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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Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 19, 2023. Texts: 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41. Giovanni Schiaparelli, an Italian Astronomer and Director of the Brera Observatory in Milan Italy studied Mars. His early observations in 1877 were eagerly received. Noting areas of contrasting darkness and light, he used the terms “seas and continents” in...

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Sermon for the Third Sunday in Lent

March 12, 2023.  Texts: Exodus 17:1-7; John 4:5-42.  Imagination. It’s a flexible word. Your imagination is playing tricks on you suggests that imagination is not necessarily a good thing – it can be overwrought or unreliable. But to use your imagination is almost the opposite. When a child comes to...

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Sermon for the Second Sunday in Lent

March 5, 2023 Texts: Genesis 12:1-4a; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17 They say that curiosity killed the cat. But is it true? Cats are curious, but they’re also smart and cautious around new things. Curiosity may have killed the cat. But who are “they” that are so certain about the...

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Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent

February 27, 2023.  Texts: 2:15-17 & 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11.  Adversity. It’s undeniably a Lenten word. A word for a season of challenge, an unavoidable journey to the cross with Jesus. It all begins in adversity. The whole mission and ministry of Jesus gets kicked off in the wilderness...

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Sermon for the Transfiguration of Our Lord

February 19, 2023.  Texts: Exodus 24:12-18; 2 Peter 1:15-21; Matthew 17:1-9.  What is it about mountains? Everything about them tells us to keep our distance. Mountains are places of unexpected chasms, unpredictable storms, unstable footing. And yet people just can’t stay away. For some it’s about adventure and conquest. But...

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Sermón para el Tercer Domingo Después de la Epifanía

22 de enero de 2023.  Lecturas: Isaías 9:1-4; 1 Corintios 1:10-18; Mateo 4:12-23.  Desde el principio Jesús vivió al borde de las amenazas. El evangelio de Mateo nos lo cuenta claramente. Había muy poco en su vida que era fácil. Primero, los padres de Jesús se vieron obligados a viajar...

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