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. 

You Are What You Eat (and That Changes Everything)

A sermon on John 6:51-58 There are some weeks when I think I should just give the children’s sermon and then sit down, because the children’s sermon says it all. This week is one of those weeks. That silly phrase I talked about with the kids – you are what you eat ­– is often used as a rebuke, or as a warning about what we eat, but actually it is an incredible promise of HOPE. If we are what we eat, and each week we gather at the altar to consume the body of Christ, given for us… Then, that’s what we ARE! We are the body of Christ. We are transformed by God’s gift in the sacrament; our very nature is changed. Thanks be to God. Of course, since “you are what you eat” is not exactly canonical

Eternal Life in the Middle of the Mess

Sermon on John 6:35, 41-51 “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life.” (John 6:47) It’s a familiar statement isn’t it? Maybe even so familiar as to become a bit of a formula. Believe in Jesus = get eternal life. It’s a pretty standard summary in Christian theology. Well, I have a question for everyone for whom this is familiar: What is the verb tense in that statement? (you can look back and check?) It’s present tense. “Whoever believes HAS eternal life.” Right now. So, is present tense what you expect when we are talking about eternal life? I have to admit, it’s not for me. I hear “eternal life” and my mind automatically jumps to “eternity.” To the far-off fantasy future. T

The Gifts of Bread and Baptism

A sermon on John 6:24-35 and Ephesians 4:1-16 Last week we heard the first of five readings from the 6th chapter of John, which form the lectionary series on “The Bread of Life.” We heard the story of the feeding of the multitudes, and we encountered the revelation in this story about our essential neediness – the truth that we are made to hunger, and that Jesus invites us to let go of our instincts to try to control that need away, or defend ourselves against it. In Jesus we find the good news that our hunger is not something to be afraid of. Jesus affirms our neediness, our hunger, and responds to it. The sign of the feeding of the multitude teachers us that hunger is a gift because it tur

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