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?
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?
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.