Texts: Acts 2:14a, 22-23; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31
When I heard the news that Jesus had died on the cross, a victim of the jealous anger of powerful religious leaders and the cruel law of the Romans, I knew I just couldn’t do it anymore. I was done. I wanted to get as far away from this bad story as I could.
On Easter Sunday 2020 ELCA Bishop Sharon Wee gave the Easter message via virtual technology. Pastor Beth Purdum Eden gave the following Children's message.
The Owl and the Dove
Once there was a wise old owl in a barn. The barn was very old; built of roughly carved yellow stones stacked on top of each other. Its strong roof was made of pieces of dark wood and clay tiles baked in the sun.
Texts: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 21:1-11
It was a strange, even surreal event when it happened. What we now call Palm Sunday. But what did the people call it then? A non-local rabbi comes to the city gates, surrounded by a rabble of poor rural folks cheering as if he’s their conquering hero. There’s no word for that kind of crowd, except maybe, deluded…dangerous…ridiculous.
The Rev. Beth Purdum Eden is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. She has served in more than 6 parishes in the Western United States for 30 years.