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. 

Michael and All Angels - A Blessing for the Battle

A sermon on Revelation 12:7-12 [for an audio recording of this sermon, click here] During my first year in seminary my husband, Tyler, joined an intramural flag football team at the seminary with a rather unusual name: they called themselves the Seraphim. Now, at the time, my only association with that name was the phrase “cherubin and seraphim,” which is I my response to the name was to say: “Oh. Cute!” The guys on the football team hastened to correct me. You see, they hadn’t names themselves for the adorable, chubby, baby angels I was thinking of (that would have been a little weird). They were named for the imposing, six-winged angels described in prophetic visions of God’s throne room,

Surprising Grace

A sermon on Luke 16:1-13 [for an audio recording of this sermon, click here] Raise your hand if the gospel we read today is your favorite parable! Not so much, right? It’s just such a weird story with an even weirder ending: An unsympathetic character gets caught out, then steals from his employer in order to make a soft landing for himself… and gets praised for his shrewdness by the master he ripped off. WHAT? Maybe I should ask for a show of hands if you wonder why this parable is even in the Bible. Nevertheless, when I took a course on parables in seminary, this parable was the very first homework assignment. My professor – Bishop Fred Borsch (who has written whole books on the parables o

Welcome, Not Worthiness

A sermon on Luke 15:1-10 [an audio recording of this sermon can be accessed here] I want to tell you a story about a God moment I had this week.It happened on Tuesday morning. I had stopped into one of my favorite coffee shops to get a latte before heading off to my pastor’s Bible study on this week’s readings. I had a few minutes before I had to get on the road, so I had brought in a commentary on Luke to read up on today’s gospel text. My normal routine is to get my coffee, and then find myself a nice, quiet table in a corner to sip and study in introverted peace. But for some reason – looking back I think it was probably the nudging of God’s Spirit – I sat down at the end of the bar inste

The Cost-Benefit of Discipleship

A sermon on Luke 14: 25-33 [for an audio recording of this sermon, click here] In last week’s gospel, Jesus played the part of the offensive guest in his enacted parable – publicly rebuking his host and shaming his fellow guests. This week, it appears that the readings have been selected to up the ante by just offending us directly! Or at least that’s my instinctive reaction. First, we get a reading from the law in Deuteronomy that simplistically contrasts life & prosperity against death & adversity: combining all the worst elements of works righteousness with the prosperity gospel. Then, our epistle reading is a letter that Paul has an escaped slave bring back to his master… a letter that d

Which Part Will We Play? - A reorienting parable

A sermon on Luke 14: 1,7-14 [for an audio recording of this sermon, click here] An interesting challenge arose in my Tuesday morning Bible study on the lectionary texts this week. One of the other pastors commented that, despite what Luke says, this reading doesn’t really give us a parable. I understand what he was talking about. We are used to parables told as fictional stories ("There was a man...") or at least as similes ("the kingdom of heaven is like…”) But here, Jesus is directly addressing the other people at the party he is attending: “when you are invited to a party, do this…” This sounds a lot more like the Bible’s wisdom literature than like a parable (in fact, there is a Proverb

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