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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Across Three Autumns: A Sabbatical Journey

Does every sabbatical begin in a whirlwind? This one did as I departed for a spiritual retreat on August 23, 2022. It seemed wise and good to start with intentional time for slowing and quieting of heart, mind, and spirit. Though as usual, travel is anything but calming and relaxing....

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Sermon for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost – July 24, 2022

  Texts: Genesis 18:20-32; Colossians 2:6-15 [16-19]; Luke 11:1-13 If there is anything about summer that is universal, it is that it’s a time of growing. The ground is receptive. Seeds of spring are steadily growing into sturdy plants bearing fruits, vegetables and flowers. New seeds are being sown to...

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Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost — July 10, 2022

Texts: Deuteronomy 30:9-14; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37 As a fun exercise I used to give my confirmation classes a little test with eight questions. All the answers were completely straightforward; there were no tricks. I have no idea where the test originated. It came with the arresting title: A Quiz...

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Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost — July 10, 2022

Texts: Deuteronomy 30:9-14; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37 As a fun exercise I used to give my confirmation classes a little test with eight questions. All the answers were completely straightforward; there were no tricks. I have no idea where the test originated. It came with the arresting title: A Quiz For...

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Sermon for the Fourth Sunday After Pentecost — July 3, 2022

Texts: Isaiah 66:10-14; Galatians 6:1-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 There’s a man who doesn’t drive and is always walking around town. He’s been doing this for years and many people know him on sight, if not personally. Lately he’s taken to settling himself on a bench on the sidewalk and peacefully resting...

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Sermon for the Third Sunday After Pentecost — June 26, 2022

Texts: 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21; Galatians 5:1, 13-25; Luke 9:51-62 All right everyone. Seat belts buckled low and tight across your laps? All carry-on items stowed safely under your seats? Crash helmets in place? Plenty of liquids? Are we ready? Summer is taking off. Right. Now. Who could be blamed for...

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