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Sermons by Jill Kirchner-Rose

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…

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…

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…