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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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.” […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Devotion June 12-14, 2017

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. — Genesis 1:1-2 The Twist […]

Devotion June 5-9, 2017

Meditation for the Week of June 4, 2017 The Spirit Rests On Us Moses had gotten into trouble again. He hadn’t done anything wrong, but everyone was complaining against him. They were tired of how God had miraculously supplied them with manna every day, so they complained, “Oh that we had meat to eat!” In […]

Devotion for May 28, 2017

Meditation for the Week of May 28, 2017 Does not wisdom call?   Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights beside the way,     At the crossroads she takes her stand; Beside the gates in front of the town,    At the entrance of the portals she cries aloud: “To you, O men, […]

Devotion for May 21, 2017

  Welcome! We Worship Every Tuesday at 10:30!   Meditation for the Week of May 21, 2017     And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?  And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?  Parthians and Medes and Elamites and […]

Devotion for May 14, 2017

  Welcome! We Worship Every Tuesday at 10:30!   Meditation for the Week of May 14, 2017     Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on […]

Devotion for May 7, 2017

  Welcome! We Worship Every Tuesday at 10:30!   Meditation for the Week of May 7, 2017     Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them.  While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven.  And they worshiped him and […]

Devotions for the Week of April 30, 2017

Meditation for the Week of April 30, 2017 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” Luke 24:32   The story of the road to Emmaus is the perfect picture of the Christian life and the Divine Service. […]

Devotions for the Week of April 23, 2017

Meditation for the Week of April 23, 2017  “And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” John 20:22-23   Do you want someone breathing on you?  Probably not.  […]

Devotions for the Week of April 16, 2017

Meditation for the Week of April 16, 2017  “But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” Mark 16:7   Peter had a rough weekend.  It was the worst three days of his life. First there were the prayers in the […]

Devotions for the Week of April 9, 2017

Meditation for the Week of April 9, 2017 “The Lord is My Light and My Salvation” Psalm 27:1   The Lord is my light and my salvation.  Whom shall I fear?  Certainly not the darkness.  The Lord spoke light into the darkness.  His birth brought light into the world.  At His birth, heaven’s light came […]

Devotions for the Week of April 2, 2017

Meditation for the Week of April 2, 2017 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”  John 11:21   Where was Jesus?  Martha and her sister Mary must have asked themselves this question over and over and over again.  Where was Jesus?  Their brother Lazarus had been sick; very […]

Devotions for the Week of March 26, 2017

Meditation for the Week of March 26, 2017 As [Jesus] passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God […]

Devotions for the Week of March 19, 2017

Meditation for the Week of March 19, 2017 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”  John 4:10  The Samaritan woman at the well hadn’t exactly lived […]

Devotions for the Week of March 5, 2017

Meditation for the Week of March 5, 2017 “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.  And the tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to […]

Devotions for the Week of March 12, 2017

Meditation for the Week of March 12, 2017 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  John 3:3 Nicodemus had been coming to learn from Jesus at night. He knew that the other leaders of the Jews weren’t happy with Jesus because […]