“GOD IS LIKE …!”

This Sunday is the Fifth Sunday of Easter. It is also Mother’s Day. I want to wish all Mothers and those serving in maternal roles “A Happy Mother’s Day.” One of the most common questions people have about God is “what is God like?” Every culture in the history of...

Continue reading

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...

Continue reading

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...

Continue reading

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...

Continue reading

NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2019

This Sunday is the Third Sunday of Easter. The assigned gospel from John 21 shares that events before and during Jesus third appearance to the disciples after the resurrection. In the previous two appearance, Jesus did lots of miracles that John 20:30 says, “which are not written in this book.”...

Continue reading

NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT, APRIL 7, 201

  In our 2019 Lenten Journey, Easter is only 2 weeks away. Reading Judas’s criticism of Mary in assigned Gospel text and my own experiences this week, have both reminded me that every one of us experience dark times that are hard to release. Grief, shame, despair, death, disappointment, anger,...

Continue reading

NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR PINK SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019

This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday IN Lent. It’s also called Pink Sunday because the liturgical color changes from Purple to Pink or Rose. This Sunday is also known by two other names. It’s often known as “Good Shepherd Sunday” as often the assigned scriptures include Psalm 23 (The Lord...

Continue reading

NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT, MARCH 24, 2019

As I write this on Thursday morning: I feel, in the words of Thomas Paine, “These are times that try ‘men’s” souls.” Sunday, I spoke at the Birmingham Islamic Center in response to the terrorist attacks last week in New Zealand. Tuesday, my family said goodbye to a beautiful 7-year...

Continue reading