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“Those Who Dream…of Hope”

Isaiah 9: 2 – 7; Isaiah 40: 1 – 5 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN Everything starts with a dream. The prophets, the psalmists, John the Baptist, Mary, Elizabeth, Joseph, Simeon, Anna, the shepherds and the Magi—they were all dreamers. They listened deeply to God’s dreams for the world. During this Advent season, we are encouraged to listen to God’s dreams, too.…

“Rejoice in Amusing Puppy Videos”

Phillipians 4: 4 – 9 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – When Paul urged the Philipians to reflect on that which is pure, pleasing, commendable, and praiseworthy, I doubt that he was thinking about amusing puppy videos. I do believe that he was inviting us to turn our attention from cynical politics toward that which is good, endearing, sweet, and amusing. In…

“Follow Me”

Mark 1: 14 – 20 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN On this Covenant Sunday, we hear Jesus’ call to “Follow me.” Just as Jesus called the fishermen, the first disciples – Simon, Andrew, James, and John – so, too, Jesus calls us to drop our nets and leave our old lives behind. It is time to cast a new kind of…

“Lament”

Joel 1: 2 – 14 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – On this All Saints Day, we take holy time to lament. There is much to lament this year. We not only grieve the loss of loved ones, but we grieve hurricanes, wildfires, a country working out its legacy of systemic racism, and a global pandemic. We grieve that people are…

“One-Wing Butterflies”

Genesis 21: 8 – 19 – Rev. Felix Villanueva, UCC Southern California Nevada Conference Minister, delivers a unifying message during this election season. As tensions escalate on both sides of the political aisle, Rev. Felix calls us to unity in the midst of diversity. God’s blessings and love cover everyone, no matter who we are. Just as a butterfly needs two wings…

“The Potter and The Clay”

Jeremiah 18: 1 – 6 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – On this Art Show Sunday, Pastor Jill teams up with Artist Dee Dee Seek to deliver a visual message. Just as Dee Dee, a potter, creates, shapes, and molds lumps of clay into beautiful masterpieces of art, so, too, our Creator shapes and molds us as individuals and as a…

“The Rights of Nature”

Job 12: 7 – 8, Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – Blessing of the animals is a favorite worship service at Redlands United Church of Christ. We love our pets! As we honor the sacred bond between humans and pets, we honor the rights of animals. While pets do not have a Bill of Rights, most would agree that animals, specifically our…

The Cup of the New Covenant

Luke 24: 13 – 35 – Rev. Sarah Averette-Phillips will be offering the sermon in our worship service. Sarah grew up at RUCC and her parents Barbie and Loring are still active members. Although she now serves as pastor at Brea UCC, she holds RUCC close to her heart and knows that this is the place that her faith and passion for…

“Season of Creation: Sky Sunday”

Scripture: Job 38: 4 – 11, 39: 1 – 6 and Psalm 19:1, — Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN On this Sky Sunday, we celebrate the subtle orange skies at dawn, the clear blue skies at noon, the bold red skies at sunset, and the twinkling skies at midnight. We give thanks for air, the life-giving breath of God. We honor the…