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. 

Origins, Prophecy, Fire, and Knowing Who We Are

A sermon on Luke 1:57-80 and Malachi 3:1-6 Today we celebrate the Feast Day of John the Baptist. (because I did NOT look at the readings ahead of time, and realize I might want to just do the normal readings for this week instead…). Actually, we are celebrating the NATIVITY of John the Baptist – that’s why the gospel we read was about his birth – rather than his ministry. We had some chuckles in Worship & Music committee about John’s feast day not including any words from John, but this week I had a revelation that re-framed my perspective on this selection: It came not from my study of today’s specific texts, but from the book we are reading for our church book club this summer: Inspired, b

Recognizing God's Way: Trust, Mystery, Weeds, and Welcome

A sermon on Mark 4: 26-34 This month my book club is reading an interesting book called The History of the World in Six Glasses. It offers a unique perspective on the evolution of human history through the beverages that have played a pivotal role at different periods of human cultural development. One of those beverages is coffee, and the book includes a first-hand account of the extraordinary lengths to which one French entrepreneur went in order to establish a coffee plantation on the Island of Martinique in order to break the Arab and Dutch hold on coffee production. According to his own account, Gabriel Mathieu De Clieu: engaged in a complicated scheme to obtain an unauthorized cutting

Mary's Choice: Fear or Follow

A sermon on Mark 3:20-35 You never think it is YOUR CHILD who is going to break your heart. Sure I had heard stories from the other women – gathered around the village well in the morning. Stories of sons who had shirked their family responsibilities, or daughters who would talk back. But, that wasn’t my Jesus. Jesus was my perfect boy. He was the one who always saw when I was overwhelmed and jumped to help without even being asked. He was the one who started and ended his days with prayer and studied his Torah without nagging. He was the one who never demanded to be first, even though he was the oldest, and always looked out for anyone who was younger or weaker. He was the one I never neede

Law and Life

A Sermon on Mark 2:23-3:6 and Deuteronomy 5:12-15 Show of hands: based on the readings for the day, who expects that I am going to preach about sabbath-keeping? Well, I’m not. Or at least the duty to keep the sabbath is not the focus on my sermon, because I don’t think it’s actually the focus of our gospel today. One of my go-to commentaries for Greek study in sermon preparation had this to say about today’s gospel reading: “I consider this to be one of the key texts in all of the gospels to understand Jesus’ relation to his tradition, particularly to the law. Jesus’ operating principle is that the Sabbath (and, with that, I am reading all of the law and the rituals of holiness) was created

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