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. 

Pentecost Spirit of Power

A sermon on Acts 2:1-21 [for an audio recording of this sermon, click here; Photo by Maxim Tajer on Unsplash] I want to invite you to imagine what it must have been like to come upon the scene of the Spirit of God descending upon the first believers. The noise is what you would have noticed first. The violent, bone-shaking sound of a rushing wind unlike any you had ever experienced before. The creak of timbers and stone as the walls of the house shook with the power of God’s presence. You might have wondered if it was an earthquake, looking nervously up at the buildings on either side in the narrow Jerusalem streets, checking for cracks. Or perhaps scanned the sky for a sudden storm to expla

A Blessing for Witnesses

A sermon on Luke 24:44-53 [for an audio recording of this sermon, click here; photo by James Coleman on Unsplash] Today we celebrate the Ascension of Christ – the day, 50 days after his resurrection, when Christ left this physical world, until such time as he will come again. I’m just gonna say it: there are a few things that make this celebration a little difficult to really get into. For one thing, it’s hard to imagine it. Did he just start floating away while he was talking to them? That sounds totally bizarre. And where did he go? Heaven isn’t literally above the sky – it’s not like you could get there with a tall enough elevator (like Mt. Olympus in the Percy Jackson novels). So, what i

You Are Not Alone

A sermon on John 14:15-21 [for an audio recording of this sermon, click here; Photo by bhuvanesh gupta on Unsplash] You are not alone. If you remember nothing else from my sermon, or from our worship today, I want you to remember that. Jesus has promised: “you are not alone.” Jesus made this promise to his followers when they were feeling desperate, anxious, and grieved – just as many of us probably are today. It was Jesus’s last night with his friends, and he had told them that he was about to leave them. They were facing the disruption of all their expectations and the loss of the one who had been the center of their lives. And as a message of consolation and encouragement, Jesus makes a p

The Rest of the Story

A sermon on Acts 7:55-60 and John 14:1-14 (for an audio recording of this sermon, click here; photo credit: Patrick Hendry on Unsplash) When I was a child, my parents used to listen to Paul Harvey’s “The Rest of the Story.” The premise of the broadcast segments – which proposed to reveal the hidden, or unknown back-story of familiar people, incidents, or phenomena – was alluring even to an 8-year-old. There was more to know than first appeared! It was a formula designed to draw people in, and Paul Harvey – with his smooth voice and artful story-telling – was a master of taking what seemed like a simple story and weaving much more complexity into it. Well, today’s first reading hardly needs P

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