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 Value of the Vulnerable

A sermon on Matthew 10:40-42 & Genesis 22:1-14 [for an audio recording of this sermon, click here. Photo by Morning Brew on Unsplash] In my first career in the non-profit world I had responsibility for planning a number of conferences and events. The point of these events was the information being shared. So, of course we wanted as many people as possible to attend. And since we sometimes had sponsorships to cover the costs, one might think that the best practice would be to offer the programs for free. Surely more people would come if they did not have to pay, right? Well, not necessarily. As it turns out people tend to associate more value with an event if there is a cost to attend. They w

God Who Hears and Disturbs

A sermon on Matthew 10:24-39, Genesis 21:8-21, and Romans 6:1b-11 [for an audio recording of this sermon, click here; Photo by Oleg Laptev on Unsplash] If you have been listening to my sermons for very long, you will probably recognize the name Debie Thomas. She is my go-to commentator when I want a reading of the weekly lectionary that cuts to the heart and speaks deep truth. This week, she cut extra deep. In her essay on this week’s gospel Debie Thomas asks a question that strips faith down to the bones. “What am I most invested in? My comfort or my salvation?”[1] Her question suggests that we have to choose – one or the other. Comfort, or salvation. It’s a claim that seems to push against

Finding Joy in the Impossible

A sermon on Matthew 9:35-10:23; Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7; Romans 5:1-8 [for an audio recording of this sermon, click here; photo by Victor Garcia on Unsplash] In Lewis Carol’s fanciful world of Wonderland the White Queen boasts to Alice that she can believe “six impossible things before breakfast.” The pronouncement comes in response to Alice’s claim that she cannot believe things that are impossible, to which the Queen replies that she simply needs practice. The queen herself used to practice believing impossible things for 30 minutes a day, which resulted in her impressive early-morning credulity. What the White Queen does NOT explain is why it is valuable to practice believing impossible t

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