Loved into Letting Go of Our Attachments

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost Mark 10:17-31 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – October 14, 2018   “Teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.” I imagine this rich young man was seeking wisdom and new life. He must have felt like something [...]

2018-10-16T12:25:44+00:00October 16th, 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+00:00October 9th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

For Better or Worse: Interconnected

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Mark 9:38-50 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – September 30, 2018   Before we become overwhelmed by this morning’s Gospel, let’s try to understand it in the context of Jesus’ ministry and the authority he’s given the disciples. In the beginning of Mark’s Gospel, [...]

2018-10-02T12:17:01+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

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