• 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...

  • The List: Act Justly, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly

    Sunday is the Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany. One way, Merriman Webster defines “an epiphany,” is “an illuminating discovery, a realization, or disclosure.” One illuminating discovery I made in studying the assigned lectionary texts for this Sunday was the realization that each, Micah 6 and Matthew 5, disclosed a list....

  • The Light; A New Beginning; … Nothing to be Afraid Of

    NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 2020 This Sunday is the Third Sunday After the Epiphany.  The assigned scriptures for January lent themselves to becoming a 4-part sermon series.  The first 3 parts included “The Light; A New Beginning; and Now What?” This week’s texts seek to help...

  • The Light; A New Beginning & Now What? … Get Busy on the Active List

    This week we observe the Second Sunday after the Epiphany. The liturgical color is green to represent spiritual growth. It is also Sunday before MLK Day; the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. The Epiphany is...

  • The Baptism of our Lord & A New Beginning

    This Second Sunday of January is observed as the Baptism of Our Lord Sunday. The assigned Gospel reading, from Matthew 3 tells of Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist. So, this Sunday, Covenant will join with others churches around the world in offering worshipers the opportunity for baptism or reaffirmation...

  • A 2020 Epiphany for Our Lives

    While the actual day of Epiphany is January 6, we will observe “The Epiphany of Our Lord” this Sunday which is closest to that date. Also, we will observe this Sunday as our last Sunday of Worship in Center Point, as we make the move next week to The United...