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April 3, 2022--Fifth Sunday in Lent
Tobi White
Tobi White
Sunday, April 3, 2022
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April 3, 2022


Full to the Brim: Brazen Acts of Beauty



L: The grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

All: And also with you.



L: May we find courage here—

All: courage to follow our call, courage to live out our faith.

L: May we find hope here—

All: hope for a better world, hope that refuses to let us go.

L: May we find truth here—

All: truth that lives in sacred community, truth that lives in ancient stories.

L: May we find all that we seek.

All: And in our seeking, may we know God. Amen.

GATHERING HYMN— “The Church’s One Foundation,” ELW #654, vs. 1, 3, 5


L: Let us come to God, confessing our sin and hearing the good news of life full to the brim.

 God of abundance,

All: We confess that we don’t return to you fully. We share with you the pieces of our lives that are convenient. We put on different hats in different rooms, hiding our true selves. We forget that we are called, invited, and loved with all that we are—including our mess, our beauty, our faith, and our doubt. Forgive us, and give us hearts that long to return.

L: Friends, God sees you. God hears you. God loves you. God runs to meet you. You are forgiven and claimed with all that you are. Rest in that good news.

All: Thanks be to God, Amen.



L: Holy God, sometimes my waking is a prayer. Sometimes the song I have stuck in my head, rumbling around on repeat, is a prayer. Sometimes the way I talk to the children and the way I hug the dog is a prayer. Sometimes the way I take my phone out to get a picture of the sunset or of the people I love—that is a prayer. Other times, prayer is moments like this— heads bowed, eyes closed, hearts quiet for just a moment. And in all of it, I trust you to hear me. Help me to hear you in return. Gratefully we pray,

All: Amen.


CHOIR ANTHEM—“The Call”, by Z. Randall Stroope


Isaiah 43:16-21

Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings out chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild animals will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches; for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise.

L: Word of God; Word of Life.

All: Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION—“Let Your Steadfast Love,” ELW (front), pg. 189

John 12:1-8

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 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. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.” 

L: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.


HYMN OF THE DAY—“Holy God, Holy and Glorious,” ELW, #637, vs. 1,3-5


L: Let us affirm our faith together:

All: We believe in an expansive love that heals the sick, welcomes the children, and sees this world as it could be. We believe in the God of expansive love, who paves the way in the  wilderness, and drenches us in mercy.  We believe in the God who opens wings of shelter amid the clamor of to-do lists, deadlines, and worries about tomorrow. We believe in the God who calls us worthy and longs for us as a tree longs for water. We believe in the God of relentless pursuit, who refuses to let us stay lost, even when finding us means encountering death, itself. We believe in the God who proclaims, ‘you are beautiful,’ even on our ugliest days. We believe in the God who takes the cup of sorrow from us, who waits in mystery with us, and who calls us forth from our tombs to proclaim a living and abundant grace over all creation. Amen.



L: The peace of Christ be with you always.

All: And also with you.


L: Extravagant God, you have blessed us with the fullness of creation. Now we gather at your feast where you offer us the food that satisfies. Take and use what we offer here, come among us, and feed us with the body and blood of Christ, in whose name we pray,

All: Amen.


In the night in which he was betrayed,

our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Lord, remember us in your kin-dom and teach us to pray…


Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

forever and ever. Amen.


 Hymns “O Lamb of God,” ELW #197

  “O Savior, Precious Savior,” ELW #820

   “There is a Balm in Gilead,” ELW #614



L: The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.

All: Amen. 


L: As you leave this place, may you be awestruck by the beauty of this world.

May you laugh, and may it be contagious.

May you overflow with love for those around you.

May you be effusive with hope and quick to point out joy.

And in all of your living, and breathing, and being, may you find yourself full to the brim with God’s Holy Spirit, and may it change your life.

In the name of the Lover, + the Beloved, and Love itself,

All: Amen.


SENDING HYMN—“So Many Questions,” insert


L: Go in peace: Full to the Brim.

All: Thanks be to God.

POSTLUDE “Bring Me Little Water, Silvy,” arr. Moira Smiley