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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If it’s good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for me!

Greetings! Last Sunday was Epiphany. This Sunday we read about Jesus, all grown up, being baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River! The biography of Jesus moves fast!   You’ve probably heard that story about the baptism of Jesus many times, but is it just about the past?...

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PREPARING THE WAY FOR PEACE

This Sunday is the Second Sunday of Advent; and still no Christmas scripture because this is Advent, not Christmas. Advent is a season of preparation and waiting for what will happen at Christmas. The theme for this Sunday is “Peace” and yet the word “Peace” is not found in the...

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ADVENT IS ABOUT WAITING IN HOPE

I pray that you have had a safe and blessed Thanksgiving. This first Sunday after Thanksgiving is the beginning of Advent; the first Sunday of a new liturgical year. The liturgical color for this season is royal blue. Most folks refer to Advent as a time of preparation; but Advent...

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Preparing for Wonderful Peace

This Sunday is the Second Sunday of Advent and the theme is “Peace.” The dictionary definition of Peace is not reflective of what the scriptures define as “Peace.” Perhaps that’s why so many don’t understand and cannot comprehend biblical peace. The dictionary defines peace as “freedom from disturbance, tranquility.” But...

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