"That Church"

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

“Rejoice in Amusing Puppy Videos”

Phillipians 4: 4 – 9 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – When Paul urged the Philipians to reflect on that which is pure, pleasing, commendable, and praiseworthy, I doubt that he was thinking about amusing puppy videos. I do believe that he was inviting us to turn our attention from cynical politics toward that which is good, endearing, sweet, and amusing. In…

“Follow Me”

Mark 1: 14 – 20 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN On this Covenant Sunday, we hear Jesus’ call to “Follow me.” Just as Jesus called the fishermen, the first disciples – Simon, Andrew, James, and John – so, too, Jesus calls us to drop our nets and leave our old lives behind. It is time to cast a new kind of…

“Lament”

Joel 1: 2 – 14 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – On this All Saints Day, we take holy time to lament. There is much to lament this year. We not only grieve the loss of loved ones, but we grieve hurricanes, wildfires, a country working out its legacy of systemic racism, and a global pandemic. We grieve that people are…

“The Potter and The Clay”

Jeremiah 18: 1 – 6 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – On this Art Show Sunday, Pastor Jill teams up with Artist Dee Dee Seek to deliver a visual message. Just as Dee Dee, a potter, creates, shapes, and molds lumps of clay into beautiful masterpieces of art, so, too, our Creator shapes and molds us as individuals and as a…

“The Rights of Nature”

Job 12: 7 – 8, Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – Blessing of the animals is a favorite worship service at Redlands United Church of Christ. We love our pets! As we honor the sacred bond between humans and pets, we honor the rights of animals. While pets do not have a Bill of Rights, most would agree that animals, specifically our…

“Season of Creation: Sky Sunday”

Scripture: Job 38: 4 – 11, 39: 1 – 6 and Psalm 19:1, — Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN On this Sky Sunday, we celebrate the subtle orange skies at dawn, the clear blue skies at noon, the bold red skies at sunset, and the twinkling skies at midnight. We give thanks for air, the life-giving breath of God. We honor the…

“Season of Creation: Ocean Sunday”

Psalm 104: 1 – 13, 24 – 26 and Psalm 96: 11 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN We worship this Sunday with the Oceans of the Earth as the seas roar with songs of praise. We celebrate the magnificent creatures of the watery deep. Did you know that the octopus has nine brains and three hearts or that dolphins sleep with one…

“Season of Creation: Forest Sunday”

Ezekiel 31: 3 – 7, Psalm 96: 12 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – The World Council of Churches urges all congregations (2.2 billion Christians) to participate in a special season of the church year: The Season of Creation. The Season of Creation (September 1 – October 4) is a time to renew our relationship with the Creator and all of…

“The Gospel According to Hamilton: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?”

Genesis 9:20 – 27  and Ephesians 6: 5 – 8 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN This Sunday we conclude our sermon series on “The Gospel According to Hamilton” and there is much to celebrate about this hip-hop, revolutionary, boundary-crossing phenomenon. The Broadway show casts founding fathers as people of color. The significant role of founding mothers is honored and revered. Hamilton…