Scholarships Available – Deadline April 15th

UCC, First Congregational, Norwich, NY has a long history of gifts bequeathed by former members and memorial gifts given by family and friends. To recognize and honor our past and encourage growth in our future, our scholarship program is supported by some recent generous gifts. Scholarship amounts vary up to $1,000. Deadline for applications, including…

2017 Ecumenical Event for Advent Announced

A singing opportunity is being planned for Norwich and the surrounding area.  Singers from area church choirs, school choirs, and community members are invited to join together to perform Darkness Into Light: A Christmas Musical Journey by Mary McDonald.  The event will be hosted by the United Church of Christ, First Congregational of Norwich under…

Sermon – March 10, 2019

Near Occasions by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf version of this sermon. “In reply Jesus said, ‘It also says, ‘Do not put God to the test.’” — Luke 4:12 Sometimes you meet someone and you connect with that person immediately and you cannot ever quite understand why you have made that…

Sermon – March 3, 2019

Transfiguration and Reality by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf. I have often referenced my theater work in my Sunday comments. When I do so most of the time the relationship I draw is to the work of being a writer. This characterization is true. However, to paint my theater work in…

Sermon – February 24, 2019

Golden Rules by Rev. Joe Connolly “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” — Luke 6:31 One of the adjunct professors at Bangor Seminary, the place I went to seminary, Dana Sawyer, had an interesting background. A Native American who grew up on the Penobscot Tribe reservation near Old Town, just…

Sermon – February 17, 2019

Attitudes and the Beatitudes by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf copy. Click here to listen on Vimeo. “…the whole crowd was trying to touch Jesus for power came out of the Rabbi healing them all. Then Jesus looked at the disciples and said:…” — Luke 6:19-20a. I have oftentimes regaled you…

Sermon – February 10, 2019

I Traditionedby Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf copy. Click here to listen on Vimeo. “For I, Paul, handed on to you first of all, as of first importance, what I, myself, had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that Christ was buried, and that,…

Sermon – February 3, 2019

Agape by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf version of this sermon. Click here to listen to this sermon on Vimeo. “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and has the power to endure all things. Love never ends.” — 1 Corinthians 13:7-8a Some of you know this. My…

Sermon 1/27/19

Understanding [1] by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf version Click here to listen on Vimeo. “The Levites, members of the tribe of Levi, helped the people to understand the law, teachings, interpreted the law, the teachings, and gave it meaning while the people remained in their places.” — Nehemiah 8:17. While…

Sermon – Christmas Eve – 12/24/18

God Whispers by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf version. Click here to listen on Vimeo. “Mary treasured all these things and reflected on them in her heart.” — Luke 2:19. The journey from Nazareth had been long and hard. The trip took about eight days. The two of them and a…