NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2018

This Sunday, two days before Christmas, is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The theme is Love. Many of us are busy with our last preparations for Christmas. Advent is meant to be a season of spiritual preparation. It seems that more than ever we need to be “Preparing for the...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2018

This week we observe the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete in Latin mean “Rejoice.” As we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, we also live in expectation of the second coming of Christ. This Sunday our focus includes joy and gladness and taking the time...

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NOTE FROM THE PASTOR FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2018

This Sunday is the Second Sunday of Advent. A friend of mine wrote this week “Advent is the season of preparation. The church calls us to spend four weeks getting ready, not for Christmas, but for Christ. Is it possible that, if we do our work well, “The Prince of...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR the THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER, APRIL 15, 201

This week, the first verse of the assigned gospel text references yet another encounter of the disciples with Jesus after the Resurrection. Jesus’s standard greeting right before and immediately following the resurrection is “Peace be with you.” I believe we miss many opportunities, gifts and blessings from God because we...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR AUGUST 13, 2017

Last Sunday I preached on Covenant’s Vision Statement. This Sunday I will preach on Covenant’s Mission Statement. People often confuse or don’t understand the difference between them. A mission differs from a vision in that the mission is the cause and the vision is the effect. In other words, if...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR ASCENSION SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2017

Thursday, May 25 is the actual day of observance for the Day of Ascension; we will commemorate the Ascension this Sunday. The reading from Acts 1, asked this question of the people present for this event: “Why do you stand gazing up into heaven?” It’s a question worth exploring. This...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2017

This Sunday is the Third Sunday of Easter. Because Easter moves around year to year, many of the assigned Gospel readings during the Easter Season are Resurrection stories. Such is the case with The Road to Emmaus Story assigned for this Sunday. Even if you are not a country music...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2016

In the “Alabama News” this week, there was an article about Beloved Community Church, one of our sister UCC congregations, here in Birmingham, who hired Rev. Jennifer Sanders, a lesbian, as their new Pastor. She organized a day of silent prayer and meditation at their church for the following Saturday....

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