• PREPARING FOR PEACE

    NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2021  This Sunday will be the Second Sunday of Advent. The theme is “Peace.”  In our Litany of the Advent Candles, we will light the 2nd Advent Wreath Candle representing “Peace.”    In pondering the theme of peace, I wondered, “Why does peace seem to be so elusive...

  • FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT – PREPARING FOR HOPE

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2021  This Sunday we began a new season and the new liturgical church year.  Advent is the period marking the four Sundays before Christmas. This Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent in which theme is HOPE.  Advent comes from the Latin word “Adventus” which means “coming or...

  • LET CHRIST REIGN IN YOUR LIFE

    NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR THE REIGN OF CHRIST SUNDAY  NOVEMBER 21, 2021  This Sunday is “The Reign of Christ Sunday” or more commonly known as “Christ the King Sunday.”  It is celebrated on the last Sunday of Kingdomtide. This celebration of “The Reign of Christ” is meant to be the climax and...

  • STAY THE COURSE

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2021  This Sunday is the 13th Sunday of Kingdomtide.  In the assigned gospel text from Mark 13, Jesus is predicting the destruction of the temple which was the center of religious life.  Jesus’ words take on an ominous tone.  While the outcome seems clear, Jesus...

  • ROOTED IN LOVE

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2021 Today is the twelfth Sunday of Kingdomtide.  The assigned lectionary gospel text for this Sunday is the very familiar one of “The Widow’s Mite.”  It coincides well with the 2021 Covenant and UCC Stewardship logo and theme, “Rooted in Love.” In the assigned 7...

  • PRESENTE

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR ALL SAINTS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2021  This Sunday, Covenant will be observed as “All Saints Sunday.” “All Saints Day” is Monday, November 1st.  We will create a wall of remembrance in honor of our “Great Cloud of Witnesses” who have died during this pandemic with a special “All Saints...

  • ARE YOU BEING SERVED?

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2021  This Sunday is the Ninth Sunday of Kingdomtide.  Covenant will also hold our Annual Congregational Meeting at 2 PM by Zoom that afternoon.           Reading the assigned gospel text and reflecting on the privilege and responsibilities we have as members of Covenant,...

  • HOW TO DEAL WITH SUFFERING

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2021  This Sunday is the Eighth Sunday of Kingdomtide.  2021 had been an unusual year for me beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.  It began with the burial of my brother, Larry.  Also, for Birmingham, AL, where I live, it has been extraordinarily wet.  A July 19,...

  • WHAT IS MAN?

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2021  This Sunday will be the 7th Sunday of Kingdomtide.  It will also be World Communion Sunday, started in 1933 by Rev. Dr. Hugh Thomson Kerr.  It is intended to be a celebration designated by many Churches & Christian denominations, taking place...

  • WHOEVER IS NOT AGAINST US IS FOR US!

    NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2021  This Sunday is the Sixth Sunday of Kingdomtide.  The assigned gospel text from Mark 9, and other readings this week challenged my thinking and definitions of inclusion and hospitality. In Rev. Michael Piazza’s Tuesday’s Liberating Word, he shared from Bishop Yvette Flunder’s book “Where the...