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Pastor Gloria Connery

Pastor Gloria Connery has written 203 posts for Emanuel Lutheran Church

There Will Be Signs

12/2/2018 First Sunday of Advent The text is Luke 21:25-36. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen. Here we are, at the beginning of Advent, the beginning of a new church year.  None of us knows what will happen in the year ahead.  That’s part … Continue reading

A New Beginning

11/25/2018 Christ the King The text is John 18:33-37. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen. “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”  I can’t remember where or when I first heard these words, and I certainly can’t remember who first … Continue reading

If the World Should End Tomorrow

11/18/2018 Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost The text is Mark 13:1-8 & Hebrews 10:11-25. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen. Several years ago, Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks did a comedy skit called the “2013-Year-Old Man”. You may remember it.  In the skit, Reiner interviews … Continue reading

An Act of Faith

11/11/2018 Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost  The text is Mark 12:38-44. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen. Today’s gospel is one that is familiar to most of us.  It is the story dubbed as the widow’s mite.  This story has been the fodder of many … Continue reading

The Resurrection and the Life

11/4/2018 All Saints’ Sunday The text is John 11:32-44. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. Long ago, a family lived in Bethany, a village near the City of Jerusalem.  It was the kind of family we rarely see today, but one that was fairly … Continue reading

Free at Last!

10/28/2018 Reformation Sunday The text is John 8:31-36. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. Today is one of those days in which I breathe a sigh of relief, as today, six of our youth will be affirming their faith and making promises before God … Continue reading

The Measure of Success

10/21/2018 Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost The text is Mark 10:35-45. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen. What does success look like to you?  Winning the championship over all the other teams in your sports league?  Checking off every item on your to-do list?  Getting … Continue reading

Leaving It Behind

10/14/2018 Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost The text is Mark 10:17-31. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. I don’t know if you remember, but a few years ago, there was a placard that some small businesses posted on the wall or on the counter.  It … Continue reading

Divorce and Remarriage

10/7/2018 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost The text is Mark 10:2-16, Gen 2:18-24. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. Today’s passage from Mark is one in which most pastors want to give a wide berth, because when we read it, we all know that we … Continue reading

Who’s in Control?

9/30/2018 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost The text is James 5:13-20. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. Today’s passage from James is one of those texts that I am sure raised Luther’s hackles.  Why? Because on the surface, it would have us think that we … Continue reading