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Bedlam to Bethlehem: The Unlikely Nativity

Scripture: Luke 2: 8-12 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN December 13, 2015 My friend, Marcus, tells a wonderful story about his two year old daughter.  She was having a temper tantrum and so his wife, the daughter’s mother, put the baby on time out in the playpen.  The 2 year old was crying and crying.…

Bedlam to Bethlehem: The Manger

Scripture: Luke 2:7 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN December 6, 2015 One of my favorite Christmas stories has been told and retold by so many preachers that it has taken on a life of its own.   It’s the story of a nine-year-old boy named Wally.  Wally was larger and slower than the other kids.  All…

Bedlam to Bethlehem: Darkness

Scripture: Isaiah 45:3 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN November 29, 2015 This morning we begin a new sermon series entitled, “Bedlam to Bethlehem”.  Let’s admit it.  Christmas for many people is bedlam.  Bedlam means uproar, busyness, wild confusion.  Did anyone go shopping for deals on Black Friday?  Absolute bedlam! The Christmas season, beginning the day…

Surely, the Presence…

Scripture: Genesis 28:10-19 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN November 15, 2015 Some of you have said that this is your absolutely favorite worship service of the year.  I have a feeling that it may be one of my favorites, too!  There are few opportunities in the Christian religion to celebrate our fellow creatures.  Too often,…

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN November 8, 2015 The human body is absolutely fascinating!  Some interesting facts about the human body: The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as the Encyclopedia Brittanica. Our tongue has 3000 different taste buds.  It is also the strongest muscle in our…

Four Days Late and Still On Time

Scripture: John 11: 17 -27 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN November 1, 2015 So, out of curiosity, who had the most trick or treaters last night?  As children, we loved trick or treating, didn’t we?  My friends and I always competed with each other over who could get the most pieces of candy which is…

Reaching for the Forbidden Fruit

Scripture: Genesis 3: 1 – 7 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN October 25, 2015 ‘Tis the season for ghosts, goblins and witches.  But the spookiest, most frightening figure I have ever encountered is Brother Jud.  I first met Brother Jud while I was in college. Brother Jud would pace back and forth in front of…

Embracing A Beautiful God

Scripture: Genesis 1:26-31 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose October 18, 2015 There was an elementary school class who was performing the play, Cinderella.  As the teacher was giving out parts, a sea of arms waved wildly.  Each child trying to get the teacher’s attention.  “I want to be Cinderella!” the some of the girls yelled.  “I want…

All Parties, All In

Scripture: Genesis 15:1-21 Rev. Bill Maury-Holmes October 11, 2015 ‘Tis the beginning of the covenant season here at Redlands United Church of Christ, that time of the year when we challenge ourselves to reflect upon our own commitments to God, our church community and whatever new works of service may be stirring in our souls.…