Sermon – Laying Down Our Lives- Pastor Paisley Le Roy

 April 26, 2021 First John is a letter written to a group of believers who are dwindling. Some of their community has left for other routes, following the way of the world instead of the way of God. Some in their community have attempted to lead them astray. It is a letter of encouragement to a community that is trying to do the impossible.  To imitate Christ’s love for one another, not on only in word, but even more importantly in truth and action. I say that they are trying to do the impossible because the love to which God calls us, the laying our lives down sort of love, is not one that comes easily.

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Sermon – Palm Sunday 2021 – Pastor Paisley Le Roy

 March 28, 2021 Each year on the Passover, people would flock to Jerusalem. It’s said the city’s population would quadruple in size for the holiday. And, with so many people present at once and in light of what Passover commemorates, it was the perfect time for the Roman emperor to remind them of their captivity. So, from the west, the emperor would come each year, flanked by his soldiers and guards, and majestic horses. It was a procession much different than today’s gospel.

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Sermon – One Year Into A Pandemic – Pastor Paisley Le Roy

 March 14, 2021 Today’s passage is familiar and yet foreign. It has something to say for today’s context. One year into a pandemic and one year into virtual worship. One year from all of those things we named at the start of our worship. One year since our sense of normalcy ended. One year without hugging our families – our grandparents, our grandchildren. One year since children were born that have never been held by anyone besides their parents. One year of taking it day by day. One year.

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Sermon – Angels In The Wilderness – Pastor Paisley Le Roy

 February 21, 2021  I remember it like it was yesterday.  I had finished my first year of seminary and I was working at Bridgeport Hospital as intern chaplain.  A requirement of the program to be a pastor.  I was the pastor on duty for that night.  Part of my responsibility was to visit all the people that were having surgery to the next day to see how they were feeling and pray with them and their family.

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Sermon – Those Who Dream… Are Astounded – Pastor Paisley Le Roy

January 31, 2021  “They were all amazed.” This verse circled in my mind as I walked with this text this week.  “They were amazed at his teaching.” Now, this word finds its root in the greek, θαμβέω (Thambeó), to astonish. Which, yes, is a suitable translation but I don’t think the depth of feeling is accurately conveyed in the English. A more accurate translation is to astonish…almost to the point of being terrified. Jesus’ teaching and casting out the demon…is astonishing to those gathered…to the point of being terrified…

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