• REPEAT IT UNTIL YOU ARE PURPLE IN THE FACE!

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, March 6, 2022            This Sunday is the First Sunday IN Lent.  At Covenant, we observe it as Purple Sunday by encouraging all attending worship in-person to wear something purple. Lent is meant to be a time of self-reflection and repentance. Repent means to change directions.  So, during Lent,...

  • THE WAYS OF STEADFAST LOVE – PART 7 TRANFORMATIONAL LIVES, TRANSFORMS LIVES

    NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR TRANSIGURATION SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2022            This Sunday is the last Sunday of the Epiphany Season.  Liturgically, it is called “Transfiguration Sunday.”  It is also the last Sunday of Black History Month.  And, it will be the final sermon in my Epiphany Series, “The Ways of Steadfast Love.”            The Transfiguration...

  • THE WAYS OF STEADFAST LOVE: PART 6 – ‘41 YEARS OF OFFERING HOPE + SHOWING FAITHFULNESS + SHARING JOY’

    NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2022  This Sunday is the 7th Sunday after the Epiphany.  It is also the Sunday we traditionally celebrate the founding of Covenant 41 years ago.  Our anniversary observance this year is limited to recognizing it as part of the sermon as we just limitedly returned to...

  • THE WAYS OF STEAD FAST LOVE PART 5 – MY VALENTINE OR: NO… SUNSHINE! LOVE ANYWAY

    NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2022  This Sunday is the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany and the day before Valentine’s Day.  My commitment to utilize the assigned lectionary texts whatever they are during this series was challenged this week as I sought to tie them to “The Ways of Steadfast Love,” or for...

  • THE WAYS OF STEADFAST LOVE – PART 4 – THE CALL TO TRUST, LAUNCH AND LEAVE

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2022  This Sunday is the Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany and first Sunday of Black History Month.  The assigned Gospel text is an account of Jesus calling His first disciples after a whale of a fishing story. As I continue my sermon...

  • THE WAYS OF STEADFAST LOVE “PART 3 – STEADFAST IN THE FACE OF …”

    NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 30, 2022  This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany.  I will continue with my sermon series, “The Ways of Steadfast Love.”  Many scripture passages speak of God’s steadfast love toward us; but this sermon series is premised on how we as recipients of God’s...

  • THE WAYS OF STEADFAST LOVE: PART 2 – BLENDING OUR GIFTS IN SERVING OTHERS

    NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 23, 2022  This Sunday will be Third Sunday after the Epiphany.  Last Sunday, I began an Epiphany season sermon series, titled, “The Ways of Steadfast Love.”  The series is premised on the assigned lectionary readings for these next several Sundays.  In them, God’s steadfast love is a prominent...

  • THE WAYS OF STEADFAST LOVE: PART 1 – LOVING THROUGH OUR GIFTEDNESS

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 16, 2022           This Sunday is the Second Sunday after The Epiphany.  In reading the assigned lectionary scriptures for this liturgical season, I noticed a theme developing in them and so I began developing a series of sermons based on...

  • BAPTISM: A RESPONSE TO GOD’S EXTRAVAGANT INVITATION

    NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, 2022  This second Sunday of this New Year is observed liturgically as the “First Sunday after the Epiphany,” and also as the “Baptism of our Lord Sunday.”  It has been said that “baptism is an outward sign of an inward spiritual reality.”  True, but not all Christians...

  • A NEW YEAR’S EPIPHANY AMID TRANSITION

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR EPIPHANY SUNDAY, JANUARY 2, 2022  This Sunday is the first Sunday of a New Year.  We at Covenant will observe it as “The Epiphany of Our Lord Sunday.”  Epiphany is a Christian festival held on January 6th in honor of the coming of the Magi to visit...