Topic

Chelle Stearns (Theology Professor) spoke on “The Un-named Woman” (Matthew 26.6-13), the second in our summer series on women in the bible. It had been a busy week for Jesus, with the ‘triumphal entry’ into Jerusalem got things rolling. The morning’s s story took place while Jesus and students were being hosted at the house of “Simon the leper”, who is otherwise unknown to us. Chelle approached the story through a painting by “Arcabas” (Jean-Marie Pirot) who has been working primarily in Saint-Hugues-de-Chartreuse but also in Ottawa. His paintings are often inspired by biblical stories, as is true for “L’Onction de Nard” (‘The Nard Ointment’, but Catholics would also read “extreme-onction” into the title, as in Last Rites). In this work we see the faces of Jesus and the woman at the moment at which she is pouring out the costly nard perfume (from the Himalayas) on the head of Jesus. Jesus is portrayed as accepting this unusual gesture or “anointing”. The woman is shown wearing the garb of an early-20th-c. nun, suggesting that she is declaring herself to be celibate, possibly (like nuns) being ‘married’ instead to Christ, and that the very expensive perfume represented the marriage dowry which she was forgoing in order to work with the poor (an interpretation added by later tradition). Her otherwise ridiculous act is portrayed by the gospel writer as being a prophetic anointing which proclaims the Jesus is the Messiah, something she was possibly led to do by the Holy Spirit. We, too, are called to be like this woman and name Jesus. [JEK]

Service Details

Passage: Isa 43:15-21; Mt 26:6-13

Communion: Yes

Ecumenical or Event:

Potluck Lunch: No

Congregational Meeting: No

Worship Team

Speaker: Chelle Stearns

Worship Leader: Rosie Perera

Song Leader: Erna Friesen

Pianist: Ruth Enns

Usher: Helmut Lemke

Childrens Feature Leader:

Hospitality

Bring Flowers: Rosie Perera

Coffee Helper:

Sound Helper:

Sunday School Team

Child Care Volunteer: