Free 2018/2019 (Year C) One-Page Liturgical Calendar

Artist Barbara Lyon has created an original 2018/2019 one-page Christian liturgical calendar for use in church and home. Her delightful visuals are appealing to all ages. She has given permission to distribute this year’s calendar freely and encourages individuals and families to print and hang in a prominent place. Here is a brief statement from the artist about the calendar’s symbolism:

“This year I focused on God’s family, bread, and feasting. We have a nativity focused around Jesus. In Ordinary Time, Jesus feasting with all sorts, Zaccheus, the Woman from the well, Jewish rabbi (Nicodemus!), Mary with a broken bottle of perfume, a dog waiting for crumbs, Zaccheus’ gold falling around Jesus’ feet. Then we see the ground getting ready in Lent, Palm Sunday, Easter, and when the curtain rips there we see the table, God’s presence with us, in our bodies, Ascension Sunday, Pentecost … Trinity Sunday is three beings in one, one Godhead, reaching out in three ways, God in cloud, Holy Spirit in fire, Jesus in physical hands with nail wounds. Ordinary Time is ready soil growing wheat, to die and nourish others/grow again.”

Works well as a handout when printed two-sided and then cut it to an 8.5″ square.

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Second Sunday of Advent 2018 (Year C)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Second Sunday of Advent 2018 (Year C)

Prepare the Way
“The prophets foretold the coming of Christ (Malachi 3:1-4), as did Zechariah (Luke 1:68-79) and John the Baptist, who prepared the way for the Lord (Luke 3:1-6). Until Christ returns again, we strive to become more like him (Philippians 1:3-11).”
-Thomas Oden

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – First Sunday of Advent 2018 (Year C)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – First Sunday of Advent 2018 (Year C)

Walking and Waiting in Love
“Our God is a God of justice and righteousness (Jeremiah 33:14-16). During the Advent season, we are reminded that we are called to learn his ways and walk in the paths of humility and love (Psalm 25:1-9). As we look to his return (Luke 21:25-36), we pray and give thanks, desiring to become holy as he is holy (1 Thessalonians 3:9-13).” -Thomas Oden

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Prayers and Resources for Thanksgiving

A Prayer of Thanksgiving from The Book of Common Prayer

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.
Thanksgiving Service
A Thanksgiving Service, attended by Canadian troops, being held in the Cambrai Cathedral (Notre-Dame de Grâce chapel) – 13 October 1918 – Canadian Expeditionary Force albums – Unknown photographer [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Christ the King 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Christ the King 2018 (Year B)

“Christ the King Sunday focuses our worship on the cosmic character of Christ’s reign over the world. It is a proclamation to all that everything in creation and culture must submit to Christ and an invitation to actively and joyfully submit to his rule. The day is celebrated widely in some traditions and is normally scheduled on the last Sunday before Advent. It therefore serves as a transitional Sunday leading directly into Advent, the Christmas cycle, and the new Christian year. The day fits well with the eschatological emphasis and anticipation of Christ’s second coming highlighted during Advent. It also helps worshipers, who are already thinking about Christmas, to remember that Christmas is about much more than a baby in a manger—it is about a sovereign Christ who came to be the ‘Prince of Peace.'”

– from The Worship Sourcebook, 2nd Ed.

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 2018 (Year B)

Confidence in Our Creator
“Lord, we take refuge in you (Psalm 16), for you listen to our despair (1 Samuel 1:4-20) and know the future (Mark 13:1-8). Therefore, we draw near to you, holding to your promises (Hebrews 10:11-25).”-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost 2018 (Year B)

Perfect Sacrifice
“All is vain, unless it is done for the Lord (Psalm 127 and Psalm 146). Even when what we are asked to do seems difficult (Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17), we must be willing to sacrifice everything (Mark 12:38-44) for the One who gave us his only Son as a sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 9:24-28).”
-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 2018

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 2018 (Year B)

Serving God
“Praise the Lord! Blessed is the maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 146). Give us the faithfulness of Ruth (Ruth 1:1-18) and the strength to love you with all our hearts (Mark 12:28-34) so we may serve you, the living God (Hebrews 9:11-14).”
-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost 2018 (Year B)

God’s Mercy
“The Lord has delivered me from all my fears (Psalm 34:1-8, 19-22); there is nothing he cannot do (Job 42:1-6, 10-17). His mercy, grace and power (Mark 10:46-52) are shown through his sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 7:23-28).”
-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional

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