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. 

It's About the Prayer, Not the Answer

A sermon on Luke 11: 1-13 (for an audio recording of this sermon, click here) Do you all remember the old Garth Brooks song Unanswered Prayers? (It was very popular back when I was in High School, so it has a certain nostalgia for me). If you don’t know it, the song tells the story of running into an old high school flame later in life, after marrying someone else. The song recalls the desperate, persistent prayers of teenage longing for that first love, but the point of the song is that it’s a GOOD thing those High School prayers were not answered. As the chorus repeats: “Some of God’s greatest gifts, are unanswered prayers.” I like the song. It’s relatable, and singable, and it tells a swe

Martha Needs Some Love

(A sermon on Luke 10:38-42; an audio recording of this sermon, click here) I am NOT the world’s best housekeeper. I admire people who can keep their homes organized and clean at all times. Who have a “place” to store everything they own and who consistently keep those things in those places, and then also consistently sweep, and dust, and mop, and scrub all their surfaces with cleaners… I think that’s amazing! I would love to live in a house like that! But in the rhythms of my day to day life… those tasks don’t usually seem like the most important ones. And, therefore, they don’t always get prioritized. So, naturally, I would really love to be able to read today’s gospel scene as a validati

Healing Is Better Than Self-Justification

A sermon on Luke 10:25-37 [for an audio recording of the sermon, click here] Several of the commentators I read this week offered some variation on the theme that it’s really hard to actually engage with the Parable of the Good Samaritan because it is so. very. familiar. Debie Thomas’ assessment along those lines is perhaps the most incisive: “I read, I nod, and I walk away, unafflicted and unchanged.”[1] She’s making a point that I think is essential to hearing the parables the way that Jesus used them. She’s reminding us that we aren’t supposed to just nod our heads along with the familiar tale. Parables AREN’T fables. They aren’t about “knowing the moral of the story.” Jesus taught in pa

A Challenging Peace

A sermon on Luke 10: 1-11, 16-20 [for an audio recording of this sermon, click here] Today’s gospel story raises an important question: Do we want peace? More specifically, do we want the kind of peace that Jesus’s followers were told to offer to the homes and communities that they entered on their mission? The answer would seem to be obvious, especially in a congregation named Abiding Peace. Who among us wouldn’t want peace? But the story suggests that the answer is NOT obvious… Jesus’s instructions to his followers before sending them out are premised on the assumption that some of the people and towns they approach will NOT “share in peace.” Jesus tells his disciples to “shake it off” whe

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