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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Matthew 2: 1 – 2 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN “Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are.” These are words that could very well have been on the lips of the wise men on the very first “star trek” as they followed the light in the sky.  “Twinkle, twinkle little star, how…

Can I Get a Witness?

Scripture:  Luke 2: 41-52 Rudolph Dimery and Jill A. Kirchner-Rose December 31, 2017 Joint service between Redlands United Church of Christ and Mentone United Church of Christ. Jill and Rudy: Begin with words of gratitude for the relationship between Mentone UCC and Redlands UCC. Jill: What a joy to come together on this last day…

Good News/Fake News

Prayer: In the name of God who creates, who redeems, and who sustains. Amen. So an angel appeared and told Mary she was to be the virgin mother of the Son of God? Did Herod really slaughter the innocent children in his attempt to remove the threat of a newborn king? Did a star really…

Who Invited this Guy, Anyway?

“Who Invited this Guy, Anyway?” Luke 3: 1 – 6 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN December 17, 2017 I don’t think that we will receive too many Christmas cards this year featuring John the Baptist on the front. In fact, I don’t think that I have ever received a Christmas card that hinted of John the…

Superheroes of the Nativity

SUPERHEROES OF THE NATIVITY Note: It was decided unanimously by the cast that Wonder Woman doesn’t need a man; therefore, Joseph will not be portrayed in this year’s play. ACT I, SCENE I (THE ANNUNCIATION)   Music: Is She With You? (Music fades as Narrator speaks) Wonder Woman enters. Flash runs all around and then…

Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break: Hope

Scripture:  Matthew 1: 1-17 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN December 3, 2017 We received big news from London this week. Prince Harry is marrying Meghan Markle! Markle is an American. Markle is a divorcee. Markle is an older woman –36. Harry is 33. Markle was raised Catholic. Until 2015, British rules barred members of the…

I Forgive Me

Scripture:  Philippians 3:13 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN November 26, 2017  Nancy, a fourth grader was instructed by her Sunday School teacher to draw a picture of something from the book of Genesis.  Nancy drew a picture of a white stretch limousine.  A middle-aged man drove the car and a scantlessly clad couple sat in…

Hallelujah, Anyway

Scripture:  Philippians  4: 4-9 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN November 12, 2017 The seminary professor was out of patience.  His student had turned in a sermon with a dull, uninspired title.  The professor knew that the young man was capable of better things, so he stayed after him to keep working.  “The title is crucial,”…

How the Animals Helped God

Scripture:  Genesis 1: 26 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN November 12, 2017  Late one night, a burglar broke into a house he thought was empty. He tiptoed through the living room but suddenly he froze in his tracks when he heard a loud voice say: “Jesus is watching you!” Silence returned to the house, so the burglar crept forward again. “Jesus is…