Sermons and Reflections

Our Pastor

The Rev. Beth Purdum Eden is a native of Seattle, Washington who delights in the people and landscapes of the San Juan Islands. Pastor Beth earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Anthropology from Western Washington University and the MDiv degree from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. She has served congregations in Colorado, New Mexico, and Washington. Pastor Beth particularly enjoys working with youth, worship planning, preaching, mission outreach, and teaching. Her hobbies include music, bicycling, kayaking in the Salish Sea and traveling with her husband Dr. David Eden.

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Homily for the First Sunday in Lent

February 18, 2024. Texts: Ezekiel 22:23-31; Psalm 25:1-10; Mark 7:1 – 8:21. To read this passage online click this link to To Walk with Jesus They left their fishing boats, Every hook, line, and net. To walk with Jesus.   They didn’t know the way But trusted that Jesus...

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Sermon for the Transfiguration of Our Lord / Last Sunday in Epiphany

February 11, 2024 – Texts: 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; Mark chapter 6. To read this passage online click this link to Today we observe the completion of Epiphany. In this season we hear stories of Jesus being revealed in various ways as God’s beloved son and the world’s...

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Homily for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany

January 21, 2024.  Texts: Nehemiah 9:13-21; Psalm 64:5-12; Mark Chapter 3. Sermon on the Gospel of Mark, Chapter 3 To read this passage online click this link to Over the past nine months, members of our One Parish One Prisoner Core Team have been on quite a journey with...

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Sermon for the Second Sunday after Epiphany

January 14, 2024.  Texts: Daniel 7:13-14; Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; Mark 2. From January to mid-March we are reading the gospel of Mark from beginning to end covering on average a chapter per week. Reflections (sermon, homily or meditation) on the content of each chapter will vary from general to specific....

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Homily for the Baptism of Our Lord

January 7, 2024. Texts: Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Mark 1:1-45.  Sermon on the Gospel of Mark, Chapter 1 To read this passage online click this link to As you may know, we follow an ecumenical three year cycle of bible readings. Gospel readings come from Matthew, Mark, or Luke....

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Sermon for the Seventh Sunday of Easter

May 21, 2023.  Texts: Acts 1:6-14; 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11; John 17:1-11.  After the events of Easter the disciples remained in the city of Jerusalem for forty days, as Jesus instructed them to do. The book of Acts tells us that during those precious days after his resurrection Jesus spent...

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