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. 

Touching Our Enemy's Trigger Hand

A sermon on Luke 6:27-38 [An audio recording of this sermon is available here] “Love your enemies.” Three words that are, somehow, both unavoidably familiar and yet still hard to get a hold on. This is one of those commandments that I just kind of assume I understand. The words are simple enough – I know what they each mean. But when I put them together… when I try to get particular, to imagine how they apply in my own life… they get fuzzy. In part, I am sure, this fuzziness comes from the relative freedom from personal enemies in my life experience. I have never, to my knowledge, been the subject of another person’s active animosity, of someone who wants to do me personal harm. I have never

Would You Rather?

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash A sermon on Luke 6:17-26 [An audio file of this sermon can be accessed here] Have you ever played the game “would you rather?” It’s a game of hypotheticals, in which you are presented with two options, and you have to pick one. For instance, would you rather never get to eat chocolate for the rest of your life, or eat nothing but chocolate for the rest of your life? Or, would you rather have perfect health for the next 20 years but not much money, or have a million dollars a year for the next 20 years but not great health? Or how about: would you rather discover the solution for world peace, or discover the cure for cancer? Would-You-Rather is a great game f

The Grace of Being Called

[For an audio file of this sermon, click here] A sermon on Luke 5:1-11, Isaiah 6:1-13, and 1 Cor. 15:1-11 During my first week away at college, the Resident Advisor in my dorm organized a get-to-know-you activity for all the young women in my section. There were snacks, and games, and there was also an activity that required us all to write down our “most embarrassing moment.” The RA then read these descriptions out loud and we had to figure out the dorm mate to whom each story belonged. It was a brilliant way to build community. Not only did it get us laughing together, but it was also a very effective way to build an appropriate level of vulnerability among a group of strangers who were al

Not Special, But Loved

[For an audio file of this sermon, click here] A sermon on Luke 4:21-30 and 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child…” This week’s gospel lesson has me thinking about one particular conversation I had as a child – if 19 still counts as childhood (In my case, I think it did). It was a conversation with my Dad, and we were talking about me – because, I was 19. Specifically, we were talking about something I was struggling with in my faith. I remember telling my Dad: “I know Jesus loves me, but Jesus loves everybody. So, if you think about it, there’s nothing that special about Jesus loving me. What makes me special?” Looki

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