Sermons at Abiding Peace

The ministry of Word and Sacrament is the center of our weekly gathering, and it is a work of the whole community. Together we proclaim the good news of how Christ has transformed and is transforming our lives through collective prayer, confession and absolution, reading of scripture, songs of worship, gathering at the Lord's table, and sending out for our work and ministry in the world. The proclamation of the Word through preaching is also a vital part of our worship and ministry. On this page, you can find links to past sermons in written form.

We encourage you to be with us in person, but we also know that sometimes that is not possible. We hope that these sermons can be a resource to you in your spiritual growth. 

On Not Being Afraid - A Sermon for World Refugee Sunday

Sermon on readings from Genesis 21:8-21, and Matthew 10:24-39 Listen to the words of Claudette, a Rwandan refugee: “I will never forget the day of April 12, 1994 when a grenade hit my home in Kigali, Rwanda and that was the end of life as I knew it. At that time I was seven years old and my family was forced to scatter. My mother wanted to ensure that we stayed together as a family so she searched for several days for each of her children. Except for one sister she was successful in finding all of us.”[1] They are such matter-of-fact words, so lacking in sensationalism. She was seven when her house was bombed – no description of the fear or chaos. Her mother found all but one of her children

Hope in the Mess

A sermon on Matthew 9:35-10:23 and Romans 5:1-8 [Trigger warning - this sermon includes discussion of parental suicide] Over the last 6 months, we have worked through the majority of the difficult question that you all wrote down for God. We have engaged God’s Word with questions about why the world is full of pain, what our lives are for, whether heaven is real and Jesus is coming back, and what God has in store for us. But as I was skimming over the remaining questions this week, I realized that there is one that I have been avoiding: "Is all this change going to be good?" That question makes me anxious. It makes me anxious because I’m not entirely sure what change it is talking about, but

Commissioned to Witness

Holy Trinity Sunday Matthew 28:16-20 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." As a preacher, Matthew’s Great Commission passage is supposed to be one my absolute favorite Bible verses: “Go, therefore, and make disciples!” There I have it, in one

Spirit of Unity in Diversity

Pentecost 2017 Acts 2:1-21: When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. 5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not a

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