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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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2019

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday. It is observed on the Western Christian liturgical calendar the first Sunday after Pentecost. It celebrates the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the person of God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It’s interesting that this year it is commemorated on the American...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR PENTECOST AND PRIDE SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2019

This Sunday, Covenant will observe two events, Pride and Pentecost Sunday. After celebrating Pentecost Sunday in worship, we’ll join thousands from our community at Central Alabama’s 2019 Pridefest. Covenant’s singing group “Glory” will represent Covenant singing “This is Me.” Both, Pride and Pentecost are stories of publicly coming out. Over...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2018

June is Pride Month. I’ve been participating, first in civil rights struggles and then Pride activities practically all of my life. Along the way you get tired and frustrated by the seemingly slow progress that is being made. Sometimes you just need to be reminded why you do equality, civil...

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NOTE FOR PASTOR JR FOR TRINITY SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday. It’s also the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend (the unofficial beginning of Summer.) Many folks will be traveling this weekend or attending family outings. We pray for safe travels and good times. It’s been said that “Educators take that which is simple and make it...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2018

Reverend Billy Graham, whom I admired greatly, died this week at the age of 99. Growing up just north of where Dr. Graham lived, I joined in the admiration of him and his ministry by very diverse Christians theologically. I even thought of him as a role model. You always...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR BACK-TO-CHURCH SUNDAY, 9-10-2017

I grew up learning to trust promises from God like “a peace that passes understanding” and “peace in the midst of a storm.” Over the years they have comforted me during difficult and troubled times. Recently my heart has been troubled with the thought: “Is there no end in sight?”...

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