Lent 5 Pastor's Message


“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). 

Mary’s act is an act of preparation. Mary knows that Jesus’ time on earth is drawing to a close. Mary knows that her time with her friend is limited. Mary knows that Jesus’ death is drawing near. And so, Mary prepares. As if anointing a body in preparation for burial, Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with costly perfume in an extravagant act of love and devotion. 

What preparations are you making as we approach Holy Week, journeying once again with Jesus to the cross of Good Friday and the empty tomb of Easter Sunday? Is the Easter ham purchased? Are all the Easter eggs filled? Are the Easter baskets ready to go? Have you carved out time in your busy Holy Week schedule for daily worship? Is your heart open to receive anew the power of Christ’s death and resurrection? 

There are certainly many things to do as we anticipate this holiest of weeks that is coming. Let me suggest one more thing to add to your Easter “to-do” list. Have you decided who you are going to invite to join you for Easter worship? Okay, now slow down and read that question again. Have you decided who you are going to invite to join you for Easter worship? Now I know that’s not a question we Lutheran Christians are used to, so let me ask it one more time . . . here we go . . . ready . . . slowly . . . have you decided who you are going to invite to join you for Easter worship? 

Here’s the deal. At Easter, Jesus overcomes the power of sin. At Easter, Jesus overcomes the power of death. At Easter, Jesus overcomes the power of Satan. This is good news! This is great news! This is news that needs to be shared with others! And, how better to share this great news than to invite someone to join you for Easter worship here at St. John’s??? 

So . . . who’s it going to be? A new neighbor who just moved in down the street? A family member who has been absent from worship for a while? A co-worker who has just gone through a painful divorce? A friend at school whose family doesn’t go to church? The cashier at your local coffee shop? Who are you going to invite to worship with you this Easter? 

Okay . . . okay . . . I know what you’re wondering . . . why should we invite someone to join us for worship on Easter Sunday at St. John’s? Here’s the answer. Why wouldn’t we??? We’ve got two weeks. Who’s it going to be? 

Growing in relationship + 

Pastor Greg