The Divine Dance Party – “May We Have This Dance?”

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year C – Holy Trinity Sunday John 16:12-15 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – June 16, 2019 For thousands of years, good churchfolk have sought to understand and describe the Trinity – one God, three persons. Inevitably almost every description or attempt at explanation ends up in puzzlement and often heresy. [...]

2019-06-17T08:38:06-04:00June 17th, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

D-Day for Disciples

2019-06-09/Pentecost-C/Rev. Joseph Vought/Community Lutheran Acts 2:1-21   Romans 8:14-17  John 14:8-17, 25-27  “Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force:  You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven.  The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company [...]

2019-06-10T07:55:30-04:00June 10th, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

Completely Known and Loved – One in God and Each Other

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year C – Seventh Sunday of Easter John 17:20-26 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – June 2, 2019 In this short passage from John’s Gospel, we hear a piece of Jesus’ “High Priestly Prayer.” It’s confusing. The Father is in Jesus, Jesus is in the Father, and the disciples are in [...]

2019-06-03T10:10:00-04:00June 3rd, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

Love One Another as I Have Loved You

Easter 5-C/May 5, 2019/Community Lutheran/Pr. Joe Vought John 13:31-35 The Gospel takes us back to Maundy Thursday of Holy Week.   Jesus celebrates the Lord’s Supper with the disciples and washes their feet.   The phrase, “When he had gone out,” refers to Judas going to the chief priests to betray Jesus.    And Jesus, does not run [...]

2019-05-19T20:51:22-04:00May 19th, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

The Good Shepherd of Easter

Easter 4-C/May 12, 2019/Community Lutheran/Pr. Joe Vought John 10   Psalm 23  The Gospel takes us back to the days before the crucifixion where Jesus is walking in the temple in Jerusalem.  He is being interrogated by Temple priests because he healed a blind man on the sabbath.  The Temple which held the ark of the [...]

2019-05-13T13:52:47-04:00May 13th, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

“Come, Follow Me – Just As You Are”

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year C – Third Sunday of Easter John 21:1-19 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – May 5, 2019   15 or 16 years ago now, when I studied abroad in Freiburg, Germany, my roommates and I ate a lot of meals together. Of all the meals, breakfasts on Sunday were the [...]

2019-05-06T10:05:39-04:00May 6th, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

Easter Peace and Forgiveness

Easter 2-C/April 28, 2019/Community Lutheran/Rev. Dr. Joseph Vought John 20:1-18  Two explorers were on safari when a ferocious lion jumped in front of them. "Keep calm" the first explorer whispered. "Remember what we read in the book about lions? If you stand still, look them in the eye, he will turn and run." "Sure," replied [...]

2019-05-02T15:41:09-04:00May 2nd, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

Broken Open to Receive Good News!

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year C – Easter Sunday: Resurrection of Our Lord Luke 24:1-12 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – April 21, 2019   The women go to the tomb early after resting on the Sabbath. They’ve prepared spices, but also prepared themselves for the heartbreaking work before them. They will anoint Jesus’ body [...]

2019-04-28T10:22:53-04:00April 21st, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

Cruciform Reflections

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year C – Good Friday John 18:1-19:42 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – April 19, 2019   I gaze upon the cross Human blood and flesh, Pain, agony, and sorrow, Disappointment and distress.   Why would you do that? Why did this transpire? Why do we move from “Hosanna” To “Crucify!” [...]

2019-04-28T10:22:30-04:00April 19th, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments