#WeekendPlans: 5/14/23, “The Mothering of Gentleness” w/@ChaplainSherrie

Understood broadly, by extending gentleness, we all are capable of “mothering.” While, of course, mothers first are those women who give birth to their children. One can become a mother through adoption. One can become a mother through affiliation. Even males can extend gentleness to others, and to themselves, and, as such, express “mothering.” Let us celebrate our birth mothers and all who mother on this special day, Mothers’ Day.

Rev. Dr. Sherrie Connelly

Eastern Time: 10:30 AM, Fellowship, 11:00 AM Worship. Zoom link shared with Church Members and their invitees.

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#WeekendPlans: “Walking with Jesus” @ChaplainSherrie 4/23/23

If you were walking on the road with Jesus, what might he say to you? What might you say back to Jesus in return?

Following the Way of Jesus involves a conversation, an involving conversation. It is a conversation for possibility. A conversation for new life.

Rev. Dr. Sherrie Connelly

Join us this Sunday, April 23, 2023, for a zoom sermon with Rev. Dr. Sherrie Connelly, where we will explore walking with Jesus.

Fellowship begins at 10:30 am, Worship, 11:00 am.

#WeekendPlans: “God’s Well of Living Water” w/ @ChaplainSherrie

Please join us for a Zoom church service with Rev. Dr. Sherrie Connelly this Sunday, March 12, 2023. Fellowship begins at 10:30 am; Worship Service at 11:00 am. The title of her service is “God’s Well of Living Water.” Remember to “Spring Forward” and set your clocks an hour ahead! (Zoom link will be provided to church members and their contacts.)

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Epiphany Sermon 2023, “Shining Hope” by Rev. Dr. Sherrie Connelly

View on YouTube. Subtitles (Closed Captioning) available.

In addition…

“The magi were a Median Kurdish priestly caste, or tribe who rose to prominence in Ancient Persia.” –https://goldcountrymedia.com/news/71455/just-who-were-the-three-wise-men-from-the-east/

The magi were a Median Kurdish priestly caste or tribe who rose to prominence in Ancient Persia.”Matthew’s wise men, or magi–the only word of Persian origin in the original Greek Bible were evidently priests of Zoroastrianism, which was the official religion of Persia…” nytimes 

#WeekendPlans: “Shining Hope” w/@ChaplainSherrie 1/8/23

Please join us at 10:30 am, for fellowship and 11:00 am, for zoom church service this Sunday, January 8, 2023, with Rev. Dr. Sherrie Connelly. The title of the service is “Shining Hope: Celebrating the Epiphany of the Lord.” A zoom link will be provided to church members and their contacts.

Moon, sky, clouds and engine from plane window (c) Marguerite Panyko 2022

#WeekendPlans: “Change Your View, Change Your Life” w/ @ChaplainSherrie

This week’s message will be a hybrid in-person/online service. W/Rev. Dr. Sherrie Connelly. Zoom link will be provided to church members and their contacts.

Fellowship begins at 10:30 am on Sunday, October 30, at the Glendale New Church. Worship is at 11:00 am.

#WeekendPlans: Hybrid service w/@ChaplainSherrie 6/19/22

Please join us at the Glendale New Church or via Zoom, on Sunday, June 19, for fellowship at 10:30 am, and worship at 11:00 am. Rev. Dr. Sherrie Connelly will be providing our message.

Swedenborg Book Room and Bust of Swedenborg (side view)

#SermonNotes: 2/21/21 @ChaplainSherrie

“Temptation in the Desert” by Rev. Dr. Sherrie Connelly, New Church of Montgomery. Sunday, February 21, 2021.

Rainbow is the sign of a covenant between God and his descendants, that a flood will never again destroy the earth and all its inhabitants.

In the psalm we are reminded of God’s loyalty. The Lord’s steadfastness. That his covenant with the faithful is strong.

Those who were waiting while the ark was being built were saved by the Lord, and their conscience were clear of impediments.

Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. Then, a white dove descended with the Lord’s acclamation of pleasure.

He was tempted by Satan in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights. The wild animals with him, and angels attended him.

Jesus visited Galilee proclaiming good news of the Kingdom of God.

Forty days not only symbolizes being in the desert. It also represents total devastation, being stripped of the physical body and material things so that one might be reborn anew as a spiritual and heavenly being.

Jesus was tempted three times in the desert of Judea.

  1. hedonism (comfort, satisfaction)
  2. egoism (spectacular throw/might)
  3. materialism (kingdom/wealth)

Satan was the prince of the world, the redeemer of the worldly. We are tempted by the realms of the worldly. We are tempted by the flesh, the world, and the devil.

There are many ways to overcome temptation.

Assisted by a bit of internet research:

  1. Be conscious of God’s provision to help us in any tempting situation.
  2. Take heed of God’s Word…
  3. Pray for strength
  4. Forego self-gratification
  5. Grow into Spiritual Maturity
  6. Surround yourself with people of value
  7. Resist the Devil
  8. Run away from dangerous places

By resisting temptation, we grow stronger.

We acknowledge temptation, we turn away to a better path.

Father P.J. Michael reports several benefits of resisting temptation:

  1. Christians are led to more solid virtues and greater merits of Heaven
  2. Temptation reveal the interior of our hearts and tear away all our disguises
  3. Temptation can inspire humility within us
  4. Temptation discourages complacency
  5. Temptation draws us closer to God
  6. Temptation points us to faith, hope charity and other virtues

So what are modern day temptations we all have to deal with? What must we be aware of and hope to avoid?

  1. Self and family over others and community
    1. Antidotes: reaching out and generosity toward others especially those in need

2. Community, state and nation over other countries and the planet.

Antidote: reading, travel, listening to others, especially other cultures to expand ones awareness and understanding and increasing environmental stewardship.

3. Material things over spiritual things.

Antidote: Lenten discipline and practices. Foregoing something to mean its absence and appreciate its return. Adding a daily spiritual practice such as a gratitude list, readings…

With recent freezing in Texas and elsewhere many people are suffering and in great need.

And of course, to varying degrees we each suffer and are in need.

The Lord’s presence in the midst of temptation and suffering is a balm to our hearts and souls.

Let us take deep breaths and hold ourselves above harm when things are difficult.

Let us reach out to others who many have needs which they are reluctant to show.

Let us appreciate the community we feel, even on zoom, and perhaps thanks to technology, especially on zoom, as we welcome and connect with friends in Florida, Michigan and elsewhere.

The Lord is with us in our holy temples, in our communities, in our homes and in our hearts.

In this solemn time of Lent, pausing for 40 days to reflect in the desert, let us continue to praise the Lord, with gratitude, and with grace. Amen.