Sermons by Pastor Michael Church

Sermons by Pastor Michael Church

Frist Sunday of Advent, Year A

Let Us Worship Together! Our Saviour is incredibly pleased to have you join us for live in-person worship inside the Nave and Sanctuary on Saturday, November 26 at 5:30 pm (casual with Voices of Praise), and Sunday, November 27 at 8:00 am (simple service) and 10:30 am (traditional with choir and/or organ music). The Saturday evening and Sunday 10:30 am services will will also be online via Facebook Livestream!   Join your prayers with the community! During the live stream of…

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost / The Feast of Christ the King

Let Us Worship Together! Our Saviour is incredibly pleased to have you join us for live in-person worship inside the Nave and Sanctuary on Saturday, November 19 at 5:30 pm (casual with Voices of Praise), and Sunday, November 20 at 8:00 am (simple service) and 10:30 am (traditional with choir and/or organ music). The Saturday evening and Sunday 10:30 am services will will also be online via Facebook Livestream!   Join your prayers with the community! During the live stream of…

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

  “Apocalypse, 1831” by Ludwig Ferdinand Schnorr von Carolsfeld Let Us Worship Together! Our Saviour is incredibly pleased to have you join us for live in-person worship inside the Nave and Sanctuary on Saturday, November 12 at 5:30 pm (casual with Voices of Praise), and Sunday, November 13 at 8:00 am (simple service) and 10:30 am (traditional with choir and/or organ music). The Saturday evening and Sunday 10:30 am services will will also be online via Facebook Livestream!   Join your…

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost / All Saints Sunday

Holy Cross Cemetery in Gniezno, Poland Let Us Worship Together! Our Saviour is incredibly pleased to have you join us for live in-person worship inside the Nave and Sanctuary on Saturday, November 5 at 5:30 pm (casual with Voices of Praise), and Sunday, November 6 at 8:00 am (simple service) and 10:30 am (traditional with choir and/or organ music). The Saturday evening and Sunday 10:30 am services will will also be online via Facebook Livestream!   Join your prayers with the…

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost / Reformation Sunday

Let Us Worship Together! Our Saviour is incredibly pleased to have you join us for live in-person worship inside the Nave and Sanctuary on Saturday, October 29 at 5:30 pm (casual with Voices of Praise), and Sunday, October 30 at 8:00 am (simple service) and 10:30 am (traditional with choir and/or organ music). The Saturday evening and Sunday 10:30 am services will will also be online via Facebook Livestream!   Join your prayers with the community! During the live stream of…

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

  Let Us Worship Together! Our Saviour is incredibly pleased to have you join us for live in-person worship inside the Nave and Sanctuary on Saturday, October 8 at 5:30 pm (casual with Voices of Praise), and Sunday, October 9 at 8:00 am (simple service) and 10:30 am (traditional with choir and/or organ music). The Saturday evening and Sunday 10:30 am services will will also be online via Facebook Livestream!   Join your prayers with the community! During the live stream…

Maundy Thursday

A Celebration of the Last Supper 7:00 pm — Maundy Thursday worship service – including Communion Class Blessing (In-person & via Facebook Livestream): Download Maundy Thursday’s Worship Bulletin & Watch Service Here Readings and Psalms: Exodus 12:1-4 [5-10] 11-14 Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Sermon: Maundy Thursday, Year C Liturgical material © 2017 Augsburg Fortress, used by permission of Augsburg Fortress/Sundays and Seasons #SAS009239. Copyright Acknowledgments for print & broadcast: CCLI – Copyright License #2800659 and…

Holden Evening Prayer

Wednesday, April 6 at 7pm Gathering for Evening Prayer is an ancient tradition of the church. For many years, we at Our Saviour have sung our prayers to the music composed by Marty Haugen for the Holden Village Retreat Center. It easy to sing along with, but also beautiful if you prefer to just listen. Either way, please join us in person at the church. If we have a volunteer to do so, this service will be livestreamed on our…

Holden Evening Prayer

Wednesday, March 30 at 7pm Gathering for Evening Prayer is an ancient tradition of the church. For many years, we at Our Saviour have sung our prayers to the music composed by Marty Haugen for the Holden Village Retreat Center. It easy to sing along with, but also beautiful if you prefer to just listen. Either way, please join us in person at the church. If we have a volunteer to do so, this service will be livestreamed on our…

Holden Evening Prayer

Wednesday, March 23 at 7pm Gathering for Evening Prayer is an ancient tradition of the church. For many years, we at Our Saviour have sung our prayers to the music composed by Marty Haugen for the Holden Village Retreat Center. It easy to sing along with, but also beautiful if you prefer to just listen. Either way, please join us in person at the church. If we have a volunteer to do so, this service will be livestreamed on our…

