Rev. Aaron Richert’s Sermon for February 12 & 13, 2017

Spiritual People – Sermon for Feb. 12/13, 2017 Posted on February 14, 2017 Spiritual People 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 6th Sunday After Epiphany February 12th/13th, 2017 St. John Lutheran Church, Fraser, MI Are you a spiritual person? Most people in our world today would answer yes to that question. Most people consider themselves spiritual, but many […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for January 15, 2017

January 15, 2017 John 1:29-42a 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. I was on Facebook this week and saw a post from someone who made a comment about the church, which […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for January 22, 2017

Naked and Empty-Handed: A Sermon for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany BY REVENA40 on JANUARY 22, 2017 • ( 0 ) Holy Gospel: St. Matthew 8:1–13 1When [Jesus] came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. 2And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 3And Jesus stretched out […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for January 22, 2017

January 22, 2017 I Corinthians 1:10-18 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning we meditate upon the Epistle Lesson previously read, especially these words: “the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for January 21, 2017

Do Whatever He Says: A Sermon for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany BY REVENA40 on JANUARY 21, 2017 • ( 0 ) Holy Gospel: St. John 2:1–11 1On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. 3When the wine ran out, the mother […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for January 8, 2017

January 8, 2017 Matthew 3:13-17 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning we meditate on Baptism and the Baptism of our Lord in the Gospel Lesson just read. Baptism means death.  That being said, when we consider death, we should do so […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for January 8, 2017

Light in the Least Likely of Places: A Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord by revena40 St. John says Light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness rather than the Light.[i] We don’t mean to; the trouble is we often fail to recognize the darkness for what it is. Like someone […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for December 18, 2016

Sermon Advent 4 2016 December 18, 2016 Matthew 1:18-25 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.  The meditation for this morning is on the Gospel Lesson previously read. Can you imagine being in Joseph’s position?  Here you are delighted to have a wonderful pious […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for Christmas Day 2016

Christmas Day 2016 December 25, 2016 John 1:1-18 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning we mediate upon the Gospel lesson especially these words: No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for January 1, 2017

A Carved-in-the-Flesh Gospel: A Sermon for the Circumcision & Name of Jesus by revena40 In my book, a great New Year celebration involves snacks, games, and watching at least part of one of those countdown shows. And, of course, no New Year celebration is complete without my traditional New Year’s pizza. But that’s not all […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for December 24, 2016

What is the World to Me? A Sermon for the Nativity of Our Lord by revena40 The Incarnation of our Lord is a glorious and essential doctrine of the Christian faith. Christ would have this doctrine sustain your faith against the untiring fury of the evil one. And so we need to take great care […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for December 22, 2016

Be Faithful unto Death- A Sermon for the Festival of St. Thomas, Apostle by revena40 The liturgical calendar absolutely refuses to let us forget the meaning of the Savior’s birth. Whether it’s any number of the Holy week texts we’ve already heard this Advent or the suffering of His followers, which were highlighted last week […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for December 11, 2016

A Blessed Death: A Sermon for Gaudete by revena40 Sermon audio here. Chapman University recently undertook a survey of the greatest fears of the Average American.[i] They identified close to 100 fears, a list which included clowns (which, to my surprise, were all the way at the bottom of the list), zombies (which, despite being fictional, actually ranked higher […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for December 11, 2016

December 11, 2016 Matthew 11:2-15 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.  Amen. The kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.  To continue in our theme for this […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for December 7, 2016

On Brilliant Idiots and Singing: A Sermon for the Commemoration of St. Ambrose by revena40 “The days are evil,” says tonight’s epistle. All too easily do we forget the world in which we live is corrupted by the dreadful curse of sin, which affects every aspect of our lives and this creation. But it’s what we know, […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for December 7, 2016

Evangelism & Advent: A Sermon for the Festival of St. Andrew by revena40 My kids are always very interested in when Advent begins. As a pastor, I’d like to think it’s because they have a profound awareness of their sins and they’ve been longing for this penitential season. And while they have shown some theological interest in […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for December 4, 2016

