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Sermons by Jill Kirchner-Rose

A Song in the Air: Mary, Did You Know?

Scripture:Luke 1: 39-49 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN December 18, 2016 When we hold a baby in our arms, we often find ourselves overcome by wonder.  Wonder at the gift of life.  Wonder at the miracle of birth.  Wonder at what this child will become…  When Mark Lowry penned the words to “Mary, Did You…

A Song in the Air: I Need a Silent Night

Scripture: Luke 1: 5 – 25 Rev. Dr. Jill A. Kirchner-Rose November 27, 2016 I recently heard a story about a wife who loved Christmas.   The weekend after Thanksgiving she was hanging greens in her home, decorating the Christmas tree, and singing the Christmas carol, “There’s a Song in the Air.”  Her husband was a…

Material God

Scripture: Genesis 1:9-13, Lakota Instructions for Living Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN November 20, 2016 (no video available) Do we have any Madonna fans in our midst?  (No, I am not referring to Madonna, the mother of Jesus, but Madonna the popular 1980’s entertainer.)  Madonna was a favorite musician of mine in High School.  One…

Lessons From God’s Zoo

Scripture: Job 12: 7 – 10 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN November 13, 2016 A couple weeks ago in staff meeting, I had second guessed the decision to hold the “Blessing of the Animals” service the Sunday after the elections.  I had thought that maybe it would be more important to preach on such topics…

Fruit Salad

Scripture: Galatians 5: 22-23 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN October 30, 2016 This next week is one of the most sacred weeks of the entire year for me.  It is my Holy Week.  This next week I will have the honor of prayerfully reading your covenants.  I will reflect on your spiritual journeys, listen for…

Life of David: When We Really Mess Up

Scripture: 2 Samuel 11: 2- 5 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN October 23, 2016 Today we conclude our five week sermon series on King David.  We have spent 1/10th of the entire year on David alone.  Let’s see how much you remember: 1).  David fought a giant named __________ (Goliath) who was from which army?…

Life of David: Undignified and Unashamed

Scripture: 2 Samuel 6:14-16a Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN October 16, 2016 Since I am still fairly new as the pastor of this congregation, I had to laugh when I heard the story of another new pastor.  Another new pastor moved into this certain town and went out one Saturday to visit his parishioners. All…

Life of David: Unarmored Love

Scripture: 1 Samuel 18: 1-7; 2 Samuel 1:26 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN October 9, 2016 I want to thank everyone who attended the worship service last week at Mentone UCC. It was an uplifting service, indeed.  At a time when racial tensions are high in our country, it was so good to gather around…

Life of David: Crippled Conditions

Scripture: 2 Samuel 9: 1-13 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN October 2, 2016 First, I would like to say thank you to Mentone United Church of Christ for hosting us this morning.  You came in July and led us in an inspiring, moving, spirit-filled worship service.  And ever since members of Redlands United Church of…

Life of David: Facing our Giants

Scripture: 1 Samuel 17:41-50 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN September 25, 2016 This past April, our RUCC book group read the book, The Secret Chord, by Geraldine Brooks.  The Secret Chord is a historical novel based on the life of King David.  One of the members of the book group made the comment that she…