Holden Evening Prayer

Wednesday, March 16 at 7pm Gathering for Evening Prayer is an ancient tradition of the church. For many years, we at Our Saviour have sung our prayers to the music composed by Marty Haugen for the Holden Village Retreat Center. It easy to sing along with, but also beautiful if you prefer to just listen. Either way, please join us in person at the church. If we have a volunteer to do so, this service will be livestreamed on our…

Holden Evening Prayer

Wednesday, March 9 at 7pm Gathering for Evening Prayer is an ancient tradition of the church. For many years, we at Our Saviour have sung our prayers to the music composed by Marty Haugen for the Holden Village Retreat Center. It easy to sing along with, but also beautiful if you prefer to just listen. Either way, please join us in person at the church. If we have a volunteer to do so, this service will be livestreamed on our…
Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

See Services in Lent, Holy Week and Easter page HERE. Morning Meditation:  Building Your Friendship with God Wednesday, March 2 from 8:30 am – 9 am Online via Zoom Find out more here including Zoom link to join in. Ash Wednesday Worship Services Wednesday, March 2 at 12 noon and 7 pm During Lent, Christians worldwide fast, pray and turn our attention back to God. Ashes are an ancient Biblical signal of repentance and confession. Ash Wednesday services this year will…

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
Powerful or Vulnerable?

Our Saviour is incredibly pleased to have you join us online Saturday, January 30 at 5:30 pm for a prerecorded online only service (Facebook Premier) and on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 10:00 am via Facebook Premiere! This special service of Morning Prayer and song will be online only due to the impending winter storm and potentially unsafe travel condition.  Please click the “Read More” button below to get all the details, which will help ensure all who wish to worship together in person stay as safe as possible. Join…

Third Sunday after Epiphany

‘The Miraculous Draught’ of Fishes, art by John Reilly, UK Our Saviour is incredibly pleased to have you join us online Saturday, January 23 at 5:30 pm for a prerecorded online only service (Facebook Premier) and on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 10:00 am via Facebook Livestream!   Please click the “Read More” button below to get all the details, which will help ensure all who wish to worship together in person stay as safe as possible. Join your prayers with the…
Baptism of Christ by David Zelenka,

Baptism of Our Lord

Our Saviour is incredibly pleased to have you join us online for worship on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:00 am via Facebook!   Please click the “Read More” button below to get all the details, which will help ensure all who wish to worship together in person stay as safe as possible. Join your prayers with the community! During the live stream of the service, you are invited to type into the Facebook chat any prayer requests for those you want…

The Word Became Flesh
2 Christmas

Our Saviour is incredibly pleased to have you join us online for worship on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 10:00 am via Facebook!   Please click the “Read More” button below to get all the details, which will help ensure all who wish to worship together in person stay as safe as possible. Join your prayers with the community! During the live stream of the service, you are invited to type into the Facebook chat any prayer requests for those you want…

The Presentation of the Child
1 Christmas

Our Saviour is incredibly pleased to have you join us online for worship on Sunday, December 27 at 10:00 am via Facebook!  Please click the “Read More” button below to get all the details, which will help ensure all who wish to worship together in person stay as safe as possible. Join your prayers with the community! During the live stream of the service, you are invited to type into the Facebook chat any prayer requests for those you want included…

Christmas Eve and Day Worship Services

Christmas Eve Worship—Thursday, December 24 Family Worship @ 4:00 pm Click here to access the online bulletin for this service.) Sermon I Love your more than Toilet Paper; thus, it’s the Best Christmas Ever! Sermon for Christmas Eve 2020, 4pm Drive in WorshipLuke 2:1-20; Covid-19 Coronavirus ResponseOur Saviour Lutheran Church, Warrenton, VA. The Reverend Terri E.L. Church Do you suppose Jesus could have had colic? That’s what snobby little Alice Wendleken wondered in that classic tale by Barbara Robinson, The…

Build Up the Ancient Ruins
3 Advent

December 12-13 Third Sunday of Advent, Year B Readings and Psalms: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11Psalm 126Luke 1:46b-55 (alternate)1 Thessalonians 5:16-24John 1:6-8, 19-28 Come Worship Together Live & In-person! Our Saviour is incredibly pleased to have you join us for live in-person worship back inside the Nave and Sanctuary on both Saturday, December 12 at 5:30 pm and Sunday, December 13 at 10:00 am!  Please click the “Read More” button below to get all the details, which will help ensure all who…

