New Folks Coming In

Posted by Father Gary Herbst on

One of the challenges in any transition is welcoming new folks in.  For sure with any change in leadership there will be rough areas and smooth areas.  Old leaders have their certain areas of expertise and new ones have different skills.  My predecessor, Fr. Don, had certain areas...

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Tags: church matters, new beginnings, transition

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

Lord, Prepare Me to be a Sanctuary

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“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

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

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

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