December 4, 2016 Matthew 3:1-12 Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning our meditation will be on the Gospel Lesson previously read. Last week, we spoke about our Lord’s return at the end of time, and the need to be ready because […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for December 4, 2016

Deliver Us from Evil: A Sermon for Populus Zion by revena40 Sermon audio here. We tend to think of Advent as being a time to prepare for Christmas. Christmas, then, becomes a celebration of Christ’s birth. The problem with this is it reduces Christmas to a historical event and puts our focus on the past. But Advent isn’t […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for November 27, 2016

Make Jerusalem Great Again! A Sermon for Ad Te Levavi Everything was going according to plan. Christ, the Son of David, had finally come to Jerusalem. Surely it was only a matter of time before this heir to David’s throne would take His rightful place in the capital city, overthrow the Romans, and restore the […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for November 27, 2016

November 27, 2016 Matthew 24:36-44 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. With this Sunday being the first Sunday in Advent, as I think I say every year, we are turning our attention from […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for Thanksgiving 2016

Living Doxologies: A Sermon for the Day of Thanksgiving by revena40 Today our Lord invites you to come to Him in prayer with thanksgiving. In return, He promises you the gift of peace. In today’s epistle, St. Paul writes: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for November 20, 2016

Leitourgia Divina adiaphora non est: A Sermon for the Last Sunday of the Church Year by revena40 Today we celebrate the final Sunday of the Church Year and the last chapter of the story of salvation: the Last Day, when Christ will raise the dead and make all things new. He compares that Day to a wedding […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for November 13, 2016

You’re Not A Good Person: A Sermon for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Trinity by revena40   In today’s Holy Gospel, our Lord gives us a preview of the final judgment, the separation of the sheep from the goats, the righteous from the wicked. The first thing we should notice is that our Lord doesn’t describe one group […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for November 6, 2016

All Saints’ Day November 6, 2016 Rev. 7:9-17 Grace, mercy, and peace to you, from God our Father, and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning we meditate on the First Reading from Revelation. Well the week is finally, here.  This week we finally have the election that so many of us […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for November 5, 2016

Christ’s Peculiar Children: A Sermon for the Festival of All Saints There’s a popular series of books out right now about Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children. The children are peculiar because they can do things no one else can do. The main character, Jacob, can see things no one else can see. Miss Peregrine […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for October 30, 2016

October 30, 2016 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 especially the words, “the truth will set you free.” The truth will set you free.  Those words are not exactly unfamiliar in our culture, […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for October 23, 2016

October 23, 2016 Luke 18:9-14 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, the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, or as it has also been called the parable of the Pharisee and […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for October 23, 2016

Doormat Theology: A Sermon for the Twenty-Second Sunday after Trinity by revena40 nolaw_sign-32Satan has sometimes infected the church with what we might call “doormat theology.” The logic goes like this: since we, as Christians, are supposed to be loving and forgiving, that means we should, like a doormat, let people walk all over us. Now […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for 10/16/16

Running a Race in a Suit of Armor: A Sermon for the Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity by revena40 weary-knight Sermon audio here. If you’re overconfident, it doesn’t matter how strong or skillful you are or how lopsided the score is. The one who’s overconfident always loses. Solomon says pride goes before destruction and a haughty […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for Oct. 16, 2016

October 16, 2016 Luke 18:1-8 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, the parable of the Persistent Widow. Think of your enemy.  Who is it?  Who is your enemy who deserves retribution, who deserves […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for Oct. 9, 2016

October 9, 2016 Luke 17:11-19 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 these words, “When he saw them he said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ And […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for October 2, 2016

How Jesus Would Moderate a Presidential Debate: A Sermon for the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity by revena40 Sermon audio here. Even the best, most brilliant answers are completely worthless if you’ve misdiagnosed the problem. The best cancer medicine in the world is useless for treating depression. Today’s Holy Gospel shows us that we often misdiagnose our problems. And […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for October 2, 2016

October 2, 2016 Luke 17:1-10 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 previously read. The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”  Increase our faith.  Or the word could mean give faith to us.  It […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for September 25, 2016

