Sunday, April 3 – Fifth Sunday in Lent

A note about continuing Covid protocols. All are welcome to attend in-person services. We no longer need you to preregister, and you will be able to choose your own seat. One side of the church still has some pews blocked off to support people who need to maintain physical distancing. All entry to the building is from the King Street East main doors. Everyone, without exception, must wear masks properly at all times while inside the building.

You can join in worshipping on Sunday, live or later, via YouTube! We’ll continue to offer a welcome at about 9:45, followed by some prelude music. The service will begin at 10 am. The service will be posted to YouTube, and you can use the same link to join in later.

If you’re joining via the live-stream, keep this order of service handy! It has all the responses and hymn texts you’ll need, together with some special prayers you might choose to use during the reception of the eucharist.

Mary anoints Jesus's feet
Mary anoints Jesus’s feet

From the Hebrew scriptures we hear a powerful reminder from the prophet Isaiah of what God is up to: something new and transformative, and we are invited to notice and delight in God’s goodness toward us. (Isaiah 43.16-21)

The gospel passage startles us with its intimacy. Shortly before the crucifixion, Jesus comes to dine at the home of Lazarus, Mary, and Martha. Mary takes an astonishing amount of perfume and anoints Jesus’s feet, and then wipes them with her own hair. (John 12.1-8) She anticipates the new thing God is doing through Jesus as she anoints him for burial.

Image Attributions and Permissions:

The image we use in this post is from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. It’s a work entitled “Extravagant Love,” written by the iconographer Mary Jane Miller, and first shared in her book Life in Christ 2021, Knowledge of God made visible in Jesus the Man. [retrieved April 1, 2022]. Original source: We use this image under the provisions of the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike 3.0 License.