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The God We Get

“The God We Get” Matthew 25: 14-30 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN January 28, 2018 Today’s parable is often referred to as “the terrible tale of the talents”. It paints a picture that seems incongruous with Jesus’ stand on “the least of these”. It implies injustice and inequality that most of us find difficult to…

Never Say That Again

NEVER SAY THAT AGAIN           There is a very provocative Scriptural reference in Ezekiel. Chapter 18, verses 1-3. The Jews are in captivity. In that dilemma a proverb is getting a big play. “The fathers have eaten sour grapes, but the children’s teeth are set on edge.” The children are blaming the parents for their…

Just Let Me Dream

“Just Let Me Dream” Luke 4: 16-21 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN January 14, 2018 An old man, frail and sickly, lay in bed — his body a wrinkled heap. His wife tended to his needs as best she could. She fed him thimbles full of clear broth, mopped beads of sweat from his brow.…

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…