What is Faithfulness?

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – 26th Sunday after Pentecost Mark 13:1-8 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – November 18, 2018   As a child who grew up watching Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, every time I hear this Gospel reading, I cannot help but think of one scene from that movie. [...]

2018-11-19T10:32:25+00:00November 19th, 2018|Sermons, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Small Things with Great Love

Community   25 Pentecost B    November 11, 2018      Mark 12:38-44  Rev. Paul Opsahl It’s a privilege.  It’s a joy.  What more can I say than thanks, Pastor Joe, for the invitation to be in the pulpit today.  And thanks to you and Annabelle for the wonderful ministries you carry out here in this beloved congregation. In [...]

2018-11-12T14:20:09+00:00November 12th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

“Come Out Into the Light and Life of Christ!”

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – All Saints Sunday John 11:32-44 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – November 4, 2018   A few weeks ago, Jeff and I received the results of our 23andme DNA tests. It’s been fun exploring and playing with this and it’s made us think about where we come from [...]

2018-11-05T10:33:55+00:00November 5th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Saved by Grace to Let our Lights Shine and Pass it On

2018-10-28/Reformation Sunday/Community Lutheran/Pr. Joe Vought Romans 3:19-28   John 8:31-36 Martin Luther said a Christian lives by faith in Christ that he has a gracious God, the forgiveness of sins and the hope of heaven.  Each Christian with their baptism is now a little Christ who can serve the neighbor, do good work in the world.   [...]

2018-10-29T09:06:53+00:00October 29th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Loved into Letting Go of Our Attachments

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost Mark 10:17-31 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – October 14, 2018   “Teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.” I imagine this rich young man was seeking wisdom and new life. He must have felt like something [...]

2018-10-16T12:25:44+00:00October 16th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Marriage, Family and the Children of God

Pentecost 20-B/October 7, 2018/Community Lutheran Ch/Pr. Joe Vought/Genesis 2:18-24   Mark 10:2-16  I love the humor in Genesis: God creates Adam from the dust, places him in the garden but Genesis says “there was no helper fit for him.”   So God makes creatures to see which ones Adam will like.  Can’t you see God making them, [...]

2018-10-09T07:41:42+00:00October 9th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

For Better or Worse: Interconnected

Pastor Annabelle P. Markey Year B – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Mark 9:38-50 Community Lutheran Church, Sterling, VA – September 30, 2018   Before we become overwhelmed by this morning’s Gospel, let’s try to understand it in the context of Jesus’ ministry and the authority he’s given the disciples. In the beginning of Mark’s Gospel, [...]

2018-10-02T12:17:01+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Compassion and Welcome for all God’s Children

Pentecost 18-B /Mark 9:30-37/Sept. 23, 2018/Community Lutheran/Pr. Joe Vought  There is a story about a great big extended family that gathered every year for a reunion.  They held it at a community park.   The food and feasting was sumptuous.   Grandparents would sit on lawn chairs to visit, younger families and kids would go off to [...]

2018-09-25T10:30:39+00:00September 25th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments