The Journey Down – Transfigured in the Everyday

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – Transfiguration of Our Lord Sunday Mark 9:2-9 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – February 11, 2018   “…he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them.” In the words of one of the Superbowl commercials, how do [...]

2018-02-12T15:48:09+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Raised to New Life to Serve like Jesus

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – Fifth Sunday after Epiphany Mark 1:29-39 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – February 4, 2018 So far, John has come baptizing in the Jordan. Jesus has been baptized and called God’s beloved Son. John has been arrested for his courageous proclamation, and Jesus has started his teaching and [...]

2018-02-06T12:27:36+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Teaching and Healing with Authority

2018-01-28/Epiphany 4-B Community Lutheran/Pr. Joe Vought Mark 1: 21-28  A farmer had a pond on his land suitable for swimming.   One evening he walked down to the pond.   As he got closer, he heard laughter and saw a bunch of young women skinny dipping.  When the women saw him they all went to the deep [...]

2018-01-31T19:59:50+00:00 January 31st, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

The Adventure of Discipleship

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – Third Sunday after Epiphany Mark 1:14-20 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – January 21, 2018  “Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God.” That’s fantastic news! We love to hear it – Jesus has good news for us – the kingdom has come near, we are [...]

2018-01-23T18:03:56+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

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 [...]

2018-02-12T16:18:00+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