ADVENT 4 – SURPRISE! LOVE IS BORN!

This Sunday is the 4th Sunday of Advent, the Sunday right before Christmas. The theme is love. SURPRISE! LOVE IS BORN! Much of the preparation for the Feast of Christmas in this pandemic will be modified, changed, or all together cancelled this year. However, many will still decorate their homes,...

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JOY WHILE WAITING IN ADVENT

This Sunday is the Third Sunday of Advent. The theme is Joy. It is also known as “Gaudete” Sunday and the color is Pink or Rose. The season of Advent originated as a fast of 40 days in preparation for Christmas, so it had a penitential character, one of expectation...

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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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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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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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