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

“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…

“The Gospel According to Hamilton: From the Margins to the Center”

John 1: 43 – 46 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – We begin a new sermon series based on the electric, exhilarating, musically varied, harmonically rich musical, Hamilton. By casting the United States’ Founding Fathers as hip-hop singing men of color, the show radically revises our perspectives on the very meaning of this country’s origins. Hamilton is a story of modern revolution. Lin-Manuel Miranda,…

“Good Trouble”

Luke 4: 18 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – We honor the life of Congressman John Lewis who passed from life to Life last week at the age of 80 years old. From the streets of Selma to the halls of Congress, John Lewis sat in for justice and stood up for equality. As the last living speaker from the March…

“Keep Politics in the Pulpit”

Isaiah 58: 1 – 10 – – “Politics don’t belong in the pulpit,” a congregant once said to me after I preached a sermon against the Iraq War. “I don’t want the Sacred to be tainted by the profane. Let’s keep church and politics separate.” While I agree that the Gospel is not partisan, I do believe that it is most certainly…

“Nevertheless, She Persisted”

Scripture: Luke 18: 1 – 8 — Let’s hear it for the Supreme Court! As an Open and Affirming Congregation and as an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation, we are grateful for the recent rulings to protect the LGBTQ community from employment discrimination and to protect Dreamers from deportation.  On this Pride Sunday, we affirm Jesus’ lesson from the Parable of the Unjust Judge.…