Devotion for Dec 12-14, 2017

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.  –Galatians 4:4-5 Our Lord God is above all and he makes decisions that are pleasing to him. Jesus was pleased […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for Dec. 10, 2017

20171010 Sermon Advent 2B 2017 December 10, 2017 Isaiah 40:1-11 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. This morning we meditate on the Old Testament Reading, especially these words, “All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field…. […]

Devotion for December 5-7, 2017

And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it.  And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields.  And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for December 3, 2017

Sermon Advent 1B 2017 December 3, 2017 Mark 11:1-10 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. This morning we meditate on the Gospel lesson which was previously read, especially the word “Hosanna!” Hosanna! If you have noticed in our bulletins and in the hymnal, […]

Sermon by Rev. Zickler for November 26, 2017

Sermon Proper 29 2017 November 26, 2017 Matthew 25:31-46 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. The lesson for our meditation this morning is the Gospel Lesson previously read. If you try to actually visualize it in your brain, what do you see when […]

Devotion for November 28-30, 2017

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. Matthew 25:31-32. The final judgment before Jesus, […]

Devotion for November 21-23, 2017

For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. Matthew 25:29 We often think of Jesus coming in His earthly ministry and bringing with Him a call to be a great equalizer. We think […]

Devotion for November 14-16, 2017

Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. Matthew 25:13 While in our day and culture we are looking forward to beginning the “Holiday Season,” starting with Thanksgiving continuing with Christmas and finishing with New Year’s Eve and Day, in the Church we are celebrating the end of our year now. You […]

Sermon by Rev. Zickler for November 12, 2017

20171112 Sermon Proper 27 2017 November 12, 2017 Matthew 25:1-13 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. This morning we meditate on the Gospel Lesson, previously read. My wife and I have a show that we watch on TV about a family. In the […]

Devotion for November 7-9, 2017

“The Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelaton 7:17 The Lamb will be their shepherd? That doesn’t make sense, does it? How could a lamb be a shepherd? Lamb are […]

Sermon by Rev. Zickler for November 5, 2017

20171105 Sermon All Saints 2017 November 5, 2017 Matthew 5:1-12 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. Today we are observing the Feast of All Saints, and as we do that, I think it’s helpful to clarify this a bit. Those of you who […]

Devotion for October 30-November 1, 2017

“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for October 29, 2017

20171029 Sermon Reformation 2017 October 29, 2017 John 8:31-36 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. This morning we meditate on the Gospel Lesson previously read, especially these words, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know […]

Devotion for October 24-26, 2017

Then [Jesus] said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Matthew 22:21 We live in a confusing world. It seems that everyday people are told what they can and can’t believe. They’re told that things that were always true are no longer true, […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for October 22, 2017

20171022 Sermon Proper 24 2017 October 22, 2017 Matthew 22:15-22 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. This morning we meditate on the Gospel lesson previously read, especially these words: “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for October 15, 2017

20171015 Sermon Proper 23 October 23, 2017 Matthew 22:1-14 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. This morning we meditate on the Gospel Lesson previously read. Many are called, but few are chosen. It’s hard to hear those words, isn’t it? In particular, it’s […]

Devotion for October 17-19, 2017

“On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over […]

Devotion for October 10-12, 2017

Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?…And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for October 8, 2017

20171008 Sermon Proper 22 2017 October 8, 2017 Matthew 21:33-46 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. This morning we meditate on the Gospel Lesson previously read. Hear another parable, Christians. You’ve been hearing parables from Jesus, and here is another. This time it’s […]

Devotion for October 3-5, 2017

“Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way not just? Is it not your ways that are not just?” Ezekiel 18:25 “Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for October 1, 2017

20171001 Proper 21 Sermon 2017 October 1, 2017 Matthew 21:23-27 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. This morning we meditate upon the Gospel Lesson previously read, especially these words, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for September 24, 2017

20170924 Sermon Proper 20 2017 September 24, 2017 Matthew 20:1-16 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. The sermon text for this morning is the Gospel Lesson previously read. In our day how often do you hear people speak of entitlement? We hear much […]

Devotion for September 26-28, 2017

Where Are the Outcasts? A Boston judge ruled that the state has the right to evict a hermit living in a makeshift wigwam on public land, but it must find him a home where he can be close to nature and preserve his independence. Is the hermit an outcast? In biblical times, according to the […]

Devotion for September 19-20, 2017

Calling People There is a popular belief that there are two times in a person’s life when the events of his or her life pass by in rapid succession. At the altar of marriage, one wonders what he is getting herself or himself into and at the moment of death, one wonders once more what […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for September 17, 2017

20170917 Sermon Proper 19 2017 September 17, 2017 Matthew 18:21-35 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.  This morning we meditate upon the Gospel Lesson which was previously read, the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant. Last week we heard our Lord describe how we […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for September 10, 2017

