Speaker: Rev. Yvette Schock

Christmas Eve 2017

Pastor Yvette’s sermon tells the Christmas story from the perspective of a shepherd.

I am not of this time and place, but it seems to me that it is not so very different from my time… In this time, also, God still needs unlikely messengers like we were to receive and to share good news of great joy. God needs you to carry the light of Christ in the midst of darkness.


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Can these bones live?

There are so many things that cause us to forget that we are beloved children of God and make us think that God can’t possibly want us, or that God just is not with us. But God is the one who remembers.

Again and again God’s people forgot. They forgot how to live as God’s people, called to justice and mercy, blessed to be a blessing to all God’s world. They forgot God’s faithful love for them.  But again and again, God sent the prophets to remind them of God’s call and God’s promises.

Accompanying scripture:
Ezekiel 37:1-14
John 11:25-26


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Reformation Sunday

In place of a of a traditional sermon, Pastor Yvette lead the congregation in a community reflection.  As part of this reflection, everyone was asked to consider their answers to the following questions:

  1. What’s a place where the love and grace of God has been made clear to you?
  2. What person/people in your life who made God’s love and mercy clear to you?
  3.  A) What barriers do you see that might bar some people from experiencing God through the church?  B) How can we work to break down those barriers?

Accompanying Scripture:
1 Kings 5:1-5;8:1-13
John 2:19-21


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Listening for God’s Voice

In the Old Testament, God’s people saw tangible signs of his presence in the pillars of fire and smoke, the manna and quail, and the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments.

Today we may no longer see tangible signs of God’s presence in the world, but the eternal promise of his faithful pursuit and steadfast love remains. Like Samuel, we can also be witnesses to the presence of God.

Accompanying Scripture:
1 Samuel 3:1-21
John 20:21-23


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Beginnings

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”
“Call me Ishmael.”
“It was a pleasure to burn.”

These are all first lines in famous literary works.  But today’s sermon is about a different “first line”: the opening to the the book of Genesis.  “In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep…”

Accompanying Scripture:
Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a
John 1:1-5


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The Feast

In baptism and communion, these gifts of the Sacraments, through water, bread, wine and the  promises of God, we are joined with God and with the whole body of Christ. We are given the gift and the responsibility of community. 

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 65
1 Corinthians 11:17-34

Faith Lutheran Church

3313 Arlington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

703.525.9283 (Church)
703.525.1375 (Preschool)

Worship Times

8:00 AM (Traditional Service with Organ)
9:30 AM (Praise Service with Band)
11:00 AM (Blended - Piano and Organ)

We invite you to join us this Sunday.