Last Updated: 06/06/2020

Saturday, June 6, 2020

This Sunday’s Lord’s Table

Brothers and Sisters In Christ,
Christ commands us concerning the Lord’s Supper, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me” (I Corinthians 11:24).  This, along with baptism, are the two ordinances of the church which our Lord commands that we practice regularly as a local body.  The Covid-19 protocols have prevented us from enjoying the great privilege of communion for two months.  We rejoice that this Sunday we will be able to enjoy the blessing of communion once again.  And we want to assure you all that the leadership at Island Grace Church are assessing and planning the best, safest way to distribute the communion elements.  Though it may be a little distracting as to this different approach, we are hoping that the benefits of the in person practice of the Lord’s table will far outweigh any of these small inconveniences.  It is truly just a joy to be able to take part in this celebration of the Person and work of Jesus Christ with His people once again.  Please prepare your hearts in advance and call for Christ to be with His church in a special way this Sunday.
In Christ,
Ray Palompo

Friday, May 22, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am overjoyed to tell you that we will be resuming in-person services beginning this Sunday at 4pm at Trinity Church Central Oahu!  The preciousness and longing for assembling in person has been heavy on our hearts for many weeks now.  The Lord never designed anything less than the whole church to gather regularly and in person.  Our online times of encouragement were very helpful, but could never substitute. The elders and deacons met last week in anticipation of this day, but we honestly didn’t know it would come this quickly.  God’s timing is certainly not ours.  Since our governor approved the reopening of church services here in Hawaii yesterday (Thursday, 5/21/20) the elders and deacons have been scrambling to get all things in order and in compliance with state protocols on meeting as soon as possible.  We are thankful especially for the deacons (Al and Ron) who worked hard to get us to meet together by this Sunday.  

Please note there will be no nursery and no Sunday School until further notice.  If you are elderly, immune compromised, or just feeling uneasy about coming please feel free to stay home.  We completely understand and hold no judgment against your personal decision.  If you are sick or feeling ill, we ask that you remain at home.  And please follow the livestream on Facebook Live at the Island Grace Church Facebook page.

So here are the guidelines by which our state has approved us meeting again (and forgive me if this all sounds so very familiar):

  • Exercise reasonable hygiene (wash hands or use sanitizer upon entering the building and leaving; bathrooms will be open and hand sanitizer will be made available.
  • We encourage you to wear face masks at least as you enter and as you exit the building.  During service we do not want to enforce mask wearing, but we will leave it up to your discretion.
  • Social distancing will be encouraged (6 feet); seats will be arranged appropriately; families/households please sit together.  Please limit close contact with others.
  • Access will only be available to the parking lot, foyer, and sanctuary.  The nursery, kitchen, etc. will be closed.
  • Please keep children with you at all times.  Due to social distancing and out of respect for Trinity Church’s request to remain only in designated areas, we ask that you please keep your children with you throughout the duration (before, during, and after service).

Though we want to be compliant with the state guidelines and want to respect the well-being and consciences of our members, please pray that the Lord will give you (and all in attendance) a freedom to enjoy the worship, fellowship, and long-awaited assembling of our people again (here and beyond Mililani).  This is how the Lord has ordained that we as a people should meet with Him.  Let us give much thanks for this liberty to do this once again.

“My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God…Blessed are those who dwell in Your house, ever singing Your praise!” (Psalm 84:2,4).

Looking forward to seeing you this Sunday.

In Christ,

Ray Palompo for the elders and deacons

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Covid-19 Update Letter to IGC

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I hope and pray you are all doing well in the midst of all we are dealing with in Hawaii, the US, and the world.  The Lord is certainly testing our perseverance and causing us to trust Him for strength, perspective, and our future like never before.  The total shutdown of just about everything has been a gift to remind us that He is, and always was, in charge of every aspect of our lives.  And let’s pray the entire planet sees this truth and turns to Christ.
In light of Mayor Caldwell’s recent announcement that churches can now meet in a drive-in style format, the elders, deacons, and growth group leaders met to discuss this possibility.  Though we know full well the desire to meet together again and have service in person, we all felt that this format would yield more disadvantages than advantages.  We discussed how it would likely be difficult to even talk to one another while restricted to our cars, and the set up for sound and the ability to hear the song leader and preacher would present a logistical nightmare.  Please continue to pray for wisdom for your leaders to make the right choices concerning when and how we get back together again.  We actually discussed what services would be like if the local government gave the OK to meet at the building again, so we are already looking ahead.
As far as our church family camp, we tried to hold off on a final decision for as long as possible.  But since our shelter in place was extended to June 30, we decided to finally cancel it for 2020.  We thought of a possible later date, but likely we would not be able to gather in groups that large for quite awhile.  And though we are still keeping in mind baptism and those who want to become members, we will wait on these until it is legal to gather and do it right.
There has been good news in that IGC families seem to have been minimally impacted by this time in terms of those losing jobs or experiencing bad health.  We praise God for that.  (If any of you have any needs we would really like to hear from you and extend any help we can.  We love you all and are very concerned for your well being.)  In light of that the leadership has decided to donate a portion of our Agape Fund (which is used to help members in need) to a local group that is feeding those in need here in Hawaii.  Our deacons and I are researching groups that are doing such work, though we want to prioritize a group that is also sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ as they distribute food.  May the Lord use this for His glory.
Finally, please know that the leaders are praying for you and for a speedy end to our separation.  We are thankful for how He has allowed us to continue in small ways, but it really is not the same as worshipping, fellowshipping, and studying His Word face to face.
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:14).
In Christ alone,
Ray (for the elders and deacons)
P.S. If you have any questions or needs, please don’t hesitate to email me through our church admin account (  Love and peace to you all.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Faithful to the Gospel

