When Sheep Become Shepherds

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – Fourth Sunday of Easter John 10:11-18 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – April 22, 2018 “Like a Good Shepherd, Jesus is there!” Well, it’s not a State Farm commercial, but it is Good Shepherd Sunday. And in Jesus’ description of being the Good Shepherd, he draws on some [...]

2018-04-24T11:54:26+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

“You got anything to eat?” Jesus Real Presence and Our Witness

2018-04-15/Easter 3-B/Community Lutheran/Rev. Joseph M. Vought Luke 24:36b-48 The disciples were having difficulty believing Easter because of Jesus’ death on Good Friday.  The disciples think they are seeing a ghost.  Many of us who have lost loved ones can relate as we struggle with grief.   When I think of my parents, I almost wonder, “Were [...]

2018-04-17T06:05:36+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Breathing Peace and Forgiveness

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – Second Sunday of Easter John 20:19-31 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – April 8, 2018   Today we begin a sermon series entitled “The Gifts of Easter.” Pr. Joe and I wanted to focus on the difference that Easter makes because it’s not just that we celebrate, eat [...]

2018-04-10T12:06:32+00:00 April 10th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Easter Fear and Faith

The Resurrection of Our Lord/April 1, 2018/Community Lutheran Church/Pr. Joe Vought Mark 16:1-8  If preaching is anything it must be honest for the Gospel is a true story not of perfect disciples but of real people struggling to believe.   Were you listening to the Gospel?  The women went to anoint Jesus.  Instead they found an [...]

2018-04-02T11:31:25+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

A Crucified Royal Savior

2018-03-30/Good Friday/Community Lutheran/Rev. Joseph Vought John 18:1 - 19:42 We have traveled with Jesus from Palm Sunday.   Now in the retelling of the Passion of our Lord, we trace the journey of Jesus in the Great Three Days- Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.   In the Palm Sunday reading of the Passion according to [...]

2018-04-02T10:55:22+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

The Scandal and Beauty of God’s Grace

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – Maundy Thursday John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – March 29, 2018   We’ve been working really hard at advertising upcoming services and events. So when I sat down with Wayne and Kristian Nielsen to put advertisements on Facebook for Holy Week, we came to this [...]

2018-03-30T10:53:23+00:00 March 30th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Gravity and Grace in a Grain of Wheat

Lent 5-B/March 18, 2018/Community Lutheran/Pr. Joe Vought John 12:20-33  A flying catch in the end-zone on the last play of the game; An Academy Award and footlights of fame; Standing on the platform for Olympic Gold.  Watch us humans in our moments of achievement, success and glory.  If you consult a Biblical dictionary the word [...]

2018-03-21T14:49:18+00:00 March 20th, 2018|Sermons, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dying So That We May Live

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – Second Sunday of Lent Mark 8:31-38 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – February 25, 2018 Oh, boy. This is just such an awkward situation. Peter is naturally upset hearing Jesus describe the horrible things that lay ahead and objects, but Jesus will have none of it. Why? Because [...]

2018-02-27T10:22:46+00:00 February 27th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Tested and Tried for Discipleship

Lent 1-B/February 18, 2018/Community Lutheran/Pr. Joe Vought                                  Mark 1:9-15 Between His Baptism and Ministry, Jesus endured testing and temptation for 40 days.   But this is nothing new for God’s children.  Noah was called by God to build an ark and bring all the animals, for which he was ridiculed and then they had to ride [...]

2018-02-20T09:29:21+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments