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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Sermon – Those Who Dream… Listen then Speak – Pastor Paisley Le Roy

January 17, 2021 Here we are, the day before we celebrate the prophetic voice of Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream of freedom and equity for all people, after having just experienced another example of the racism and white supremacy running rampant in our country through the violent attack on the Capitol.

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Sermon – Dreamers: Mary, “The Lord Is With You” – Pastor Paisley Le Roy

December 20, 2020 Our church reads the gospels one piece at a time, one week at a time, following the lectionary. But… the lectionary doesn’t go in order, and it doesn’t cover everything. It can actually be really hard to understand the totality of Luke when we read it piecemeal like this. For example, last week, Pastor Sarah read and preached on Mary’s song of praise – the Magnificat – which actually comes right after today’s passage.

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Sermon – Dreamers: God Is With Us, Even in the Wilderness- Pastor Paisley Le Roy

December 6, 2020  Ah, the Book of Isaiah – an Advent classic. And rightly so… as it tells many stories of times Israel felt they were in the wilderness. It tells of their falling out of God’s favor and falling balling back in again. It’s a story of the evolution of God’s love for us – revealed differently throughout time and space. Isaiah tells a story written for and about a specific time and people, and yet speaks from generation to generation

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