Dear Island Grace Church,

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus!  We are many weeks into our time of sheltering in and amidst the long Costco lines, home cooking, garage workouts, vivid dreams (am I the only one?), and waxing philosophically about what life will be like after we emerge from the depths of our dwellings, I hope that you are seeing evidences of grace in your lives.  I have been praying for you all to grow deeper in your intimacy with Christ, your dependence on Christ, your worship of Christ, and your spiritual disciplines of reading and prayer that you may grow in the knowledge and grace of Christ.  What a test for us that we can no longer make the excuse of “I don’t have the time for regular devotions in the word and prayer”.  I hope you are seeing fruit and encouragement in this.

I was having a conversation with a fellow pastor the other day and I wanted to share the gist of it with you all.  It seems the use of multi-media and the internet has become a practice for nearly all churches and nearly all ministries in these churches these days; in such a way as has never been utilized before.  Couple that with humans all over the globe growing more and more anxious, fearful, and asking deeper questions than ever before.  And what do humans do when they don’t have answers?  They Google.  

Today there are countless churches posting sermons online for the world to see and hear.  More religious/spiritual information is available than ever before on the internet.  Every pastor I know is doing this. Simply unprecedented.  But what are people hearing?  What are these churches talking about and preaching?  Because people are more desperate than usual it is absolutely imperative that the answers they find must be the soul-freeing, Christ-centered truth of the Gospel.  What a travesty if people in desperation look for answers on church websites only to find man-centered, God-diminishing messages devoid of addressing sin or the sufficiency of Christ.  Now more than ever the purity of the Gospel is needed.  Now more than ever, as the virtual floodgates are opened and churches pump out information, now more than ever the undiluted Gospel is the remedy for man’s greatest need, the cure for his anxious soul.

Let us pray for Christians and preachers all over the world that they would, like Paul, determine to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified (I Corinthians 2:2).  And like Peter preach to repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away (Acts 3:19).  It is crucial that we proclaim that there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).  Let us pray for the pure Gospel to herald forth as the whole world tunes in.

And please pray for the elders, preachers, Growth Group leaders, and all teachers at Island Grace Church to also be faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as our words are transmitted through the internet. May the Spirit use our feeble efforts to awaken dead souls to life in Christ.

And may you all continue to find the delight of being with family, focusing on business at home, teaching your children, serving one another, and meeting alone with our good Shepherd.  Oh, and sweet dreams.

In Christ,

Ray Palompo for the elders

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

A Letter from the Elders of Island Grace Church: Stay Apart and Draw Near (A Church-Wide Time of Fasting and Praying)

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Island Grace Church,

You have all been on my heart and in my prayers these last few weeks.  I really miss being with you all, but have found ways of connecting through our modern technological marvels.  And for that I am so grateful.

I have been hearing great reports of ministries getting together to encourage, pray, and even plan during our time of isolation.  The Lord has used this time of crisis and canceled gatherings to build a longing within His people to be together face to face.  I, like many of you, long to be together on a Sunday and worship as a body in song and under the Word,  But I am thankful that a healthy hungering has built up in all of us as well as, perhaps, a greater appreciation for our Sunday worship services.  It will be a great day when we all walk into the building once again to gather for His Name’s sake. 

In light of the circumstances of our times the elders would like to invite you to a church-wide time of fasting and prayer this Saturday morning at 8am.  Even as we are mandated to stay apart, let us draw near to God in prayer.  Here’s how we will do this.  All of us, in our own homes, will pray at 8am over a list of requests (below).  Now there is no magic in all of us praying at once, but there is within the heart of God a desire to hear His people pray as a body, lifting our requests with one accord (Acts 1:14).

For some of you fasting may be a new concept.  To fast is simply to abstain from eating for a time for the purposes of focusing less on food (and things of this world) and focusing more on God.  Jesus speaks of it in its connection to prayer in Matthew 6:5-6, 16-18 and Luke 5:33-35; highlighting that the heart of these acts is to meet with God.  One occasion for fasting and praying is seen in Nehemiah 1, where the prophet fasted and prayed in grief and great need over sin and over the distress of the city of Jerusalem and over its broken walls.  As each week passes we can see that we are living in times of great need and distress now.  So the elders would like to call this time to fast and pray.  (If you are not familiar with the discipline of fasting or would like to learn more, please don’t feel obligated to fast at this time.)


