Completely Known and Loved – One in God and Each Other

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year C – Seventh Sunday of Easter John 17:20-26 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – June 2, 2019 In this short passage from John’s Gospel, we hear a piece of Jesus’ “High Priestly Prayer.” It’s confusing. The Father is in Jesus, Jesus is in the Father, and the disciples are in [...]

2019-06-03T10:10:00-04:00June 3rd, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

Love One Another as I Have Loved You

Easter 5-C/May 5, 2019/Community Lutheran/Pr. Joe Vought John 13:31-35 The Gospel takes us back to Maundy Thursday of Holy Week.   Jesus celebrates the Lord’s Supper with the disciples and washes their feet.   The phrase, “When he had gone out,” refers to Judas going to the chief priests to betray Jesus.    And Jesus, does not run [...]

2019-05-19T20:51:22-04:00May 19th, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

The Good Shepherd of Easter

Easter 4-C/May 12, 2019/Community Lutheran/Pr. Joe Vought John 10   Psalm 23  The Gospel takes us back to the days before the crucifixion where Jesus is walking in the temple in Jerusalem.  He is being interrogated by Temple priests because he healed a blind man on the sabbath.  The Temple which held the ark of the [...]

2019-05-13T13:52:47-04:00May 13th, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

“Come, Follow Me – Just As You Are”

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year C – Third Sunday of Easter John 21:1-19 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – May 5, 2019   15 or 16 years ago now, when I studied abroad in Freiburg, Germany, my roommates and I ate a lot of meals together. Of all the meals, breakfasts on Sunday were the [...]

2019-05-06T10:05:39-04:00May 6th, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

Easter Peace and Forgiveness

Easter 2-C/April 28, 2019/Community Lutheran/Rev. Dr. Joseph Vought John 20:1-18  Two explorers were on safari when a ferocious lion jumped in front of them. "Keep calm" the first explorer whispered. "Remember what we read in the book about lions? If you stand still, look them in the eye, he will turn and run." "Sure," replied [...]

2019-05-02T15:41:09-04:00May 2nd, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

Broken Open to Receive Good News!

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year C – Easter Sunday: Resurrection of Our Lord Luke 24:1-12 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – April 21, 2019   The women go to the tomb early after resting on the Sabbath. They’ve prepared spices, but also prepared themselves for the heartbreaking work before them. They will anoint Jesus’ body [...]

2019-04-28T10:22:53-04:00April 21st, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

Cruciform Reflections

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year C – Good Friday John 18:1-19:42 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – April 19, 2019   I gaze upon the cross Human blood and flesh, Pain, agony, and sorrow, Disappointment and distress.   Why would you do that? Why did this transpire? Why do we move from “Hosanna” To “Crucify!” [...]

2019-04-28T10:22:30-04:00April 19th, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

He Loved Them to the End

Maundy Thursday/April 18, 2019/Community Lutheran/Pr. Joe Vought John 13:1-17, 31b-35  With the Confession and Forgiveness of tonight’s liturgy the season of Lent comes to a close and we enter the Great Thee Days: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, the Vigil of Easter.   While they are three days, they are celebrated as one, reminding [...]

2019-04-28T10:13:12-04:00April 18th, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments