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 – 11/4/18

What Do We Say to Children? By Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf copy  “Let these words that I command today / be written in your heart. / Recite them, teach them diligently to your children….” — Deuteronomy 6:6-7a. Newspaper articles and Facebook postings made many aware the interfaith community gathered at…

Sermon – October 28, 2018

Faith Is Vision by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf version. Click here to listen on Vimeo.   “Jesus replied, ‘Go. Your faith has saved you.’ Immediately Bartimaeus received the gift of sight and began to follow Jesus along the road.” — Mark 10:52. I want to start my comments today with…

Sermon – October 21, 2018

Service by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf copy. Click here to listen on Vimeo. “Anyone among you who wishes to aspire to greatness must serve the rest; whoever wants to rank first among you must serve the needs of all. The Promised One has come not to be served but to…

Sermon – October 14, 2018

It’s Not the Particulars! By Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf copy. Click here to listen on Vimeo. “You know the commandments: ‘No killing; no committing adultery; no stealing; no bearing false witness; no defrauding; Honor your father and mother.’” — Mark 10:19. It feels like I have done a lot of…

Sermon – October 7, 2018

From the Earth by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf . Click here to listen on Vimeo. “…Yahweh, God, said, ‘It is not good for this creature of the earth, this one I have made out of the adamah, made out of the earth, to be alone; I will make a fitting…

Sermon – September 30, 2018

Leadership Part II by Rev. Joseph Connolly Click here to download a .pdf copy. Click here to listen on Vimeo. “…Moses answered, ‘Are you jealous for my sake? If only all the people of God were prophets! If Yahweh would bestow the Spirit on them all!’” — Numbers 11:29. I have said this here before…

Sermon – September 23, 2018

Leadership Part I by Rev. Joseph Connolly   Click here to download a .pdf. Click here to listen on Vimeo. “Jesus sat down, called the Twelve together, and said, ‘Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and at the service of all.’” — Mark 9:35. I have often mentioned this before. I…

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,…

We’re on the Move

On Sunday, September 9th we will hold our worship service at the Chenango Valley Home (24 Canasawacta St., Norwich) at 10:00 a.m.  We hope you join us and the residents there.  The choir will offer an anthem and we will enjoy a coffee our after the service.