Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost 2019 (Year C)

Follow God’s Ways and Be Merciful

Cry out to God to rescue the weak and deliver justice on behalf of the needy (Amos 7:7-17 and Psalm 82). God’s word is near to all who will recognize and follow his ways (Deuteronomy 30:9-14). He brings forgiveness and life to the humble who trust him and learn his ways (Psalm 25:1-9). We should strive to lead a life worthy of the Lord, bearing fruit in good works, and increasing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:1-14). Those who are walking in the path of life will show mercy to strangers and sacrifice comfort for those who are in need (Luke 10:25-37).

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Fourth Sunday After Pentecost 2019 (Year C)

Healed to Rejoice and Bear Witness
The Word of God can cleanse and heal (2 Kings 5:1-14). The prophets remind us that God promises to comfort us as a mother comforts her child (Is 66:10-14). He will turn our mourning into dancing (Psalm 30) and we will rejoice and sing his praises (Psalm 66:1-8). We boast in the cross of Jesus Christ, who makes new life possible (Galatians 6:1-16). The disciples of Jesus are sent to reveal the kingdom of God to those who will receive it (Luke 10:1-11,16-20).

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Third Sunday After Pentecost 2019 (Year C)

Following Jesus and Cultivating Virtue
“Just as Elisha was obedient and learned from Elijah (1 Kings 19: 15-16, 19-21), so we choose to follow God and bless him for his counsel (Psalm 16), even when times are dark (Psalm 77). We seek to live and walk by the Spirit and not by the flesh, cultivating the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:1,13-25) and putting Christ above all else (Luke 9:51-62).” 

– Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional

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LIturgy Letter Newsletter – Second Sunday after Pentecost 2019 (Year C)

Grace, Faith, and New Life
God provides for the faithful who are at their wit’s end (1 Kings 19:1-15a). His covenant love rescues those who have proven to be obstinate and slow to honor his ways (Isaiah 65:1-9). Jesus Christ makes us children of God through faith. Those who are baptized into Christ are heirs of God’s covenant and members of his community (Galatians 3:23-29). Praise God! Jesus has the power to cast out evil and has come to rescue those who are far from God (Luke 8:26-39).

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Trinity Sunday 2019 (Year C)

Wisdom, Beauty, and the Life of God
“Wisdom, in the form of Jesus, has always been with the Father (Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31). When we see the beauty of creation, we are amazed that God has given us the chance to be his children (Psalm 8). We are grateful that we may be at peace with God through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1-5) and that we are given the gift of the Holy Spirit (John 16: 12-15).” 

–Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Day of Pentecost 2019

Come Holy Spirit
It is not our achievements that matter (Genesis 11:1-9) but the breath-taking works of the Lord (Psalm 104:24-34,35b). Because we are his children and fellow heirs with Christ (Romans 8:14-17), empowered by God, we are able to achieve more than we could ever accomplish by ourselves. Christ has left his peace with us, so we need not be troubled or afraid (John 14:8-17,25-27).

 –Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Seventh Sunday of Easter / Ascension Day 2019 (YEAR C)

Life Through Jesus

Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown in jail for casting out unclean spirits in the name of Jesus. In their suffering, they exhibited joy and trusted God. God saved them. As a result, the jailer and his household believed in Jesus and were baptized (Acts 16:16-34). We can rejoice because this same God, revealed through Jesus, is above all other gods (Psalm 97). He will come again in power and offers life to all that come to him (Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21). Until that time, Jesus desires his children to walk together in unity and love (John 17:20-26). 

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Sixth Sunday of Easter 2019 (Year C)

Presence, Power, and Peace

Through the Holy Spirit, God opens hearts to have faith in Jesus and be baptized into His name. Like Lydia, we should share God’s grace with our own households and offer our resources to those in need (Acts 16:9-15). Throughout history, God has blessed His people and made known His salvation to all the earth (Psalm 67). He has promised to completely restore all of Creation (Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5). Until that day, Jesus Christ has left us with the hope of his return and has promised the presence of the Holy Spirit (John 14:23-29). While on earth, Jesus demonstrated his power to heal and restore (John 5:1-9). We praise God for opening the way of salvation through Jesus and wait in the light of His resurrection.

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Fifth Sunday of Easter 2019 (Year C)

See, I Am Making All Things New

God has opened the way of salvation for all. Through the Holy Spirit, life and freedom are given to all who believe in Jesus (Acts 11:1-18). Let the whole earth praise God for raising the horn of salvation through Jesus Christ (Psalm 148). He is the Alpha and Omega who promises to quench our thirst and make all things new (Rev 21:1-6). Life and resurrection have been promised by the one who is faithful. Because of this, we should love one another, as Christ loved us (John 13:31-35).

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Fourth Sunday of Easter 2019 (Year C)

Our Merciful Shepherd

“Through Christ, we are able to do more than we could in our own strength, just as Peter worked a miracle in Joppa (Acts 9:36-43). The Lord is our shepherd (Revelation 7:9-17); he takes care of all our needs (Psalm 23) and offers us eternal life (John 10:22-30).”  -Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional

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