"That Church"

Sermons by Jill A. Kirchner-Rose

We Know How the Story Ends

Scripture: Mark 16: 1-8 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN April 16, 2017 The last time we gathered together was Good Friday.  It is a day when we remember Jesus crucified.  A day when despair is profound.  Pain is abundant.  Death has the final word.  There are a few occasions in my life when I have…

Palm Sunday: From Praise to Passion

Scripture: Mark 11: 1 – 11 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN April 9, 2017 I once had a professor read today’s scripture passage to the class aloud and invite us to imagine ourselves in this story.  “With whom do we identify?” she asked.  Some people imagined themselves as Jesus riding into town; others imagined themselves…

The Last Week: Fateful Friday

Scripture: Mark 15:25-34 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV DMIN April 2, 2017 The first time I was introduced to the concept of a non-white Jesus was when I was about 9 or 10 years old.  I was watching an episode of “Good Times”.  (Show “Good Times” episode of black Jesus.)  Like Florida, “Mama”, the only image…

The Last Week: Wasteful Wednesday

Scripture: John 12: 1-8 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN March 19, 2017 Since one of our service projects this morning is the children’s bake sale, I thought I would share you a story about a bake sale. Alice Grayson was to bake a cake for the Baptist Church Ladies’ group bake sale but she forgot…

The Last Week: Tuesday’s Turmoil

Scripture: Mark 12: 13 -17, 28-31 March 12, 2017 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN In the Middle Ages, according to legend, there was a time of discord in Jerusalem.  At that time, in the Holy City, Christians asked the Pope to banish all Jews from Jerusalem.  And so the Pope went to Jerusalem to hold…

The Last Week: Manic Monday

Scripture: Mark 11: 12 – 21 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN March 5, 2017 During my teenage years, I played a lot of tennis.  At sixteen, I prepared for a major tennis tournament in which I had it into the finals.  I practiced several hours a day; I ran miles and jump-roped – I did…

Kin(g)dom Living: Jesus, the Party Animal

Sacred Writings: Matthew 22: 1- 14; Sutta Nipata 1.18 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV DMIN February 12, 2017 As I was recovering from surgery last month, I reflected on a story that the late great Dr. Fred Craddock once told. I went to see a lady in our church who was facing surgery.  I went to see…

Kin(g)dom Living: The Extravagant Sower

Scripture: Matthew 13: 1- 9, 18 – 23 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN February 5, 2017 A farmer sows seed with wild abandon.  (Sprinkle seed.) As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path.  (Put lit candle on sand.)  Some fell on rocks.  (Put lit candle on rocks.)  Other seed fell among thorns.…

Kin(g)dom Living: Jesus for President

Scripture: Matthew 25: 34 – 40 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN January 29, 2017 There’s a story about a brand new Senior Minister who was going to preach in his new church for the first time.   The Senior Minister arrived at the church 30 minutes before the congregants came.  He dressed as a “homeless” person. Only…