Sermon from Pastor Zickler for July 8, 2018

Sermon Proper 9 2018 July 8, 2018 Mark 6:1-13 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. Our meditation this morning focuses on the Gospel Lesson previously read, especially these words: “So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent.” In this Gospel lesson, […]

Devotion for July 10, 2018

“I will pour upon them the spirit of grace and supplication.” Zechariah 12:10 The Spirit should create these two things in all Christians: first, that their hearts are sure in certain that God is gracious unto them; then, that they can help others to with their prayers. There is always and out flowing to others […]

Devotion for July 2, 2018

“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” – John 15:11 It is to this end that we must celebrate that Christ holds fast to us. That he holds fast to our whole heart and soul, mind and body. Our joy is […]

Sermon from Pastor Zickler for July 1, 2018

Sermon Proper 8 2018 July 1, 2018 Mark 5:21-43 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. Affliction creates desperation, doesn’t it? I am sure you have seen it in your own lives and experiences. […]

Devotion for June 28, 2018

“Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son – And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called – and he wrote: ‘His name is John.’” Luke 1:57, 62-63 Depending on when you read this, there are only–give or take–181 shopping days left […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for June 24, 2018

Sermon Proper 7 2018 June 24, 2018 Mark 4:35-41 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. “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” It seems like a fair question, doesn’t […]

Devotion for June 21, 2018

“The kingdom of God – is like a grain of mustard seed – ” Mark 4:30, 31 If we were to write a story about how God in his great and mighty way was going to rescue his special people and destroy all his enemies, our version of the story would never read like the […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for June 17, 2018

Sermon Proper 6 2018 June 17th, 2018 Mark 4:26-34 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: “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use […]

Devotion for June 14, 2018

“Whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3:35 As the saying goes: blood is thicker than water. What is usually meant by this is that biological family-ties are stronger than with people outside the family. God has made it clear throughout Scripture that family is very important. […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for June 10, 2018

Sermon Proper 5 2018 June 10, 2018 Mark 3:20-35 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 Jesus says those words, “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if […]

Devotion for June 7, 2018

“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” Mark 2:27 The Sabbath is good news! But many throughout history have made the Sabbath into more of an obligation and duty. Sabbath is an Old Testament word for “stop.” For the Jewish believers of Jesus’ day, the Sabbath was a day to stop […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for June 3, 2018

Sermon Proper 4 2018 June 3, 2018 Mark 2:23-3:6 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, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of […]

Devotion for May 29, 2018

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for May 27, 2018

Sermon Holy Trinity 2018 May 27, 2018 Isaiah 6:1-8 In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts! We say those words week in and week out, Holy is the Lord of Sabaoth, of the heavenly hosts, the military of […]

Devotion for May 22, 2018

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17 The fact that […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for May 20, 2018

Sermon Pentecost 2018 May 20, 2018 Ezekiel 37:1-14 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. This morning we meditate on the Old Testament Lesson from Ezekiel previously read and the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The hand of the Lord was upon […]

Devotion for May 15, 2018

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for May 13, 2018

Sermon Ascension 2018 May 13, 2018 Eph. 1:15-23 Grace, mercy, and peace be yours from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. This morning we meditate on the Ascension of our Lord Jesus, especially as the apostle Paul speaks of it in his letter to the Ephesians which was our epistle […]

Devotion for May 1, 2018

“He raised [Christ] from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for April 29, 2018

Sermon Easter 5 2018 April 29, 2018 John 15:1-8 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, “Abide in me, and I in you.” This morning I’d like to start with a […]

Devotion for April 24, 2018

“… the truth will set you free!” (John 8:32) Jesus was speaking to a group of Jews who had believed in him as Lord and Messiah and he said to them. “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for April 22, 2018

Sermon Easter 4 2018 April 22, 2018 John 10:11-18 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. Amen. This morning we meditate on the Gospel Lesson previously read. This week I was reading the Sherlock Holmes story “A Study in Scarlet.” Those of you who have read […]

Devotion for April 17, 2018

Does Easter make a difference in your life during the rest of the year? This question is a very important one to ask, and it should not be dismissed without thought and discussion. Many people who say they are Christian answer this question by not attending Easter worship. On the most important day in the […]

Devotion for April 10, 2018

“He is risen! He is risen indeed!” This traditional greeting is used in Lutheran churches on Easter Sunday morning. The words carry a great deal of significance for us and for our salvation. Paul says, “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” – 1 Corinthians 15:14. […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for April 8, 2018

Sermon Easter 2 2018 April 7, 2018 John 20:19-31 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. This morning we meditate on the Gospel Lesson previously read. If you were with us last week, you might remember that I made the point that the […]

Devotion for April 3, 2018

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” -Mark 9:24 Emotions are slippery things. We’re happy today, we’re blue tomorrow. We’re bored now, we’ll be excited later. I’m feeling overwhelmed now, I’ll be on top of the world at some point in the future. Our attitude toward our […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for April 1, 2018

