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. 

The Offensive, Healing Kingdom

Sermon on Matthew 15:10-28 Today’s gospel reading offers us two different scenes, and the lectionary actually gives preachers the choice of only reading the second one. I opted not to do that, because I think these scenes interact in important ways, but they are clearly distinct, so this sermon is going to be in two parts. Part 1: Don’t take offense, it’s distracting. The first time I heard the phrase “the gospel is offensive” I got offended. (Ironic, I know.) But that phrase felt to me like an attack on God. God is supposed to be good… And in my feminine, white, middle class worldview everyone knows that the good people are polite. (I didn’t know Jesus quite as well then as I do now!) But I

A Savior in the Storm

A sermon on Matthew 14:22-33 I have never experienced trying to sail a boat in the sea in the middle of a violent storm (and I hope I never will). I have, however, experienced trying to drive a car on a 10-lane freeway in the middle of a violent storm. The freeway in question was an Italian Autostrada, which poses some challenges right off the bat. I knew more than one fellow expat who refused to drive in Italy, because… it was too terrifying. Cars there tend to move fast, and to swerve around obstacles with very little margin for error, and to respond to posted road signs as though they are just friendly suggestions. Italy is the home of the Ferrari after all. So driving on the autostrada,

Freed for Absurd Compassion

A sermon on Matt. 14: 13-21 Show of hands. How many of you have heard the story of the feeding of the 5,000 at least once before? What about, at least five times before? What about so often that your eyes kind of glaze over when you hear it again? That’s one of the challenges of preaching on this Bible story. It’s REALLY familiar to most church folks, and even to many people who were not raised in church. It is the ONLY miracle story that appears in all four of the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), and it has made its way into popular culture is well. EVERYONE knows this story. So much so, that the POWER of the miracle perhaps loses its impact. We aren’t surprised by the reversal from

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