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…

Sermon – December 9, 2018

Repentance and Forgiveness by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf version. Click here to listen on Vimeo. “John went through the entire region of the Jordan proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins;…” — Luke 3:3 Most of you know I am in my twenty third year as the…

Sermon – December 2, 2018

Justice and Integrity by Rev. Joseph Connolly Click here to download a .pdf copy. Click here to listen on Vimeo. “In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous branch, a branch who maintains a right relationship with Me, to be raised up from the line of David who shall bring justice…

Sermon – November 18, 2018

Community by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download. Click here to listen on Vimeo. “…let us always think about how we can help one another to love and to do good deeds. Do not stay away from the meetings of the community, as is the habit of some, but encourage one another;….” — Hebrews…

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,…

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…