Sermon – September 16, 2018

Rally Day? By Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download .pdf copy. Click here to listen online. {Wisdom says:} “How long, O simple ones, / How much longer, you ignorant people, / will you love being simple, being ignorant? / How much longer, O you who mock others, / will you continue to mock, delight…

Sermon – September 9, 2018

Equity by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf copy Click here to listen on Vimeo. “My brothers and sisters, your faith in our glorious Savior Jesus, the Christ, must not allow for favoritism.” — James 2:1. I have over time both in the pulpit at the United Church of Christ, First Congregational,…

Sermon – September 2, 2018

Your Children; Your Children’s Children by Rev. Joseph Connolly Click here to download a .pdf copy. Click here to listen on Vimeo.   “But take care and be diligent in guarding yourselves closely, so as neither to forget those things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the…

Sermon – 8/26/18

Prayer by Rev. Joseph Connolly Click here to download a .pdf copy. Click here to listen on Vimeo. “Always pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and every petition. Indeed, pray constantly and attentively, always persevere in prayer for all the saints, the people of God.” — Ephesians 6: 18. Many of…

Sermon – July 22, 2018

Teaching Sheep? By Rev. Joseph Connolly Click here to download a .pdf. Click here to listen on Vimeo. “And so when Jesus went ashore, there was a crowd waiting; and the Rabbi felt compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So then Jesus began to teach them many things.” — Mark…

Sermon – July 15, 2018

The Plumb Line by Rev. Joseph Connolly Click here to download a .pdf. Click here to listen on  Vimeo. “This is what the Sovereign, Yahweh, showed me: God was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in hand. / “what do you see, Amos,?” Yahweh, God asked. / And…

Sermon – July 8, 2018

Stumbling Blocks Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf copy. Click here to listen on  Vimeo. “‘Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joses and Judah and Simon? Are not the sisters of Jesus here with us?’ They found these things to be stumbling blocks.” —…

Sermon – July 1, 2018

The Faithfulness of God by Rev. Joseph Connolly Click here to download a .pdf copy. Click here to listen on Vimeo “Your favor, O Yahweh, is not exhausted, / nor has the compassion of God failed.” — Lamentations 3:22. I have probably said about 150 times from the pulpit that I grew up Roman Catholic….

Sermon – June 24, 2018

The Present Tense Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf copy. Click here to listen on Vimeo. Moments ago you heard these words from Second Corinthians: “For God says, [and here Paul quotes the prophet Isaiah] / ‘At an acceptable time I heard you, / and on a day of salvation I helped…

Sermon – June 17, 2018

No Comparisons by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf of this sermon. Click here to listen to this sermon on vimeo. “With many such parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it, as much as they could understand; indeed, Jesus did not speak to them except…

Sermon – June 3, 2018

Observing the Sabbath by Rev. Joseph Connolly Click here to download a .pdf copy. Click here to listen on Vimeo. “But the seventh day is a Sabbath to Yahweh, your God. You shall not do any work— neither you, nor your son nor your daughter, nor workers, nor your ox nor your donkey, nor any…

Sermon – May 27, 2018

Subtext by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf copy. Click here to listen on Vimeo. “They (that is the Seraphs) cried out to one another and said: / ‘Holy, holy, holy is Yahweh, God, the omnipotent; / the whole earth is full with the glory of God.’” — Isaiah 6:3. I have,…

Sermon – May 20, 2018 – Pentecost

Hearing in Tongues by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf version. Click here to listen on Vimeo.   My name is Peter. The day of Pentecost is a Jewish feast. We call it Shavuot. The feast commemorates the day God gave the Torah, the teachings, to Israel. You may have heard from…

Sermon – May 13, 2018

Cultural Myths; Cultural Falsehoods by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf version. Click here to listen to this version on Vimeo. “Also in their company were some of the women who followed Jesus, Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as some of the brothers and sisters of Jesus. With one mind,…

Sermon – May 6, 2018

Whence the Spirit? By Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf copy. Click here to listen on Vimeo. “Then Peter said, ‘Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?’” — Acts 10:46b-47. I have lived long enough so I know this to…

Sermon – April 30, 2018

Why Jesus? By Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf version. Click here to listen on Vimeo “Then Philip proceeded to explain and, starting with this scripture, proclaimed to the Ethiopian the good news about Jesus.” — Acts 8:35. This is a given: context is important, especially cultural context. Unless we understand cultural…

Sermon – April 22, 2018

Models by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf version. Click here to listen on Vimeo. “I am the model shepherd. I know my own sheep and my own sheep know me.” — John 10:14. Last week your friend and mine, the Rev. Mr. David Spiegel of the First Baptist Church across the…

Sermon – April 15, 2018

Panic and Fright by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf copy. Click here to listen on Vimeo. “…Jesus stood among them, stood in their midst and said: ‘Peace be with you.’ They were startled and terrified, in panic and fright;….” — Luke 24:36b-37a. On occasion people will accuse me of being a…

Sermon – April 8, 2018

The Presence of Jesus by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download this sermon. Click here to listen to this sermon on Vimeo. “Then to Thomas, Jesus said this: ‘Put your finger here and examine my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not persist in your unbelief but believe.’…

Sermon – Easter Sunday 4/1/18

Resurrections by Rev. Joseph Connolly Click here to download. Click here to listen on Vimeo. “…Mary ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple— the one whom Jesus loved— and said, ‘The Rabbi has been taken from of the tomb! We do not know where they have put Jesus.’” — John 20:2. The…

Holy Thursday – March 30, 2018

SERMON ~ 03/29/2018 ~ “In The Garden” ~ A Service of Worship in Christian Unity with The United Church of Christ, First Congregational, The First Baptist Church and The Broad Street United Methodist Church of Norwich, NY ~ Holy Thursday A.K.A. Maundy Thursday ~ A Service Commemorating Some of the Events of the Day Before…

Sermon – March 18, 2018

Tu Es Sacerdos by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf version of this sermon. Click here to listen to this sermon on Vimeo.   “Christ, even the Christ, did not presume to take on the office of high priest. No, Christ was appointed by the One who said, / ‘You are my…

Sermon – March 11, 2018

Not of Your Own Doing by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf of this sermon. Click here to listen to this sermon on Vimeo. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so…

Sermon – March 4, 2018

What Really Counts by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf copy of this sermon. Click here to listen to this sermon on Vimeo. “Then God spoke these words and said, / ‘I am Yahweh, God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; / do…