• DÉJÀ VU – ALL OVER AGAIN!

    Sunday is the Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany.  Assigned scriptures for this liturgical season strive to help us have an “epiphany” (see the light) of God’s love.  It also seeks to help us to see the light of hope in troubling and challenging situations.    We see this in the assigned Gospel text for...

  • CHANGING DIRECTIONS

    NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2023  This Sunday is the “Third Sunday after the Epiphany.”  In the assigned gospel text of Matthew 4, Jesus tells two of His first prospective disciples to “Follow Me.”  It is a call and challenge for them in “changing directions.”  “Changing directions” for those first disciples meant leaving their...

  • NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2022 COME AND SEE

               Sunday is the Second Sunday After the Epiphany; the Sunday before the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Dr. King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement.  It’s the only Federal Holiday that just doesn’t give folks a day off from...

  • BAPTISM SUNDAY – NO PARTIALITY

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 2023            This second Sunday of the year is when we observe the Baptism of Jesus.  It always follows January 6, observed at the Epiphany of Our Lord.  The assigned text for Baptism of our Lord Sunday ends in Matthew 3:17 right after Jesus...

  • A TIME FOR EVERYTHING – MAKING 2023 OUR TIME!

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR “NEW YEARS DAY,” SUNDAY, JANUARY 1, 2023           This Sunday is known as either “Holy Family Sunday,” or a rarity, the “’Second’ Sunday of Christmastide.”  Most folks think by January 1st the Christmas Season is over; but it ends on January 6th, the day we...

  • CHRISTMAS DAY

    NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25TH 2022           Sunday is Christmas Day.  We at Covenant will not be having in-person worship, but I invite you to tune in by social media for a brief homily by me and special music sung by Paul Odom, should your schedule allow.            I haven’t really...

  • LOVE: “EMMANUEL – GOD IS WITH US!

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2022            This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Advent.  The theme is LOVE.  In Matthew 1:23, from the assigned gospel text, the angel Gabriel repeats to Joseph in a dream the promise of God found from Isaiah 7:14, “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a...

  • ADVENT 3 – “JOY; BUT NOT HAPPY”

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2022            This Sunday is “The Third Sunday of Advent.” The theme is “Joy.”  It’s also known as “Gaudete Sunday” and the liturgical color is “Pink” or “Rose.”  “Gaudete” in Latin means “Rejoice.”    During the four weeks of Advent as we await the celebration of Christ’s birth and Christ’s coming again; we are...

  • ADVENT 2 – PREPARING BY MAKING PEACE

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2022           We will observe this Sunday as the Second Sunday of Advent.  We will light the Second candle on the Advent wreath to represent the theme of “PEACE.”  The assigned gospel text from Matthew 3 for this “Peace Sunday,” is John the Baptist...

  • ADVENT 1 – KEEP HOPE ALIVE

    NOTE FOR PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2022           This Sunday we begin a new liturgical year in Western Christianity with the First Sunday of Advent.  It has become commonplace to mold the seasons of Advent and Christmas into one; but they are two different seasons.  The Season of Advent begins on...