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God in swaddling cloths, in you and me

2017-12-24/Christmas Eve/Community Lutheran/Pr. Joe Vought Isaiah 9:2-7   Titus 2:11-14   Luke 2:1-20  “Where did Jesus come from?”  I asked children in my former parish.  One little girl piped up: “From God, and Santa Claus too!”    Confused?   It’s honest.   We have Christ in our Christmas displays but he's one among many: Rudolph, Scrooge, Santa Claus, toy soldiers, [...]

2017-12-30T12:38:19+00:00 December 30th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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