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January 2,2022

A New Year of Promises! BY REV TENNILLE POWER

January 9, 2022

A New Year of Promises! BY REV TENNILLE POWER

January 6 is the day of Epiphany. It is the day our Christ child came to the Earth and Magi found and recognized the coming of Christ. It is on this day that God is with us. God came down in human form to experience what we experience, to live how we live, and to show us the way to eternal salvation. On January 6 we also remembered as a nation that attack on the Nation’s Capitol. We remembered watching in horror the violence and untimely death of people. We watched Capitol officer Eugene Goodman be a hero that day and save lives. One year later, we reflect that God is still with us. Despite our darkest hours as a country, we are healing and moving through. As we continue to live on..minute by minute, day by day, we must hold on to the promises of God. God promises us that we can lean on God and take everything to God in prayer. God is our friend and our sustainer and NOTHING is too hard for God!

January 16,2022

BY REV TENNILLE POWER

As we enter the holiday weekend that honors the birth of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, we often are flooded with the concept of The Dream.  Dr. King had a dream, and the dream was rooted in hope of Christ, the promises of God that there could be a better world. Dr. King was birthed in a world wrought with the evil of racism and yet stood on the faith of his childhood, stood on the faith cultivated from his parents and community, and walked into his calling to lead a movement that would change the trajectory of time. On this weekend, take intentional time to reflect not just on the dream, but also reflect on what the dream was rooted in and birthed from. Also, examine your own life and ask yourself “How am I keeping this Dream alive?” We all have a part in the work.  Make sure you are doing your part. Be Blessed and Be Well!

JANUARY 23, 2022

Faith Begins with Courage BY REV TENNILLE POWER

Scripture states in Hebrews 11:1-“Faith shows the Reality of what we hope for; it is evidence of things we cannot see” (NLT). This faith is easy to say, but often not easy to live. Many of us are called to spaces and places where we cannot see the hope, cannot see how it will all work out, and often have  moments of doubt, fear, and/or hesitancy in walking in faith. It is those times when we should hold on to God’s promises a little tighter, say our scriptures comfort more fiercely and with conviction, and move in our faith and watch God work. During our storms of life, let us remember to hold onto the hand that will never have us falter and keep our eyes on the eternal compass that leads us daily! We will make it through to the other side!

Be Blessed and Be Well!

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2022

Radical and Affirming Love

BY REV TENNILLE POWER

Carter G. Woodson, the great historian, and educator, first established the concept of the celebration of Black History Month in 1926.  He initiated the first celebration of Negro History Week which led to Black History Month, with the intention of extending and deepening the study and scholarship of African American history all year long. Black History is AMERICAN history, when told accurately and not through a filtered lens in an effort to hide the blatant injustice, oppression, and violence that weaves in the fabric of the United States.  As we celebrate this month of Melanin, Love, and History, we center Jesus as the one who gave radical, affirming love to ALL! We are called in this month and every month to demonstrate this type of love to all our brothers and sisters. Give love to those which costs us nothing.

Be Blessed and Be Well!

SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2022

Sabbath

REV TENNILLE POWER

A few weeks ago in bible study, we spoke and studied about Sabbath. Sabbath is a time for rest, and how this gets manifested will differ from person to person. Traditionally, Sabbath has had a western, Christian understanding of Sunday. This is not always feasible, particularly for people who work on Sunday. Sabbath may mean a Wednesday. The importance of Sabbath is not when you take it, THAT you take it and HOW you take Sabbath. We are encouraged to take Sabbath as a day of rest, a day of fun, a day of rejuvenating your mind, body and spirit. It is critical to listen to your body and your spirit and let this lead how you spend your Sabbath. I heard at a conference recently a presenter tell of a story of South Africans who were working and while running for this particular job, they stopped. When asked why they stopped, their response was they were finding space for their soul to catch up. In this Lenten season, I encourage you to find space for your soul to catch up. Be mindful of the necessity of Sabbath and watch your spirit be transformed to hear better from God. Pastor Tennille L. Power

SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2022

Cycles of Life

REV TENNILLE POWER

As many of us have journeyed through the times in life when we face the death of family and friends, I am learning the true meaning of Ecclesiastes 3; everything has its time. There is a season for every matter on earth, a TIME to be born and a TIME to die, a TIME to weep and a TIME to laugh. I emphasize TIME because it is not God’s calling or mandate that we stay in this time or these seasons permanently. Death is a time of mourning, and we transition to remembering life. Life is for the living. As we enter into the season of our liturgical year where we reflect on the TIME Jesus made thy great sacrifice, we then transition into the Resurrection season, where Jesus calls us into new life. We are to finish strong in the weeks of our Lenten sacrifice and move forward to embrace the transformation this sacrifice will bring. I encourage all of us to take this time, embrace the TIME, the season you are in, prayerfully ask God to transition you to the next TIME and season God calls you to live your life to Pray and Meditate the fullest! Pastor Tennille L. Power

SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2022

Journey to the Cross

REV TENNILLE POWER

Beloved, we are beginning the walk toward the journey to the cross. Jesus began his journey to the cross starting on Palm Sunday, being praised as the king that will rule over the Romans. Jesus on earth was sent to establish a new kingdom on Earth, one that to was not dictated by imperial powers. Jesus came on Earth to render justice, to give people a new way of life. As we take the journey to the cross, I encourage us to explore and reflect on how the Kingdom of God Jesus wanted to establish lives in us, lives in the church, and in our world. Jesus was not sacrificed for us to continue the status quo. Jesus lived so we can live a life of abundant joy and justice from oppressive forces in the world. We are all called to do our part, so let’s get to it! Pastor Tennille L. Power