DÉJÀ VU – ALL OVER AGAIN!

Sunday is the Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany.  Assigned scriptures for this liturgical season strive to help us have an “epiphany” (see the light) of God’s love.  It also seeks to help us to see the light of hope in troubling and challenging situations.    We see this in the assigned Gospel text for...

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CHANGING DIRECTIONS

NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2023  This Sunday is the “Third Sunday after the Epiphany.”  In the assigned gospel text of Matthew 4, Jesus tells two of His first prospective disciples to “Follow Me.”  It is a call and challenge for them in “changing directions.”  “Changing directions” for those first disciples meant leaving their...

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BAPTISM SUNDAY – NO PARTIALITY

NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 2023            This second Sunday of the year is when we observe the Baptism of Jesus.  It always follows January 6, observed at the Epiphany of Our Lord.  The assigned text for Baptism of our Lord Sunday ends in Matthew 3:17 right after Jesus...

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LOVE: “EMMANUEL – GOD IS WITH US!

NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2022            This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Advent.  The theme is LOVE.  In Matthew 1:23, from the assigned gospel text, the angel Gabriel repeats to Joseph in a dream the promise of God found from Isaiah 7:14, “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a...

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ADVENT 2 – PREPARING BY MAKING PEACE

NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2022           We will observe this Sunday as the Second Sunday of Advent.  We will light the Second candle on the Advent wreath to represent the theme of “PEACE.”  The assigned gospel text from Matthew 3 for this “Peace Sunday,” is John the Baptist...

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ADVENT 1 – KEEP HOPE ALIVE

NOTE FOR PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2022           This Sunday we begin a new liturgical year in Western Christianity with the First Sunday of Advent.  It has become commonplace to mold the seasons of Advent and Christmas into one; but they are two different seasons.  The Season of Advent begins on...

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A NEW YEAR’S EPIPHANY AMID TRANSITION

NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR EPIPHANY SUNDAY, JANUARY 2, 2022  This Sunday is the first Sunday of a New Year.  We at Covenant will observe it as “The Epiphany of Our Lord Sunday.”  Epiphany is a Christian festival held on January 6th in honor of the coming of the Magi to visit...

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IS CHRIST REALLY THE KING IN YOUR LIFE?

This year, this Sunday is both the Sunday before Thanksgiving and also “Christ The King Sunday”. It is the last Sunday of the year … the liturgical year that is. This is set aside to celebrate and commemorate Christ as the King. Cyril of Alexandria said we celebrate “Christ has...

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

This Sunday is the 13th and last Sunday of Kingdomtide. A summary of our theme for Kingdomtide in 2020 could be summed up in 3 words “Making A Difference.” In the familiar parable of the talents in Matthew 25 is an example of the importance of this. These events in...

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THE MISSION IS TO COMMUNICATE CHRIST TO ALL PEOPLE

This Sunday is the 10th Sunday of Kingdomtide. This Sunday I will also conclude the October sermon series on Covenant’s mission statement which says, “We exist to: Communicate Christ to all people.” The sermon will feature the voice of David from the Hebrew text and Jesus from the Christian text....

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