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 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

July 7, 2024. Texts: Ezekiel 2:1-5; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-13. We went to the mainland in our little Ford Ranger truck which is approaching a significant birthday. The one where you qualify for a special license plate. The truck, a relic from the town of Friday Harbor’s maintenance fleet...

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Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

June 30, 2024. Texts: Lamentations 3:22-33; 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43. On the other side was some really weird stuff. Actually, just getting to the other side was an adventure. That was last week’s story when Jesus and the Twelve took a boat into a testing storm, emerging safely from...

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Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

June 23, 2024. Texts: Job 38:1-11; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41. Around this time of year, graduation happens. Friends who have accompanied one another for years, in some cases since preschool, plan futures that will send them many directions. What makes them friends is a strange and sometimes weird alchemy....

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Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

June 16, 2024. Texts: Ezekiel 17:22-24; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 [11-13] 14-17; Mark 4:26-34. This is the season for allergies. Seems a little worse this year. Is it my imagination, or has it been windier than usual for June? All those little bits of organic matter carried on the wind play...

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Sermon for the Third Sunday after Pentecost

June 9, 2023. Texts: Genesis 3:8-15; 2 Corinthians 4:13 – 5:1; Mark 3:20-35. The snake had always been in the garden. That’s important to know. It was not some alien being that made its way in to wreak havoc after the garden had been populated. Not only that, but it’s...

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Sermon for the Second Sunday after Pentecost

June 2, 2024. Texts: Deuteronomy 5:12-15; 2 Corinthians 4:5-12; Mark 2:23 – 3:6. Sometimes you can just tell that Jesus has had enough, right? Like any teacher, or parent supervising energetic children, Jesus knows how fast the interplay can change direction. How quickly God’s children shift from happy play into...

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