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Sermons on Advent

All I Really Want for Christmas: Hope

“All I Really Want for Christmas: Hope” Isaiah 9: 2, 5-7 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN December 2, 2018 Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Today, also, is the first day of Hanukkah. I think it is significant that this year of all years these two religious observances land on the same day. They both speak of how hope delivers light.…

Good News/Fake News

Prayer: In the name of God who creates, who redeems, and who sustains. Amen. So an angel appeared and told Mary she was to be the virgin mother of the Son of God? Did Herod really slaughter the innocent children in his attempt to remove the threat of a newborn king? Did a star really…

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…

Superheroes of the Nativity

SUPERHEROES OF THE NATIVITY Note: It was decided unanimously by the cast that Wonder Woman doesn’t need a man; therefore, Joseph will not be portrayed in this year’s play. ACT I, SCENE I (THE ANNUNCIATION)   Music: Is She With You? (Music fades as Narrator speaks) Wonder Woman enters. Flash runs all around and then…

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…

Bedlam to Bethlehem: The Unlikely Nativity

Scripture: Luke 2: 8-12 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN December 13, 2015 My friend, Marcus, tells a wonderful story about his two year old daughter.  She was having a temper tantrum and so his wife, the daughter’s mother, put the baby on time out in the playpen.  The 2 year old was crying and crying.…

Bedlam to Bethlehem: The Manger

Scripture: Luke 2:7 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN December 6, 2015 One of my favorite Christmas stories has been told and retold by so many preachers that it has taken on a life of its own.   It’s the story of a nine-year-old boy named Wally.  Wally was larger and slower than the other kids.  All…

Bedlam to Bethlehem: Darkness

Scripture: Isaiah 45:3 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN November 29, 2015 This morning we begin a new sermon series entitled, “Bedlam to Bethlehem”.  Let’s admit it.  Christmas for many people is bedlam.  Bedlam means uproar, busyness, wild confusion.  Did anyone go shopping for deals on Black Friday?  Absolute bedlam! The Christmas season, beginning the day…