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...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2019

This Sunday is the Second Sunday IN Lent. It is also St. Patrick’s Day. Although the tradition is to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, for worship we will stick with purple, the Lenten liturgical color. While some may go to a special worship service to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day;...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2018

One of the ultimate realities that challenge practically every person at some point is the question, “Do I matter to God?” Oh, we are not really confronted or bothered by this question during the high peaks and good times of life. But it’s a question that seems to be ever...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST, 12, 2018

This Sunday we will continue our sermon series on the Covenant Mission Statement as we think about the 2nd part of that mission: “To cultivate a personal relationship with God.” I talk to people a lot about their relationships. It’s just part of what a pastor does. There are those...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 2018

The consuming passion of a person or organization is defined by the mission to which they or it believes are called to do. The Merriman Webster Dictionary defines a “Mission” as “a specific task with which a person or a group is charged.” With that in mind, consider Covenant’s Mission....

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2018

“To be an inclusive community of faith – Offering Hope + Showing Faithfulness + Sharing Joy.” This month, I’m revisiting our above Covenant vision statement in a 3-part sermon series. My hope is that we will live into every aspect of it. Last week, we revisited “Offering Hope.” This week...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018

This week, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, is known as “Good Shepherd” Sunday. The assigned texts always include a portion of John 10 in which Jesus declares “I am the Good Shepherd.” This year, Psalm 23, one of the most beloved of all passages in the Bible, is also included....

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2018

This Sunday is the 2nd Sunday of Easter; but is better known as Low Sunday; as Christian churches collectively tend to record their lowest attendance of the year. However, we find a very important message in the assigned text from John 20. In it, Jesus says to His disciples, “Peace...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR PALM SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2018

The original March on Washington is known as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. As a 9-year old, I didn’t realize the full implication of this March to advocate for the civil and economic rights of African Americans. I must admit I don’t even remember the “I have...

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