NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2015

This past week we were once again faced with a state Supreme Court decision that makes Alabama look like a backward bastion of narrow-mindedness as it issued an order to halt the issuance of marriage licenses to same sex couples in defiance of a federal judge’s order. (Will they never...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2015

Sometimes I think God has an incredible sense of humor. On second thought, make that an incredible sense of irony! NO, maybe it’s just an incredible sense of timing! In a week of two funerals, several hospital visits with a terminally ill woman, a member having an accident totaling her...

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Gay Marriage Becomes Legal In Alabama

Feb 08,2015 Under federal court order, tomorrow, February 9th, Alabama becomes the 37th state to legalize gay marriages. The United Church of Christ was the first mainstream Christian denomination to endorsed Marriage equality at our General Synod in Atlanta on July 4, 2005. We at Covenant rejoice knowing that GLBT...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2015

This Sunday’s gospel reading from Mark 1 is about healing.  As I studied it this week preparing for the sermon, I was reminded of the abundance of God’s grace in Jesus healing of Peter’s mother-in-law.  Jesus once again demonstrates in this incident that He is “Our Healer of Body and...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2015

The effectiveness of a vision statement for any organization such as Covenant is to make it easy to remember and effortless to say.  Covenant’s vision statement is “To be an inclusive community of faith + Offering Hope + Showing Faithfulness + Sharing Joy.”  I’ve said it so many times that...

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Revived To A Living Hope

NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR APRIL 27, 2014 The Sunday after Easter is known as “Low Sunday.” That’s because after the high attendance in many churches for Easter Sunday, by contrast, this Sunday has the severest drop off of attendance of any two Sundays of the year. So all...

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