20170910 Sermon Proper 18 September 10, 2017 Matthew 18:1-20 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning we will meditate on the Gospel Lesson especially these words, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter […]

Devotion for September 12-14, 2017

What’s It Worth? Matthew 13:31-34, 44-52 focuses on the theme of response- specifically, how you respond to a crisis. In biblical times the word “crisis” didn’t always mean a bad thing. “Crisis” meant a time when a decision had to be made. It was a time when something had to be done. It was a […]

Devotion for September 5-7, 2017

Devotion for September 5-7, 2017 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Jeremiah 29:11 More bad news. Doesn’t it seem that for the last couple of years, all we hear is “more bad […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for September 3, 2017

20170903 Sermon Proper 17 September 3, 2017 Matthew 16:21-28 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. This morning we meditate upon the Gospel Lesson previously read. Amen. Ah Peter. What a roller coaster for him. Last week we heard Peter making that great confession […]

Devotion for August 29-31, 2017

Devotion for August 29-31, 2017 ‘But you will receive power when the Holy spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. And when [Jesus] had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for August 27, 2017

20170827 Sermon Proper 16 August 27, 2017 Matthew 16: 13-20 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. This morning we meditate on the Gospel Lesson. As we are approaching the end of August today, October will soon be here and we will be celebrating […]

Devotion for August 22-24, 2017

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters… Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:1-2, […]

Sermon by Rev. Zickler for August 20, 2017

August 20, 2017 Matthew 15:21-28 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. This morning we meditate on the Gospel Lesson, previously read. As most of you probably know, I love dogs. We have our dog, Lucas. I grew up with multiple dogs, even having […]

Devotion for August 15-17, 2017

Devotion for Aug 15-17, 2017 “And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoiced in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant’” (Luke 1:46-48). When God wants to do something really great, He starts from scratch. God spoke the existence of creation into being from […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for Aug 13, 2017

August 13, 2017 Matthew 14: 22-33 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The text for our meditation this morning is the Gospel Lesson, previously read. This morning I’d like to start by doing something I’ve never explicitly done. I’d like to start by telling […]

Devotion for August 8-10, 2017

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?’ ‘Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?’ For from him and through […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for August 6, 2017

Sermon Proper 13 2017 August 6, 2017 Isaiah 55:1-5 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning, the text for our meditation is the Old Testament Lesson from the Prophet Isaiah.  Especially these words, “Why do you spend your money for that which […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for July 30, 2017

fhp20170730 Sermon Proper 12 2017 July 30, 2017 Romans 8:28-39 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning the text for our meditation is the Epistle Lesson previously read. This Epistle lesson may be one of the most comforting passages in all of […]

Devotion for Aug 1-3, 2017

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust’” …Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place—the Most High, who is my refuge—no evil shall be allowed to […]

Devotion for July 25-27, 2017

15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for July 23, 2017

20170723 Sermon Proper 11 2017 July 23, 2017 Matthew 13:24-30; 35-43 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. This morning the lesson for our meditation is the Gospel lesson previously read from Matthew. Amen. As we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation […]

Devotion for July 18-20, 2017

Devotion for July 18-20, 2017 (Psalm 121:5-8) The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and […]

Devotion for July 11-13, 2017

Devotion for July 11-13, 2017 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.  His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1 Repetition, so they say, is the mother of learning.  This is why from the time we learn to read and write we practice our letters, commit to memory the sound each one makes and spend […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for July 9, 2017

20170709 Proper 9 Sermon 2017 July 9, 2017 Matthew 11:25-30 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning the sermon text will be the Gospel Lesson previously read.   “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these […]

Devotion – July 4-6, 2017

“Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the voice of his servant? Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God.” As Americans, we value our independence.  This week we are celebrating Independence Day and our freedom as a country.  We […]

Sermon for Rev. Zickler for July 2, 2017

20170702 Sermon Proper 8 2017 July 2, 2017 Matthew 10: 34-42 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning we meditate on the Gospel lesson previously read. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not […]

Devotion – June 27-29, 2017

But the Lord is with me as a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble; they will not overcome me. They will be greatly shamed, for they will not succeed. Their eternal dishonor will never be forgotten. O Lord of hosts, who tests the righteous, who sees the heart and the mind, let me see […]

Sermon for Rev. Zickler for June 25, 2017

Sermon Proper 7 2017                                     PDF Document June 25, 2017 Romans 6:12-23 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. The sermon text this morning is the Epistle lesson […]

Devotion June 20-22, 2017

(Psalm 121:5-8)  The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this […]

Sermon by Rev. Zickler for June 18, 2017

20170618 Sermon Proper 6 2017           PDF Format June 18, 2017 Matthew 9:35-10:8 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This morning we meditate upon the Gospel Lesson previously read. As we look at this Gospel Lesson, we should ask a question. […]