Couch Potatoes

Posted by Father Gordon Miltenberger on

This is the last column submitted to the "From The Desk" series by Father Gordon Miltenberger. We greatly appreciate the spiritual wisdom and gentle wit he has shared with us in his writings for the past eight years.   There are many couch-potatoes: such a person is one who "sits out"...

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Tags: daily life, prayer, work, worship

 Retirement Announcement at St. Paul’s

Posted by Father Gordon Miltenberger on

Folks, do you know that this summer marks 41 years of my ministry?   This summer also marks 15 years of ministry at St. Paul’s, more than a third of my ministry. With all that in mind, I’ve decided to retire at the end of June.    I’ve been thinking about this...

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Tags: church business, future, transition

50 Days

Posted by Father Gordon Miltenberger on

Pentecost refers to a celebration which occurs fifty days after Easter Day. It was so-named after a Jewish Holiday of the same name.   In the Christian dispensation Pentecost is the completion of the Resurrection, the third in the series beginning with the Lord's being raised from the...

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Tags: holy spirit, pentecost, power, resurrection

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

Survival in Alaska builds character

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

In my times of living up north, I realized that there’s a certain character building aspect about the place. If you decide to stay longer than a year, there’re certain things that must be done. Most importantly there’s learning to occupy your spirit, finding the things that...

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I knew I would see her

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

I knew I would see her every trip I made to Petersburg. Every work party at the camp would usually involve seeing Emily who lived on Kupreanof Island just down the beach. Emily lived down the beach from our “Emmaus” camp in another little place, but didn’t have a good dock. So...

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BOAT is Only an Acronym

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

Someone once said that the word boat is only an acronym for “Bring Over Another Thousand”. Having lived up north for 16 years and maintained a 23 foot inboard boat for all those years, I can certainly agree with the expression. Down here in Texas, if you have trouble out on the water...

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Hotel Room

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

I was sitting in the hotel room in Greenville, Texas when the phone rang. I had been on a “tryout” visit down from Ketchikan, Alaska and was waiting for Steve Ramsey to come by and take me fishing on Club Lake. I kept looking out the window to see his vehicle maybe pulling into the...

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"Brother, Can You Spare $5?"

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

“Brother can you spare 5 bucks?” was all I could hear as I was walking backwards down the road that day way up north above the Arctic Circle. I was walking backwards down the road that day because the wind was blowing and it was 10 below zero. When the wind blows it finds little...

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