"That Church"

Sermons by Jill A. Kirchner-Rose

Lovers and Fools: Unlikely Bed-Buddies

“Lovers and Fools: Unlikely Bed Buddies” Hosea 2:16-18 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN February 18, 2018 Welcome to the first Sunday of Lent. Lent officially began last Wednesday. In addition to the lovely Taize service that we had that night, I participated for the first time in what is called “Ashes on the Go” with…

Turning Points

“Turning Points” Mark 9: 2- 9 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN February 11, 2018 In the past year, it seems like there has been a lot of “breaking news”. Breaking news with wildfires; breaking news with mudslides; breaking news with earthquakes; breaking news with mass shootings. But for once, I would love to turn on…

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…

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…

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…

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…

I Forgive Me

Scripture:  Philippians 3:13 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN November 26, 2017  Nancy, a fourth grader was instructed by her Sunday School teacher to draw a picture of something from the book of Genesis.  Nancy drew a picture of a white stretch limousine.  A middle-aged man drove the car and a scantlessly clad couple sat in…