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. 

Scribes of the Kingdom

Sermon on Matt. 13: 31-33, 44-52 The kingdom of heaven is like poison ivy, that invades a back yard. From a few green shoots peeking out of the mulch it grows into a climbing vine that envelopes trees and takes the yard back from the efforts of domestication. Or again, the kingdom of heaven is like the PERFECT family vacation. The one where all the grown children and grandchildren clear their schedules to get together, and the house has enough beds and bathrooms from everyone, and everyone shares the cooking and cleaning, and there are no fights, and you sit around sharing memories, and playing games and laughing, and you would spend every penny you have just to hold onto this moment. Again,

Growing Among the Weeds

Sermon on Matt. 13: 24-30, 36-43 (as well as Isaiah 44:6-8; Psalm 86:11-17, and Romans 8:12-25) My children have both been going through growth spurts recently. Now, ten years of motherhood have taught me that tiny people grow as they get older (I’m very observant!), but sometimes the growth feels especially dramatic. And so, I sometimes remark on it. Not long ago, intending to celebrate my daughter’s rapid growth I told her “you are growing like a weed!” To which she responded “Mommy, weeds are bad. Don’t call me a weed.” I have been thinking about that objections this week as I meditated on today’s gospel parable. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about my daughter’s perfect clarity in decl

On Granite and Growing

Sermon on Matt. 13: 1-9, 18-23 and Isaiah 55:10-13 If I had had the chance to pick today’s Bible readings, rather than relying on the lectionary, I don’t know that I could have selected readings that would be more appropriate texts for reflections after a week spent in the natural beauty of Yosemite National Park. I saw the strength of God attested in massive granite peaks. I saw the pastures of the wilderness overflowing with wildflowers. I saw the river of God rushing with powerful, earth-shaping water. I saw the bounty that results from seeds scattered in good soil. I could almost imagine the mountains bursting into song, and the trees clapping along with a stirring, syncopated rhythm. It

Dramatic Proclamation: Why Church is Better than Baseball.

Matthew 11: 16-19; 25-30 The proclamation of God’s Word is central to the weekly worship of Christian communities. We hear the Word proclaimed in the readings, we all participate in the proclamation in song, and we also hear the Word proclaimed in the sermon, which is designed to help us better understand and apply God’s teaching in our lives. Today's sermon will be presented in the form of a dramatic proclamation that was prepared by Vicar Serena for our community in her absence. It is our hope that this proclamation will help our community to live into the call of the gospel in our lives. [The scene is two friends who run into each other unexpectedly] Thom: “Sue, how nice to see you!” Sue:

Wonder Woman, Ambiguous Rewards, and an Ethic of Identity

A sermon on Matt. 10:40-42 and Jeremiah 28:1-9 When given the choice, “super hero” is not usually my favorite genre of movie. (It’s just a personal preference thing – no judgement for those who like super hero flicks.) Despite this preference, I had heard good things about Wonder Woman. So, when my Mom offered to watch the kids so that my husband and I could have a date night last weekend, I agreed to see the film. It was great! I am going to try not to give away too many spoilers for those who have not seen it yet, but there is one central element of the story that I need to explain, because it is such a helpful illustration for understanding this week’s gospel: When Diana, the Wonder Woman

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