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Sermons by Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN

“The Sounds of Christmas”

Isaiah 9: 2, 6-7; Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18-23; John 1:1-5                                                                            Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – Tonight, we conclude our sermon series on “The Senses of Christmas.” The first Sunday of Advent we explored the taste of Christmas – with savory Christmas scones for communion bread — nutmeg, cranberry, rosemary, vanilla, powdered sugar. Yum! The second Sunday of Advent we…

“The Sights of Christmas”

     Isaiah 9: 2 – 7; Luke 2: 8 – 16;  Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN      We continue our sermon series on “The Senses of Christmas.” Today, we will explore the “sights” of Christmas. When I say “Christmas,” what visual images come to mind? Christmas trees with presents spilling over, stockings hung by the chimney with care, blinking lights, Santa Clause, Rudolph,…

“The Scent of Christmas”

Luke 2: 1 – 7;  Jill A. Kirchner- Rose, MDIV, DMIN I would like for you to bring your bulletin up to your nose, and breathe in deeply. What do you smell? It is the smell of peppermint. Yes, this morning we have peppermint-scented bulletins. Peppermint is a favorite scent of the holidays – we put peppermint in lots of our food…

“The Tastes of Christmas”

Matthew 3: 1 – 6; Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN We begin a new Advent sermon series today entitled, “The Senses of Christmas.” Christmas is alive with all the senses – the tastes, touch, smells, sights, and sounds of the holiday surround us. This morning, in particular, I would like for us to experience the tastes of Christmas. Holiday parties and gatherings…

“What About the Road?”

Luke 10: 25 – 37 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – Jesus says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” In our scripture passage this morning, a lawyer asks Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” That is, who is the one I have to love? Who is the one I can forgo loving? Whom may I legitimately set outside my concern? Today we conclude…

“A Whale of a Tale”

Jonah 3: 1 – 5; Mark 12: 30 – 31, Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN -About a month ago, I preached a sermon entitled “The Prophetic Imagination.” God calls prophets through a 3-part contract. Ho! Go! Lo! All three are biblical words. Ho! means “pay attention.” Ho! “Go” says God “and build a more loving society.” And then, “Lo!” “Lo, I am…