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 […]

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 […]