• “THE VISION IS … OFFERING HOPE”

    NOTE FROM PASTOR JR RETURNS   FOR SUNDAY, JULY 11, 2021  After 11 years of writing the Note from Pastor JR weekly with a few exceptions, I took a break this year.  However, I think now is the time to begin again.  The weekly Note from Pastor J R is intended to be a sermon...

  • UNCONDITIONAL LOVE WITHOUT CONDEMNATION!

    NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2021 Sunday will be the first day of Daylight Savings Time. Do not forget to set your clocks 1 hour forward on Saturday evening before going to bed. Sunday is also the Fourth Sunday IN Lent also known as “Laetare Sunday.” “Laetare”...

  • LENT – LEARNING TO BLEND BODY AND SOUL

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2021 This will be the Third Sunday in Lent. The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer for Easter (Resurrection) through prayer, penance, helping of others in need, and simple living through self-denial. It is also the first Sunday...

  • PICK UP YOUR CROSS AND FOLLOW ME

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2021 This Sunday is the Second Sunday IN Lent. It is also the last Sunday of Black History Month. The assigned Hebrew text Genesis 17 reveals a message to an old couple that tis hard to believe; while in the assigned...

  • FORTY IS NOT LONG ENOUGH

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2021 Today is the First Sunday “IN Lent.” Counting the days between Ash Wednesday and Easter you will discover there are 46 days, not 40. That’s because Sundays are considered Feast Days and not part “OF” Lent. Thus, the Sundays IN...

  • VALENTINE’S DAY: BE TRANSFIGURED, NOT JUST TRANSFORMED

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2021 This Sunday is “Transfiguration Sunday.” It’s the last Sunday of observing the Sundays after the Epiphany of Our Lord. This Sunday is also Valentine’s Day. It marks the celebration of Valentinus of Rome. We call him today St. Valentine. Valentinus...

  • MOUNT UP WITH WINGS LIKES EAGLES

    NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2021 This Sunday is the 5th Sunday After the Epiphany. It is also the first Sunday of Black History Month in America. And it is the First Sunday in the month in which Covenant celebrates its 40th Anniversary of being “An inclusive...

  • REAL FREEDOM MAKES US ONE

    This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany. The assigned Epistle text for this Sunday is a mixture of encouragement of our freedom in Christ but also a caution in how and when we exercise such freedom. There is an old saying that goes “Just because you can do...

  • AND NOW THE REAL WORK BEGINS

    NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2021 This Sunday is the 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany. As Jamie pointed out a couple weeks ago, when you are trying to cover the life, ministry and works of Jesus in one year, as the lectionary attempts to do, the timeframe...

  • Who are You Listening to?

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 17, 2021 This Sunday is the 2nd Sunday After the Epiphany. It is also the Sunday before America observes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday. It is a good time to be reminded that while Dr. King lead protest for equal justice...