Jesus with Us amid Life’s Storms

2018-06-24/Pentecost 5-B/Community Lutheran/Pr Joe Vought Job 38:1-11  Mark 4:35-41  I was pretty anxious growing up.  Being a first child, premature at a whopping 3 pounds, I know my parents worried.  I remember breathing treatments for asthma as a kid.  My mom remembered the day President Kennedy was shot I was in 1st Grade, I ran [...]

2018-06-25T09:11:53+00:00June 25th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Discovering the Kingdom in Our Midst

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Mark 4:26-34 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – June 17, 2018   “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not [...]

2018-06-19T10:24:52+00:00June 19th, 2018|Sermons, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Those Who Do the Will of God

3rd Pentecost-B/June 10, 2018/Community Lutheran/Pr. Joe Vought Mark 3:20-35 Listen to the first verse of Mark’s Gospel, “The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”   Who is Jesus?   God’s Son.    A few verses later at his baptism, God confirms it, “You are my Son, the Beloved with you I am [...]

2018-06-14T12:53:30+00:00June 14th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Rest and Be Restored.

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – Second Sunday after Pentecost Mark 2:23-3:6 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – June 3, 2018   For everyone Who yearns to be known, To be loved, Appreciated, Shown, That they mean something – Life rippling like rings In a pond, Making a difference Before they’re gone. Rest and [...]

2018-06-04T10:56:27+00:00June 4th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Closer Than Our Breath

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – Day of Pentecost Acts 2:1-21 & John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – May 20, 2018 I recently watched a documentary on Netflix called “Coffee for All.” I love coffee, but I was also interested because this film was talking about coffee’s social importance. There is [...]

2018-05-20T14:50:18+00:00May 20th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

‘One in Christ, Remembering Who We Are”

2018-05-13/Easter 7-B/Community Lutheran/Pr. Joseph Vought John 17:6-19 I see them every morning driving out of my neighborhood as I stop for the school bus: mothers and fathers praying as they hug their kids; praying as  they get on the bus; praying and waving as little faces are framed by bus windows, parents still praying and [...]

2018-05-14T08:06:13+00:00May 13th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

True Love and Friendship

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – Sixth Sunday of Easter John 15:9-17 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – May 6, 2018 Love. Friendship. Chosen-ness. After talking about how amorphous or nebulous the word “love” can be, the Bible Study folks this week simply said, “that’s tough. Good luck, Pr. Annabelle.” Thanks, all! But maybe [...]

2018-05-08T09:25:45+00:00May 8th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Abiding and Bearing Fruit

2018-04-29/Easter 5-B/Community Lutheran/Rev. Joseph Vought John 15:1-8  Jesus uses the symbol of the vine to speak of his life.   He speaks these words to his disciples at the Last Supper, the night before he is cut down.   But those who cut him down on Good Friday did not know the hidden power of the Vine.   [...]

2018-04-30T15:26:56+00:00April 30th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

When Sheep Become Shepherds

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – Fourth Sunday of Easter John 10:11-18 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – April 22, 2018 “Like a Good Shepherd, Jesus is there!” Well, it’s not a State Farm commercial, but it is Good Shepherd Sunday. And in Jesus’ description of being the Good Shepherd, he draws on some [...]

2018-04-24T11:54:26+00:00April 24th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

“You got anything to eat?” Jesus Real Presence and Our Witness

2018-04-15/Easter 3-B/Community Lutheran/Rev. Joseph M. Vought Luke 24:36b-48 The disciples were having difficulty believing Easter because of Jesus’ death on Good Friday.  The disciples think they are seeing a ghost.  Many of us who have lost loved ones can relate as we struggle with grief.   When I think of my parents, I almost wonder, “Were [...]

2018-04-17T06:05:36+00:00April 16th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments