Smudged Lenses

The Rev. Laurie Kraus celebrates the faith and the gifts of new Inquirer Danny Morales, and his first sermon: “…Since wearing glasses for a few months now, I’ve learned we don’t always see the smudges on them. Instead we get so accustomed to those smudges, that foggy vision, that we create or even become our own impediments to clarity, impediments to the voices that like Bartimaeus are still screaming…”

Knowing We Are All the Image of God

A reflection by Laurie Kraus: “…Our families are not all the same: the children we treasure have come to us from birth, surrogacy, national and international adoption, or foster care; and we connect with friend or partner or spouse in a variety of ways. One thing I believe is common among us: that we all are formed in our relationships by Love, which comes from God; and that we all of us, are made truly in God’s image and living a life of faith intended to let that God-image shine forth more clearly. We listen to one another, share our stories and practice community together because it is the way Christ has taught us to see the face of God…”

Radical Hospitality

A reflection by Vicki Carmichael, Minister of Music–Choir Director at Trinity Presbyterian Church in University City, MO, shared as part of the communion service on Trinity Sunday, June 3, 2012: “Radical hospitality doesn’t just welcome, it transforms.”

To Offer the Bread of Life

April 15 was an especially joyous day at Old First church in San Francisco.  At the end of a moving communion service, the congregation and pastor Maggi Henderson joined in commissioning the Rev. Erwin Barron as a Parish Associate. Rev. Barron had been involved in the congregation for nearly 15 years, attending, teaching Sunday School, […]

Welcome, Newport Church!

The newest Covenant Network congregation is Newport Presbyterian Church, Bellevue, Washington: Our Identity:   Newport Presbyterian Church is an inclusive Christian community seeking new, uncharted ways of faithfulness and service while continuing to embrace our rich traditions. It is Christ whose life and ministry form and guide us as we seek to live the good news, […]

Welcome, Spirit of the Desert!

The newest congregation on the list of Covenant Network churches is Spirit of the Desert Presbyterian Fellowship, Palm Desert, California, for years a strong supporter of the mission of the Covenant Network. The mission of Spirit of the Desert is expressed in this message: “Whoever you are, and wherever you are in your journey of faith, you are […]