ARE YOU BEING SERVED?

NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2021  This Sunday is the Ninth Sunday of Kingdomtide.  Covenant will also hold our Annual Congregational Meeting at 2 PM by Zoom that afternoon.           Reading the assigned gospel text and reflecting on the privilege and responsibilities we have as members of Covenant,...

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WHOEVER IS NOT AGAINST US IS FOR US!

NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2021  This Sunday is the Sixth Sunday of Kingdomtide.  The assigned gospel text from Mark 9, and other readings this week challenged my thinking and definitions of inclusion and hospitality. In Rev. Michael Piazza’s Tuesday’s Liberating Word, he shared from Bishop Yvette Flunder’s book “Where the...

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MEASURING GREATNESS

NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2021  This Sunday is the Fifth Sunday of Kingdomtide. It is also the 21st Anniversary of my becoming Covenant’s Pastor. I’m grateful for the blessing it has been for me to serve as Covenant’s pastor these years. I believe and trust that...

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BUT WHAT ABOUT YOU? WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?

NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2021  This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Kingdomtide.  The assigned scriptures for this week come from a time when Jesus was living among humanity.  As He travels about, people are getting to hearing Him teach and see Jesus in action with others.  Most are...

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PICK UP YOUR CROSS AND FOLLOW ME

NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2021 This Sunday is the Second Sunday IN Lent. It is also the last Sunday of Black History Month. The assigned Hebrew text Genesis 17 reveals a message to an old couple that tis hard to believe; while in the assigned...

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FORTY IS NOT LONG ENOUGH

NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2021 Today is the First Sunday “IN Lent.” Counting the days between Ash Wednesday and Easter you will discover there are 46 days, not 40. That’s because Sundays are considered Feast Days and not part “OF” Lent. Thus, the Sundays IN...

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VALENTINE’S DAY: BE TRANSFIGURED, NOT JUST TRANSFORMED

NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2021 This Sunday is “Transfiguration Sunday.” It’s the last Sunday of observing the Sundays after the Epiphany of Our Lord. This Sunday is also Valentine’s Day. It marks the celebration of Valentinus of Rome. We call him today St. Valentine. Valentinus...

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MOUNT UP WITH WINGS LIKES EAGLES

NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2021 This Sunday is the 5th Sunday After the Epiphany. It is also the first Sunday of Black History Month in America. And it is the First Sunday in the month in which Covenant celebrates its 40th Anniversary of being “An inclusive...

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REAL FREEDOM MAKES US ONE

This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany. The assigned Epistle text for this Sunday is a mixture of encouragement of our freedom in Christ but also a caution in how and when we exercise such freedom. There is an old saying that goes “Just because you can do...

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AND NOW THE REAL WORK BEGINS

NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2021 This Sunday is the 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany. As Jamie pointed out a couple weeks ago, when you are trying to cover the life, ministry and works of Jesus in one year, as the lectionary attempts to do, the timeframe...

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