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“Good Enough: Out of Our Control”

Luke 13: 31 – 35 – Jill Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – Even Jesus got dang frustrated when folks didn’t behave as he would have liked. We probably aren’t receiving death threats from Herod as Jesus was, but our wellbeing could be threatened by the idea that if we just try hard enough, are nice enough, say just the right thing, life will…

“Good Enough: Ordinary Lives Can Be Holy”

Luke 4: 1 – 13 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – We find ourselves hungry for many things that we believe will bring us satisfaction. The devil lays a bet that Jesus will jump at the chance for glory, fame, and the quick fix. Who wouldn’t? But Jesus keeps up the pithy one-liners long enough that the Tempster just has to…

“Good Enough: Perfectionism is Impossible. Transformation isn’t.”

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21- Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – Your journey with God is not a performance. It’s intimate and rewarding in ways that aren’t necessarily measured. We are invited to pursue the wealth of the inner life, which reframes the paradigm that God is outward or beyond us. Instead, we might find God by turning inward, recognizing that God is connected…

Spiritual Giants: bell hooks

Luke 6: 17 – 23 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN, This Sunday is Racial Justice Sunday. Similar to COVID-19 and as deadly, racism mutates and remains resistant. Structural racism pervades every aspect of society. Dismantling white supremacy, however, is not solely about what we must tear down. We must ask ourselves, what we must build in its place? The ancient texts…

Spiritual Giants: Thich Nhat Hanh

Luke 6: 17 – 23 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN Jesus says, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” Thich Nhat Hanh says, “To love our enemy is impossible.” Are these Christian and Buddhist teachings at odds with one another? Or can these two great spiritual teachers,…

Spiritual Giants: Desmond Tutu

Luke 6: 17 – 23 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – We begin a new sermon series entitled, “Spiritual Giants.” In this past year, we’ve grieved the loss of many influential persons: Bishop John Shelby Spong, Desmond Tutu, Betty White, bell hooks, Prince Philip, Cicely Tyson, Larry King, Hank Aaron, Siegried fischbacher, Colin Powell, Bruce Van Blair (RUCC Founding Pastor) and…

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Jeremiah 1: 4 – 10, Luke 4: 21 – 30 – Rev. Erin Beardemphl – What is a prophet, and why are they so controversial? We read texts like Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel, looking for wisdom and for God’s word, but during their time, their words were met with more anger and ridicule than acceptance. Even Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet…

“Help Is on the Way!”

Psalm 121 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose,  MDIV, DMIN – Life is a series of exclamations form “Oh no!” to “Help!” to “Oh yeah!” As we enter the new year, we had hoped we would be past “Oh no!” Instead, we find ourselves with ongoing prayers for “Help!” The Book of Psalms knows all about this. Psalm 121 , the so-called “Traveler’s Psalm” speaks…

“The Beloved Community”

John 2: 1 – 11 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – This Sunday we witness Jesus’s first miracle at a wedding feast as he transforms water into wine. Weddings join more than the people being married. They join families, traditions, and communities. Two become one in many ways.  On this MLK, Jr. weekend, we celebrate what King called “the beloved community.” The…