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 […]

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 […]