Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. John 12:3
in the gospel for Sunday, Jesus is in the home of Mary and Martha. Mary does an extravagant thing that shows her generous, loving nature, and helps us understand Jesus’ life and vocation. As you prepare for Sunday worship, think of generous people-even extraordinarily generous people you have known or heard of-who give generously of what they have-their time, their money, their expertise and talent-to make the world around them better. Extravagant spending on yourself might make you happy. Extravagant giving to others makes the our churches, our neighborhoods, our towns better. The Gospel of Jesus is a many-faceted story of the extravagant self-giving love of God.
My whole being clings to you;
your right hand holds me fast. Psalm 63
Sunday we will look at Psalm 63, appointed for the day. You might read it through at home before you come to church. It begins O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; my soul thirst for you… The author’s mind is focused. The words illustrate what Jesus said was fulfillment of the law: loving God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind, and your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10). As we continue our week-day Lenten disciplines, we will meditate on this Sunday morning scripture.
Serving Sunday, March 24
Host family Melvin
The choir rehearses at 8:45 am.
Faith formation at 11 am.
Family Promise host weeks at Peace end Sunday morning. Thank you, members of Peace, for opening your church as as temporary shelter for homeless families.
No afternoon confirmation meeting. Starting next week, March 29, confirmation classes will be held outdoors.
Lenten Bible study Thursday at 12 noon. The study is on Luke 6:12-8:25. ” Jesus begins to Teach”.
“The gospel poses questions to its readers rather than definitive solutions, but it strongly suggests that the answers are to be found
in a prayerful appropriation of the example of Jesus, the one anointed to proclaim the good news of God’s forgiving love.”
Gospel of Luke Study, Introduction
Bring in canned stews and chili for A Place to Turn in Natick.
The organ task force meets Friday, March 29 at 3 pm at St Julia’s in Weston. Organ builder Tim Smith will show us the chapel organ at First Parish.
Milly Engberg’s stained glass pieces hang according to the season, in the window at the front of the church. Those pieces will be given permanent places in the narthex windows. There they will join the metal sculpture, commissioned and given by Loren and Althea in memory of their parents; and the signed Sadao Watanabe print given by Ron and Karen Riggert. If you would like to help with the installation of the windows, speak to Pastor Johnson.
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it. Luke 13: 34
In our gospel readings, during these early weeks of Lent, Jesus is oriented to Jerusalem. This Sunday we hear the Pharisees tell Jesus that Herod wants to kill him, but Jesus will not flee for his life. He will stay in Jerusalem, because Jerusalem is the city of God, and Jesus understands his life in service to God, as the prophets before him understood their lives.
Bread/wine/reader Van Alsten
Host family Melvin
Choir practice at 8:45 am. Leah Jonczyk will play her flute to accompany one of our hymns.
The confirmation students will collect quarters for washing Family Promise sheets and blankets at the end of our host weeks. Bring quarters, or bills for the change machine, and place them in the fishbowl.
Faith Formation students will work on a banner for our worship room.
Bring in jelly for A Place to Turn in Natick.
No afternoon confirmation meeting.
The organ committee visited Christ Lutheran in West Boylston last week to determine whether their organ could be moved to Peace. With the help of organ builder, Timothy Smith, it was determined that the Christ Lutheran organ will not fit the worship room at Peace. The next meeting of the committee is March 29 at St. Julia’s in Weston. Tim Smith will meet us there to show us the organ he built there. Members of the committee are Ron Riggert chair, Kathryn Welter, Libby Jonczyk, Jonathan Moretz, Bob Holmgren, Warren Green, Kirsten Johnson.
Thursday morning Bible study on the Gospel of Luke. 12 noon. Bring your Bible and your lunch. A guide to this morning’s study is on the table in the narthex.
Sunday morning we will hold in prayer those who grieve for the people who died in the violence in New Zealand. Throughout our service pray for those who live in fear, and for those whose lives are infected by hatred. Hold our good friends and trusted neighbors at the Islamic Center in prayerful thoughts.
“The word is near you,
on your lips and in your heart” Romans 10:8
Church of St. Brendan, Bantry, Ireland
The first Sunday in Lent we hear the account of Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness. Luke says that Jesus was tempted by the devil, tempted to make the wrong choices about his life. In Lent we are invited to a forty-day period of reflection on our own lives, and on the choices we make. Lent stands as a season of reflection and redirection. We might realign our lives with God’s word, and thereby make our lives, and the lives of those around us, better.
Remember to set your clocks ahead. Daylight saving time begins this Sunday.
Family Promise Host Weeks begin Sunday. We will bless the volunteers and bless the church building as it turns into a temporary over-night shelter for families.
Bring in jelly for A Place to Turn in Natick. We have almost filled up the basket! I will bring it to A Place to Turn if we collect a few more jars.
Confirmation students: sermon report forms are on the table in the narthex. No confirmation class Sunday afternoon.
March council meeting Monday, March 9, 7:00 pm at the Family Promise Day Center, 6 Mulligan Street, Natick. Before our meeting we will be given a tour of the day center.
Bible study Thursdays in Lent at 12 noon. Bring your Bible and your lunch. The studies, on the Gospel of Luke, were produced by Yale Divinity School, for use in congregations.