NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2019

This Sunday is The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost. The assigned gospel text is yet another very familiar passage from Luke. It’s the story of two sisters that were dear friend s of Jesus, Mary and Martha. Jesus enters their home and Martha welcomes Him hospitably. Mary also welcomes Him by...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2019

Sunday is the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost. The lectionary scripture focus of the Gospel right now covers Jesus’ teaching ministry. This month I’m using them as the basis for a sermon series which revisits our Covenant Vision and Mission statements. I wonder how many of us remember “WWJD” or “What...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR ASCENSION SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2019

This Sunday many churches will commemorate the ascension of Jesus. It’s also the first Sunday of Pride Month for us in Central Alabama. The Ascension of Jesus is His final recorded event in His physical body among us, 40 days after The Resurrection. But more than that the Ascension of...

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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 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 JR FOR TRANSFIGURATION SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2019

This week we will commemorate Transfiguration Sunday, when Jesus was transfigured on a Mountain in the presence of three of His disciples. The Lectionary scriptures for Transfiguration Sunday this year includes II Corinthians 3:15-17, “Indeed, to this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their (our) minds;...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR THE SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY AND THE LAST SUNDAY OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH, FEBRUARY 24, 2019

This Sunday is the last Sunday of Black History Month. I’ve noticed a lot of wonderful renowned African Americans that has been highlighted in various situations during this month. I’d like to note one other, Dr. Samuel Dewitt Proctor. Dr. Proctor was an African American minister, educator, humanitarian and perhaps...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019

On Wednesday nights in February, our Life Lessons are series on, “When God Get Your Attention.” We are using individual testimonies from Covenant members to illustrate that God is still speaking to get our attention today. Our scriptural example for this series is Moses’ encounter with a “Burning Bush.” A...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2019

In the assigned Gospel for this Sunday, Jesus quotes from Isaiah 61, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor; to proclaim release to the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to liberate the oppressed, and...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2019

This week, Covenant will observe “Baptism of Our Lord Sunday.” The assigned Gospel text includes Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist. Baptism is an act of “coming out.” It’s going public about who you are and your spiritual allegiance on your faith journey. At Covenant we describe baptism as...

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