Entering the New Year as God’s Beloved

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – Baptism of Our Lord Sunday Mark 1:4-11 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA - January 7, 2018 Happy New Year! As we begin 2018, many of us have engaged in that traditional New Year’s activity – the setting of resolutions. Yes, as we enter the New Year, we see [...]

2018-01-09T09:12:32+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

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

“Let it be with me according to your word.”

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – Fourth Sunday of Advent Luke 1:26-38 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA - December 24, 2017 If the angel Gabriel had come to me instead of Mary, we’d be in a whole heap of trouble. But he didn’t and so, we’re good! Thanks be to God! Amen! But in [...]

2017-12-31T11:45:42+00:00 December 24th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

“Rejoice always!”

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – Third Sunday of Advent John 1:6-8, 19-28 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA - December 17, 2017 Are we there yet? We’re still in Advent. We’re still in that holy time of waiting, that time of repentance and preparation, before the great celebration of Christmas – Jesus’ coming into [...]

2017-12-18T09:16:06+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Sermons, Uncategorized|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

“Tear open the heavens and come down!”

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B –First Sunday of Advent Mark 13:24-37 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – December 3, 2017   “O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence…” I read those words, my heart leapt, and I thought, “yes!” Rip open the [...]

2017-12-05T10:31:22+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

Christ in the Least of These; Christ the King

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year A – Christ the King Sunday Matthew 25:31-46 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – November 26, 2017   “When was it that you saw Jesus?” Was it when there were hungry people in your midst? Or when the thirsty cried out for a drink? Was it when a stranger looked [...]

2017-11-28T14:20:53+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

What to Do While Waiting

23 Pentecost A       November 12, 2017 Amos 5:18-24          Matthew 25:1-13 Paul D. Opsahl   Facebook brought me a sobering reminder this past week in these lines forwarded by a friend:  “Four things you can’t recover:  The Stone. . .after it’s thrown; the Word. . .after it’s said;  The Occasion. . .after it’s passed; The Time. [...]

2017-11-13T13:51:49+00:00 November 13th, 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