Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Pentecost Sunday 2018

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Pentecost Sunday (Year B) 2018

Counselor, Comforter
God raises the dead and offers us the promise of resurrection (Ezekiel 37:1-14). The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness, interceding for us (Romans 8:22-27). He is our counselor, our comforter (John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15). May the glory of the Lord, who made all things, endure forever (Psalm 104:24-34, 35b!)”
-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional
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Pentecost - Descent of the Dove

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Ascension Sunday 2018

Liturgy Letter Newsletter- Ascension Sunday 2018 (Year B)

Christ Ascended 

Before ascending into heaven, Jesus appeared to his disciples and promised to send the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:1-11). We rejoice in the majesty of the ascended Christ who sits at the right hand of the Father (Psalm 47 and Psalm 93). His rule transcends time and earthly kingdoms. The Church has inherited the hope manifested in the resurrection and ascension of Christ (Ephesians 1-15-23). We are to praise God until Christ returns again, proclaiming repentance and the forgiveness of sins to all nations (Luke 24).
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Ascension of Christ

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Sixth Sunday of Easter 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Sixth Sunday of Easter 2018 (Year B)

Abide in Love
“Let us sing for joy! God is faithful (Psalm 98) and sends us the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:44-48). Keep God’s commandments; overcome the world (1 John 5:1-6); love one another (John 15:9-17).” – Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional
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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Fifth Sunday of Easter 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Fifth Sunday of Easter 2018 (Year B)

Called to Bear the Fruit of Love
“If we love each other, God lives in us (1 John 4:7-21). We are called to share the good news (Acts 8:26-40) and be fruitful (John 15:1-8). Seek the Lord. Praise his name (Psalm 22:25-31).”
– Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional
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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Fourth Sunday of Easter 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Fourth Sunday of Easter 2018 (Year B)

The Good Shepherd
“Lord, we are the sheep (John 10:11-18) and you are our good shepherd (Psalm 23). The stone that has been rejected has become the chief cornerstone (Acts 4:5-12). Love one another; keep his commandments (1 John 3:16-24).” – Thomas Oden
“Good Shepherd” etching by Maria Laughlin
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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Third Sunday of Easter 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Third Sunday of Easter 2018 (Year B)

Open Our Minds To the Light of Your Resurrection
“Why are we troubled? Christ suffered, Christ died, Christ is alive. Open our minds so we might understand (Luke 24:36b-48) and do right (1 John 3:1-7). Lord, please hear us when we cry out to you (Psalm 4); let us be your witnesses (Acts 3:12-19).”
– Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional
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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Second Sunday of Easter 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Second Sunday of Easter 2018 (Year B)

Light and Peace
Because the good news of Easter can hardly be contained in a single day’s celebration, Easter is only the first of fifty days of Eastertide, the “Great Fifty Days” that lead up to Pentecost. This season is designed for extended celebration, for exploring the ramifications of Easter for the redemption of all creation, and for joyful Christian living … Jesus Christ’s resurrection is the central event … of all human history. Christians who make this confession are talking not about the resurrection of faith in the disciples, or of hope in the women at the tomb, or of tulips in the spring. They are confessing the real resurrection of Jesus … (more)
-from The Worship Sourcebook2nd Edition.
This week’s readings:
Acts 4:32-35, Psalm 133, 1 John 1:1 – 2:2, John 20:19-31
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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Easter Sunday 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Easter Day 2018 (Year B)

Christ is Risen!

“Jesus has risen (Acts 10:34-43)! God’s love for us is unshakeable. In the most desperate situations, he will be victorious (Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24). Let us then also walk in new life, putting away the old things (Colossians 3:1-4). Let us celebrate with the two women at the tomb Jesus’ triumph over death. He is risen, as he said (Matthew 28:1-10).” -Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Holy Saturday 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Holy Saturday 2018 (Year B)

Holy Saturday

This is officially the last day of the Lenten fast. There has been some controversy as to what exactly happened on this day, but the profound symbolism of Christ resting in the tomb while humanity waits for the resurrection runs deep in Eastern and Western Christian traditions. On this day, we wait for his resurrection and rest in prayer, by meditating on his passion, death, and descent to the dead.

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, also has been a traditional symbol connected to Holy Saturday. In Western Catholic tradition Mary represents the entire Church on Holy Saturday, “As she awaited in faith for the victorious triumph of Her Son over death on the first Holy Saturday, so we too wait with Mary on the present Holy Saturday.” This prayerful waiting has been called the “Ora della Madre” or Hour of the Mother.

God does not redeem from afar. The Word descended into our humanity; the Lord descended into the depths of our suffering; Christ descended into the very realm of death itself in order to set free its captives. There is life in the midst of death because love dwells in it. Thanks be to God.

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