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. 

God of the Unexpected

A dramatic proclamation of Acts 16:9-15 Throughout this Easter season I have been focusing on the readings from Acts in my sermons. I decided on this focus because, in the stories of Acts, we get to see how the very first generation of Christ-followers translated all the things they knew about Jesus into their actual lives. Church wasn’t a social expectation for them, or even a theological commitment. It was the shape of their transformed lives. And since we spent all of Lent talking about transformation, these stories are a resource for us in considering how our faith in Jesus has transformed our lives. Our transformation probably does not happen in exactly the ways it happened for the firs

Love is Better Than Purity

[A sermon on Acts 11:1-18, and John 13:31-35; an audio recording of the sermon is available here] During the supper conversation at one of our mid-week services this past Lent, I mentioned a quote I had just read from Lutheran Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber’s new book, Shameless. The quote came from her discussion of the so-called “purity culture” that is central to some branches of the American Christian church, but it has relevance beyond that context as well. Pastor Nadia writes: “purity most often leads to pride or to despair, but not to holiness. Because holiness is about union with and purity is about separation from.”[1] Holiness is about union with… purity is about separation from. I rememb

Grief, Belief, and the Meaning of Life

A sermon on Acts 9:36-43 [an audio recording of the sermon is available here]. I have to be honest. Last Monday, when I read the lectionary texts for today, my heart sank a bit. Because our first reading this week was the story of a resurrection… not Jesus’ resurrection (which I cling to as a source of hope) but the resurrection of a disciple, a woman named Tabitha, or Dorcas – depending which language and community she was moving in. And while this faithful woman’s story is beautiful in many ways, it’s also painful to hear in the context of a world where that kind of resurrection doesn’t seem to happen. A world where another week means another mass shooting, and Kendrick Castillo, the brave

The Journey of Faith

A sermon on John 21:1-19 and Acts 9:1-20 [for an audio recording of the sermon, click 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 invoke your “journeys of faith” every week at the start of my sermons, but it occurs to me that I don’t often take the time to explain what I mean by that. A journey, of course, implies movement – travelling from one place to another. And when we talk about a journey of faith, we are recognizing that faith is not a static thing. Faith is not a simple assent to a set of belief that locks you in one place for the rest of your life. Rather, in t

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