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. 

Messy, Glorious Messiah

A Sermon on Luke 2:1-20 A couple of months ago, Heather Nilson (one of our members) – who was leading an adult forum class for the church – delighted me by repeating something that I apparently say quite frequently. Heather was walking us through the imperfect history of the Lutheran Church’s early years in the U.S., and she offered the class this comment of perspective: “Remember, as Vicar always tells us, life is messy.” I had not realized that this is my signature phrase until Heather said it, but I am glad that “messiness” is one thing you all hear from this pulpit. I think I talk about messiness so frequently because I am suspicious of safe, shallow, prosperity Christianity. I don’t thi

The Faith of Mary

A sermon on Luke 1: 26-38; 1:46-55 The sermon for the fourth Sunday of Advent included a dramatic proclamation that re-introduces us to the power and drama of The Annunciation. Below you will find the script of the drama, written by APLC member Sue Stirrat, followed by a sermonic reflection on this telling of the story. Angel 1: (to Angel 2) I’ve got to tell this girl I’ve got good news, but I don’t know how she’s going to take it. Angel 2: What do you mean? If it’s good news, she should be happy to hear it. Angel 1: Well, she’s young, and it might seem too unbelievable what I have to tell her. It’s really quite a miracle. Angel 2: Well, God’s people have experienced miracles before, as long

On being a witness

A sermon on John 1:6-8, 19-28 When I was younger, I had a reputation for being very gullible. Have you heard the one about how the word gullible doesn’t appear in the dictionary?... I believed it the first time someone made me the target of that joke. In my defense, I have always liked to believe that my tendency to trust what people tell me comes from my own trustworthiness. I represent truth accurately, to the best of my ability, so I assume others are doing the same thing. Sadly, that trusting nature has had to attend the school of adult reality, and I am much quicker to question debatable “truths” these days. In an era of clickbait headlines, and social media as a news source for the maj

Crying for the Gospel

A sermon on Mark 1: 1-8, and Isaiah 40:1-11 A dear friend of mine – who is normally a purveyor of the joy and light of Christ –recently posted this status on facebook: “Babies should not be allowed on red-eye flights.” She got a lot of “likes” Now, full disclosure, on more than one occasion I have been the parent with a baby on a red-eye flight, and I don’t actually think this should be prohibited. Life sometimes requires us to do hard things, and I am all about extending grace to the folks who are caught in those hard-things moments. But, I can empathize with the frustration of being forced to listen to piercing cries that you can do nothing to stop, especially when you are already understa

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