• ACCEPT ONE ANOTHER!

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2022           This Sunday is World Communion Sunday.  It is observed each year on the first Sunday in October.  When it was originally started by Dr. Hugh Thompson Kery in 1930, it was designed to promote Christian unity.  And if Christians would “accept one another, as Christ...

  • SWAPPING PLACES

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2022           This Sunday is the 5th Sunday of Kingdomtide.  The assigned text is from Luke 16, Jesus’ story of “Lazarus and The Rich Man.” In this familiar story, Lazarus was the rich man’s “neighbor in need.”  Lazarus lacked food to eat and the resources to even...

  • WHOSOEVER” MEANS “WHOSOEVER!

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022           This Sunday is the 4th Sunday in Kingdomtide.  It is a bittersweet Sunday for me personally.  Bitter, because it would be my brother Larry’s 71st birthday.  Larry died in a trucking accident 21 months ago.  I still miss my two “check-in” calls each week.  Sweet, because it...

  • HOW MANY TIMES? HOW MANY WAYS?

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2022 Today is the Third Sunday of Kingdomtide. As I shared earlier, the assigned scriptures for Kingdomtide speak to living out the 2nd of the 2 greatest commandments. We see it repeated in Luke through Jesus’ actions and teachings. In beginning...

  • LET MUTUAL LOVE CONTINUE

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2022          This Sunday is the first Sunday of Kingdomtide, the newest liturgical season.   Scriptures during Kingdomtide emphasized living out the second greatest commandments.  In the assigned text from Hebrews 13, it emphasizes hospitality to strangers, remembering those in prison, as...

  • JUST A TOUCH WILL DO

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2021  This Sunday is the Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost.  The assigned texts from Jeremiah and Luke speak to the importance of touch, God’s touch.  Any healing touch we receive from another person is God’s touch.  The person doing it is simply...

  • LIVING THE DASH

    NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2022            Sunday is the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost.  The assigned text has terminology that seems out of place or inappropriate for 2022 if your goal is to encourage people in being prepared and ready to make the most impact of God’s call on...

  • RICH IN WHAT MATTERS TO GOD!

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022           This Sunday is the 8th Sunday after Pentecost.  The Gospel lesson assigned is yet another familiar story from Luke.  This one begins with a person in the crowd asking for Jesus to intervene in an inheritance dispute.  Jesus declines to get involved but does...

  • PART 3 – THE VISION IS STILL … OFFERING HOPE + SHOWING FAITHFULNESS + SHARING JOY (CLAIMING OUR NEW LIFE IN CHRIST) 

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J.R. FOR SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2022             This Sunday is the 7th Sunday after Pentecost.  A commitment to follow the assigned lectionary text each week for a 3-part sermon series on our Covenant Vision statements has led me into areas I didn’t expect to go, including this week.  In revisiting...

  • PART 2 – THE VISION IS STILL – OFFERING HOPE AND SHOWING FAITHFULNESS

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2022           This Sunday is the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.  I will be continuing with Part 2 of my sermon series on Covenant’s Vision which is “To be an inclusive community of faith – Offering Hope + Showing Faithfulness – Sharing Joy.”            When we...