Prepare the Way of the Lord

Advent 2-B/Dec. 10, 2017/Community Lutheran/Pr. Joe Vought Isaiah 40:1-11   2 Peter 3:8-15   Mark 1:1-18  Two Sundays ago Debra and I joined dear friends, Pr. Kurt and Lois Strause, to celebrate her retirement from teaching, nine days in Germany and the Czech republic, enjoying history, culture and the European Christmas Markets.   We visited Markets in Regensburg, [...]

2017-12-11T09:17:49+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

“Tear open the heavens and come down!”

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B –First Sunday of Advent Mark 13:24-37 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – December 3, 2017   “O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence…” I read those words, my heart leapt, and I thought, “yes!” Rip open the [...]

2017-12-05T10:31:22+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

Christ in the Least of These; Christ the King

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year A – Christ the King Sunday Matthew 25:31-46 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – November 26, 2017   “When was it that you saw Jesus?” Was it when there were hungry people in your midst? Or when the thirsty cried out for a drink? Was it when a stranger looked [...]

2017-11-28T14:20:53+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

What to Do While Waiting

23 Pentecost A       November 12, 2017 Amos 5:18-24          Matthew 25:1-13 Paul D. Opsahl   Facebook brought me a sobering reminder this past week in these lines forwarded by a friend:  “Four things you can’t recover:  The Stone. . .after it’s thrown; the Word. . .after it’s said;  The Occasion. . .after it’s passed; The Time. [...]

2017-11-13T13:51:49+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

For All the Saints

2017-11-05/All Saints Sunday/Community Luth/Pr. Joe Vought 1 John 3:1-13   Matthew 5:1-12  In the movie "Forrest Gump," Forrest has a talk with his dying mother, “Why are you dying momma?”  “It’s my time, it’s just my time Forrest, now don’t you be afraid.  I didn’t know it, but I was destined to be your momma.  I [...]

2017-11-06T12:08:44+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

Freed by God’s Grace to Always Be Reformed

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year A – Reformation Sunday Matthew 22:1-14 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – October 29, 2017 Throughout school, I studied history and German, so I was bound to learn about the upstart monk who turned Europe on its head! Studying history and Luther introduced me to the ideas of justification by [...]

2017-10-31T10:24:56+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

Made in God’s Image, We Give to God

Pentecost 22-A/Oct. 22, 2017/Community Luth/Rev. Joseph Vought Matthew 22:15-22  Let a pastor start preaching about money and stewardship and some people will think he has gone from preaching to meddling.  We get nervous about our money don’t we?  It’s like when I go to church on vacation and they pass the offering plate.  When I [...]

2017-10-25T11:22:20+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

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