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

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

Salt and Salvation
God is able to provide salvation and grace in the midst of insurmountable situations (Esther 7 and Numbers 11). God’s glory is evident, so seek righteousness and cry out to God (Psalm 19). He is able to save those who seem destined for destruction (Psalm 124). Those who pray and seek help from God (James 5:13-20) must be willing to help and protect the vulnerable in Jesus name. His followers are called to season the world around them and seek peace (Mark 9:38-50).

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

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

The Heart of a Servant and Faith Like a Child
The active faith of a righteous person is precious and gives life to others (Psalm 1 and Proverbs 31:10-31). Others may try to hurt God’s beloved, but God upholds the lives of those who trust in him (Jeremiah 11:18-20 and Psalm 54). We must continue to live wisely, seek peace, and draw near to God (James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a). Jesus chose to be a servant for the weak and humble. He calls us to do the same as we walk with him towards the cross (Mark 9:30-37).

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

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

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus
God’s people are called to righteousness and wise living (Proverbs 1:20-33 and James 3:1-12). Like Jesus, we may suffer, but our vindication comes from God (Isaiah 50:4-9a and Psalm 116). He is the maker of heaven and earth who is sovereign over creation (Psalm 19). God’s people are called to deny themselves and confess that Jesus is the Messiah (Mark 8:27-38).

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

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

Forgive Us and Feed Us With the Bread of Life

“Wash away our sins (Psalm 51:1-12) and forgive us for our transgressions (2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a). Give us the bread of life (John 6:24-35 and Psalm 78:23-29) and help us to build up the body of Christ in love (Ephesians 4:1-16).”
-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional 

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

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

Strengthening Our Faith
“Only fools say there is no God (Psalm 14), but even those nearest to God’s heart are capable of great sin (2 Samuel 11:1-15). Let us not doubt the One who works great miracles (John 6:1-21 and Psalm 145:10-18). Strengthen us, Lord, with power through the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 3:14-21).”
-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional 

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

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

Our Cornerstone and Shepherd
“God is our Rock (Psalm 89:20-37). He keeps his promises (2 Samuel 7:1-14a) and cares for us, as a shepherd cares for his sheep (Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 and Psalm 23). Christ is our peace and our chief cornerstone (Ephesians 2:11-22)”
-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional 
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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost 2018 (Year B)

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

Give God Glory
“Give me a clean heart, Lord (Psalm 24); let me sing praises to you for your goodness (2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19). Even in the face of suffering and injustice (Mark 6:14-29) we give God glory and honor, for we know in him all things will be reconciled, and we have our inheritance (Ephesians 1:3-14).”
-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional 
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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost 2018 (Year B)

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

God’s Help
“God is great and worthy of our praise (Psalm 48). Lifting our eyes to Him (Psalm 123), we can accomplish things we could never do on our own through God’s power (2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10) and through Jesus Christ (Mark 6:1-13). We also accept our weaknesses, acknowledging that everything we accomplish is done with the help of the Lord (2 Corinthians 12:2-10).”
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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 2018 (Year B)

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

The Strongest May Fall, but Christ Brings Life in the Midst of Death
Life is full of pain and loss (Psalm 130). Even the strongest can suddenly be taken away (2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27). In the midst of sadness and loss, we must wait for the Lord and trust in His faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-33). Our God is the God of the living. He has the power to renew life, even in those who have died (Mark 5:21-43). This hope gives us the strength to live lives of giving, grace, and gratitude (2 Corinthians 8:7-15). We praise God for His healing and deliverance (Psalm 30). 
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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost 2018 (Year B)

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

A Calm Heart in Troubled Waters
“The Lord is our refuge and help in times of trouble (Psalm 9:9-20). With God, the impossible becomes possible (1 Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49). What have we to fear, knowing God has power even over the wind and waves (Mark 4:35-41)? Let us open our hearts to the Lord, trusting him for all things (2 Corinthians 6:1-13).” -Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional   
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