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. 

Finding Jesus in Rebuke

A sermon on Mark 8:31-38 “Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of man will also be ashamed…” (Mark 8:38). I have been thinking a lot about shame lately. My attention was drawn to the issue of shame through an e-mail conversation I have been having with a beloved family member. This family member and I share a love of Jesus and of our extended family, and almost nothing else. Our life experiences have been quite different and most of our opinions about the world and about politics diverge just as significantly. But we have been trying, over the last 6 months, to engage in intentional dialogue as a means to understand each other

Finding Jesus in the Wilderness

A Sermon on Mark 1:9-15 Early in my time here at Abiding Peace, I had a conversation with one of you about the words of the Lord’s Prayer – specifically about the petition that God “not lead us not into temptation.” This person asked whether this prayer is effectively saying that we think God would lead us into temptation. As though God would intentionally put us in situations where we will be enticed into evil, a kind of Divine entrapment. And moreover, that the necessary remedy for this danger, is for us to ask God NOT to lead us there. That, in some way, we have to beg God to do right by us. And that … feels wrong. It is inconsistent with our theology of Grace, and the revelation of the C

Transfiguring Fear, Transforming Listening

A Sermon on Mark 9: 2-9 My apologies to anyone who is not a Harry Potter fan, but on Transfiguration Sunday I cannot resist just one Professor McGonagall story – I promise it is relevant. In the Harry Potter series, Professor McGonagall is the Transfiguration teacher at Hogwarts School, which - in the fictional world of the books - means that she teaches the students how to change the appearance of everyday objects into completely different objects, or sometimes animals. Now, just to be clear, that kind of “transfiguration” is NOT what is described in today’s gospel story – more on that in a minute. Nevertheless, as I contemplated our gospel this week, I was reminded of one particular “trans

On Pain and Resurrection Hope

In the past year, I have prayed SO MANY prayers for healing. I have prayed for healing for victims of natural disasters, and epidemics, and hunger all over the world. I have prayed for healing in the aftermath of mass shootings and terrorist attacks. I have prayed for healing for people hurt by racism, and poverty, and sexual violence, and addiction. I have prayed for members of my own family; and I have prayed for all of you, and for the people you love. I have prayed so many prayers for healing. I have called out to our loving God, and spoken God’s promises as petitions, and discovered new depths to my own and humanity’s need for a healing God. And some of those prayers have been answered.

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