While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head. But some were there who said to one another in anger, “Why was the ointment wasted in this way? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor.” And they scolded her. But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has performed a good service for me. For you always have the poor with you, and you can show kindness to them whenever you wish; but you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the good news14.9 Or gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.”
Where have you come from this week? From a place of pain? Feel the embrace of grace. From a place of joy? Thanks for bringing your face full of Grace. From a place of in between? Thank you for coming to this place of grace. We gather to worship our Creator God, a God full of compassion and grace. We gather to seek the face of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, who lived a life full of compassion and grace. We gather in the power of our Sustainer, the Holy Spirit, who enlivens us as people of Grace. We are here in this space. Gathered for Grace. Let us stand and welcome this Grace into our lives by singing together.