When Hope Dashed Becomes the Promise Realized

On this Third Sunday of Easter, the assigned text from Luke 24 helps us to face issues created by COVID-19. It tells of an event that takes place on the Road to Emmaus when Jesus appears to 2 followers. They do not recognize it is Jesus and He ask them...

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Easter: The Celebrating the Resurrection of Hope

This year Easter will be so different than any other.  At Covenant it means by social distancing, there will be no gathering together with our “Family of Faith for sunrise services, Easter Breakfast, and Celebration of the Resurrection.”  One person summed it up for most of us with “Rona, Rona, go...

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The Reign of Life with Hope

This Sunday is “The Reign of Christ Sunday” or “Christ the King Sunday.” It’s the last Sunday of the liturgical calendar year. The “new” year begins the following Sunday with “The First Sunday of Advent.” As such, the expectation is that the assigned scripture for the first Sunday of Advent...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2019

This Sunday is the 10th Sunday of Kingdomtide. The assigned scriptures for the liturgical Season of Kingdomtide tend to stress assistance in helping those Jesus called “the least of these.” Too often we have limited our thinking of “the least of these”, to those we can recognize with our five...

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It’s 2019, Can you still hear Jesus?

On Wednesday evening, I used the story of the woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and dried them with her hair to highlight the fact that every person we meet has around his or her neck an invisible sign which says “Do I matter to you?” In the...

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Great is Your Faithfulness: But What Shall We Bring

This first Sunday of October brings several observances. Liturgically, it’s the Seventh Sunday of Kingdomtide. It is likewise the first Sunday of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, World Communion Sunday; and the beginning of our annual Covenant Stewardship Campaign. During Kingdomtide, the scriptures emphasize the Kingdom of God at work in...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2019

This first Sunday of October brings several observances. Liturgically, it’s the Seventh Sunday of Kingdomtide. It is likewise the first Sunday of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, World Communion Sunday; and the beginning of our annual Covenant Stewardship Campaign. During Kingdomtide, the scriptures emphasize the Kingdom of God at work in...

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Adhere to the Warning Signs that Lead to Hope

Summer is officially over, but you would never know it by the current weather with sustained temperatures in the 90s. It would be easy to disregard the fact that it is now autumn even in Alabama. However, I’ve noticed warning signs that autumn is upon us. More and more leaves...

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Searching in God’s Lost and Found Department

This week’s assigned gospel text from Luke 15 is about celebrations that take place when that which is lost is found. A 3-year old’s miracle earlier this year can also serve a spiritual metaphor for us. Casey Hathaway was reported missing from his grandmother’s home in rural North Carolina on...

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