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Jesus’ Testing and Temptation and Ours

1st Sunday in Lent-C/March 10, 2019/Community Luth/Pr Joe Vought Luke 4:1-13  Luke says Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  Two chapters earlier Luke says, “Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit descended upon him and God said, ‘You are my son, the beloved with you I am [...]

2019-03-11T08:53:09-04:00March 11th, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

Godly Love that Changes the World

2019-02-24/7th Sunday after Epiphany-C/Community Lutheran/Rev. Joseph Vought Proverbs 37:1-8    Luke 6:27-38 A pastor was preaching Jesus’ command to love our enemies: “I’ll bet most of us have enemies, so raise your hands if you have enemies.”  A lot of people raised their hands. “Now if you have a few enemies.”  Half as many raised their [...]

2019-02-25T18:17:22-04:00February 25th, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

Godly Love That Bears All Things

2019-02-03/4th Sunday after Epiphany-C/Rev. Joseph M. Vought Luke 4:21-30 Jesus’ homecoming sermon in Nazareth from Isaiah ch. 61 was quite an event:  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.   He has sent me to proclaim release to the captive and recovery of [...]

2019-02-07T08:02:57-04:00February 7th, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

God With Us So We May Serve and Love

2019-01-20/Community Lutheran/Rev. Joseph Vought John 2:1-11 When I read the Gospel for today of Jesus first miracle at Cana turning water into wine, I remembered the wedding of Mark and Leigh.   They were JMU students, part of our Campus Ministry in my former parish.  They attended worship every Sunday and started dating in their Jr. [...]

2019-01-24T08:50:45-04:00January 24th, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

Worshiping Christ, Offering our Gifts for the World God Loves

2019-01-06/Community Lutheran/Rev. Joe Vought Matthew 2:1-12 A family was driving to visit relatives on Christmas.  As they drove past an Episcopal church with a Christmas creche in the front yard, the 5-year-old asked who the characters were. The mother explained: “That’s Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus in the manger.”  Further down the road, they saw [...]

2019-01-14T12:26:28-04:00January 14th, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

Love Songs and Good News for All People

2018-12-23/Advent 4-C/Community Lutheran/Rev. Joseph Vought Luke 1:39-45  It is the custom in one African tribe that when a woman decides to have a child, she goes and sits under a tree, and she listens.  She listens until she hears the song of the child who wants to come.  Once she hears the song, she returns [...]

2018-12-28T11:06:01-04:00December 28th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

God is Coming, Prepare His Way

2018-12-9/Advent 2-C/Community Lutheran/Rev. Joseph M. Vought Luke 3:1-6  In the 3rd year of Donald Trump’s Presidency, when Mitch McConnell was Majority Leader of the Senate, as Nancy Pelosi was ready to assume leadership as Speaker of the House, John Roberts being Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, after Trump’s firing of Jeff Sessions, as Franklin [...]

2018-12-10T17:12:53-04:00December 10th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Small Things with Great Love

Community   25 Pentecost B    November 11, 2018      Mark 12:38-44  Rev. Paul Opsahl It’s a privilege.  It’s a joy.  What more can I say than thanks, Pastor Joe, for the invitation to be in the pulpit today.  And thanks to you and Annabelle for the wonderful ministries you carry out here in this beloved congregation. In [...]

2018-11-12T14:20:09-04:00November 12th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Saved by Grace to Let our Lights Shine and Pass it On

2018-10-28/Reformation Sunday/Community Lutheran/Pr. Joe Vought Romans 3:19-28   John 8:31-36 Martin Luther said a Christian lives by faith in Christ that he has a gracious God, the forgiveness of sins and the hope of heaven.  Each Christian with their baptism is now a little Christ who can serve the neighbor, do good work in the world.   [...]

2018-10-29T09:06:53-04:00October 29th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Marriage, Family and the Children of God

Pentecost 20-B/October 7, 2018/Community Lutheran Ch/Pr. Joe Vought/Genesis 2:18-24   Mark 10:2-16  I love the humor in Genesis: God creates Adam from the dust, places him in the garden but Genesis says “there was no helper fit for him.”   So God makes creatures to see which ones Adam will like.  Can’t you see God making them, [...]

2018-10-09T07:41:42-04:00October 9th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments