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Pastor Gloria Connery

Pastor Gloria Connery has written 220 posts for Emanuel Lutheran Church

A Strange Love Story

4/14/2019 Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday  The text is the Passion Narrative – Luke 22:14-23:56. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. Today, as we begin Holy Week, we do so with the story of the passion of our Lord. This story is not new … Continue reading

Endings and New Beginnings

4/7/2019 Fifth Sunday in Lent The text is from John 12:1-8. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. Friday, as I looked around my office, I began to realize just how much I have done to prepare for my departure. All but one of the … Continue reading

Prodigals All!

3/24/2019 Fourth Sunday in Lent The text is Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. The teenaged son slammed the door. He was fed up. He’d had enough and couldn’t take it any longer. He’d had enough of his parents. He’d had … Continue reading

Why?

3/24/2019 Third Sunday of Lent The text is Luke 13:1-9. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. Each Sunday, after the gospel has been read, I proclaim, “This is the Gospel of the Lord.” To which you say…. The word “gospel,” as we know, means … Continue reading

Jerusalem, Jerusalem

3/17/2019 Second Sunday in Lent The text is Luke 13:31-35. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. The pain of imminent suffering…the gut-wrenching agony of rejection…the shuttering of death – these come together with the words of a lament, a mourning cry, to the holy … Continue reading

The Unmistakable Mark

3/10/2019 First Sunday in Lent  The text is Luke 4:1-13. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. There one was this eight year old boy who went with his family to visit an uncle who lived on a farm. He always looked forward to these … Continue reading

A Transforming Experience

3/3/2019 Transfiguration of Our Lord The text is Luke 28:28-36. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. For over two years, the disciples follow Jesus. They experience the crowds which press in on them, bringing the sick and lame to be healed. They hear the … Continue reading

Expect Nothing in Return

2/24/2019 Seventh Sunday after Epiphany The text is Luke 6:27-38. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen. We live at a strange time and in a strange world right now.  Of course, as I say this, I am probably echoing the words of my parents … Continue reading

Which Is Which?

2/17/2019 Sixth Sunday after Epiphany The text is Luke 6:17-26. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen. One has it all…the other is destitute.  One has possessions…the other had nothing. The rabbi says, “How easy it is for the poor to depend on God, on … Continue reading

Here I Am

2/10/2019 Fifth Sunday after Epiphany (Guest homilist Mr. Jon Bartelson) The text for today’s sermon is taken from the words of the prophet Isaiah, the apostle Paul and St. Luke. Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. “Here am I; send me!” – … Continue reading