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. 

Freedom is Greater than Safety

A sermon on John 8:31-36 In case you were not aware, it’s Reformation Sunday! The day that we commemorate the beginning of a 500-year transformation of Christ’s church that is continuing to this day. And so, of course, the story we read in today’s gospel lesson is about a group of believers WHO DON’T WANT TO BE REFORMED! Makes total sense, doesn’t it? In fact, they aren’t just suspicious of reformation. They don’t even want to be made FREE. Jesus tells them that continuing to follow him will make them free, but they respond (I’m paraphrasing here) “Bwah… huh… Free?! What you mean? We’ve never been slaves to ANYONE!!!” Apparently, they have forgotten BOTH their past and their present. Because

What's In A Word? Ultimate Value

A sermon on Matt. 22:15-22 Do any of you like word plays? You know, puns or stories that work because a word has more than one meaning? Well, I have a few words that have more than one meaning that I want you to think about: First, what do you think when I say “lawful”? Do you think of the strictly legal sense of that word? – having to do with what the law requires or prohibits. Or – do you think more in terms of right and wrong – having to do with God’s laws. Both are valid. Second, what do you think when I say “image”? Since I was just talking about it in the children’s sermon, maybe you think of being made in God’s image. Or – do you think of a mirror image? – something that looks exactly

Invited to a Different Feast

A Sermon on Matthew 22:1-14 and Isaiah 25:1-9 I once heard the story of a pastor who was giving a children’s sermon that happened to involve a certain woodland creature. He wanted to engage the children, rather than just talking at them, so he asked a question: “Who can tell me what is small, and brown, and furry, with a big puffy tail and eats nuts.” Most of the children looked confused, but one precocious child stuck her hand up in the air and replied: “Well, it sounds a lot like a squirrel, but I know the answer must be Jesus.” The moral of that story, as it was told to me, was to be careful about asking questions in a children’s sermon (a lesson I mostly ignore). But I think the story ac

A Baptism of Caring for ALL

A Sermon on Matthew 21:33-46 I am going to go out on a limb and guess that the parable we read today, with all of its gratuitous violence, is probably NOT on anyone’s list of favorite Bible passages. It’s certainly not on mine. In interpretive circles this discomfort factor is usually addressed by explaining that this is an allegory – in other words, the point of the parable is not to tell a realistic story, or to guide our actions; it is to teach theology. The teaching is about how God sent Jesus to die for us, even when we were so clearly sinful and unworthy. It’s John 3:16 in parable form. I have three problems with that reading: First, the vineyard owner in the parable did NOT send his s

Authority or Unity?

A Sermon about Matthew 21: 23-32 and Philippians 2:1-13 Before I begin, I need to offer two “sermon notes” that are important for how you might hear what I am going to preach today. The first is about our reading from Philippians: Although this reading is my absolute favorite passage of scripture I know that it has sometimes been interpreted in extremely harmful ways. Along with other passages that call believers to “take up their cross” and to follow Christ’s example of self-sacrifice, this passage has been used to tell oppressed or abused people to accept their lot in life because they are sharing in Christ’s suffering. Let me be clear: that interpretation is wrong. It is an abuse of the p

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