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Sermons by Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN (Page 3)

“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,…

“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…

“Those Who Dream.. of Peace”

Mark 1: 1 – 8 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – Every year on our way to Christmas we confront this strange-looking man in the wilderness with his uncombed hair, uncut nails, wild honey dripping off his scraggly beard and the smell of insects on his breath. His diet consisted of locusts. John the Baptist clothes himself in camel’s hair. He wore…

“Those Who Dream…of Hope”

Isaiah 9: 2 – 7; Isaiah 40: 1 – 5 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN Everything starts with a dream. The prophets, the psalmists, John the Baptist, Mary, Elizabeth, Joseph, Simeon, Anna, the shepherds and the Magi—they were all dreamers. They listened deeply to God’s dreams for the world. During this Advent season, we are encouraged to listen to God’s dreams, too.…

“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…