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. 

Free Indeed

A multi-voiced sermon on John 8:31-36. “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32) I think that might be the most ironic verse in the Bible. It offers the promise of freedom born of truth… but what is truth? I don’t ask that only because, in our current moment, there seems to be so much dispute about what is true, what sources of truth can be trusted, or whether there is even such a thing as truth. I also ask because the idea of “truth” can be used to capture and control, rather than to free. Hence the irony. “Truth” – when understood as propositional claims – can be (and frequently is) used as a weapon to beat down anyone who doesn’t conform… to enslave people to t

Turning Greatness into Goodness

A sermon on Mark 10:35-45 I would like to start my sermon by asking you to turn in your bulletins to the prayer of the day. The prayer of the day is a resource of our denomination. It is meant to give us words to help us lift up to God our desire that the gospel lessons we hear in worship will take root in our lives. Today’s prayer is probably the best sermon I could offer on today’s reading, so I want to invite you all to pray it again with me right now. (Please join me in prayer) Sovereign God, you turn your greatness into goodness for all the peoples of the earth. Shape us into willing servants of your kingdom, and make us desire always and only your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior

Wealth, Freedom, and Faith

A sermon on Mark 10: 17-31 The disciples tend to get a reputation for always missing the point, but I have to say, I really appreciate their honesty in this story. If it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God, “then who can be saved?” Seriously! They are just being real. The scale of camel to needle is so absurd that it would make anyone want to throw up their hands… or to explain it away. In the Middle Ages an interpretation sprang up that claimed Jesus was talking about a gate into the walled city of Jerusalem, a gate called “the eye of the needle.” According to this theory, the gate was unusually small, so small tha

Called into Openness

A sermon on 1 Samuel 3:1-0 and Luke 2:41-52 I just need to get this out of the way first – that gospel story is a terrifying! As a parent whose child has gone missing in a distant city (very briefly – thanks be to God!), my heart starts beating out of my chest just imagining what those three days were like for Mary and Joseph. So, two things: Kids – that whole not being where your parents think you are thing – DON’T EVER DO THAT! You cannot possibly comprehend how traumatizing it is. So, just don’t, OK? Cool. For any of you who share my instinctive panic – let’s just breathe. I truly understand that it is hard to look for a deeper spiritual lesson in this text, when we are fighting off a sym

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