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“I’ve Been Meaning to Ask…What are you Learning?”

Scripture: Matthew 15: 21 – 28  Matthew 15: 21 – 28 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – On this Sunday in which we bless backpacks, we will explore the question, “What are you learning?” The question demands more from us than simply learning reading, writing, and arithmetic. We are invited to learn from the marginalized, the outcast, the invisible of our day.…

“I’ve Been Meaning to Ask…where are you from?”

Genesis 2: 4b – 9; John 1: 43 – 46 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – We begin a new sermon series entitled, “I’ve Been Meaning to Ask…” This sermon series is intended to convey warmth and curiosity as we become the beloved community even in the midst of the Covid challenges of our day. The main objective of this series…

“Be you!”

John 11: 38- 44 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – In the raising of Lazarus, Jesus days to the disciples, “Unbind him and set him free.” As disciples of Christ, our extraordinary calling is to unbind people and set them free. But we cannot fulfill that calling if we are still in a tomb. The Divine is calling you back to…

“Be Bright”

Matthew 5: 13 – 16 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – Jesus says, “You are the light of the world.” We’ve witnessed many shining stars these past two weeks in the Olympics.  One Olympian, however, taught us about an inner light that shines beyond the Gold. When we are true to ourselves, the whole world wins! Be brave. Be bright. Be…

“Be Brave. Be Bright. Be You.”

Mark 5: 24b – 34 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – Society creates boxes that limit us, constrict us, control us, and disempower us. For example, how much of who you’ve become is inherent and how much was inherited? Which of your beliefs are of your own creation and which were programmed into you? The moment we have the courage to…

“Locked”

John 20:19-22 – Ben Bohren – “Back in the day,” youth groups used to hold “lock-ins” for overnight events which meant once you got there you could not leave until the event ended. In recent days, we certainly know about “lock-downs” because COVID19 forced us all into pretty severe quarantine. After the Jesus’ resurrection, the disciples kept “locking the doors” whenever they met. Clearly from our John 20…

“Down, but Not Out”

Matthew 25: 35 – 40 – Phill Courtney, a regular attendee of the RUCC’s “Seekers” class since 2011, will deliver the message this Sunday. During the pandemic, Phill grew a beard. One day, bearded Phill, decided to stand at the Alabama freeway offramp, and hold a sign that read, “Down, but not out. Please help.” Phill, an advocate for the homeless, will…

“Stormy Seas”

Mark 4: 35 – 41 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – After returning from a stormy adventure on a houseboat on Lake Mohave, I find myself in awe of this Sunday’s scripture passage. The disciples are terrified. On the Sea of Galilee, the waves are crashing, the wind is whipping, and the disciples are bailing water out of their little fishing boat. The…

“Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”

2 Timothy 4:7 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – On the Fourth of July, we generally celebrate our Founding Fathers: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, to name a few. This Fourth of July, however, I invite us to honor those from the margins who are not generally associated with this holiday, but who played major roles in helping…