Compassion and Welcome for all God’s Children

Pentecost 18-B /Mark 9:30-37/Sept. 23, 2018/Community Lutheran/Pr. Joe Vought  There is a story about a great big extended family that gathered every year for a reunion.  They held it at a community park.   The food and feasting was sumptuous.   Grandparents would sit on lawn chairs to visit, younger families and kids would go off to [...]

2018-09-25T10:30:39+00:00September 25th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Jesus’ Healing and Love for Foreigners

Pentecost 16-B/September 9, 2018/Community Lutheran Church/Pr. Joe Vought Mark 7:24-37  Welcome to church on Rally Sunday!    It is good to begin the school year and a new year in ministry.  September is an adjustment, everyone is getting used to new schedules.   How many of you are happy to have a regular schedule again, kids back [...]

2018-09-10T16:51:00+00:00September 10th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

A Look Within The Heart

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost James 1:17-27 and Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – September 2, 2018   Boy, did that Gospel reading end on a high note! “…there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come [...]

2018-09-04T11:58:42+00:00September 4th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

“Lord to Whom Shall We Go?”

2018-08-26/14th Pentecost-B/Community Lutheran/Pr Joe Vought John 6:56-69  Of all the Gospels, John’s Gospel seems the most intense.  Jesus is always challenging people into a deeper relationship of faith.   Remember Nicodemus the Pharisee in John ch. 3?  He came to Jesus alone at night probably because his Pharisee friends thought Jesus was too radical.  Nicodemus came [...]

2018-08-28T14:01:55+00:00August 28th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Seeing the Face of God in Rwanda

I’d (Wayne N.) like to start by thanking you the congregation for allowing us to represent you in Rwanda. Cathy, Karen, Peg and I had an amazing, thought provoking and mind evolving trip last month. The hope-filled kids of the Rwamagana Lutheran School paired against the historic backdrop of the country’s attempted ethnic extermination cannot [...]

2018-08-23T17:10:33+00:00August 22nd, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

We are what we eat, Jesus, the Bread of Life

 2018-08-12/Pentecost 12-B/Community Lutheran/Pr. Joe Vought Ephesians 4:25-5:2   John 6:35, 41-51  “I am the bread of life, whoever comes to me will never be hungry and will never thirst.”  Jesus’ words and actions proclaim God’s love for everyone.  Last week we spoke of how our Communion with Jesus leads us to share in ever widening circles.  [...]

2018-08-13T16:25:29+00:00August 13th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Jesus, the Bread of Life building Community

2018-08-05/11th Sunday after Pentecost-B/Community Lutheran/Pr Joe Vought Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15   John 6:24-35  What is strange is that this time of year we have five Sundays of the Bread of Life in John chapter 6:1-69.   It began last Sunday with feeding the 5000 and continues for the next 3 Sundays.   Why must we hear Jesus say [...]

2018-08-06T15:28:36+00:00August 6th, 2018|Sermons|1 Comment

Rooted and Grounded in God’s Abundant Love

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Ephesians 3:14-21 and John 6:1-21 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – July 29, 2018   “You open wide your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. … You are near to all who call upon you, to all who call upon you [...]

2018-07-29T13:00:23+00:00July 29th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

You Bear God’s Image

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Ephesians 2:11-22 and Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – July 22, 2018   This little Gospel story bookends feeding and water miracles that remind people of the Exodus from Egypt and time in the wilderness. It speaks of the importance not [...]

2018-09-04T12:13:20+00:00July 23rd, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments