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God, Our Creator, Don’t Do Color!

1 Corinthians 13: 1-7 (New International Version) – Guest Preachers – Charlie and Dee Dee Seek – The classification of persons by skin color or ethnicity as been used for a multitude of purposes since biblical times. On Valentine’s Day Sunday, the second Sunday of Black History Month, Charlie and I wish to explore the parallels between the interracial marriages of the…

“Keep It Moving”

For Black History Month, we will have a guest preacher: Rev. Luther Young, Jr. Mark 1: 14 – 20. The themes that he will be weaving into his message include: repentance, justice, calling, faith and works, gifts, inclusion.

“The Rosa Parks Decision”

Scripture: Mark 1: 21 – 28 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – Mark 1: 21 – 28 – February is Black History Month; it is a month in which we honor the remarkable contributions of African-Americans. These contributions literally transformed the society in which we live. This Sunday we will honor Rosa Parks who took a stand by taking a seat. She…

“Coming Through the Night”

1 Sam 3: 1 – 10 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – Dismay, terror, mourning, rage…these are the emotions I experienced as I watched our Capitol attacked on January 6th. I felt a deep pain that I knew could boil over into hatred if I let it. Yet, this past week I was reminded of MLK’s words, “Hate cannot drive out hate,…

The Blessing and the Curse of the Mirror

Martin Luther King / Ecumenical Sunday – Craig Hadley, Guest SpeakerWhat is the difference between healthy and unhealthy religion? This is one of the most important questions that practitioners of faith must ask themselves in the year 2021. We will be discussing this question and we will frame this discussion with a parable from Jesus Christ, the metaphor of a mirror, and a…

“The Gift of Sacred Revenge”

Today we will have a guest preacher: Rev. Michael Lewis. His scripture passage is Genesis 4: 1-16. Reverend Michael Lewis has a Bachelor’s degree from Graceland University in speech communication and a juris doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. He received the final year of his legal education at Harvard Law School. Michael has been…

“Home By Another Way”

Matthew 2: 1 – 12 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – Everything changes in Bethlehem. Once we experience Divine Love, we cannot see the world the same again. We cannot go home the same way. The shepherds may have taken the same road there, but the way home was different. The Magi were warned in a dream to “leave by another route.”…

“Searching for the Light”

Scripture: John 1: 1 – 5 – Rev. Sarah Averette-Phillips and Rev. Jill Kirchner-Rose — In the Gospel of John, the author proclaims, “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” In a Zoom call, Pastors Sarah Averette-Phillips and Jill Kirchner-Rose reflect on the year and question whether the light still shines… especially in 2020. After all,…

“Those Who Dream….Sow Joy”

Luke 1: 39 – 56 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN We continue with our sermon series entitled, “Those Who Dream.” Ultimately, dreams sow joy, even if that joy doesn’t immediately spring forth. Sowing seeds into the soil always feels risky and feeble. How can something so small become something so beautiful, so big, and so nourishing? Like Mary, we are called to…