opening presents...
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“Good News From the River Jordan”
December 20, 2020 | 4th Sunday Of Advent—LOVE

       As we continue from last Sunday's theme of seeking answers to the "why" questions, today Mark begins by informing us about the "Good news" that begins at the river Jordan. John in a way is also reminding us of Emmanuel—"God with us!""
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“Why Are You, Who Are You, Why Then?”
December 13, 2020 | 3rd Sunday Of Advent—JOY

       It was the Christmas of 1968. Gerald Coffee was spending his third Christmas in prison. His Vietnamese guards gave some candy to him and to his fellow prisoners-of-war. He heard the guards outside talking and laughing with their families, celebrating Christmas.
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“A Visit from Gabriel”
December 6, 2020 | 2nd Sunday Of Advent—PEACE

       Change comes—Amen Church? When we least expect it, Gabriel comes to us with some news and change happens. You see beloved church—this was an intimate moment between Mary and Gabriel. And rightly so that Mary questions Gabriel—“how can this be, since I am a virgin?”
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“Keep Awake House Church!”
November 29, 2020 | 1st Sunday Of Advent—HOPE

       I would like to begin this morning with a story about a young professional woman from Ohio who decided to seek her fortune, discern her vocation, and potentially change her life for the better by moving to England. She relocated to London where she began to pursue an advanced degree, seeking new opportunities in the working world.
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“Judgement Comes”
November 22, 2020 | 25th Sunday After Pentecost

       As we come to the end of our Pentecost season and into our week of "thankfulness,"" I want to continue on this morning with this from an unknown author. "I am thankful," says the unknown author, "for the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours, because it means that I am alive..." Then he adds, "And for the person behind me in church who sings off-key because it means that I can hear."
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“What Is Entrusted to Us?”
November 15, 2020 | 24th Sunday After Pentecost

       When we are entrusted with many of God’s most sacred treasures—why are we so afraid of using them? God has entrusted each and everyone of us our own and unique sacred gifts of time, talents, treasures, power, confidence, etc. Our question for us to ponder this morning is—why are we sometimes so afraid of using the sacred gifts?
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“Midnight Is Coming”
November 8, 2020 | 23nd Sunday After Pentecost

       I was remembering this week when I lived in Idaho around this time of the year and the weatherman was talking about the impending snowstorm coming over the weekend. In my mind I was saying to myself—“I should get a new snow shovel, and maybe some salt for the ice.” “I probably should get some bags of pellets for the pellet stove.” ...
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“Diversity Before the Throne”
November 1, 2020 | 22nd Sunday After Pentecost

       This week I was thinking about some of your stories Iao Church. How some of you look at others in what they do through their actions and see them as "saint-like" people of God and how each of you are inspired by what these saints do. I was also remembering many of the saint-like actions of many people that I have come to admire in my last 3.5 years as your Pastor...
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“From the House of David”
October 25, 2020 | 21st Sunday After Pentecost

       Isidor Isaac Rabi, a Nobel Prize winner in Physics, and one of the developers of the atomic bomb, was once asked how he became a scientist. Rabi replied that every day after school his mother would talk to him about his school day. She wasn't so much interested in what he had learned that day, but how he conducted himself in his studies...
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“Truth Teaching”
October 18, 2020 | 20th Sunday After Pentecost

       I have found it interesting that many question the "patriotism" of the church with their erroneous belief that "churches do not pay 'taxes.'"" When in fact, we as a whole church, as the whole body of Christ—give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and we give to God what is God's. Iao Church pays income taxes, gross domestic taxes, sales tax, state tax to name a few...
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“Our Wedding Banquet Guest List”
October 11, 2020 | 19th Sunday After Pentecost

       Aloha beloved brothers and sisters from our virtual world, for those of you who are joining us for the first time, I'm Rev. Florentino Cordova, Tino for short, Pastor of Iao United Church of Christ, an Open and Affirming congregation. My pronouns are he/him....
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“Tenants of Mother Earth”
October 4, 2020 | 18th Sunday After Pentecost

       Our earthly bodies are connected with Mother Earth, but our souls belong to our Creator in Heaven. As Rob Fuquay in his study guide, “The God We Can Know—Exploring the 'I Am' Sayings of Jesus,” earth is only a stopping place for us, not a staying place. As stewards of our temporary spiritual home have we forgotten...
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“The Authority in Each of Us”
September 27, 2020 | 17th Sunday After Pentecost

       I am recalling a saying told to me—and I can imagine that many of you have been asked something similar—“well who died and made you king?” Do we remember that being asked of us? I was invited to say a prayer for a social justice march and when I arrived, I was dressed up in my pastoral garb.
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“Being Generous”
September 20, 2020 | 16th Sunday After Pentecost

