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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 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2017 (Year A)

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

Walking Together on Paths of Righteousness

“The power of Christ’s precious blood is seen in the Passover, as are other symbols of the faith (Exodus 12:1-14). We pray for God to help us better understand his instructions so we can wholeheartedly walk in the right paths on our spiritual journey (Psalm 119:33-40). We pledge to confront in love our fellow Christians who fall away from the faith in some way (Matthew 18:15-20). We cast off the works of darkness to walk in the light of love (Romans 13:8-14).” -Thomas Oden  

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

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

Holiness, Truth, and Love

God is holy: more awesome than we can imagine or comprehend (Exodus 3:1-15). He has graciously revealed himself and called us to trust him. We respond in gratitude by choosing to walk in truth and love (Psalm 26). Remembering God’s faithfulness and promises (Psalm 105 & Jeremiah 15:15-21), we pursue love, joy, and patience in the midst of our adversaries. Like Jesus, we are to take up our cross and overcome evil with good (Romans 12:9-21). Jesus’ rebuke of Peter reminds us that God’s ways are often counterintuitive to our ways (Matthew 16:21-28). We follow Jesus by practicing self-giving love that cultivates true life. 

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

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

Guilt, Grace, and Gratitude

After many years, Joseph is given the opportunity to reconcile with his brothers. This profound act of forgiveness prefigures the cross of Christ (Genesis 45:1-15). God has been gracious to us (Psalm 67). In gratitude, we pursue unity with others; especially believers (Psalm 133). God wants us to avoid hypocrisy, cultivate pure hearts, and demonstrate a humble faith (Matthew 15:10-20, 21-28). Even though we fall into disobedience, God bestows His generous mercy upon us through Christ (Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32).

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

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

God’s Peace, Justice, and Salvation

The story of Joseph has many parallels with the life of Christ (Genesis 37:14-, 12-28). As Joseph was thrown into the pit by his brothers, so Christ was crucified by His own, descended into the dead, and was resurrected so that we might live. This is good news and we must tell others (Romans 10:5-15)! The life, death, and resurrection of Christ have fulfilled the allusions we find to him in the Old Testament (Psalm 105). He is the embodiment of peace, salvation, and justice (Psalm 85). Like Joseph and Peter, we need not fear when we are sinking. He has promised to be with us and will help us when our faith is weak (Matthew 14:22-33).

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

The Liturgy Letter- Ninth Sunday after Pentecost 2017 (Year A)

God’s Mercy

Jacob deeply desired that God would bless him (Genesis 32:22-32). We can count on God to watch over those who love him with compassion and mercy (Psalm 17 and Psalm 145); Paul mourned that so many of the Jews did not acknowledge Christ (Romans 9:1-5). Jesus cares for our earthly needs and has power over all things, as evinced in the feeding of the five thousand (Matthew 14:13-21). -Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional 

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

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

Pursuing the Kingdom of God with Patience and Trust

Jacob suffered wrong and sacrificed much to win Rachel’s hand in marriage (Genesis 29:15-28). Wisdom and fulfillment are often the fruit of patient waiting and righteous pursuits (Psalm 128 and 1 Kings 3:5-12). These things may seem out of grasp, but we can still trust God to fulfill his covenant and bring about his purposes in the end (Psalm 105:1-11 and Romans 8:26-39), even in spite of human oppression and unfulfilled desires (Psalm 119:129-136). Followers of Christ are called to seek God’s kingdom with all the faith they have, wisely pursuing what will last (Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52).

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