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. 

We're All Fruit - Diversity and Fruitful Faith

A sermon on Acts 8:26-40, and John 15:1-8 One of my all-time favorite movies is My Big Fat Greek Wedding. It tells the story of a Greek-American woman (Toula Portokalos) and her love interest (Ian Miller), who is most definitely NOT Greek. This is an issue for Toula’s family, especially her father, Gus. Gus is obsessively proud of his Greek heritage. He owns a Greek restaurant, decorates his home with Greek statues, columns, and the Greek flag painted on the garage, and he makes a practice of challenging people to: “give me a word, any word, and I will show you how the root of that word is Greek.” Toula finds this highly embarrassing. The movie chronicles the challenges, missteps, and joy of

Life-Giving Generousity

A sermon on 1 John 3: 16-24, and John 10:11-18 Today is Good Shepherd Sunday. And also Earth Day. Let the pastoral images in pastel colors abound. It’s a perfect set-up for a beautiful and peaceful meditation. Ten minutes to dwell in the idyllic imagery of green pastures, and still waters. To contemplate God’s gentle, loving care for us, perhaps with an inspiring exhortation about our care for creation folded in. I would LOVE to preach that sermon. To give my poet’s voice free reign, and nurture the weary souls among us with the TRUE promises of God’s protection and love. But God’s Spirit, and our readings for the day, wouldn’t let me. Not when our gospel reading – in just eight verses – has

Scars, Change, and Hope

A sermon on Luke 24:36b-48 A week or two ago, my daughter and I fell into a conversation about our various scars. Thankfully, in her 10 years she hasn’t yet experienced many injuries that have left lasting marks, but she has just enough experience to have noticed two things: First, the skin of a scar feels different. It doesn’t hurt anymore, but it will never be quite the same. Our bodies have the power to heal, but not without some permanent change. Second, these changes leave embedded memories. With the marks of past injuries come the chance to tell their stories. This was the delight of our conversation, because our scars gave us the chance to tell each other our stories. To invite each o

Touchable Faithfulness

A Sermon on John 20:19-31 [Note - this sermon was preceded by a worship drama, performed by the youth and adults of the Abiding Peace drama team. The drama was modified from the script "The Facts", written by John Duckworth for the resource book High Impact Worship Dramas published by Vital Ministry. The drama imagined two Dragnet-style detectives investigating Jesus' resurrection.] In the worship drama that our talented team of actors just performed for us, it’s pretty easy to shake our heads in judgment of the two detectives and their captain, isn’t it? To roll our eyes at their claim to just want – in true Dragnet style - “the facts,” when really it was a safe, “reasonable” explanation t

Happily Ever After, or Cliffhanger?

A Sermon on Mark 16:1-8 I want to start out by taking a poll of your viewing preferences. Here’s the question: Which do you prefer – Disney movies, or TV drama series? (I'll give you a minute - think about it. Which would you choose, if Disney or TV-drama-series were your two options) Now that you have decided… I’m NOT going to tell you what those preferences suggest. Leave you in a little suspense! For now, let’s imagine together what the gospel scene we just read would look like if re-enacted in both of these formats. First, a Disney movie. As the final scene in a Disney movie, of course, there must be music. Mark’s passion story clearly doesn’t set-up well as a musical, so we won’t have t

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