• When Hope Dashed Becomes the Promise Realized

    On this Third Sunday of Easter, the assigned text from Luke 24 helps us to face issues created by COVID-19. It tells of an event that takes place on the Road to Emmaus when Jesus appears to 2 followers. They do not recognize it is Jesus and He ask them...

  • Seeing is Believing; But Hope Calls Us to Action

    This Sunday after Easter is commonly known as Low Sunday.  Easter traditionally is the largest attended worship services for Christian Churches.  Subsequently, the Sunday after Easter normally records the lowest church attendance of the year.  But because of COVID-19 and social distancing, every Sunday right now is Low Sunday when...

  • Easter: The Celebrating the Resurrection of Hope

    This year Easter will be so different than any other.  At Covenant it means by social distancing, there will be no gathering together with our “Family of Faith for sunrise services, Easter Breakfast, and Celebration of the Resurrection.”  One person summed it up for most of us with “Rona, Rona, go...

  • Hold On, Because Hope is on the Way

    This Sunday is Palm Sunday, the annual Christian celebration of Jesus’ triumphantly entry to Jerusalem. The assigned gospel text this year from Matthew 21 tells how palm branches were placed in His path as the crowds, sang and danced. Only days later, Jesus would be arrested on what we now...

  • Believe in the Possible, When Facing the Impossible

    This Sunday is the 5th Sunday in Lent. Many will face it enduring impossible circumstances as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. It’s appropriate that the assigned lectionary Gospel text for this Sunday is John 11:1-45, the seemingly impossible story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. It is...

  • A Lenten Guide to Spiritual Wholeness: Part 3 – Worship in Spirit and Truth

    This Sunday is the Third Sunday in Lent. The Gospel text is a familiar story of Jesus and his encounter with a woman at a well. (John 4:5-42) In this encounter Jesus speaks truth to this woman and it made her thirst for living water. Later in the conversation, Jesus...

  • A Lenten Guide to Spiritual Wholeness – Part 2 – Look to the Source

    Last week I started the Lenten Sermon series, “A Lenten Guide to Spiritual Wholeness. The Sermon title for Part 2 is “Look to the Source.” Charles Kauluweihi Maxwell, Sr., a Hawaiian Cultural Specialist, Author and Civil Right Leader wrote a book by the same title. In it he says, “Nana...

  • A Lenten Guide to Spiritual Wholeness

    This Sunday is the First Sunday IN Lent. At Covenant, we call it “Purple Sunday” as the liturgical color becomes Purple. We also invite folks attending worship with us to wear purple. Mark 15:17-18 “And they clothed Him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they...

  • Transfiguration: a Call to Transformation, Not Transfixion

    This Sunday we observe Jesus’ Transfiguration. “Trans” is a Latin verb meaning “to cross from one side to the other” as one does in becoming transgender. Next week, another “trans” takes place when the indulgence and noisy festivities of Mardi Gras ends on Fat Tuesday; and the solemnity of Lent...

  • ‘Be My Valentine’ and ‘I’ll Be A Valentine’

    This Sunday is the 5th Sunday after the Epiphany and the Sunday before Valentine’s Day. Many will celebrate their love for their partner by sending cards or letters, giving gifts or flowers and arranging meals in restaurants or romantic nights in hotels. It was estimated $20.7 billion was spent for...