Prepare the Way of the Lord
2 Advent

Come Worship Together Live & In-person! Our Saviour is incredibly pleased to have you join us for live in-person worship back inside the Nave and Sanctuary on both Saturday, December 5 at 5:30 pm and Sunday, December 6 at 10:00 am!  Please click the “Read More” button below to get all the details, which will help ensure all who wish to worship together in person stay as safe as possible. Join on Facebook For those who prefer to stay safer at…

Apocalypse Now
1 Advent

First Sunday of Advent, Year B Readings and Psalms: Isaiah 64:1-9Psalm 80:1-7, 17-191 Corinthians 1:3-9Mark 13:24-37 Saturday 5:30 pm Contemporary Service  Sunday 10:00 am Traditional Service Altar Flowers are on hiatus throughout December but will resume the first weekend in January 2021. If you would like to donate flowers in memory, honor or celebration of a loved one or special date, please sign up on the chart in the church office hallway or call the church office at (540) 347-3224…

Thanksgiving Service (Online)

This year’s Thanksgiving Service will be different. Our Pie Fest has been re-imagined as a chance to provide pies and baked goods as well as turkey dinners for people in need. Look in the news for how to help our local neighbors in advance of the service. The worship service itself will be completely online and interactive at the link below. Let us gather online to share what we are thankful for and to celebrate God’s blessings in the past,…

Who’s the King?

The 25th Sunday after Pentecost, Year A Readings and Psalms: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24Psalm 95:1-7aEphesians 1:15-23Matthew 25:31-46 Saturday 5:30 pm Contemporary Service Sunday 10:00 am Traditional Service   Altar Flowers were loveling donated by the children of Jim and Sharon Wood – Jeremy, Carriann and Kevin – in honor and celebration of their parent’s 50th Wedding Anniversary. Congratulations Jim and Sharon! And wishing you many more years together in wedded bliss and good health!   Liturgical material © 2017 Augsburg Fortress; used by…

Keep Awake: The Parable of the Mean Girls

The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost, Year A November 7 and 8, 2020 Readings and Psalms: Amos 5:18-24 Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16 (alternate) Psalm 70 Wisdom of Solomon 6:17-20 (alternate) 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Matthew 25:1-13 Saturday 5:30 pm Contemporary Service Sunday 10:00 am Traditional Service Liturgical material © 2017 Augsburg Fortress; used by permission of Augsburg Fortress, #SAS009239. Copyright Acknowledgments (CCLI License # 2800659 and One License # 710443-A) for print and broadcast.

All Saints Day: Olga Warrior Princess

All Saints Day, Year A October 31 – November 1, 2020 Readings and Psalms: Revelation 7:9-17 Psalm 34:1-10, 22 1 John 3:1-3 Matthew 5:1-12 Watch the recorded service from Saturday, October 31, 2020 Watch the recorded service from Sunday morning, November 1, 2020. Altar Flowers have been donated by Fred Koozer in honor and loving memory of all four of his grandparents.  If you would like to donate flowers in memory, honor or celebration of a loved one or special…

Reformation Sunday, Year A

Come Worship Together Live & In-person! Our Saviour is incredibly pleased to have you join us for live in-person worship back inside the Nave and Sanctuary on both Saturday, October 24 at 5:30 pm and Sunday, October 25 at 10:00 am!  Please click the “Read More” button below to get all the details, which will help ensure all who wish to worship together in person stay as safe as possible. For those who prefer to stay safer at home, join us on Facebook live. Worshipping…

The Power to Love

Come Worship Together Live & In-person! Our Saviour is incredibly pleased to have you join us for live in-person worship back inside the Nave and Sanctuary on both Saturday, October 17 at 5:30 pm and Sunday, October 18 at 10:00 am!  Please click the “Read More” button below to get all the details, which will help ensure all who wish to worship together in person stay as safe as possible. For those who prefer to stay safer at home, join us on Facebook live. Worshipping…

We Love to Win

18th Sunday After Pentacost, Year A Readings and Psalms: Isaiah 5:1-7 Psalm 80:7-15 Philippians 3:4b-14 Matthew 21:33-46 Watch the recorded service from Sunday morning, October 3, 2020. Watch the recorded service from Saturday, October 4, 2020 Come Worship Together Live & In-person! Our Saviour is incredibly pleased to have you join us for live in-person worship back inside the Nave and Sanctuary on both Saturday, October 31 at 5:30 pm and Sunday, November 1 at 10:00 am!  Please click the “Read More” button…

