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…

Sermon – February 25, 2018

An Invitation to Change by Rev. Joseph Connolly Click here to download a .pdf. Click here to listen on Vimeo. “No longer shall your name be Avram or the exalted ancestor, but your name shall be Avraham or Hamon Goyyim. [And that is the Hebrew for the progenitor of a multitude of Nations.]” — Genesis…

Sermon – February 18, 2018

In the Beginning by Rev. Joseph Connolly Click here to download a .pdf copy. Click here to listen on Vimeo. “Here begins the Gospel, the good news of Jesus, the Christ, the Child of God. As it is written in the prophet Isaiah:…” — Mark 1:1-2a. I believe we, all of us, have a story…

Sermon at Chenango Valley Home – 2/18/18

Rainbows and Covenant Rev. Joseph Connolly Click here to download a .pdf version. Click here to listen on Vimeo. “I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” — Genesis 9:13. I think we all know the first two Chapters of the…

Sermon – Ash Wednesday – February 14, 2018

Acceptable Times by Rev. Joseph Connolly at Emmanuel Episcopal Church Community Ash Wednesday Service Download a .pdf copy of this sermon. Listen to this sermon on Vimeo. Since my text will be the 2nd verse of the 6th Chapter of 2 Corinthians, I need to note it can be translated this way: “For God through…

Sermon – February 11, 2018

The god (and gods) of This World Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf copy. Click here to listen to this sermon on Vimeo. “…unbelieving minds have been kept from seeing by the god of this world, the god of the present age, so that they do not see the light, the splendor…

Sermon – 02/04/18

The Everlasting God by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf. Click here to listen on Vimeo.   “Do you not know? / Have you not heard? / Yahweh is the everlasting God, / the Creator of the ends / of the earth.” — Isaiah 40:28. As many of you know, I am…

Sermon – 1/28/18

No Real Existence by Rev. Joe Connolly Click here to download a .pdf version. Click here to listen to the sermon on Vimeo.   “…as to eating food which was sacrificed to idols, we know that idols have no real existence and that there is no God but the One, true God.” — 1 Corinthians…

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…