A God of Justice *and* Mercy

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year C – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Luke 12:49-56 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – August 18, 2019   There’s a line I love from the animated movie Toy Story 2 that Mrs. Potato Head says to husband before he sets off to help rescue Sherriff Woody. As she puts items [...]

2019-08-19T09:25:51-04:00August 19th, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

Loving God, Serving Others While We Can

Pentecost 9-C/August 11, 2019/Community Lutheran/Pr. Joe Vought Genesis 15:1-6   Ps 33:12-22  Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 Luke 12:32-40  Last week we heard a parable about a rich man who thought only of himself, planned only for himself and was surprised when God said, “this very night your life is at an end, and the things you have [...]

2019-08-12T08:18:50-04:00August 12th, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

What Is Precious To Us?

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year C – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Luke 12:13-21 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – August 4, 2019   This morning’s gospel is really a pretty funny little section of scripture. The literal translation of “friend” makes what Jesus says, “‘man, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over [...]

2019-08-04T12:48:16-04:00August 4th, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

Prayer, Like a Dog Looking to the Master

Pentecost 7-C/July 28, 2019 /Community Lutheran/Pr. Joe Vought Luke 11:1-13  This morning our Scripture lessons focus on prayer.  Scholars remind us that in Jesus’ day, most people were peasants and not in charge of anything.    Nature determined weather.  Landowners determined what they could plant and what they could keep and the Empire determined the taxes [...]

2019-07-29T10:19:15-04:00July 29th, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

Pulled In Many Directions

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year C – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Luke 10:38-42 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – July 21, 2019   There is a medieval story called the “Golden Legend” that says that Lazarus, Mary, and Martha escaped persecution in the early days of the church by sailing to Gaul, or modern day [...]

2019-07-23T12:55:05-04:00July 23rd, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

Christ in the Stranger

u Pentecost 5-C/July 14, 2019/Community Lutheran/Pr. Joe Vought Luke 10:25-37  Years ago there was a movie called Grand Canyon.  It told the story of a wealthy businessman played by Kevin Kline.   This man has it all, until one evening traffic is jammed on the freeway and he takes another route home.    He is making his [...]

2019-07-15T08:46:51-04:00July 15th, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

Called and Sent into the World God Loves

2019-07-07/4th Pentecost-C/Community Lutheran/Pr. Joe Vought Luke 10:1-11, 16-20  When I was 10 my parents said, “We are sending you to Church camp.”  “No!  I don’t want to go.  I want to stay here with my friends.”  It became clear I wasn’t going to win the argument, so I was sent to Mount Luther in Central [...]

2019-07-08T12:18:24-04:00July 8th, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

Following with Single-minded Devotion

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year C – Third Sunday after Pentecost Luke 9:51-62 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – June 30, 2019   It’s summer and many of us are setting out on vacation. And whether we’re traveling to the local pool or beach to escape the heat, or around the world, we all know [...]

2019-07-01T10:37:46-04:00July 1st, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

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