• LIFE IN THE BETWEEN TIMES

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2022 This is Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial beginning of Summer.  On the church liturgical calendar, it is the “Seventh Sunday of Easter.”  While we observe it as Ascension Sunday, the Ascension of Jesus took place on last Thursday.  This Sunday is simply the Sunday...

  • K.I.S.S. – KEEP IT SIMPLE SWEETIE: IT’S STILL ALL ABOUT LOVE

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2022            This Sunday is the 5th Sunday of Easter.               I love the assigned texts for this Sunday.  They both remind us to “K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Sweetie: It’s Still All About Love.”  The Gospel text says, “I give you...

  • THE GOOD SHEPHERD’S PROMISE

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, MAY 8TH, 2022            Today is the Fourth Sunday of Easter; but it’s also known as Good Shepherd Sunday.  On this Sunday following Easter, a portion of Jesus’ proclamation from John 10, “I am the Good Shepherd,” is assigned.  This year, Good Shepherd Sunday falls...

  • DO YOU LOVE ME?

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY MAY 1, 2022  Sunday is the Third Sunday of Easter.  In the assigned Gospel text from John, Jesus appears for a 3rd time to the disciples.  Included in it is a conversation Jesus had with Peter.  Jesus asks Peter 3 times “Do You Love Me?”   Peter seems to...

  • WHEN IN DOUBT …

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2022  This Sunday is the Second Sunday of Easter.  It’s also known as “LOW Sunday.”  That’s because traditionally before the pandemic, the Sunday after Easter normally records one of the lowest worship attendances of the year around the world.  Join us and let’s make...

  • EASTER! HE LIVES! … AND WHEN I SEE JESUS … AMEN!

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2022            This Sunday is Easter!  After Palm Sunday, when what was thought to be a triumph, but was for those involved a tragedy; through Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, the Passion of Christ ending with crucifixion; it’s time for “A Celebration of the...

  • THE REAL TRIUMPHAL ENTRY

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2022           This Sunday is Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week.  During Holy Week people of the Christian faith take time to recall or try to relive or retrace Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem through The Passion of Christ from...

  • WHEN IT’S OKAY TO BE EXTRAVAGANT

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUN DAY, APRIL 3, 2022            This Sunday is the Fifth Sunday IN Lent.  The following Sunday will be Palm/Passion Sunday the beginning of Holy Week, which of course, culminates with remembering The Resurrection of Jesus on Easter.  The assigned Gospel text for this Sunday is...

  • EXPERIENCE NEW LIFE; COME TO YOUR SENSES

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2022            This Sunday is the 4th Sunday IN Lent.  This Sunday is also known as “Laetare Sunday.”  “Laetare” is Latin for “Rejoice” and it is one of two Sundays in the liturgical year when the color is “Pink.”  Why do we need a “Rejoice”...

  • FACING ADVERSITY WITH CONFIDENCE

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2022           This week is the Second Sunday IN Lent.  In the assigned gospel text, Jesus was being encouraged to flee from where He was at the time because of a threat to His life from King Herod. Jesus doesn’t flee.  Instead, He sends...