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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Pentecost Sunday 2018

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Pentecost Sunday (Year B) 2018

Counselor, Comforter
God raises the dead and offers us the promise of resurrection (Ezekiel 37:1-14). The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness, interceding for us (Romans 8:22-27). He is our counselor, our comforter (John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15). May the glory of the Lord, who made all things, endure forever (Psalm 104:24-34, 35b!)”
-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional
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Pentecost - Descent of the Dove

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Ascension Sunday 2018

Liturgy Letter Newsletter- Ascension Sunday 2018 (Year B)

Christ Ascended 

Before ascending into heaven, Jesus appeared to his disciples and promised to send the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:1-11). We rejoice in the majesty of the ascended Christ who sits at the right hand of the Father (Psalm 47 and Psalm 93). His rule transcends time and earthly kingdoms. The Church has inherited the hope manifested in the resurrection and ascension of Christ (Ephesians 1-15-23). We are to praise God until Christ returns again, proclaiming repentance and the forgiveness of sins to all nations (Luke 24).
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Ascension of Christ

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Sixth Sunday of Easter 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Sixth Sunday of Easter 2018 (Year B)

Abide in Love
“Let us sing for joy! God is faithful (Psalm 98) and sends us the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:44-48). Keep God’s commandments; overcome the world (1 John 5:1-6); love one another (John 15:9-17).” – Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional
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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Fifth Sunday of Easter 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Fifth Sunday of Easter 2018 (Year B)

Called to Bear the Fruit of Love
“If we love each other, God lives in us (1 John 4:7-21). We are called to share the good news (Acts 8:26-40) and be fruitful (John 15:1-8). Seek the Lord. Praise his name (Psalm 22:25-31).”
– Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional
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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Fourth Sunday of Easter 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Fourth Sunday of Easter 2018 (Year B)

The Good Shepherd
“Lord, we are the sheep (John 10:11-18) and you are our good shepherd (Psalm 23). The stone that has been rejected has become the chief cornerstone (Acts 4:5-12). Love one another; keep his commandments (1 John 3:16-24).” – Thomas Oden
“Good Shepherd” etching by Maria Laughlin
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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Third Sunday of Easter 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Third Sunday of Easter 2018 (Year B)

Open Our Minds To the Light of Your Resurrection
“Why are we troubled? Christ suffered, Christ died, Christ is alive. Open our minds so we might understand (Luke 24:36b-48) and do right (1 John 3:1-7). Lord, please hear us when we cry out to you (Psalm 4); let us be your witnesses (Acts 3:12-19).”
– Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional
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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Second Sunday of Easter 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Second Sunday of Easter 2018 (Year B)

Light and Peace
Because the good news of Easter can hardly be contained in a single day’s celebration, Easter is only the first of fifty days of Eastertide, the “Great Fifty Days” that lead up to Pentecost. This season is designed for extended celebration, for exploring the ramifications of Easter for the redemption of all creation, and for joyful Christian living … Jesus Christ’s resurrection is the central event … of all human history. Christians who make this confession are talking not about the resurrection of faith in the disciples, or of hope in the women at the tomb, or of tulips in the spring. They are confessing the real resurrection of Jesus … (more)
-from The Worship Sourcebook2nd Edition.
This week’s readings:
Acts 4:32-35, Psalm 133, 1 John 1:1 – 2:2, John 20:19-31
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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Easter Sunday 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Easter Day 2018 (Year B)

Christ is Risen!

“Jesus has risen (Acts 10:34-43)! God’s love for us is unshakeable. In the most desperate situations, he will be victorious (Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24). Let us then also walk in new life, putting away the old things (Colossians 3:1-4). Let us celebrate with the two women at the tomb Jesus’ triumph over death. He is risen, as he said (Matthew 28:1-10).” -Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Holy Week 2018 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Holy Week 2018 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)

Passion Week: Journeying Toward the Paschal Mystery

Lent began over five weeks ago on Ash Wednesday. Over the course of this week, Christians around the world will re-enact and remember the days leading up to Christ’s death and resurrection. This journey towards the cross began on Palm Sunday with a commemoration of Jesus entry into Jerusalem on a donkey. The people who confessed and praised him as the Savior King later cry out, “…crucify him, crucify him!”

On Monday and Tuesday, Jesus returned to Jerusalem from Bethany and purified the Temple, fulfilling the prophecy from the Old Testament (ex. Malachi 3:1-5). In Jerusalem, the tension continued to mount between Jesus and the religious rulers. Wednesday of Holy week is traditionally called “Spy Wednesday” because the enemies of Jesus were watching him closely and looking for an opportunity to capture him. On this day, the adoration of Mary of Bethany is juxtaposed with the tragic betrayal of Judas.

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Palm Sunday 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Palm Sunday Sunday 2018 (Year B)

The Humility of the True King
“Jesus prepares to enter Jerusalem. He will enter majestically, hearing cries of ‘Hosanna in the highest!’ His sights are set on what he must do; his intentions are faithful to God, who sustains him. Soon the crowds will disperse, to be replaced by tormentors. Adulation will cease, and he will be faced with betrayal. Humiliation and obedience lead to death so that life may abound to God’s glory.”
“This is the day the Lord had made–let us rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29)! Jesus humbled himself on the cross for us (Philippians 2:5-11). God’s help for us is all-sufficient (Isaiah 50:4-9a). Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord (Mark 11:1-11).”
-Thomas Oden, from Ancient Christian Devotional
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