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...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2019

This Sunday, Covenant will join with Christians all over the world in “A Celebration of the Resurrection,” we know as Easter. After an intense week that began with much joy, promise and hope on Palms Sunday; we have traveled the road of Holy week recalling the betrayal, trials, death by...

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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 JR FOR PINK SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019

This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday IN Lent. It’s also called Pink Sunday because the liturgical color changes from Purple to Pink or Rose. This Sunday is also known by two other names. It’s often known as “Good Shepherd Sunday” as often the assigned scriptures include Psalm 23 (The Lord...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT, MARCH 24, 2019

As I write this on Thursday morning: I feel, in the words of Thomas Paine, “These are times that try ‘men’s” souls.” Sunday, I spoke at the Birmingham Islamic Center in response to the terrorist attacks last week in New Zealand. Tuesday, my family said goodbye to a beautiful 7-year...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2019

This Sunday is the Second Sunday IN Lent. It is also St. Patrick’s Day. Although the tradition is to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, for worship we will stick with purple, the Lenten liturgical color. While some may go to a special worship service to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day;...

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