Texts: Isaiah 6:1-8; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17
It’s Trinity Sunday again. Yay. My enthusiasm is boundless as I’m sure you can tell. But I think it’s somewhere in every minister’s job description. Once each year you will explain how God is the Trinity. And be concise please. So here we go again…
‘Tis the season to be gardening, right? We just planted two young trees in our yard, an Orcas Pear and a cider apple tree. We dug deep, fertilized, and built serious hogwire fences to discourage the deer. Hopefully in a couple of years they will bear fruit.
Texts: Acts 2:1-21; Romans 8:22-27; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
When it comes to Pentecost, something rather rare happens for us. There’s a wonderful continuity to the flow today. All three scripture texts appointed for the day play nicely together.
Last week I traveled with David to Portland to visit family on our first post-vaccination trip. Though to be honest it still felt a bit risky. We wore our masks in all public areas and washed our hands frequently. But it was refreshing to make the long drive south into a slightly warmer climate, and to watch the river-formed landscape unfold before our eyes.
Texts: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19
Never trust a strawberry. At least, never leave it unsupervised. A friend moved to an old farmhouse in the Skagit Valley. The house, a rental for many years now, has seen better days and has suffered somewhat from a lack of commitment to its overall health and welfare.
The news today is really good. There’s been such amazing progress with the COVID vaccine that the CDC announced that vaccinated people may begin gathering outdoors without masks!
Now, what does that mean for us?
Texts: Acts 10:44-48; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17
We’ve been reading through the Book of Acts since Easter day. It tells us how the small community of Jesus’s followers began to move from the utter disaster of the cross and grave and the mystery of the resurrection into the community we now know as the church. As we hear the story week after week, I wonder who among the people in this story you most identify with, if you do at all.
Considering where we live, we are blessed. Yes we are. But are we good and faithful stewards of this blessing? Lately I’ve been thinking about how much the earth has suffered under our care. And how this suffering is a truly failure of faith.
I’ve heard a lot of stories about people finding the time during the pandemic to initiate home renovations. We’re a bit late to the game, but this week, spurred on by the town’s annul offer to haul off large items we decided to go for it. We went small though…in our case, it was carpet that needed to go.
Texts: Acts 4:5-12; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18
Some people don’t care much for the shepherd and sheep imagery of scripture. It feels so antiquated, and sometimes ends up in unctuous preciousness. We’re generations removed, most of us anyway, from actual interaction with shepherds, sheep, lambs, pastures and sheepfolds. What is a sheepfold anyway?
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.