“Who Shall Deliver Me?” A Poem by Christina Rossetti

Who Shall Deliver Me?

God strengthen me to bear myself;
That heaviest weight of all to bear,
Inalienable weight of care.

All others are outside myself;
I lock my door and bar them out
The turmoil, tedium, gad-about.

I lock my door upon myself,
And bar them out; but who shall wall
Self from myself, most loathed of all?

If I could once lay down myself,
And start self-purged upon the race
That all must run ! Death runs apace.

If I could set aside myself,
And start with lightened heart upon
The road by all men overgone!

God harden me against myself,
This coward with pathetic voice
Who craves for ease and rest and joys

Myself, arch-traitor to myself;
My hollowest friend, my deadliest foe,
My clog whatever road I go.

Yet One there is can curb myself,
Can roll the strangling load from me
Break off the yoke and set me free

-Christina Rossetti

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Fifth Sunday in Lent 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Fifth Sunday in Lent 2018 (Year B)

Fresh Faith and a Clean Heart
“The old passes away, the new emerges. The grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies. From it springs the stalk that in time produces much fruit. Death’s sting is tempered by the promise of new life. Do not cling to old ways that hinder your ability to realize the hope of the gospel. Rather, let what you glean from the past lead to fresh insight, so that you may mature in faith.”
“Create in us clean hearts, O Lord (Psalm 51:1-12); write your law on our hearts and forget our sins forever (Jeremiah 31:31-34). Christ, who was divine, took on human flesh in order to give us eternal salvation (Hebrews 5:5-10). Follow him. Walk in the light (John 12:20-33).”
-Thomas Oden, from Ancient Christian Devotional
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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Fourth Sunday in Lent 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Fourth Sunday in Lent 2018 (Year B)

He Gave His Son
Give thanks to the Lord (Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22), for the power of sin was broken on the cross (Numbers 21:4-9). For God so loved the world that he gave his Son (John 3:14-21); by his grace and mercy, we are saved (Ephesians 2:1-10).
-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Third Sunday in Lent 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Third Sunday in Lent 2018 (Year B)

The Way of Obedience
Let the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight (Psalm 19). Help us to follow your commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) and fully believe and embrace the teachings of Jesus (John 2:13-22). Help us to remember that God makes foolish the wisdom of the world (1 Corinthians 1:18-25).
-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Second Sunday in Lent 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Second Sunday in Lent 2018 (Year B)

A Faith Willing to Give Everything

Peter is rebuked because he misunderstood what it meant to follow Jesus. Jesus must suffer, even be put to death. To be his disciple means sacrifice as well. Such a thought was difficult for Peter, just as it is for us today. To lose one’s life for Christ sake is to put self behind and serve others without thought of reward.
-James Kirk, in When We Gather: A Book of Prayers for Worship
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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – First Sunday in Lent 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – First Sunday in Lent 2018 (Year B)

God’s Covenant
Help us to know your ways, Lord; teach us your paths (Psalm 25:1-10). God has made a covenant with us (Genesis 9:8-17) and sent the Holy Spirit to guide us (Mark 1:9-15). We follow Jesus’ example and are baptized for the repentance of our sins and the promise of eternal life (1 Peter 3:18-22).
-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional
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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Transfiguration Sunday 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Transfiguration Sunday 2018 (Year B)

Share the Light

The heavens declare the righteousness, power, and beauty
of the Lord (Psalm 50:1-6). Let the strong faith of the prophets
be an example to us (2 Kings 2:1-12) and the hope of the resurrection (Mark 9:2-9) encourage us as we share the
light of the gospel (2 Corinthians 4:3-6).
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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Fifth Sunday in Epiphany Season 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Fifth Sunday in Epiphany Season 2018 – Year B

God Works Miracles and Renews His People
Praise God for his provision and renewal (Ps. 147:1-11). God’s ways are beyond our understanding, yet he lifts up the weak and stoops to save his people (Isaiah 40:21-31). Jesus came as “God among us,” sovereign over brokenness and disease (Mark 1:29-39). Like Paul, we follow the example of Jesus and live for the sake of others, that they might know the healing grace of God through Christ (1 Cor. 9:16-23).
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