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. 

Where Does Longing Lead Us?

A sermon on Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 [An audio recording of this sermon is available here.] In her commentary on the parable of the man with two sons, Lutheran professor Amanda Brobst-Renaud, names a really important truth about today’s parable. She writes: “one of the main struggles in reading this parable is that once we hear the words ‘A man had two sons,’ we quit listening…. The challenge of this parable is to keep listening, to listen to it again, and to be open to the possibility that it may say something new to us. Stepping into a parable – even a much-beloved parable – is like stepping into a river; you cannot step into the same river twice.”[1] I believe that one of the reasons that Jesu

What Are We Growing?

[For an audio recording of this sermon, click here] A sermon on Luke 13: 1-9 If the scene that opens this gospel reading were to happen today, I think it might go something like this: In the midst of a time of shattering violence, some people came to Jesus and told him about it – filling their telling with horror, and confusion, and also some anger and fear. They told him about people at prayer in their Mosques in New Zealand, gunned down by a purveyor of hate; and then they told him about people on a tram in the Netherlands shot and killed by another extremist; and then they told him about a spike in the cycle of retaliatory violence between herders and farmers in Nigeria, enflamed by relig

God is one brave chicken

A sermon on Luke 13:31-35 [an audio recording of this sermon can be accessed here] So, I have a funny story related to this gospel. Last year my husband, Tyler, was teaching the Jr. High Sunday school class at Living Waters (the church where he and our kids are members). The lesson involved different images for God in scripture – things like God is our Rock, God is our Light, God is our refuge… you get the picture. Well, the curriculum included pictures of all these different biblical images, and the students were supposed to guess what each picture represented. Most of them were pretty easy, but our daughter, Alaina, was confused about one of them. As the story was told to me, she looked at

Wilderness Transformation

A sermon on Luke 4:1-13 [An audio recording of this sermon is available here.] When I first joined a Lutheran church (in my late twenties), I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Lent. The idea of “giving something up for Lent” just seemed like spiritual dress-up for a 40-day diet from chocolate. I needed something to get hold of to make this defined time of reflection and discipline a meaningful spiritual practice. I found that something in my pastor’s offering of a theme each Lent: a phrase or idea that focused me in a unique way on looking for what God is doing in this sacred space of time. Focusing on a Lenten theme has made the discipline of Lent a transformative practice for me. So, as I

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