  1. Personal confession of sin (this can be done silently)(I John 1:9).
  2. Praise and thanks to God for all He is and all He is doing in this time (Psalm 8).
  3. Plea for help in troubled times (Psalm 86:1-10).
  4. Plea for our government leaders for wisdom (I Timothy 2:1-2).
  5. Pray for these times to open many evangelistic opportunities and to lead many to repent and believe in Christ (I Timothy 2:3-4).

What a privilege and opportunity for the body of Christ to set aside temporal things like food and give our full attention to spiritual needs and the Person of God that we may be in a simultaneous posture of confession, worship, thanks, and supplication (asking).  Use this as an opportunity to talk to your children about what is going on in our nation and model how Christians must respond.  And may this time calm our hearts and minds and place our full confidence on a loving, sovereign, gracious Savior.  One final thought, James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” Through prayer we may make our needs known, but more importantly, through prayer we draw nearer to our God.  Remember, though troubles may come, the plan for all troubles is to make Him more known and to know Him more.  Our greatest provision in hard times (and in all times) is God Himself.  Our most treasured answer is more of Christ.  Pray in order that He may draw near to you.

For His glory and our good,

Ray (on behalf of the Elders)

Monday, March 16, 2020

A Letter from the Elders & Deacons of Island Grace Church

Dear IGC Family,

Grace and peace to you all.  The leadership at Island Grace Church has decided to suspend all ministry meetings (including Sunday service, Sunday School, children’s ministry, youth ministry, and Growth Groups) for the foreseeable future, as directed by  the Centers For Disease Control, and our President.  We pray for our leaders to make right decisions and we will submit to their recommendations to slow and, hopefully, halt this virus.  We know that all things come from the hand of our sovereign God.  Amos 3:16 says, “If a calamity occurs in a city has not the Lord done it?”  And we say with Job, “Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” (Job 2:10).  Further, we also know this God as the Good Shepherd of Psalm 23, and so we do not fear and expect good.  In Christ we have all things!
Remember to help those in need (especially our elderly, sick, and health-compromised).  Be available for the needs of your neighbors, especially the unsaved.  Please continue to use common sense, practice good hygiene, and pray for the world to turn in desperation to the cross.  God can and will use this for His Gospel and His glory.
The leadership will figure out a way to have Sunday service available on the internet (giving can also be done online from our website), but all other meetings will be suspended.  Find creative ways to safely practice fellowship and family worship. Use this time to read His word, pray, and study good books.  Thank you all for your patience and prayers during this turbulent time.
For His Name’s Sake,
The Elders and Deacons of Island Grace Church

Saturday, March 14, 2020

A Letter from the Elders & Deacons of Island Grace Church

Dear Island Grace Church,

May the Lord grant you His grace and confidence in these uncertain times.  We wanted to send this updated letter with a few more details.  As previously mentioned we will have regular Sunday School and service this Sunday.  Our desire is to strike a balance between irrational panic and common sense.  Please use normal good hygiene practices as we gather.  Wash your hands, avoid physical contact, and practice safe social distancing (6 feet should be safe sufficient, though if you choose to sit with family that is understandable).  Be considerate if brothers or sisters feel uncomfortable with handshakes or hugs.  And if you are feeling sick, have a chronic condition that makes you particularly vulnerable, or are among our beloved elderly, please feel free to stay home this Sunday.  Or if you simply feel uneasy in attending with a group, feel free to stay home as well. We know your heart to not neglect the assembling of God’s people, but in this situation staying home may be a better way to show love for the saints.

As far as our weekly ministries and Sunday School, we will inform you soon on what the leadership decides.  Thank you for your patience and prayers.  Please contact any of the leaders if you have any questions or needs.  Simply respond to this email/contact us through FB/IG/etc (whatever is appropriate).

In the Name of the King,

The Elders and Deacons of Island Grace Church

Friday, March 13, 2020

A Letter from the Elders & Deacons of Island Grace Church

Dear Island Grace Church,

I hope this email finds you trusting deeply in the sovereign Lord Jesus Christ.  I’m sure you’ve been keeping up to date with the ever-changing COVID-19 news and so I wanted to let you know that we will have regular Sunday School and service this Sunday.  Our desire is to strike a balance between irrational panic and common sense.  Please use normal good hygiene practices as we gather.  Be considerate if brothers or sisters feel uncomfortable with handshakes or hugs.  And if you are feeling sick, have a chronic condition that makes you particularly vulnerable, or are among our beloved elderly, please feel free to stay home this Sunday.  We know your heart to not neglect the assembling of God’s people, but in this situation staying home may be a better way to show love for the saints.

Tomorrow morning the elders and deacons will meet to pray and discuss how Island Grace Church should move forward with ministry meetings and Sundays.  We are listening to the experts, to our government leaders, but most of all need the leading of the Spirit.  Please pray for wisdom and guidance as we meet tomorrow.  And we will be praying for you for good health and for deep trust in the fact that Christ continues to be in control of all things and works all things for our good and His glory.

In the Name of the King,

The Elders and Deacons of Island Grace Church