September 25, 2016 Luke 16:19-31 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, especially these words, “They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.” What is Abraham, or really Jesus through the mouth of Abraham […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for September 25, 2016

Deeper Magic from Before the Dawn of Time: A Sermon for the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity by revena40 Our Lord once told His disciples that one who teaches God’s Word is like a very wealthy person, who brings out of his treasure things that are both old and new.[i] The Scriptures are like a mine fine, filled […]

Rev. Aaron Richert’s Sermon for September 19, 2016

Eager to Maintain the Unity Ephesians 4:1-6 17th Sunday After Trinity September 18th/19th, 2016 St. John Lutheran Church, Fraser, MI What excites you? What gives you that Christmas morning feeling? What gets the anticipation coursing through your veins? I remember both as a basketball player back in the day, and as a coach in the […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for September 18, 2016

Dismembering the Body of Christ: A Sermon for the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity by revena40 The basic idea of today’s parable is this: don’t take the best seat for yourself. If you do, you risk being moved down to a lower place when someone else comes to claim it, and then you’ll be embarrassed in front of […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for September 11, 2016

September 11, 2016 Luke 15:1-10 Grace, mercy and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning we meditate on the Parables of the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin.  Amen. Today is the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks to hit the World Trade Center and the […]

Rev. Eric Andersen’s Sermon for September 10, 2016

The Blessed Vocation of Death: A Sermon for the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity BY REVENA40 on SEPTEMBER 10, 2016 • ( 0 ) The doctrine of vocation is a wonderful and most comforting teaching of God’s Word. Through our vocations, God provides for us through physical means, as He does in the Sacraments. And yet, God’s provision in vocation and Sacraments takes […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for September 4, 2016

September 4, 2016 Luke 14:25-35 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.  Amen. It’s only wise, isn’t it?  If you’re going to make a major investment, you sit down and you calculate the risk, you calculate […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for August 21, 2016

August 21, 2016 Luke 13:22-30 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 previously read. “Lord, will those who are saved be few?”  Do you ever ask yourself that question?  In our time it seems like […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon from August 14, 2016

August 14, 2016 Luke 12: 49-56 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 Gospel Lesson previously read. Fire.  There have been few gifts to mankind that have reaped such benefit to us.  There are also few gifts […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for August 7, 2016

August 7, 2016 Luke 12: 22-40 Grace, mercy and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning we meditated on the Gospel Lesson previously read. Where your treasure is there your heart will be also.  Sounds like a great verse for a stewardship sermon, doesn’t it?  […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon from July 24, 2016

July 24, 2016 Luke 11:1-13 Grace, mercy and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning we meditate on those words of the Gospel lesson previously read, especially, “Lord teach us to pray.” As the disciples see Jesus praying they come to Him and they ask […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for June 26, 2016

June 26, 2016 Luke 9:51-62 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. I recently was having a conversation with someone, someone who wasn’t really a church goer.  He had grown up Catholic but had […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for June 19, 2016

June 19, 2016 Luke 8:26-39 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, the healing of the demoniac. Since June is turning out to be the month of baptisms this year, I have been spending […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for June 12, 2016

June 12, 2016 Luke 7:36-8:3 Grace, mercy and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.  This morning we meditate on the words of the Gospel Lesson, previously read. The words for our Old Testament lesson this morning come just after David’s sin with Bathsheba.  Do you remember […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for the Week of June 5, 2016

June 5, 2016 Luke 7: 11-17 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 these words, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” In preaching there are some lessons which are […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for April 3, 2016

Sermon Easter 2 April 3, 2016 John 20:19-31 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. Seeing is believing.  That’s what we are told, isn’t it?  In fact in many ways when it comes to […]

Rev. Matthew Zickler’s Sermon for Easter Sunday April 27, 2016

Sermon Easter 2016 March 27, 2016 John 20:1-18 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 upon the Gospel lesson previously read. Sadly, again this week we witnessed another attack by terrorists, this time in Brussels.  […]