The Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 2017 (Year A)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 2017 (Year A)

Using Our Talents

“We plead with God for mercy on our situations, submitting to him and looking to him for help (Psalm 123). We use our gifts and talents wisely (Matt. 25:14-30) until his anticipated return (1 Thess. 5:1-11) and judgment (Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18).”
-Thomas OdenAncient Christian Devotional 

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The Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost 2017 (Year A)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost 2017 (Year A)

Waiting in Hope and Obedience

“God does not want lip service; he wants obedience from us (Amos 5:18-24). God is our powerful help and deliverer (Psalm 70 and Psalm 78); because we love him, we seek a pure heart and motives (Matthew 25:1-13), knowing that in Jesus, we have the assurance of salvation and eternal life (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).”
-Thomas OdenAncient Christian Devotional 

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The Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost 2017 (Year A)

The Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost 2017 (Year A)

Living Humble Lives in the Midst of Darkness

“Even when circumstances are overpoweringly difficult, God “turns deserts into pools of water, and parched land into springs of water” (Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37). We desire to live worthy lives (1 Thess. 2:9-13), not for the praise of other people but in order to please God (Matt. 23:1-12) and to walk in the light rather than the darkness (Micah 3:5-12, Psalm 43)”  -Thomas OdenAncient Christian Devotional 

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The Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost 2017 (Year A)

The Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost 2017 (Year A)

Live and Love in Light of the Gospel

“God is eternal, while our time on earth is fleeting (Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17). Because of this, we seek to share the gospel as Paul did (1 Thessalonians 2:1-8), loving the Lord and loving our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:34-46) and living holy lives, as much as possible (Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18).” -Thomas Oden 

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The Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost 2017 (Year A)

The Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost 2017 (Year A)

Allegiance and Praise to God 

The glory and holiness of God are outside of our human capacity to comprehend (Exodus 33:12-23). In spite of this, our Creator has revealed his love for us and deserves our allegiance and praise (Psalm 99 and Psalm 96). We should turn away from idols and serve the living God, who is sovereign over all of the creation (Isaiah 45:1-7). Earthly authorities deserve our respect but are fleeting in comparison to the scope of God’s rule (Matthew 22:15-22).  

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The Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2017 (Year A)

The Liturgy Letter – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2017 (Year A)

Confession, Prayer, and Praise

“God allows us the chance to intercede for others through prayer (Exodus 32:1-14). We come to him confessing our sins and praising him (Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23), putting aside our anxieties and setting our minds on Christ (Philippians 4:1-9) and recognizing the promise of eternal life with God (Matthew 22:1-14).”   Thomas Oden in the “Ancient Christian Devotional

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The Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2017 (Year A)

The Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2017 (Year A)

The Beauty of Righteousness and Faith in Christ

God gave the law through Moses so that we would learn to honor Him as the true God, and find rest and freedom living according to His word (Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20). We can see that God created the universe by looking at the beauty of His creation and meditating on His words (Psalm 19). God has provided salvation for us in spite of our unfaithfulness (Psalm 80:7-15). In response, we are called to live in faith, knowing that our righteousness is only found in Christ (Philippians 3:4b-14). He is the only sure foundation for a fruitful life (Matthew 21:33-46). 

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The Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost 2017 (Year A)

The Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost 2017 (Year A)

Trusting God’s Provision: Living in Humility, Faith, and Service

Cry out to God and remember what he has done. Listen to his promises, trust him, and live according to his ways (Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16). God is gracious to provide for our needs, even when we complain and are undeserving (Exodus 17:1-17). In gratitude, we turn from our own concerns to consider others better than ourselves (Philippians 2:1-13). Through faith and trust, we bow in humility to take Jesus at his word, accepting his authority and divinity (Matthew 21:23-32).  

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The Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2017 (Year A)

The Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2017 (Year A)

God’s Generosity

“We praise God and meditate on his glorious works (Psalm 145: 1-8 and Psalm 105:-16, 37-45). We may suffer for Christ’s sake (Philippians 1:21-30), but we know that God will be generous with us, beyond what we deserve (Matthew 20:1-16). There is no need we have that God will not provide (Exodus 16:2-15).”
-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional  

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