NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT, MARCH 4, 2018

The assigned scriptures for this Sunday are familiar passages, though most of us probably don’t remember their location in the Bible; “The 10 Commandments” from Exodus 20; and Jesus chasing folks out of temple in John 2. “The Big 10” have been used for many centuries as the framework for...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR PENTECOST SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 2017

I must admit that Pentecost Sunday is one of my favorite liturgical Sundays. I guess it’s because growing up in the Pentecostal Holiness Church, we knew nothing about liturgical seasons other than Christmas, Easter and the Day of Pentecost. We always celebrated the Day of Pentecost! On this Sunday, you...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2017

This Sunday is known as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” That’s because the gospel reading for “The Fourth Sunday after Easter” always includes passages portraying Jesus as the Good Shepherd. The picture of Jesus as The Good Shepherd is meant to demonstrate the greatness of God’s unconditional love for us. It’s also...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR PENTECOST SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2016

Sunday is Pentecost. A friend of mine, Rev. Michael Piazza, took note this week of how unfortunate it is that churches don’t make a bigger deal of it; since it is a day so rich with meaning.   In Pentecost we find “The Key to Building God’s Family.”   After all: It...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2016

           This Sunday, the featured reading from Acts is the story of Peter preaching at Cornelius, a gentile’s house. It is a story that speaks to us about what happens when we allow ourselves to be on God’s side and not in God’s way. The Gospel...

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