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 Blessing of Dust

A sermon on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21, and Isaiah 58:1-12 [for an audio recording of this sermon, click here.] Ash Wednesday is one of my absolute favorite moments in the church year. I’m not kidding. There is something deeply cleansing for me about standing at the front of a church sanctuary while a minister of God smudges ashes on my forehead and reminds me of my mortality. Those ashes are a gift of profound grace. The words that name me as dust and remind me that to dust I will return are words that genuinely heal my soul. The ritual of ashes is a sanctuary for me, a space removed from the incessant cultural pressure we all face, day-in and day-out to be invulnerable. Our society is built arou

You Are Part of the Great Story

A sermon on Matthew 17:1-9 [for an audio recording of this sermon, click here.] In the last month or so, my son, Maddox, has discovered the books and movies of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy. It has been delightful to watch him discover a world of characters and stories that I have loved since I was about his age…. Although, I have to admit that it’s not always the same elements of this magical world that most draw our respective interest. So far, Maddox has been most captivated by the epic battle at Helm’s Deep. Whereas, for me, the best part of the story is always lovable, faithful Sam Gamgee. If you’re not familiar with Tolkien’s tale, Sam is a simple gardener from a simple

The Wholeness of Life

A sermon on Mathew 5:21-37; Deut. 30:15-20; 1 Cor. 3:1-9 [for an audio recording of this sermon, click here] So, let’s just name the elephant in the room: These are not the texts that I would have chosen for a baptism Sunday. Dire warnings of judgement, death, and curses, not to mention the colorful instructions about what to do with our eyes or our hands if they cause us to sin… they don’t really go that well with an adorable baby and lots of visitors in worship. Nevertheless, uncomfortable as these readings may make me or you, I’m still glad that we are a church that uses the lectionary to determine our weekly readings. I’m glad because there is an invitation in these readings-that-we-woul

Relatable Jesus

A sermon on Hebrews 2:14-18 and Luke 2:22-40 (for an audio recording of this sermon, click here). A couple of years ago, Ellen DeGeneres came out with a new stand-up special (her first in 15 years). The special was titled “Relatable.”[1] As she explains at the beginning of the show, this title came from a conversation with a friend who had expressed some doubt about her proposal to come back to stand-up after so many years. Apparently, his response, when she told him her plans, was to say: “Do you think you’re still relatable?” What follows is an extended and hysterical bit in which Ellen shares her feigned confusion at this idea, while highlighting all the ways in which her current life of

Finding God Under the Broom Tree

A sermon on 1 Kings 19:1-8 for a service of Healing for Mental Illness (For an audio recording of this sermon, click here) Given the focus of this gathering, I’m going to hazard a guess that many of us here have had the experience of everything being just a little too much to handle. Of getting overwhelmed by the pain in our lives or in our own heads, and of withdrawing from activities and relationships because that feels like the only survivable option. And, I’m going to guess that when we have done that, when we have withdrawn into our pain, we might have heard some of these well-intentioned, but deeply wounding words: “I know you’re feeling down, but what you need is a night out with the

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