DIG A LITTLE DEEPER

This Sunday is the 10th Sunday after Pentecost. The assigned scriptures from the Old Testament, Epistle, and Gospel texts requires us to “dig a little deeper” than surface reading to discover the full meaning and intent of those passages. Answers to life’s most difficult questions are not found in the...

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NO CONDEMNATION MEANS NO CONDEMNATION!

This Sunday is the 6th Sunday after Pentecost and the 2nd Sunday after Independence Day in America. And the assigned sacred text from the Epistle and Gospel teach us and invite us to a new kind of independence and freedom. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are...

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REAL FREEDOM THAT UPHOLDS ALL

This weekend is Independence Weekend. We are celebrating the 244th anniversary of our nation’s independence and freedom. The COVID-19 pandemic will alter the manner we celebrate from large gatherings of picnics and fireworks to smaller intimate gatherings that include mask wearing and social distancing, Since we will be commemorating this...

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MAKE US ONE

Sunday we observe Trinity Sunday, the day commemorates the Trinity: “Father, Son and Holy Ghost,” or more inclusively, “Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit.” It is commemorated on the 8th Sunday after Easter. Since Pentecost falls on the 7th Sunday after Easter, Trinity Sunday always follows Pentecost Sunday. On this day,...

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Hold On, Because Hope is on the Way

This Sunday is Palm Sunday, the annual Christian celebration of Jesus’ triumphantly entry to Jerusalem. The assigned gospel text this year from Matthew 21 tells how palm branches were placed in His path as the crowds, sang and danced. Only days later, Jesus would be arrested on what we now...

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A Lenten Guide to Spiritual Wholeness

This Sunday is the First Sunday IN Lent. At Covenant, we call it “Purple Sunday” as the liturgical color becomes Purple. We also invite folks attending worship with us to wear purple. Mark 15:17-18 “And they clothed Him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they...

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Transfiguration: a Call to Transformation, Not Transfixion

This Sunday we observe Jesus’ Transfiguration. “Trans” is a Latin verb meaning “to cross from one side to the other” as one does in becoming transgender. Next week, another “trans” takes place when the indulgence and noisy festivities of Mardi Gras ends on Fat Tuesday; and the solemnity of Lent...

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‘Be My Valentine’ and ‘I’ll Be A Valentine’

This Sunday is the 5th Sunday after the Epiphany and the Sunday before Valentine’s Day. Many will celebrate their love for their partner by sending cards or letters, giving gifts or flowers and arranging meals in restaurants or romantic nights in hotels. It was estimated $20.7 billion was spent for...

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The List: Act Justly, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly

Sunday is the Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany. One way, Merriman Webster defines “an epiphany,” is “an illuminating discovery, a realization, or disclosure.” One illuminating discovery I made in studying the assigned lectionary texts for this Sunday was the realization that each, Micah 6 and Matthew 5, disclosed a list....

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The Light; A New Beginning; … Nothing to be Afraid Of

NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 2020 This Sunday is the Third Sunday After the Epiphany.  The assigned scriptures for January lent themselves to becoming a 4-part sermon series.  The first 3 parts included “The Light; A New Beginning; and Now What?” This week’s texts seek to help...

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