“Good Thing Nobody Listens to Jesus”
(The third in a three-week sermon series on reconciliation)

Come Worship Together Live & In-person! Our Saviour is incredibly pleased to have you join us for live in-person worship back inside the Nave and Sanctuary on both Saturday, September 19 at 5:30 pm and Sunday, September 20 at 10:00 am!  Please click the “Read More” button below to get all the details, which will help ensure all who wish to worship together in person stay as safe as possible. For those who prefer to stay safer at home, join us on Facebook live. 16th Sunday after…

Forgive 70×7
(The second in a three-week sermon series on reconciliation)

Come Worship Together Live & In-person! Our Saviour is incredibly pleased to have you join us for live in-person worship back inside the Nave and Sanctuary on both Saturday, September 12 at 5:30 pm and Sunday, September 13 at 10:00 am!  Please click the “Read More” button below to get all the details, which will help ensure all who wish to worship together in person stay as safe as possible. For those who prefer to stay safer at home, join us on Facebook live. 15th Sunday after…

The Keys to the Kingdom
(The first in a three-week sermon series on reconciliation)

Come Worship Together Live & In-person! Our Saviour is incredibly pleased to have you join us for live in-person worship back inside the Nave and Sanctuary on both Saturday, September 5 at 5:30 pm and Sunday, September 6 at 10:00 am!  Please click the “Read More” button below to get all the details, which will help ensure all who wish to worship together in person stay as safe as possible. For those who prefer to stay safer at home, join us on Facebook live. 14th Sunday after…

The Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail

Come Worship Together Live & In-person! Our Saviour is incredibly pleased to have you join us for live in-person worship back inside the Nave and Sanctuary on both Saturday, August 22 at 5:30 pm and Sunday, August 23 at 10:00 am!  Please click the “Read More” button below to get all the details, which will help ensure all who wish to worship together in person stay as safe as possible. For those who prefer to stay safer at home, join us on Facebook live. 12th Sunday after…

Was Jesus a Time Traveler?

Come Worship Together Live & In-person! Our Saviour is incredibly pleased to have you join us for live in-person worship back inside the Nave and Sanctuary on both Saturday, August 15 at 5:30 pm and Sunday, August 16 at 10:00 am!  Please click the “Read More” button below to get all the details, which will help ensure all who wish to worship together in person stay as safe as possible. For those who prefer to stay safer at home, join us on Facebook live. 11th Sunday after…

Lord Save Me

Come Worship Together Live & In-person! Our Saviour is incredibly pleased to have you join us for live in-person worship back inside the Nave and Sanctuary on both Saturday, August 8 at 5:30 pm and Sunday, August 9 at 10:00 am!  Please click the “Read More” button below to get all the details, which will help ensure all who wish to worship together in person stay as safe as possible. For those who prefer to stay safer at home, join us…

Something to Eat

Come Worship Together Live & In-person! Our Saviour is incredibly pleased to have you join us for live in-person worship back inside the Nave and Sanctuary on both Saturday, August 1 at 5:30 pm and Sunday, August 2 at 10:00 am!  Please click the “Read More” button below to get all the details, which will help ensure all who wish to worship together in person stay as safe as possible. For those who prefer to stay safer at home, join us…

Weekly Worship – July 11-12, 2020

Worship Together Live & In-person — Indoors! Our Saviour is incredibly pleased to have you join us for live in-person worship back inside the Sanctuary on both Saturday, July 11 at 5:30 pm and Sunday, July 12 at 10:00 am!  Please click the “Read More” button below to get all the details including how to reserve your spot, which will help ensure all who wish to worship together in person stay as safe as possible. For those who prefer to stay…

Weekly Worship – June 27-28, 2020

Worship Together Live & In-person — Indoors! Our Saviour is incredibly pleased to hold our 1st live in-person worship back inside the Sanctuary on Sunday, June 28 at 10:00 am!  Please click the “Read More” button below to get all the details including how to reserve your spot, which will help ensure all who wish to worship together in person stay as safe as possible.   For those who prefer to stay safer at home, join us on Facebook live. 4th Sunday…

The Eleventh Hour: A Sermon for Veterans’ Day

The first time I visited France, some thirty-five years ago, I noticed a curious sign posted on the Paris subway. In each car, next to a couple of seats, it said: “Reserved for disabled ex-servicemembers.” Well, that’s the translation. Really, the seats were reserved for mutilés de guerre, literally those who had been mutilated by war, who had lost limbs or eyes or organs. Those simple signs were a sobering reminder of the fact that there were, all around us in…
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