All Are Welcome

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year A – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 22:1-14 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – October 15, 2017   In Indianapolis this past July, Sarah Cummins was planning to get married. She’d been planning her dream wedding for two years, working overtime, scrimping and saving for the $30,000 event. But the [...]

2017-10-17T13:57:50+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

Serving, Loving and Giving in God’s Vineyard

2017-10-08/18th Pentecost-A/Community Lutheran/Rev. Joseph M. Vought Isaiah 5:1-7   Matthew 21:33-46  Our lessons tell us God plants a vineyard.   With a labor of love God plants the vine, provides boundaries for the vineyard, a winepress and a watchtower.  God planted his fair vine Israel just as God plants us.   In return our Lord asks for nothing [...]

2017-10-09T12:14:46+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

Who has Authority, Power, and Control in Your Life?

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year A – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 21:23-32 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – October 1, 2017    In June I found myself pulling myself along hand over hand through two wooden barrels strung between trees in the Pyrenees Mountains.  Jeff and I were in the tiny country of Andorra [...]

2017-10-03T10:17:28+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

Grumbling or Gratitude in God’s Vineyard

Pentecost 16-A/Sept. 24, 2017/Community Lutheran/Pr. Joe Vought Matthew 20:1-16  A man dies and goes to heaven.   St. Peter meets him at the pearly gates, and says, "Here's how it works.   You need 100 points to get in.   You tell me the good things you've done, and I give you a certain number of points and [...]

2017-09-26T10:04:13+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

Forgiveness: A New Way to Live

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year A – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 18:21-35 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – September 17, 2017   Last week, we heard Jesus explaining to the disciples how to forgive and how to tackle conflict in the community – the community that Peter will be leading and guiding in the [...]

2017-09-19T13:28:09+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

Where two or three are gathered… Love one another

The Rev. Joseph M. Vought Year A – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Romans 13:8-14    Matthew 18:1-20 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – September 10, 2017   Last year I was enjoying sabbatical: a time to step away after years of ministry, to reconnect with family and interview my faith mentors. It was also time to [...]

2017-09-19T16:14:41+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

Called to Die; Called to Rise

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year A – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 16:21-28 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – September 3, 2017   Peter got it right only a few lines ago in the Gospel account.  “‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’”  Yay! You know those moments when you get something [...]

2017-09-08T19:49:17+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

Great Confession, Godly Vocation

12th Pentecost-A/Aug. 27, 2017/Community Lutheran/Pr. Joe Vought Romans 12:1-8    Matthew 16:13-20  Jesus has moved north of Galilee.  He is alone with his disciples near Caesarea Philippi, a city built to honor Caesar, who the Romans believed was god.  There were also many temples in that region to Greek and pagan gods.  Jesus asks, “Who do people [...]

2017-09-08T19:46:03+00:00 August 27th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

A Savior in our Storms and Stress

10th Pentecost-A/August 13, 2017/Community Lutheran/Pr. Joe Vought 1 Kings 19:9-18 Romans 10:5-15 Matthew 14:22-33 Jesus called his disciples to be fishers of people, to join him in proclaiming Good News of God’s Reign, God’s Healing and Salvation. Each of them saw his healings, miracles, compassion and his ministry of inclusion. But halfway through the Gospels, [...]

2017-09-08T19:42:14+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

The God Who Sustains Us

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year A – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 14:13-21 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – August 6, 2017 There’s a Weight Watchers commercial and it features Oprah Winfrey saying “I LOVE BREAD!” And while I also love bread, the intensity with which she says it would make me afraid to ever [...]

2017-09-08T19:42:29+00:00 August 6th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments