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Sermon archive

See below for sermons delivered at RUCC. If you’d like to see videos please return to the home page and scroll down, or visit us at youtube.com/RedlandsUCC.

“The Voice of the Shepherd”

Psalm 23 and John 10: 14 – 16 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – In our scripture passage, Jesus says, “My sheep listen to my voice. I know them and they follow me.” With so many voices competing for our attention in today’s culture, how can we hear the shepherd’s voice? What needs to be set aside, turned down, put off…

“Our Friend Betty”

1 Corinthians 15: 54 – 55 – Jim Tong – This Sunday is Holy Humor Sunday.  Holy Humor Sunday is celebrated in churches around the world during the Eastertide season. The worship service is rooted in the celebration that God played a joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead. Our resident comedian (and Music Director), Jim Tong, will be…

“Resurrecting Earth”

John 20: 19 – 31 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – We hear the grim news: ice caps are melting, sea levels are rising, climate refugees are increasing, coral reefs are dying, crops are failing, and the land is plagued by drought. As a result, we lock ourselves away, with our heads hung low and our hearts broken, believing it is…

 “Graves into Gardens”

John 20: 1 – 18 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – Even in the midst of pain and grief, may we remember that we are an Easter people! The grave cannot defeat us. On this day of Resurrection, may we celebrate the One who turns mourning into dancing, gives beauty for ashes, turns shame into glory, and graves into gardens! Alleluia! Christ is…

“Even the Stones Cry Out”

Luke: 19: 28 – 40 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – As Jesus enters Jerusalem, the multitude of disciples begins to joyfully shout with praise. The Pharisees try to silence them, but Jesus responds: “I tell you, even if these were silent, the stones would shout out” (Luke 19:40). All of creation cries out with praise—that message rises above the noise,…

“Good Enough: We are Fragile”

John 12: 1 – 8 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – Jesus speaks the words that no one wanted to admit: he was not always going to be around. “Oh, don’t say that,” so many of us have said tot a loved one who speaks the truth about the fragility of life. Perhaps we get uncomfortable because it reveals the precious…

“The Pharisaical Son”

Luke 15: 3 – 7 – Craig Hadley is the Lead Pastor of Paradox Church here in Redlands, California. A group of his friends and family started Paradox in 2016, and two years later, Paradox became the second fully-affirming church in Redlands, 20 years behind RUCC. Currently, Paradox is in a 66-part sermon series through every book of the Bible, and the…

“The Unproductive Fig Tree”

 Luke 13: 1 – 9 – Peter Tupou – This Sunday, we look at how this one tree can show us all we need to know about being productive. How we can horde precious resources by only watering two days a week, how we can exploit labor to increase profits, and how we can climb those barren and brittle branches to the…