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. 

Mission of Transformation

We are going to try a little congregational participation in the sermon today. I’m going to ask some questions, and I want to you to answer, OK? Do you remembers the first concert they ever went to? What about, the first election you ever voted in? Your first kiss? Your first communion? Final question: what do all of the last four questions have in common? That was an easy one, right? They are all about “firsts.” And, generally, even though some of these things happened many decades ago for most of us, we still remember them. Because firsts are significant. They start us on a path, and even if that path develops in new directtions from there, firsts are the start of the journey. I have draw

How To Be A Disciple in a Political World

One year ago yesterday, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America....Anyone feeling a little nervous about what I am going to say next? In many churches, simply stating the fact of the anniversary of the inauguration would be enough to earn the preacher a charge of “preaching politics” (the unpardonable sin of the 21st Century mainline church). It might even be enough to prompt some congregants to stand up and walk out. I trust you all NOT to do that, because we work hard to understand each other at Abiding Peace. When I preach something that bothers you, you come and TALK to me about it (a response that I deeply appreciate). And as a congregation we

God is Watching You (And That's Not Scary).

(A Sermon on John 1:43-51; Psalm 139: 1-6, 13-18) As I was meditating on our Psalm of response this week, I couldn’t help but be reminded of a song that was popular in my youth. It was the top song of the year in 1983 according to both the Grammy Awards and Rolling Stone magazine; It spent a full 9 weeks at number 1 on the Billboard charts (and reached the top spot in 5 other countries as well); And it is considered by many to be the “signature song” of the band that performed it… The Police. Any guesses as to what the song might be? (I know you will recognize once I read you the lyrics) Every breath you take And every move you make Every bond you break Every step you take I'll be watchi

The Dive-Bombing Holy Spirit

A sermon on Mark 1:4-11 “And just as he was coming up out of the water, Jesus saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.” This week I did a google search of images for the phrase “Spirit descending on Jesus” and, thanks to the magic of the internet, my computer screen was instantly populated with diverse artistic renderings of this scene. There was everything from classical art paintings, to stained glass, and from photo-realist images to children’s storybook bible cartoons. But there was one thing they all had in common: they were all intentionally beautiful. They featured soft lighting, and sparkling, clear water, and a pristine dove gentling descending on a r

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