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. 

Love is a Circle

(A Sermon on John 13:1-17, 31b-35) I learned a song in church when I was a little girl, whose words are partially drawn from this gospel reading. It goes something like this: (Sung – you can hear it here ) This is my commandment, that you love one another, that your joy may be full. This is my commandment, that you love one another, that your joy may be full. That your joy may be full. That your joy may be full. This is my commandment, that you love one another, that your joy may be full. It’s a nice little song. It’s pretty, and easy to learn, and sticks in your head so that you still remember it decades later. It’s kind of like a jingle for Christian love. But it’s also a bit deceptive, is

Seeing in the Dark

A Sermon on Mark 11:1-11 “After sending for the colt. After the procession. After the palms. After the cloak strewn-road. After the hosannas. After blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. After all this, Mark – alone of all the gospels – tells us that Jesus goes into the temple and looks around at everything. He does not teach. He does not preach. He does not heal. He does not confront or challenge. He does not even speak; neither does he cross the path of anyone who requires his attention. Mark conveys the impression that here, in this sacred space that lies at the heart of his people, Jesus is quite alone, and that it is night. Jesus simply looks around. What is it that he sees in

Lenten Reflection - Focusing on Christ

Throughout the season of Lent we have been exploring the unexpected (and challenging) place that we find the Jesus of the gospel - and the places he calls us to follow him. In this final week of Lent, we meditate on the story of Paul & Silas in prison. This reflection is designed for use in our mid-week service, but due to inclement weather, the service has been cancelled. This meditation is offered as a starting point for personal reflection on God's call in your life. * * * As we come to the end of our Lenten journey, we are confronted by how hard it can be to follow the road when we might have other ideas about where we want to go. On Sunday, we heard Jesus’s response to

Finding Jesus in Obedience

A sermon on John 12:20-33 Our family has a few sets of questions that are designed to prompt meaningful conversation. You know the kinds of questions. Things like: if you could have any superpower what would it be? Or What would you do on your perfect day. One question that seems to show up in all of these sets is one that you have probably been asked at some point in your life: If you were given the chance to meet ANYONE in the world, who would it be and why? The answers to that question can spark really interesting conversation, especially because of the second part of the question: the why. The reasons we would want to meet ... Lin Manuel Miranda, or Malala Yousafzai, or the US Women’s Ho

Finding Jesus in Exposure

A sermon on John 3:14-21 and Numbers 21:4-9 [One comment before I begin: I be will be talking about the light and darkness metaphor, which can be problematic in our particular cultural context because of the history of racism in America, which includes using the language of “darkness” in a really negative way as code for people with black or brown skin. For Jesus and the gospel writers – who were all dark-skinned themselves – this cultural meaning did not exist. For them darkness is just the opposite of a source of light, with no racial overtones. It’s a powerful metaphor, but in our context, we need to be really clear that the links to racist readings are sinful and need to be explicitly r

Finding Jesus in Disruption

A sermon on John 2:13-22, Exodus 20:1-17, and I Corinthians 1:18-25 I would like you to imagine that you are a Galilean peasant in the first Century. As such, your life is fairly typical of the majority of humanity for most of human history. You are poor, intimately connected to the earth – dependent on your ability to produce food for your own and your family’s survival. You live in close proximity to your extended family, and you have known most of the people in your community since you were a small child. You are likely to live out your life and die within 10 miles of where you were born. But there is ONE extended trip that you have taken many times. You go to Jerusalem every year, at the

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