Welcome to Lutheran Church of the Master for the Fifth Sunday in Lent for our service of Return to God: A service of reconciliation, connection, and remembrance. As we enter into this 5th Sunday in Lent, God is brazen in turning tears into joy. Not so long after their brother, Lazarus, dies and is raised from the dead, Mary and Martha joyfully welcome Jesus into their home. Mary pours out the fragrant perfume (perhaps originally intended to anoint her brother’s body after death) and it fills the whole room. This is a brazen act of beauty. Beauty is resistance to death; beauty is an act of love. Her anointing of Jesus’ feet is also a public act of worship. Her faith does not hide; it is not frugal. It is embodied, broken open, and poured out. This isn’t a frugal faith—it is an abundant, extravagant faith. Mary’s act is also risky—she puts her full body into it, sort of like a protest. She exhibits a shameless and brazen faith.

I hope you have had the opportunity to download the resources for this Season of anticipation to prepare your at-home worship spaces or for worship in the building. I also hope that the beginning of your Lenten Journey is fulfilling, as today promises to be inspiring. For worship today, I invite you to please download and open the worship guide to fully participate as you, too, are a vital participant in today’s liturgy. Peace & Blessings Dear Church ~ Pastor Dave

5th Sunday in Lent Worship Guide, Prayer Requests & Virtual Pew Card, and Donations can all be made or found here: https://linktr.ee/LCotM

For our liturgy today, please give your thanks to all of our worship contributors which includes you!