BAPTISM: A RESPONSE TO GOD’S EXTRAVAGANT INVITATION

NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, 2022  This second Sunday of this New Year is observed liturgically as the “First Sunday after the Epiphany,” and also as the “Baptism of our Lord Sunday.”  It has been said that “baptism is an outward sign of an inward spiritual reality.”  True, but not all Christians...

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PREPARING THE WAY FOR REAL LOVE

NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2021 This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Advent, and the theme is “LOVE.”  The assigned passage from Luke 1, shares the response of Mary as she was “Preparing the Way for Real Love” to be born into her life and our world. I’m...

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PREPARING FOR PEACE

NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2021  This Sunday will be the Second Sunday of Advent. The theme is “Peace.”  In our Litany of the Advent Candles, we will light the 2nd Advent Wreath Candle representing “Peace.”    In pondering the theme of peace, I wondered, “Why does peace seem to be so elusive...

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FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT – PREPARING FOR HOPE

NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2021  This Sunday we began a new season and the new liturgical church year.  Advent is the period marking the four Sundays before Christmas. This Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent in which theme is HOPE.  Advent comes from the Latin word “Adventus” which means “coming or...

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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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