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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR REFORMATION SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2017

This Sunday, many churches around the world will observe the 500th Anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. It will be done to commemorate the act leading to what is called the Reformation when on October 31, 1517, German Monk Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the church door...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017

In the 1980s, rappers and comedians came up with something called “drop the mic.” A “mic drop” is the gesture of intentionally dropping one’s microphone at the end of a performance or speech to signal triumph. Figuratively, it was an expression of triumph for a successful event and indicates a...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2107

“Old habits die hard” is an old saying I grew up with. I’ve noticed it’s a very true saying when it comes to legalisms we learned in church. One such legalism many of us learned in church was to be properly dressed when going to church. Even when legalism grew...

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SPECIAL NOTE FROM PASTOR J R UNITY SERVICE REMARKS HIGHLAND UMC CHURCH WITH SF GAY MEN’S CHORUS & OAKLAND INTERFAITH GOSPEL CHOIR

Rev’d J R Finney II, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, Noon (NOTE: BY REQUEST, I’M SHARING MY PREPARED TEXT(AD-LIB IN PARENTTHESES) FOR THIS SERVICE. THE OAKLAND CHOIR PRECEEDED ME SINGING A SONG FROM THE AFRICAN AMERCIAN TRADITION – “SOMETHING GOT A HOLD OF ME!”) Good afternoon, I am Rev’d J. R....

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2017

Sunday evening, America, once again, experienced the horror of an “unprecedented” mass murder, this time in Las Vegas. What seems to stand out this time is that as of this writing, there’s no known why to this killer’s heinous act. None of the usual markers – mental illness, radicalized terrorism,...

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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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NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2017

Christians believe that Jesus is our great example. Scripture tell us that Jesus was fully human and fully divine. However, in the assigned gospel story for this week, Jesus encounters a woman of a different nationality and race who is seeking His help with a sick daughter. As this story...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR AUGUST 13, 2017

Last Sunday I preached on Covenant’s Vision Statement. This Sunday I will preach on Covenant’s Mission Statement. People often confuse or don’t understand the difference between them. A mission differs from a vision in that the mission is the cause and the vision is the effect. In other words, if...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY AUGUST 6, 2017

The assigned gospel story for this Sunday is Matthew’s version of the feeding of the multitude. In reading this familiar passage of scripture again this week, I was struck by the abundance you find in the beginning and the end of the story. The story begins with Jesus, while trying...

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