The Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Our Lord

1 Samuel 1:21–28; Hebrews 2:14–18; Luke 2:22–32

Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Today is “the Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Our Lord.” What does this mean? What are we celebrating?

Well, considering Mary and Joseph were Jewish, they would’ve followed the Laws of the Torah. And in the third book of the Torah, Leviticus, the twelfth chapter, is God’s Law for purification after childbirth. The first five verses in this chapter instruct what is to take place if a…


Where Are You Staying?

Isaiah 49:1–7; 1 Corinthians 1:1–9; John 1:29–42a

Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

In our Gospel lesson, we have a very familiar moment between John the Baptist and Jesus. “The next day [John] saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’” (Jn 1:29).

We are now in the Epiphany season. This season is sometimes more difficult to understand only because it is not based on an event, but a concept. …


To Be in Favor of God

1 Kings 3:4–15; Ephesians 1:3–14; Luke 2:40–52

Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Another year completed and now we are into the fifth day of the new year, a new decade. This time of the year tends to be one of reflection and contemplation. It tends to challenge us to consider our lives, where we are and where we are going. It tends to challenge us to reflect on what changes can be made.

In almost every new year’s resolution, there seems to be a consistent…


Christmas Light

Isaiah 52:7–10; Hebrews 1:1–6; John 1:1–14

Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Merry Christmas. You have come to hear the Word, as we celebrate the Word made flesh. Indeed, this is a wonderful time of year. As we are able to gather with families, open gifts, and participate in a beautiful Christmas Day service.

Though these things bring us joy and cheer and though some of us may look forward to Christmas all year round, we can still lose sight of the magnitude of this simple Christmas story. For this…


Where Is God?

Isaiah 7:10–17; Romans 1:1–7; Matthew 1:18–25

Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Where is God? At Christmas, this is an easy answer. In any nativity scene, you can point to the baby in the manger and say, “There’s Jesus. There’s God.”

Yet, this simple way of locating where God was, wasn’t always so obvious. Just ask Joseph. When he had heard that his wife-to-be was pregnant, but he knew he wasn’t the father, he decided to “divorce her quietly” (Mt 1:19).

Joseph didn’t know where God was. He didn’t…


What Are You Hoping For?

Advent II — Series A

Isaiah 11:1–10; Romans 15:4–13; Matthew 3:1–12

Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

In our culture, it is the “holiday season.” Right now, there is a culture debate of when putting up Christmas lights and trees are acceptable. Is before Thanksgiving too early? Either way, we all can agree that as soon as Thanksgiving ends, the chaos begins.

We have Christmas parties, holiday parties, work parties, school parties, and white elephant parties. We have Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday…


Alpha and Omega

Malachi 3:13–18; Colossians 1:13–20; Luke 23:27–43

Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

As you know, today is the last Sunday of the Church Year. There is a song that came out in 1998 called “Closing Time.” The song is much more popular than the band who sang it. The reason I bring this song up is that there is a line in it that I think of every time I think of an end to something; that line is, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” …


You are Standing on Holy Ground

Exodus 3:1–15; 2 Thessalonians 2:1–8,13–17; Luke 20:27–40

Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

When we think of Moses, we think of a great prophet. We think of a godly man who separated a sea and lead his people to the promised land; these are accurate connotations.

However, in our OT reading, we are presented with Moses before all this takes place. In fact, just a chapter earlier, we learn that Moses is a runaway murderer. He killed a man and fled for his life. …


A Story of a Faithful Woman

Ruth 1:1–19a; 2 Timothy 2:1–13; Luke 17:11–19

Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

The book of Ruth is tucked away, early in the OT and is only four chapters long. This is likely why we only see this book once in our three-year lectionary. Yet, though short in length, it provides great insight.

The book of Ruth comes after the book of Judges. If you read through the OT, you would see the stark contrast between the book of Judges and Ruth. Both books were during…


Child-Like Faith

Daniel 10:10–14;12:1–3; Revelation 12:7–12; Matthew 18:1–11

Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Have you heard of “the Goat”? No, not the animal, but usually in the reference of sports. The goat is an acronym for the “greatest of all time.” For example, Michael Jordan and Tom Brady are usually referred to as “the Goat” within their sport.

In our Gospel, the disciples asked a similar question, “At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’” …

Zack Marklevitz

Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger | Pastor @ Grace Lutheran Church, Redford, MI | #LoveThyNeighbor

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