Closer Than Our Breath

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – Day of Pentecost Acts 2:1-21 & John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – May 20, 2018 I recently watched a documentary on Netflix called “Coffee for All.” I love coffee, but I was also interested because this film was talking about coffee’s social importance. There is [...]

2018-05-20T14:50:18+00:00May 20th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

‘One in Christ, Remembering Who We Are”

2018-05-13/Easter 7-B/Community Lutheran/Pr. Joseph Vought John 17:6-19 I see them every morning driving out of my neighborhood as I stop for the school bus: mothers and fathers praying as they hug their kids; praying as  they get on the bus; praying and waving as little faces are framed by bus windows, parents still praying and [...]

2018-05-14T08:06:13+00:00May 13th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

True Love and Friendship

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – Sixth Sunday of Easter John 15:9-17 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – May 6, 2018 Love. Friendship. Chosen-ness. After talking about how amorphous or nebulous the word “love” can be, the Bible Study folks this week simply said, “that’s tough. Good luck, Pr. Annabelle.” Thanks, all! But maybe [...]

2018-05-08T09:25:45+00:00May 8th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Abiding and Bearing Fruit

2018-04-29/Easter 5-B/Community Lutheran/Rev. Joseph Vought John 15:1-8  Jesus uses the symbol of the vine to speak of his life.   He speaks these words to his disciples at the Last Supper, the night before he is cut down.   But those who cut him down on Good Friday did not know the hidden power of the Vine.   [...]

2018-04-30T15:26:56+00:00April 30th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

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+00:00April 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+00:00April 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+00:00April 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+00:00April 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+00:00April 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+00:00March 30th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments