"That Church"

Sermons by Jill A. Kirchner-Rose

“A Tribute to Mary Oliver”

Isaiah 55:12 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN Last year at this time, our Lenten devotional was entitled, “The Poetry of Lent: A Lenten Companion to Mary Oliver’s Devotions.” It was then that many of us immersed ourselves deeply into Mary Oliver’s writings, opening our hearts to wonder and mystery. Little did we know that between last Lent and this Lent, Mary Oliver…

“And the Oscar Goes To…”

Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN Exodus 15: 20 -21 February 24, 2019 February is Black History month. This morning I would like for us to transcend the ages and begin our celebration in Africa, two thousand years before the birth of Jesus. Two thousand years before the birth of Jesus, Moses traveled to Midian, in the southern part of the fertile crescent.…

All I Want for Christmas: Love

All I Want for Christmas: Love Genesis 3: 1 – 3, 6 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN December 23, 2018 As we near the end of the year and as we reflect on this Advent season of love, I find myself thinking about that hit song from Rent: 525,600 minutes. Do you know the song? Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes.…

All I Really Want for Christmas: Hope

“All I Really Want for Christmas: Hope” Isaiah 9: 2, 5-7 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN December 2, 2018 Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Today, also, is the first day of Hanukkah. I think it is significant that this year of all years these two religious observances land on the same day. They both speak of how hope delivers light.…

The Politics of Jesus

The Politics of Jesus Rev. 19:16; Mt 2: 13-15 November 25, 2018 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN We just returned from the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. The Magic Kingdom is truly a magical place especially when seen through the eyes of a 4 year old experiencing the world of Disney for the very first time – seeing the smile on her…

Remember Who You Are

Psalm 78: 12 – 16 Rev. Dr. Jill A. Kirchner-Rose November 4, 2018 On this All Saints Day, I reflect on the musical “The Lion King.”   It is my all-time favorite musical. I love the ingenuity of the costumes and the inspiration of the music. But most of all, I am deeply touched by story line.  For those of you are not…

Gifts of the Spirit

“Gifts of the Spirit” 1 Corinthians 12: 4 – 11 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN October 28, 2018 Imagine searching for just the right gift for someone you love. You comb the malls and the catalogs that arrive in the mail, to no avail. You go online and browse many websites, but nothing seems right. You think about something homemade, and you…

Do Animals Go to Heaven?

“Do Animals Go to Heaven?” Isaiah 11: 6 -9 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN October 21, 2018 I was 24 years old — a seminary student intern and a youth director at an United Church of Christ in New Haven, Connecticut. One Sunday evening, a 14 year old girl named Sara came to youth group…