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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2016 – Covenant Community Church, Birmingham Alabama


Years before the film series starring Tom Cruise of the same name, there was a very popular TV series airing for seven seasons called “Mission Impossible.” Each episode started with the receiving of a cassette tape (that should tell you how long ago that was). The tape would outline a very difficult covert mission subject to official denial in the event of capture, failure or death. After giving background on the urgent mission came this challenge “Your mission should you choose to accept it.’” The mission, of course, was always an urgent one. However, I always thought the show should have been called “Mission Possible” since no matter how difficult and challenging the mission was, they proved each time that it was possible.

So it is with our mission at Covenant. It is an urgent and challenging mission. Too many people, LGBTQ, those who are poor, disenfranchised, battered and bruised by life, all have been captured by a theology of an angry, hateful, vengeful God that does not love them because of who they are or perhaps because of some unfortunate station they find themselves in life. Such theology has caused or is causing too many to face the death of hope. Our mission at Covenant is an urgent one. It seeks to help each of God’s children come to know “The God” who loves them, cares about them, wants to be in a loving relationship with them and will never deny them no matter their age, race, social or economic status in life. That’s why at Covenant we like to say at the beginning of Sunday worship “No matter who you are, where you are on life’s journey or even who you love, you are welcome here!” At Covenant, we believe this is truly a “Mission Possible” and it is a mission we choose to take.

So join us for worship this Sunday at Covenant as we seek to fulfill our mission. I will be using the assigned lectionary scripture text “Luke 14: 1, 12-14” of the Amplified Bible to preach on the mission of Covenant in a sermon called “Mission Possible.” Our Mission statement says,

“We exist to:

Celebrate the love of God,

Cultivate a personal relationship with God,

Care about one another in Christ,

Communicate Christ to all people.”

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