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. 

Mission Statements

A sermon on Luke 4:14-21 [For an audio recording of this sermon, click here] There was a common theme running through most of the commentaries I read this week. In different ways each of these sources described today’s gospel reading as giving us a summary of Jesus’s “mission statement” According to Lutheran pastor David Lose, “Luke reports Jesus first sermon as a kind of mission statement, an identity statement. You want to know what Jesus is all about? Luke almost asks. Then listen up. Here it is.”[1] Then there’s my former preaching professor Cleo LaRue. He explains “in preaching this kind of sermon at the beginning of his ministry, Jesus is notifying all interested parties of the type of

Wine, Miracles, Ordinary Problems, and Hope

A sermon on John 2:1-11 and Isaiah 62:1-5 [For an audio version of this sermon, click here] There are both relatable and unrelatable aspects to today’s gospel story, aren’t there? There’s a wedding, a wedding that was perhaps a little more expensive than the family could afford. – That part’s familiar enough. Then there’s the problem, which comes to a head when the party runs out of wine. -That could happen to anyone, especially at a party that traditionally goes on for days. There’s even a family squabble, when Mary pushes Jesus to fix the problem and he pushes back. It’s not entirely clear why he doesn’t want to involve himself, but Mary refuses to be put off – apparently even in the holy

Come join me in the river

A sermon on Luke 3:15-17, 21-22, and Isaiah 43.1-7 [An audio recording of this sermon can be accessed here] 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. I’m not going to preach a sermon today. At least… I’m not going to spend the next ten or twelve minutes explaining our scripture readings to you. I’m not going to unpack the historical context or explore the theological themes. I’m not even going to draw parallels to our context and encourage you to apply these lessons in your life. Those are all good things to do in a sermon – and I hope that my sermons do regularly use these t

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