Lord, Prepare Me to be a Sanctuary

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

“Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary” go the words of one of our favorite contemporary hymns.  Those words come to mind when I reflect on the world events of the past week. If there was ever a time to claim the concept of sanctuary it’s now.  With the fears of...

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Tags: hope, peace, sanctuary, terror, trouble

Open, O Lord, The Eyes Of All People

Posted by Father Gordon Miltenberger on

Open, O Lord, the eyes of all people to behold your gracious hand in all your works, so that, rejoicing in your whole creation, they may honor you with their substance, and be faithful stewards of your bounty.    Where does it all come from?  The outstanding record of nearly...

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Tags: blessings, environment, gratitude, stewardship, thankfulness

It Was a Quiet Morning

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

“It was a quiet morning”, my sister told me. Her husband was home for President’s Day and she decided to walk and look out the front garage door of her suburban house.  And there it was: something that streaked across her view and down the edge of the concrete...

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Tags: blessings, opportunity

Lent

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

Lent started last week and many folks in and out of the Christian world are saying “so what?”   Why bother with an antique season of penitence and fasting?  Why not charge fully into the power of the resurrected Jesus?  Why labor ourselves with the dreary...

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Tags: fasting, lent, penitence

Uniforms

Posted by Father Gordon Miltenberger on

[Warning: this article uses the generic word “he” to refer to any individual human being.] Why uniforms? Convenience. The wearer knows how he will be clothed. Style is not relevant. Identification. Many activities are represented by an exclusive uniform, signifying a special...

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Tags: vestments, worship practices

Cursillo in the Last Frontier

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

Cursillo was sweeping the lower 48 back in the 70’s and church people were hearing about it.  Cursillo stood for short course in Christianity, a 3 day retreat, that moved people in a powerful way.  Folks up in Ketchikan wanted to be included.  They wanted their own version...

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Tags: cursillo, ecumenical, ministry

Retuning Your Spiritual Antennae

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

When I first arrived up north in Alaska,  I was listening carefully to everything everyone told me and nearly got overloaded.  You see my spiritual antennae; my internal device for listening; was tuned for the Deep South where I had lived for years.  In that region, people would...

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Tags: listening, love, prayer

New Beginnings

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

Everyone likes a chance to start over.  It’s easy to look across the terrain of our past and see all the potholes that we wish we could have avoided.  Some were pretty deep and others were a simple bump in the road.  But looking back it could have been different, had we...

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Tags: future, hope, new beginnings, new year

In This Sign Conquer

Posted by Father Gordon Miltenberger on

Instances of making the sign of the Cross are so varied and frequent as to make reference to them all very difficult. In general the sign of the Cross may be made: when we ask a blessing from God when we receive a spoken blessing at the conclusion of many “items”: such as the...

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Tags: blessing, liturgy, sign of the cross, worship

God Gives Us A Gift

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

God gives us a gift.  What are we going to do with it?  He gives us the gift of a beautiful world and family and friends.  What do with that gift?  Do we squander each day willy-nilly, thinking that tomorrow will surely come. Or, do we take care of that gift and invest in...

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Tags: blessings, stewardship, thanksgiving, tithing, treasure

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