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. 

The Love of the Laboring God

A sermon on Luke 2:1-20 (for an audio recording of this sermon, click here). Have you ever listened to a mother tell her birthing story? The story of what happened to her body and her heart when she gave birth? The story that invites you into her unique and powerful experience of being a gateway to new life? If you have, then you know what a gift that story is. You get to hear about the way the mother’s courage met her fear; the way the trauma in her body shared space with her deep, determined love for her child. When a mother tells THIS story, the veil of propriety and public image gets pulled back and things get brutally, beautifully real. Whether or not you have every been privileged to h

Renewing Baptism - God With Us

A sermon on Matthew 1:18-25 (For an audio recording of this sermon, click here. photo credit: mrjn Photography on Unsplash) A week or two ago my oldest child was studying for a grammar test, which involved walking around the house singing a bunch of different memory-assisting songs for parts of speech. For example: (sung to the tune of jingle bells) Helping Verbs! Helping Verbs! There are 23… Am, is, are! Was and were! Being, been, and be! Have, has, had! Do, does, did! Shall, should, will, and would! There are five more helping verbs: may, might, must, can, could! Maybe this persistent focus on grammar is why the familiar phrase – Emmanuel, God is with us – struck me in a new way as I ponde

Renewing Expectations - We Have Stories to Tell

A sermon on Matthew 11:2-11 (an audio recording of this sermon is available here.) I wonder what kind of answer John was expecting, when he sent his followers to ask his simple, but heart-breaking question: “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” There is so much pain and fear bound up in that question, as well as – perhaps – a desperate, stubborn hope. I see the pain and fear in John’s implicit doubt, in his back-tracking from the confidence with which he had declared the power of the One who was to come after him, whom he identified as Jesus. John had been so sure that he knew what was coming: John had expected a baptism of fire. He had expected the ax at the root

Renewing Repentance: the Freedom of Confession

A sermon on Matthew 3:1-12 (for an audio recording of this sermon, click here) *pounds fist on pulpit* “Repent! For the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Yeah, I know. I can’t really pull it off. I am just NOT a fire and brimstone kind of preacher. I don’t pound on the pulpit, and I can’t imagine preaching a sermon focused on condemnation, shame, and threats of the wrath to come. Not only is that not in my nature…I also don’t think it’s in my job description. Because it’s my job to proclaim God’s good news. And I don’t think shame or fear are good news. So then, what do I do with John the Baptist? John is ALL. ABOUT. REPENTANCE. And, to be honest, my first response when I hear the word “repe

Renewing Peace in the In-Between

A sermon on Isaiah 2:1-5 (for an audio recording of this sermon, click here) Today we begin a new church year, a new journey through the story of Jesus and his church, which shapes our worship and our faith. But the church’s new year is not quite like the cultural New Year we will celebrate in a month. Cultural New Year’s, with its dual focus on celebration and resolutions, tends to draw a clear dividing line: last year is over; now we start fresh. In contrast, Advent is a consciously in-between time. It reminds us that we are in a time of waiting, living in faithful expectation of promises that we cannot yet see. We have not left the old, familiar life behind entirely, but we experience it

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