Sermon – 12/24/17 – Christmas Eve

Life Changes by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download. “Mary treasured all these things and reflected on them in her heart.” — Luke 2:19. There was a banging on the door. “I’ll get it!” shouted Naomi, weaving her way among the group of travelers gathered at the inn. Of course, she always was the…

Sermon – 12/24/17 – Fourth Sunday in Advent

Proclaiming God by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here for download. “And Mary said, / ‘My soul proclaims / Your greatness, O God, / and my spirit rejoices in You, my Savior, / for You have looked with favor / on Your lowly servant.’” — Luke 1:46-48. You have probably more than once heard me say…

Sermon – December 10, 2017

Our Calling by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a copy of this sermon.   “As it was written in the prophet, Isaiah, / ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, / who will prepare your way’; / a herald’s voice in the desert crying out: / ‘Prepare, make ready the way…

Sermon – December 3, 2017 – First Sunday in Advent

The Present Tense by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf copy of this sermon.   “Grace to you and peace from our loving God and from our Savior, Jesus, the Christ.” — 1 Corinthians 1:3. In my comments today I want to address the educational background, the certification if you would, to…

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 – 11/26/17

Armageddon When? By Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf copy of this sermon.   “And the ruler answered, ‘The truth is, every time you did this for the least of these who are members of my family, my brothers and sisters, you did it for me.’” — Matthew 25:40. Those of you…

Sermon – November 19, 2017

Support by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf copy of this sermon. “Therefore, encourage one another and build up each other, as, indeed, you are already doing.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:11. Twice in the last several weeks something has happened which triggered memories of my days in High School, sometime before the…

Sermon – November 12, 2017

Other gods by Rev. Joseph Connolly Click here to download a .pdf version of this sermon.   “Then the people answered, ‘Far be it from us that we should abandon Yahweh to serve other gods.’” — Joshua 24:16. If you know anything about preachers in the 1800s you know a sermon an hour and a…

Cantata Rehearsal #2 – Nov. 12 – It’s Not Too Late to Join

Darkness into Light Rehearsal #2 Sunday November 12 You can still sign up – click here. 4:00-5:30 at United Church of Christ (11 West Main St, Norwich) 4:00-Warm ups with Meena 4:10-4:50 sectional rehearsal (tenors and basses with Bob; altos and sopranos with Mary) Working on #6 p.59 Rise Up Children, #2 Come All Ye…

Sermon – November 5, 2017

The Crowds and the Disciples by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a copy of this sermon in .pdf format.   “Jesus saw the crowds and went up the mountain. After Jesus sat down there, the disciples gathered around and Jesus began to teach them…” — Matthew 5:1-2. One of two thoughts for meditation…