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. 

Do Not Be Afraid, I Am With You.

[To listen to this sermon on audio, click here] A sermon on Luke 2:1-20 Whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith, know that you are most welcome here, to receive God’s goodness, mercy, and love. Amen. Goodness, mercy, and love. That’s my prayer every time I step into this pulpit. That – by God’s grace, through my words - you all would hear and receive God’s goodness, mercy, and love. Those words feel especially relevant on Christmas Eve. That’s what we all want to feel tonight, right? Goodness and mercy. Love and peace. Joy and gratitude for the blessings of our lives and of this holy night. I want all of that for all of you… but I am also conscious that the em

Nurturing Witness

A sermon on Luke 1: 39-55 [An audio file of this sermon is available here;] If our gospel reading for today sounded familiar, then chances are you may have participated in one or more of the extra services we have had here at Abiding Peace over the course of this month. At my installation service on December 2 we heard the second part of today’s reading: Mary’s song commonly referred to as The Magnificat. My former pastor, Lee Zandstra preached about this song, and how our ministry together is a chance for us to sing this song together. And we have literally done that at each of our mid-week Advent services: singing the words of the Magnificat as a community, to the beautiful setting in Hold

Calling Out for Change

A Sermon on Luke 3:7-18 [An audio recording of the sermon is available here] I imagine that many of you have heard the latest Christmas controversy this year… the one about whether or not there are serious ethical problems with the 1940’s holiday duet “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” Now, don't worry I am not going to pontificate on my opinion about that debate from the pulpit. But I bring it up because the debate has me thinking about the phenomenon sometimes referred to as “call-out culture.” The urban dictionary defines this term as “a group of people, especially on social media, who ridicule others for real or perceived words or actions that go against their beliefs.” It’s a dynamic that we see

Wilderness Witness

A sermon on Luke 3: 1-6 [For an audiofile of the sermon, click here] Last week I ended my sermon with a challenge – a challenge to embrace the call that we all share as followers of Jesus to be witnesses; to see our faith as something more than personal and private; to hear, in the “uncovering” language of Luke’s apocalyptic sermon, an invitation to remove the veil from our own lives; to recognize the power of our stories – about how God has showed up in our lives – to become a source of hope in a world gripped by fear. As I told you last week, we are going to be exploring the theme of witness throughout the season of Advent, because the task of witness is essential to the active waiting tha

Witness to Hope

A sermon on Luke 21:25-38 [An audio version of this sermon can be accessed here] A few hours from now, many of us will be back in this sanctuary for another service, a service installing me as the regularly called pastor of this congregation. Which is wonderful, and dream-fulfilling… and also a little weird, right? Because, I’ve been serving as the pastoral leader in this community for more than 2 years. The service feels a little bit like a “beginning” that starts in the middle of the story. Which makes it highly appropriate for a service on the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is the beginning of the church year… it is the season where the cycle starts over again, the telling of the great st

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