NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2019

This Sunday is the Third Sunday of Easter. The assigned gospel from John 21 shares that events before and during Jesus third appearance to the disciples after the resurrection. In the previous two appearance, Jesus did lots of miracles that John 20:30 says, “which are not written in this book.”...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT, APRIL 7, 201

  In our 2019 Lenten Journey, Easter is only 2 weeks away. Reading Judas’s criticism of Mary in assigned Gospel text and my own experiences this week, have both reminded me that every one of us experience dark times that are hard to release. Grief, shame, despair, death, disappointment, anger,...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2018

Our Covenant Mission Statement – “We exist to: Celebrate the love of God, Cultivate a relationship with God, Care about one another in Christ, and Communicate Christ to all people.” During August, in a 4-part sermon series, we have been revisiting our Mission Statement, taking a renewed look as to...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2018

During August we are revisiting our Covenant’s Mission statement with a series of 4 sermons. This week, we will consider what the third part of our mission means: “We exist to care about one another in Christ.” Please notice that our mission is not just “to care about one another”...

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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 MOTHER’S DAY, MAY 13, 2018

This Sunday is Mother’s Day; so, Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers and those serving in maternal roles. This will also be Ascension Sunday, commemorating Jesus’ Ascension into heaven 10 days prior to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. It’s interesting to note that the...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2018

Have you ever been listening to what you thought was a familiar story, about ready to “tune out,” but then were glad you didn’t because it had a surprise ending? The Scriptures this week have a surprise in them like that. It seems outlandish, far-fetched, maybe even crazy ~ one...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R. FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2018

Some biblical themes are so repetitious that when I see them, I think of the old saying by Yogi Berra, “It’ like déjà vu all over again.” That describes the assigned lessons this week from I John 4:7-21 and John 15:1-8. I John 4 is an often repeated biblical theme...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018

This week, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, is known as “Good Shepherd” Sunday. The assigned texts always include a portion of John 10 in which Jesus declares “I am the Good Shepherd.” This year, Psalm 23, one of the most beloved of all passages in the Bible, is also included....

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