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. 

Is It Right For You To Be Angry?

A Sermon on Jonah 3:10-4:11 and Philippians 1:21-30 For my sermon today, I want to focus on the reading from Jonah, because it has powerful truth to offer us, but in order to do that, I need to address the elephant in the room… or maybe I should say the whale. The book of Jonah tells an unbelievable story. As in we are not actually supposed to believe it, at least not as an historical account of factual events. What Jonah offers us is truth, but not history. For any of you who might not have grown up on Sunday School stories about Jonah and the Whale, these are the fantastical events of the first three chapters of the book of Jonah: God tells Jonah to go to Ninevah (which is the capital of A

Do we have to be more forgiving than God?

A Sermon on Matthew 18:21-35 and Genesis 50:15-21 I have heard a lot of sermons in my life, and I don’t remember the details of very many of them. But there is one sermon I heard when I was a young teenager that is burned into my memory, but not for good reasons. The sermon was delivered by the charismatic preacher at an Evangelical youth camp and it purported to be about forgiveness, specifically about our Christian obligation to forgive. In the sermon, the preacher dismissed a number of “false excuses” (as he saw them) that might stand in the way of forgiveness, and eventually he got to the question of being hurt by someone we trusted. He adopted a high, (feminine), mocking tone and whined

Why Does Church Matter?

A Sermon on Matthew 18:15-20 and Romans 13:8-14 Today, all over the country, Lutheran churches are kicking-off their program year: re-starting education programs, and coming back from the common summer lull (hopefully) re-energized for the ministry of the church. Today is also the completion of my first year as your Vicar – an anniversary that you all helped me to celebrate early (thank you SO much) by surprising me with an extra week of vacation with my family, so that I could come back re-energized for the ministry of the church. And all of this congregational attention on re-energizing begs the question: what is the point of all this energy and effort? why does church matter? That’s not a

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