Texts: Job 38:1-11; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41
Some of the best experiences in my young life were in the Scouts. I started with Brownies and graduated into the Girl Scouts. But after the cooking badge and the embroidery badge I began to lose heart. What about the camping badge or the woodcraft badge? Sadly those were not the gifts of my leaders. I just couldn’t face the sewing badge though so I gave up.
Joy and pain. They come together sometimes. And this is one of those times. As I write this, we are exactly between two important days.
Texts: Ezekiel 17:22-24; 2 Corinthians 5:6-17; Mark 4:26-34
What if…what if you had something you needed to tell people, but you weren’t sure how they would take it. What if you knew that the thing you needed to say was going to make some people avoid you…reject you…even hate you. And what if that thing about you was so unacceptable that it even went against the law?
This is a busy weekend for us in our little corner of Christ’s realm. We’re receiving some new members, and we will celebrate with three young adults affirming their baptismal faith at Center Church on Lopez Island. Also, our conversation about how to resume worship in all our church buildings is just starting.
Texts: Genesis 3:8-15; 2 Corinthians 4:13 – 5:1; Mark 3:20-35
Everyone has a creation story that goes like this: when you were born… Even people whose births are shrouded in mystery have a story of their beginning. We need these stories because out of the stories we form a sense of who we are and even where we are going.
I know in the title above I say we’re in our “second summer” of pandemic life even though technically it won’t be summer for another sixteen days. But I’m betting that you will give me some grace and let it slide. Because doesn’t it feel that we’re waaaay into summer already with the hordes of visitors?
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.