       A company chartered a ship for its top salespeople. These salespeople swarmed aboard and headed for their cabins. Minutes later one of them was on deck demanding to see the Captain. One of the officers asked if he could help. “My friend has a much better cabin!” the salesman said. “I did as good a job as he did, and I want a cabin just like his.”
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“The Completeness of Forgiveness”
September 13, 2020 | 15th Sunday After Pentecost

       Last week, we talked about forgiveness being a process. Jesus walks us through the process—talk with the person who wronged us, if that doesn't work—bring two or three witnesses, if that doesn't work—bring it to the church, if that doesn't work...
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“Only Takes Me — To Love”
September 6, 2020 | 14th Sunday After Pentecost

       “Love has been one of those words that has carried a lot of mixed emotions—the inside deep feeling we get; the feeling we get that is directed at an object or another person. Example, Love of our spouses and/or love of our weapons...
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“Being Rebuked”
August 30, 2020 | 13th Sunday After Pentecost

       A farmer who had never been to the city was chosen by his grange to represent them at a national convention, and thus he found himself in New York. After checking in at the hotel, he approached an elevator, something he had never seen...
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“Who Is Jesus To Us Today?”
August 23, 2020 | 12th Sunday After Pentecost

       Throughout our lives, we have come to know or have studied about prominent people in our human history—Socrates, Alexander the Great, Joan of Arc, Moses, Mohammed, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and so many others. Maybe each of us can name people from history...
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“Keep Shouting”
August 16, 2020 | 11th Sunday After Pentecost

       I would like to begin this morning with a story about a woman in a farming community years ago who went to a meeting usually dominated by men. They were discussing some important issues critical to farmers. About midway through the meeting the women stood up and...
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“The Mountains Where We Pray”
August 9, 2020 | 10th Sunday After Pentecost

       Last week we talked about the dismissiveness of the disciples—"This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the jultitude away, that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves." We learned that in last week's Gospel reading in Matthew...
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“House Churches Feed the Hungry”
August 2, 2020 | 9th Sunday After Pentecost

       “And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.” If we put this passage into context—Matthew wants to point out here that the five thousand number is not a complete number. It is missing other key components...
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“Imitating God's Kindom on˙ Earth”
July 26, 2020 | 8th Sunday After Pentecost

       We all grew up having our likes and dislikes in life. Some of us like snow or rainy weather that makes us want to cuddle under a blanket reading a good book. Others prefer the sunny weather of Maui with that nice trade wind to keep the humidity level tolerable...
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“Prepping for Harvest”
July 19, 2020 | 7th Sunday After Pentecost

       Back to gardening from last week—making sure we are planting seeds of the Gospel—that of kindness, of love, of trusting in God and from last week's story, making sure we are not planting kitty litter...
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“Our House Churches on Good Soil”
July 12, 2020 | 6th Sunday After Pentecost

       Growing a garden requires the daily tenderness touch and cooperation from any sources. The seed needs to be viable and ready to be planted into the earth's bosom. The earth needs to surround the seed with nourishment, absorb the water coming from above...
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“The Intelligence of God in Us”
July 5, 2020 | 5th Sunday After Pentecost

       According to the online dictionary on Microsoft Word, intelligence is defined as—the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills. Beginning from birth, we begin to acquire knowledge and skills, and then learn how to apply them in our daily living...
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“The Welcome Wagon”
June 28, 2020 | 4th Sunday After Pentecost

       Last week we talked about value—about how we flourish as a society—as a church when we value each other's gifts. We talked about how we are free to blossom, to grow and to thrive when we allow ourselves and others to flourish. Today, let us ask ourselves...
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“Acknowledging Our Fear and Letting Go”
June 21, 2020 | 3rd Sunday After Pentecost

       Let us pray: Most loving God of all people, a God beyond labels, a God of all humanity. I pray for the health of all who join us from our House Churches... and our virtual brothers and sisters from all over the world. I pray for their families, friends, and all their loved ones...
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“The Gifts at Harvest Time”
June 14, 2020 | 2nd Sunday After Pentecost

       At a time such as this—we are witnessing an unsee-able virus, and most recently the killing of George Floyd, another human being. I have to say, that in my lifetime—I can somewhat relate to the racial profiling that many of our brothers and sisters in the black community...
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“The Future Awaits”
April 26, 2020 | 125th Anniversary Sermon

       Three years ago—when we began our journey together, we never could have imagined that we would be celebrating virtual worships together. We never could have imagined celebrating our 125th Anniversary virtually. But no matter the style or the place...
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