• MEASURING GREATNESS

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2021  This Sunday is the Fifth Sunday of Kingdomtide. It is also the 21st Anniversary of my becoming Covenant’s Pastor. I’m grateful for the blessing it has been for me to serve as Covenant’s pastor these years. I believe and trust that...

  • BUT WHAT ABOUT YOU? WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2021  This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Kingdomtide.  The assigned scriptures for this week come from a time when Jesus was living among humanity.  As He travels about, people are getting to hearing Him teach and see Jesus in action with others.  Most are...

  • “LIVING FAITH;” OR “DEAD FAITH”

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2021   This Sunday is the 3rd Sunday of Kingdomtide.  I will be preaching on the Epistle text assigned from THE 2nd chapter of James.  This Epistle, written by the brother of Jesus, is uncomfortable scripture for most Christians.  Perhaps because it conflicts with how most Christians...

  • ARE YOU FOLLOWING TRADITION OR CHRIST?

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 29, 2021  On this Second Sunday of Kingdomtide, the assigned Gospel text pose a question about what influences our lives more when we have chosen to be followers of Christ.  A little self-introspection based of Richard Niebuhr’s book, Christ and Culture, might surprise most...

  • BE STRONG IN THE LORD

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 22, 2021  This Sunday is the first day of a new liturgical season, Kingdomtide.  Whereas the Sundays After Pentecost emphasize spiritual mission, (getting people to have and develop a relationship with God), Kingdomtide stresses living out our faith of loving God in practical...

  • LIVE PLEASINGLY TO THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 2

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 15, 2021   This Sunday is the 12th and last Sunday after Pentecost Covenant will observe this liturgical church year.  Next week we will begin the observance of the newest, but lesser known and least observed of the liturgical seasons, “Kingdomtide.” This Sunday, however, is a...

  • LIVE PLEASINGLY TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

    NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 8, 2021   There is an old saying that “You can catch more bees with honey than with vinegar.” It means that life is more pleasant when people are nice, sweet-natured, and agreeable, and most living things like sweet substances and peaceful environments.   Yet, it seems...

  • LIVING WORTHY OF YOUR CALLING

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 1, 2021  This Sunday is the first day of August.  “August” means “Great” or “To increase.”  The assigned scripture this week calls for us to live up to the greatness of our calling and to increase the effectiveness of our faith walk in fellowship with Christ...

  • “THE VISION IS SHARING JOY”

    NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2021  The scriptures during the Sundays after Pentecost have concentrated on us growing our spiritual maturity as individuals and as a congregation.  As part of that growth for our church, this Sunday, I will conclude a 3-part sermon series on Covenant’s Vision Statement; “To...

  • NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, JULY 18, 2021

    “THE VISION IS SHOWING FAITHFULNESS”            This Sunday is the Tenth Sunday After Pentecost.  I will continue my series on Covenant’s Vision Statement which is “To be an inclusive community of faith – Offering Hope + Showing Faithfulness + Sharing Joy.”   This week in Part 2 of this sermon series I will be talking...