Looking Forward

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

One of the things that keep us all going is looking forward.  For sure we need to look back from time to time to make course corrections or we won’t be very effective in our journey.  But looking forward to the unfolding days ahead of us is important.   Looking back I feel...

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Tags: church business, going forward, hope, new beginnings, transition

Short-timer's Disease

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

Transition times in our lives all have this quality.  When we are focused on some big event in our lives and the event draws closer, we may miss the immediate details.   It may be a simple thing like forgetting to tie your shoes or a big thing like looking both ways before crossing a...

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Tags: church matters, new beginnings, optimism, transition

Riding in on my Bike

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

   Riding in on my bike this morning, I celebrated the gift of creation and the gift of health.  As I felt the pull of the pedals, I was happy to push down and forward.     So it is with much of life; pushing down and pushing forward.  The fullness of life...

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Tags: christian life, future, hope, moving forward, work

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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