Preparing for Wonderful Peace

This Sunday is the Second Sunday of Advent and the theme is “Peace.” The dictionary definition of Peace is not reflective of what the scriptures define as “Peace.” Perhaps that’s why so many don’t understand and cannot comprehend biblical peace. The dictionary defines peace as “freedom from disturbance, tranquility.” But...

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Preparing for Hope

This Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent and the theme is Hope. Hope in the Bible has a different meaning than what most folks normally think. Scripturally “Hope” is the calm assurance that God will do what God says and give us what we need. Most parents make every...

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When God is My Salvation

This Sunday is the “Thirteenth Sunday of Kingdomtide.” The following Sunday before Thanksgiving this year is “The Reign of Christ Sunday,” It’s also known as (Christ the King Sunday), and it’s the last Sunday on the liturgical church calendar. This latter part of November is also recognized as A Season...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2019

This week, Covenant will observe “Baptism of Our Lord Sunday.” The assigned Gospel text includes Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist. Baptism is an act of “coming out.” It’s going public about who you are and your spiritual allegiance on your faith journey. At Covenant we describe baptism as...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2018

This week we observe the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete in Latin mean “Rejoice.” As we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, we also live in expectation of the second coming of Christ. This Sunday our focus includes joy and gladness and taking the time...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2018

Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent. We will light the candle of Hope and remember that in the midst of darkness and fear, with the birth of the Christ Child, hope was born. We pray hope will be born in our hearts we prepare for Christmas 2018. Of course,...

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NOTE FOR PASTOR JR FOR TRINITY SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday. It’s also the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend (the unofficial beginning of Summer.) Many folks will be traveling this weekend or attending family outings. We pray for safe travels and good times. It’s been said that “Educators take that which is simple and make it...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2018

“In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.” (Mark 1:35, NRSV) From the assigned reading for this Sunday from the Gospel of Mark 1:29-39, verse 35 above stood out to me. In the preceding 6...

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