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One summer I spent a month in Alaska as the visiting pastor of First United Methodist of Anchorage. It was the month of June and I was amazed how there was almost 24 hours of daylight. I was also amazed to find out that Anchorage is an animal sanctuary. It is against the law to hunt and kill an animal in the city. One day, I was looking out of the window of the house where I was staying, and a moose was eating my neighbor’s flower garden and there was nothing he could do about it - the moose was in a sanctuary. I remind you that this church is a sanctuary and what a beautiful place it is. It is a place for us to draw away from the ugliness of the world and feel the love, the peace, and the grace of God. I love the sense of holiness that comes when I come here - it is the Holy Spirit in this place.



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