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 – 1/21/18

They Followed by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download this sermon in .pdf format. Click here to listen to this sermon on Vimeo. “…Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fish for people.’ And immediately they left their nets and followed.” — Mark 1:17-18. I have said something like this…

Sermon – January 14, 2018

Getting Used to the Word by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf version. Click here to listen on Vimeo. “Yahweh called again, ‘Samuel!’ And Samuel got up, went to Eli and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But Eli repeated, ‘I did not call; lie down again.’ Now Samuel had…

Sermon – January 7, 2018

The Light by Rev. Joseph Connolly Click here to download a .pdf version. Click here to listen to this sermon on Vimeo. “Then God said, ‘Let there be light;’ and there was light.” — Genesis 1:3. A little later we shall be commissioning, installing, the Transition Committee who will begin the process of searching for…

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…

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…