September 20, 2020
Texts: Jonah 3:10 – 4:11; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-6
Listen to a true story. A woman came to her priest to make a confession. With great anguish she told how she had experienced some financial difficulty and became very desperate. Since she worked as a teller in a bank she was able to embezzle the money necessary to pay her debt. No one had noticed the crime, but her soul was troubled and she wanted to make things right.
It’s been quite a week, hasn’t it? The smoke that hangs in the air from fires in the west, the hurricanes on the southern coast with more lining up in the Atlantic, the pandemic. In news reports I keep hearing the word Armageddon. But what is Armageddon really?
September 13, 2020
Texts: Genesis 50:15-21; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35
Motives are not always pure. You know that, right? So from the very beginning we should wonder why Peter went to Jesus one day and asked. “Lord, if another member of the community sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?”
Texts: Ezekiel 33:7-11; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20
It’s Labor Day Weekend and there are lots of visitors in our island towns. Each ferry brings a fresh surge of people. If you’ve ventured out you’ve seen the tide of people on the streets shopping, eating, and walking, sometimes hazardously. Soon it will be quiet, but for now it’s noisy and active. Especially the children. I mean, who doesn’t know the siren sound of an exhausted and over-stimulated little one, right?
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.