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

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

God’s Promises

“Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac shows his complete confidence in God’s promises (Genesis 22:1-14). Although we sometimes question how long we will have to endure certain trials, we remember God’s past faithfulness and trust him to see us through them (Psalm 13 and Psalm 89). Therefore, we need to yield to God, who offers us eternal life, not giving into sin (Romans 6:12-23) and offering hospitality in God’s name to others (Matthew 10:40-42).”  -Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Commentary

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

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

 

Nothing to Fear: Called to Follow Christ

“We are offered living water and the assurance of God’s continuing love and protection (Genesis 21:8-21). Through baptism, we are crucified with Jesus and die to sin, resurrected to a new life (Romans 6:1b-11). We need not fear anything, for we are precious to God (Matthew 10: 24-39). We continue to ask him for help, guidance, and direction and pray he will preserve us from our enemies (Psalm 86 and Psalm 69).” –Thomas Oden 

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

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

 

Believing God’s Promises and Sharing God’s Grace

“Abraham was quick to recognize God, to be obedient to him and to believe his promises (Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7). We rejoice that through Christ’s death for our sins we have lasting peace with God (Romans 5:1-8). God’s goodness and love cause us to sing his praises (Psalm 100 and Psalm 116), and in gratitude, we therefore share the good news of God’s grace with others (Matthew 9:35-10:8)” Thomas Oden

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Trinity Sunday: East and West

“Trinity Sunday is a Western feast observed on the Sunday after Pentecost. The Orthodox churches do not observe this as a separate feast since the Holy Trinity is a major focus of the liturgical texts on Pentecost. The Orthodox churches observe All Saints Sunday the week after Pentecost; in the West, All Saints Day is celebrated on November 1.”

-from The St. James Calendar of the Christian Year

The Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Trinity Sunday 2017 (Year A)

The Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Trinity Sunday 2017 – Year A

Life in the Trinity: A Witness to New Creation

The glorious life of the Trinity created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1-2:4a). God’s creation is spectacular and demonstrates that He has not abandoned His creation, but continues to sustain all life (Psalm 8). In the light of this gift, Christians are called to gratitude, peace, and love (2 Corinthians 13:11-13). We can find hope in Jesus’ promise to never leave us as we baptize, teach, and live in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:16-20).

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

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

 

Pentecost and the Gift of the Holy Spirit

“On Pentecost, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-21). Through Christ, we are given the living water of the Holy Spirit, poured out on believers on Pentecost, so that we might “thirst” no more (John 7:37-39) and that we might use the spiritual gifts we are given to his glory (1 Corinthians 12:3b-13). We look at the wonders of creation and cannot help but praise God for his wisdom, originality and the beauty of the world around us (Psalm 104:24-34, 35b).”

-Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional: A Year of Weekly Readings

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