• THANKSGIVING AND THE REIGN OF CHRIST

    NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR NOVEMBER 20, 2022           This Sunday is “The Reign of Christ Sunday;” the last Sunday of the liturgical church year.  It is also the Sunday before Thanksgiving.    For as long as I can remember one of the special hallmarks of Thanksgiving Day was the...

  • FROM BREAD AND CUP TO FAITH AND GIVING

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2022 Sunday is the 12th Sunday of Kingdomtide, next to last Sunday of the liturgical church year.  The scripture from II Corinthians 9 being used, speaks to priorities.  Thanksgiving is almost upon us.  I’m amazed, but not surprised how Christmas has infringed upon and overtaken...

  • THE IMPORTANCE OF ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2022            This Sunday is the Eleventh Sunday of Kingdomtide. Next Tuesday will be elections in America. There is a saying that goes “God never intended for us to check our brains at the church door.”  That also applies to the ballot box.              Too...

  • FOR ALL THE SAINTS WHO FROM THEIR LABORS REST

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR ALL SAINT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2022  At Covenant this Sunday nearest to November 1st, we will observe as “All Saints Sunday.”  Monday is “Halloween.”  In Old English, the word “Hallow” means “holy.” So, the evening before All Saints Day is “All Hallows Eve,” or as we know it “Halloween.”  Halloween has very strong...

  • BREAST CANCER AWARENESS – “KEEPING IT REAL”

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR PINK SUNDAY,  OCTOBER 23, 2022           This Sunday is the 9th Sunday of Kingdomtide.  However, at Covenant we will observe it as “Pink Sunday” in observance of “Breast Cancer Awareness.”  Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness is personal with me, as it was the main contributor to my Mother, James Ella Reid Finney’s...

  • YOU CAN TAKE ‘IT’ TO THE BANK

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2022  This Sunday is the Eighth Sunday of Kingdomtide.  The assigned gospel reading is Jesus’ story at the beginning of Luke 18 of “The Parable of the Persistent Widow.”    Luke introduces Jesus’ telling of this story by saying, “One day Jesus told His disciples...

  • “EXTRAVAGANT GRACE FOR ‘ALL!’”

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2022           This Sunday is the Seventh Sunday of Kingdomtide.  The assigned gospels text for Kingdomtide this year, all seem to only reenforce God’s extravagant love and grace for all people.  In the assigned text for this week, Jesus encounters...

  • 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...