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. 

The Importance of Hunger (aka - knowing we aren't in control)

A sermon on John 6:1-21 If you have been around Christian churches any significant amount of time, you have probably heard some version of the story of Jesus feeding the multitudes. As a matter of fact, this the only miracle story that is told in all four gospels (and it is told twice in both Mark and Matthew)![1] This repetition tells us at least two things: First, this story is important! While the six accounts differ in some of the details and framing, they are always stories of Jesus responding the hunger of the large crowd who is gathered to receive his teaching and healing, always stories in which Jesus multiplies a clearly inadequate supply of food to meet that need; and always storie

A Loser Like Me

A sermon on Mark 6:1-13, Ezekiel 2:1-5, and 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 Are any of you willing to admit to a guilty pleasure when it comes to your Netflix viewing habits? I have one. It's the 2009-2015 cult classic… Glee. I’m not especially proud of it. The show has some great themes around inclusion and self-worth, but also a whole lot of shallow glorification of popularity-culture and teenage sex. Nevertheless, I’ve been on a Glee-watching kick lately, because sometimes it’s therapeutic to watch angst-ridden teenagers obsess over the things that High Schoolers obsess about, and then break into perfectly choreographed musical numbers that resolve their feelings and make the world right again. It’

The Miracle of Touching the Untouchable

A sermon on Mark 5:21-43 As part of a sermon on today’s gospel passage, Episcopal priest Barbara Brown Taylor wrote the following: “The problem with miracles is that it is hard to witness them without wanting one of your own…”[1] This week I re-read Taylor’s full sermon, and that sentence about “the problem with miracles” felt like a sigh of recognition and relief… because she had admitted it for me. Admitted the problem, the challenge of these two beautiful healing stories. I have always loved this pairing of stories because of the ways that they validates the oppressed and stigmatized woman – the miracle part of it was never what was important to me. But in preparing to preach these storie

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