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Trinity 24 2018

Trinity 24 2018

Colossians 1:9-14

November 11, 2018

Zion Lutheran Church + Nampa, ID

All Saints' 2018

All Saints' (Observed) 2018

Matthew 5:4

November 4, 2018

Zion Lutheran Church + Nampa, ID

Reformation 2018

Reformation 2018

John 8

October 28, 2018

ZIon Lutheran Church + Nampa, ID

Funeral for Lois Kellerman

Funeral Sermon for Lois Kellerman

John 6:27-40

October 21, 2018

Zion Lutheran Church + Nampa, ID

Peace and rest.  She now rests from her labors.

Peace. You have peace and hope in the midst of your mourning. That is good.  Death is bad. Christ has overcome death and so shall Lois. So shall you. And that is good.

Scandalous.  She married Merv before he was finished at the seminary.  Back in those days that was a no-no.  She lived a scandalous life as well, which is to say, she lived her life under the cross of Jesus. Her life revolved around 2 things: God and family, both biological and of faith. She labored long and hard next to her husband, with her children, with her friends.  How much food did she make for her family over the years? How much food did she make for church potlucks, dinners, get togethers? She labored for the food that did not perish, the Bread of God who came down from heaven and gives life to the world.

Jesus fulfilled the will of His father in regards to Lois.  He fed and nourished her along the way. There were some good times, and some difficult time.  And through it all He did not lose her. He preserved her in the true faith to life everlasting.

Lois wouldn’t want today to be about her but rather about what God has done for her in Christ, and what God has done for you.  Jesus explains this in John 6, This is the work of God, that you believe in Him who he has sent.  This work cannot be commanded, but is given and received in faith. In faith, in the possession of Him who is sent, Lois believes and lives. Much more important than the works of Lois, which were many and good by faith, is the work of God. God worked through her, granting her faith in Christ, but also a faith in Christ that is lived out in love toward others.

So we mourn not as others do who have no hope.  Even in death she bears witness to the hope she has in Christ. Not past tense, as in had, but present tense. We know that our Redeemer lives and the at that souls of the righteous, the souls of those declared righteous by faith alone in Christ alone, they are in the hand of God. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.

Let us fight the good fight of faith, the faith that lays a hold of the promises of God in Christ Jesus that in Him we have eternal life, in Him we are made new, in Him we are destined to be raised on the Last Day.  May we be ready, just as Lois was, for the final summons as the Lord called her to Himself. Let us rest in this time of mourning, surrounded by loved ones, rest in the peace of God that passes all understanding.

I look at your family and I can’t help but think of how many funerals you all have been too, participated in, preached for, helped with.  How many times have you spoken words of comfort to those who mourn so that they do not mourn as those without the hope of the resurrected Christ.  There’s nothing I can add to what you have preached. There are no new or more profound words I can say to make your sorrow lessen or the coming days and weeks and years be any different. So I’m not going to try.  All that I am going to do is leave you with the only words that truly matter, the only words that make an everlasting difference, and the only words that Lois would want you to hear: the words of Jesus, “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in Him would have eternal life, and I will raise Him up on the last day.”

Trinity 21 2018

Trinity 21 2018

John 4:46-54

October 21, 2018

Zion Lutheran Church + Nampa, ID

Funeral for Alice Schaefer

Funeral Sermon for Alice Schaefer

October 20, 2018

Zion Lutheran Church + Nampa, ID

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

Family and friends of Alice, what a joy, even in the midst of sadness and loss that we face, to be able to gather together today in the faith and the hope and the knowledge that Alice is with the Lord.  Alice has fought the good fight, finished the race, kept her course in faith. She has received the crown of righteousness, won by Jesus and received by her through faith in Him. Jesus had prepared her for death long ago, at her baptism when she was connected to His death and therefore to His life. He kept her in that faith, a faith that shaped her life, the way she lived, the people that she lived for.

There are many good things that we have to celebrate about the life of Alice. 92 years of life is sure to have created more memories, more stories, more laughs, more wonderment that we have time for today. There was a mischievousness in her that I could never pinpoint.  Something behind those eyes that let a person know there was more going on in that mind of hers than she communicated.  On the other hand, she sometimes communicated what she was thinking very… clearly. Is it fair of me to say that she could be stubborn at times?

But there’s also some bad things.  Growing old is not for the faint of heart. It is a form of suffering, for you see how frail a body is worn down by the wear and tear of the years. Alice didn’t remember much toward the end. Her body and mind were wearing out.  And it aggravated her.  She knew something was wrong, and she didn’t much care for it. But she also knew that the Lord was soon to call her to Himself.  She also knew her journey was in Christ, that as she grew old in Christ, those marks of age are marks of honor and wisdom and a reminder and yearning for eternal life with Him.  And then death came. And it did not belong. She was ready, yes, but death still came like a thief in the night. It is our enemy. It was meant from the beginning that people should die. We mourn when death comes our way, even when it comes after a long and full life like Alice enjoyed.  We mourn because we feel the loss, we feel the sadness.

Yet Jesus said, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in Me.” These words are spoken to people like you and I when in times of great need, of great comfort. The Lord had prepared a place for Alice. A place here on earth with so many of you. A place in your lives that cannot be filled nor replaced.  A place in the church where she sat week after week for so many years.  A place in heaven with the Lord. And a place in eternity with all the saints of God.

Funeral Service for Chris Pullman

Funeral Service for Chris Pullman

John 11:17-53

October 19, 2018

Held at Lakeview Bible Church, Nampa ID

Led by Pastor Ross Shaver, Zion Lutheran Church, Nampa ID



Remembrance of Baptism – Romans 6:3-5


Scripture Reading – Psalm 121


Scripture Reading – Lamentations 3:22-26, 31-33


Scripture Reading – 2 Corinthians 4:5-12


Song – Jo Dee Messina - If Heaven Was Needing A Hero

Scripture Reading – John 11:17-53



Lord’s Prayer

Scripture Reading – Luke 2:29-32

Concluding Prayer


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