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. 

Loving Sheep & Goats

A sermon on Matthew 25:31-46 I am getting pretty tired of having to say “The Gospel of the Lord” immediately after describing unfortunate people being condemned to eternal punishment. Seriously Matthew, enough with the judgement parables! How is this gospel? How is this the good news of God’s grace poured out for us through Jesus? I recognize that judgment is a central theme of Matthew’s gospel, and that judgment is important for understanding the full theology of law and gospel… but stories divide people into the saved and the damned miss that gospel message for me. However... when it comes to this particular parable of judgment, I have some good news for us all. Because if you - like me –

A Dependent, Compassionate Thanksgiving

This sermon was prepared for the interfaith community Thanksgiving service of the Mount Olive Clergy Association. A Sermon on Psalm 103:1-14 When I think about giving thanks, I cannot help but think about my youngest child. Not just because I am thankful for him – although I certainly am – but because of an adorable phase that he went through when he was about 2-3 years old. During this phase, he said “thank you” for EVERYTHING. He would thank me for giving him food, and hugs, and for reading to him… normal stuff that we encourage our children to be thankful for. He would also say “thank you” for more unexpected things… like washing off the magic marker that HE had used to draw all over hims

A Wakening Fear

A sermon on Matthew 25:14-30 and 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 As my children are discovering, one of the debatable benefits of being a pastor’s kid is the dinner conversation. This past week, I had Luther’s Small Catechism lying open on the table, because I had been using it to prep Wednesday’s study. We started talking about Luther’s guidance for table blessings, and I told them about how Luther encourages believers to say a prayer AFTER eating as well as before. Then, I shared the words of Luther’s prayer, which include this line: “(God) finds pleasure in those who fear the Lord.” The confusion was immediate. “Wait… we’re supposed to be afraid of God?” I didn’t say this in the moment, but “the f

What are we Waiting For?

A sermon on Amos 5:18-24, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, and Matthew 25:1-13 When I think of the anxieties facing this congregation, I can’t say that worries about "the end times" rank all that high. That’s not to say that the end of our earthly lives is a blasé topic. As a community we have faced enough illnesses and medical crises just this year to know how frightening it can be to contemplate the possibility of death. And the news of our world, mostly recently the senseless, preventable killing of 24 innocent people in Texas last Sunday, cannot help but weigh on us. We have lost the presumption of our own safety… even in a church. We are conscious of the fragility of our lives, and the looming

All Saints Beatitudes for Abiding Peace Church

A Sermon on Matt. 5:1-12, Rev. 7:9-17, and 1 John 3:1-3 There is a lot going on today! And I’m not even talking about all of the anxieties, and questions, and challenges that we all probably brought with us today. I’m sure many of you are still reeling from the most recent terror attack in New York. Perhaps you are also alarmed by the evidence of active racism in several New Jersey towns that has come to light this week. Or maybe you are anxious about next Tuesday’s elections, or what is going to happen with tax reform, or pains in your own bodies or families. With all of that coming in the door with us, maybe it’s hard to engage the important elements that are specifically highlighted in ou

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