"That Church"

Sermons by Jill A. Kirchner-Rose

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,”…

The Three Great Loves: Love of Neighbor

Scripture: Matthew 7:12 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN September 17, 2017 I once heard a story about a man who worked all his life, had saved all his money, had bought all kinds of gold, and was a real miser when it came to spending.  Just before he died, he said to his wife, “When…

Just Breathe

Scripture: Matthew 11: 28 – 30 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN September 3, 2017 It is Labor Day weekend.  The Labor Day holiday, however, emerged during one of the most dismal chapters in America’s history.  At the height of the Industrial Revolution, in the 1800s, the average American worked 12 hour days and 7 day…

Make A Joyful Noise

Scripture: Psalm 150 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN August 27, 2017 Last month, Karen, Daniella and I visited a most fascinating place in Phoenix, Arizona – the Musical Instrument Museum.  Home of 10,000 musical instruments from around the world.  Raw materials stretched, hollowed, carved, pinned, bent, formed, shaped, sewn, wittled, strung, nailed and reinforced.  The…

Casting out Demons

Scripture: Mark 5: 1 – 20 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN August 20, 2017 Last Sunday a group of us from this congregation stood on the corner of Orange and Colton, we held up these quickly made signs and chanted, “Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, white supremacy/racism/anti-semiticism’s got to go!”  I like to think that we…

The Storm Before the Calm

Scripture: Matthew 8:23-27 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN August 6, 2017 Imagine the smell of the ocean breeze.  Warm wind blowing through your hair.  Sunshine reflecting off the waves.  The sails flapping in the air.  Sea lions and dolphins swimming in the wake.  And John Denver’s “Calypso” playing in the background.  It is a magnificent…

God Is Still Speaking

Scripture: Acts 11: 1-18 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN July 30, 2017 In our summer series, we have been exploring other faiths in order to build community.  And in our exploration, we have discovered that each religion brings a unique gift.  Hinduism brings the gift of tolerance and diversity with it many gods and goddesses.…

Living Buddha, Living Christ

Scripture: Selected Readings July 16, 2017 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN Last Sunday, we kicked off our summer series entitled “Holy Conversations:  Exploring Other Faiths to Build Community” with Meenakshi sharing about her Hindu faith in both the morning worship and evening gathering.  This morning we will look specifically at the connection between Jesus and…

Left Behind

Scripture: Acts 1:6-14 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN May 28, 2017 There is a true story about a 33 year old truck driver, Larry Walters, who made national news.  Larry had a habit of spending his weekends in his Los Angeles backyard, drinking…Pepsi…and eating peanut butter sandwiches.  He would sit in his favorite aw chair…

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…