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. 

Easter and Empathy

[A sermon on Luke 24:1-12; for an audio recording of this sermon, click here] Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen indeed, Alleluia! This is the proclamation of Easter morning. It’s the reason the church is full of joyful flowers, and it’s why our songs and prayers are full of praise. But it’s NOT anywhere in our Easter gospel reading… did anyone notice that? For such a joy-filled day, in many ways the pinnacle of our faith story, the gospel story seems a little… lacking in celebration, doesn’t it? In the two brief scenes of Jesus’s followers encountering evidence of the resurrection, no one says “Alleluia! Christ is Risen! The women who first discover the empty tomb experience confusi

Remembrance and Re-membering

[A sermon on Luke 22:7-34; for an audio recording of this sermon, click here] “Do this in remembrance of me.” I have said those words several hundred times at the altar table, and I’ve heard them thousands more, but they grabbed my attention in a new way, this Lent. That’s because late one night, in early March, I woke up with those words ringing in my brain and a conviction that they needed to be at the center of this Maundy Thursday sermon. In case you were wondering, that is not how sermon inspiration usually works for me, but there was no doubt in my mind that the message was from God’s Holy Spirit, so I have been dwelling with these words for more than a month. In particular, I’ve been

What Would We Have Done? (What Are We Doing?)

[For an audio recording of this sermon, click here] A sermon on Luke 19:28-44 I was recently listening to an episode of the Good Ancestor podcast in which the host, Layla Saad, was interviewing author Glennon Doyle about her efforts to be a force for positive change in the world. Some of their conversation focused on Glennon’s experience with becoming more conscious of the racial realities in our country, and in that conversation she told a story about an interaction with her two daughters several years ago: Glennon was reading a book about the Civil Rights movement with her daughters when her youngest pointed to a picture of one of the marches. She had noticed that, along with the African A

God is About To Do a New Thing (Are You Ready?)

[photo credit Danielle Macinnes @dsmacinnes] A sermon on John 12:1-8 [and audio version of the sermon is available here]. “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:19) So promises God, through the prophet Isaiah, to a people who had little reason to believe that any good thing was in their future. This verse comes from today’s first reading, which is found in a section of the book of Isaiah written to the people of Israel while they were exiled in Babylon. Their country had been decimated, the Temple in Jerusalem destroyed, and the people themselves taken as captives to a foreign land – separated by distance, and desert, and defeat from the plac

Recent Posts
Archive
Search By Tags

© 2016 by Abiding Peace Lutheran Church.

To request permission to use site content, please contact Abiding Peace Lutheran Church in writing at 305 US Highway 46, Budd Lake, NJ 07828