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 Difference Identity Makes

A sermon on Matthew 16:13-20 [for an audio recording of this sermon, click here. Photo by Felicia Buitenwerf on Unsplash] Today’s gospel has me pondering a question: Who do you say that you are? I know that’s NOT the question Jesus asks in today’s reading. Jesus asks about whom the crowds and the disciples say that HE is. And, as a general rule, I try not to turn teachings about Jesus into opportunities for navel-gazing. After all, Martin Luther’s definition of “sin” is to be “curved in on oneself.” But in the way that he phrases his questions, I think that Jesus himself is drawing a connection between his identity and ours. He doesn’t ask “who am I?” He asks “who do they/you say that I am?”

Sometimes, Grace is a Challenge

A sermon on Matthew 15:10-28 [For an audio recording of this sermon, click here. Photo by Charlie Firth on Unsplash] For a long time, I really hated this gospel story. Or, to be more accurate, I hated part of this story. The first half is just fine, helpful even! Jesus’s teaching about what it is that defiles a person – that it has to do with what is in our hearts, and revealed through our speech, rather than our conformity to legalistic religious rules – that is the kind of teaching that feeds my faith. It pushes back against misguided religious habits of morality policing and control through shaming. And it offers us a better benchmark for evaluating the state of our hearts: what does our

In The Storm

A sermon on Matthew 14:22-33 [for an audio recording of this sermon, click here] What a week to get a story about a storm! A violent storm is an image that holds particular power for me – and I imagine for many of you, as well – after our state was pummelled by tropical storm Isaias this past week. It is an experience that helps me to connect to the disciples’ fear. It has been a long time since I was genuinely frightened by a storm, but there was a half hour or so last Tuesday during which fear had my stomach clenched into tight knots, and I had to deliberately remind myself to take full, calming breaths. It happened after we had already lost power. The house felt still and shadowy, without

Wrestling with Weakness

A sermon on Matthew 14:13-21 and Genesis 32:22-31 [for an audio recording of this sermon, click here; photo by DJ Johnson on Unsplash] Over a lifetime of interest in psychology, and a good number of leadership-development programs, I have taken my share of personality-assessment inventories. Some have been modestly illuminating. Some have been confusing, or hard to apply. But one has genuinely helped to shape my self-understanding and the way that I seek to live out my faith in the world: The Enneagram. The Enneagram draws its roots from ancient spiritual traditions, including the teachings of the 4th Century Christian desert elders. As a spiritual resource, rather than a psychological one,

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