Sermon Sunday of the Resurrection 2018 April 1st, 2018 Mark 16:1-8 Alleluia, Christ is Risen! Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. This morning we meditate on the words of the Gospel, especially the angel’s words who says, “He has risen.” He has […]

Devotion for March 27-29, 2018

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant.” Philippians 2:5-7 It can be tough to work in the service industry, especially when […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for March 25, 2018

Sermon Palm Sunday 2018 March 25, 2018 John 20:12-43 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from our Lord and crucified Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. This morning we meditate on both Gospel Lessons that were previously read. When we read the Scriptures we see that Israel doesn’t exactly have the best history with kings, do they? […]

Devotion for March 20-22, 2018

“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.” Psalm 119:9 Sometimes I worry about the water I drink. Occasionally, I’ll fill a glass of water from my sink, and the water will come out cloudy or milky. Now, I know what the experts say about that. Cloudy […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for March 18, 2018

Sermon Lent 5 2018 March 18, 2018 Mark 10:32-45 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. If you saw the news this week, you perhaps saw that noted theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died. Hawking […]

Devotion for March 13-15, 2018

“Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” Numbers 21:8 It’s amazing how quickly people get used to the wonderful things that happen to us. I once read about an experiment where researchers dropped $100 into several random mailboxes at regular intervals. […]

Sermon from Rev Zickler for March 11, 2018

Sermon Lent 4 2018 March 11, 2018 John 3:14-21 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, especially these words, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be […]

Devotion for March 6-8, 2018

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” Exodus 20:2 The 10 Commandments are an important piece of culture in Western countries. We see the inscribed into courthouse walls or on important civic monuments. They are one of the building blocks on […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for March 4, 2018

Sermon Lent 3 2018 March 4, 2018 John 2:12-25 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. The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the […]

Devotion for Feb. 27-29, 2018

“But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.’” (Mark 8:33) How is your spiritual life progressing? Are things getting better and better and better for you each day? This is […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for Feb. 25, 2018

Sermon Lent 2 2018 February 25, 2018 Mark 8:27-38 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, “you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things […]

Devotion for February 13-15, 2018

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10) This year Ash Wednesday happens to fall on St. Valentine’s Day, February 14. This is a rather odd coincidence. A day dedicated to the joy of romantic love will also be the day where we mourn and repent […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for February 11, 2018

Sermon Transfiguration 2018 February 11, 2018 Mark 9:2-9 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, especially these words: “they were terrified.” To understand the disciples’ terror at the transfiguration doesn’t require much to imagine, does it? […]

Devotion for February 6-8, 2018

“And Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified.” (Mark 9:5-6) Do you have a happy place? A place that you like to […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for February 4, 2018

Sermon Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany February 4, 2018 Mark 1:29-39 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: “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there […]

Devotion for Jan 30-Feb 1, 2018

  I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sins of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. -Exodus 20:5-6 As I write this my son, Joey, […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for January 28, 2018

Sermon Fourth Sunday after Epiphany 2018 January 28, 2018 Mark 1:21-28 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, especially these words, “he taught them as one who had authority.” I know I’ve said this […]

Devotion for Jan 23-25, 2018

“O Death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the Law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ. -1 Corinthians 15:55-57 When a professional sports team wins their league championship, there is […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for January 21, 2018

Sermon Third Sunday after the Epiphany 2018 January 21, 2018 Mark 1:14-20 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 previously read. When we hear about the disciples being called from their vocations of fishermen to be […]

Devotion for January 16-18, 2018

What if Jesus came to your place tonight? We don’t often think about God coming in person to be with us. And quite honestly most of the Biblical incidents where God showed up and interacted with people are expressed in terms of the people having fear. Yet the whole impact of the Christmas season was […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for Jan. 14, 2018

Sermon Second Sunday after Epiphany 2018 January 14, 2018 John 1:43-51 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. The text for our mediation this morning is the Gospel Lesson previously read. Amen. Follow Me. Two simple words. Follow me. Come after me. Hear what […]

Devotion for January 9-11, 2018

Let me call you Sweetheart, I’m in love with You. Let me hear you whisper that you love me too. Many of you probably recognize those words that come from the song by the name of “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.” And those of you who do remember, may be thinking about famous couples and […]

Devotion for January 2-4, 2018

Could We Start Again, Please? This is the title of one of the great songs from the musical, “Jesus Christ Superstar.” The song as well as its title expresses a feeling many of us have as we get to the end of a year and look back over all that has happened, Sometimes we would […]

Sermon from Rev. Zickler for Dec. 24, 2017

Sermon Advent 4B 2017 December 24, 2017 Luke 1:26-38 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. The text for our meditation this morning is the Gospel lesson previously read, especially Mary’s words, “Let it be to me according to your word.” I keep thinking […]