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

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

God Keeps His Promises and Saves His Children

From the beginning, God has kept the covenant promises he made to His children and their offspring (Genesis 28:10-19a). He knows us better than we know ourselves (Psalm 139) and through His greatness has offered us mercy and hope (Psalm 86). The Holy Spirit bears witness that we are God’s children through Christ (Romans 8:12-25). All of the creation is waiting for Christ to come again and eradicate the things that destroy life (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43). We wait patiently in the midst of suffering because, as the children of God, we have hope.  

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

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

Rest, Provision, and Humility

God is good and raises up those who are humble (Psalm 145:8-14). He surprises us with companionship and the promise of future blessings (Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67). In the context of God’s care, we still struggle to be released from the burdens that we place on ourselves. We know better but are still prone to do the things that we shouldn’t do (Romans 7:15-25a). In the midst of these struggles, Christ invites us to serve him in humility. In his service, we find rest and strength for the journey (Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30).

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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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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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The Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Seventh Sunday in Easter 2017 (Year A)

The Liturgy Letter Newsletter – 7th Sunday in Easter 2017 (Year A)

The Ascended Christ Sends His Spirit and Makes us One 

Before ascending into heaven, Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to empower his followers until his return (Acts 1:6-14). This promise gives us the strength to pray and follow God, even in the midst of suffering and anxiety. These things may last for a little while, but we are encouraged to stand firm knowing that Christ himself has prayed for us (1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11). Though orphans, he has promised us a home (Psalm 68: 1-10; 32-35). He has granted us eternal life and the fellowship of other believers, even while we wait (John 17:1-11).

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The Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Sixth Sunday in Easter 2017 (Year A)

The Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Sixth Sunday in Easter 2017 (Year A)

 

In Him We Live and Move and Have Our Being

The true God has been revealed to the whole world through the life and death of Jesus Christ (Acts 17:22-31). God can truly be known, even when we suffer for his sake (1 Peter 3:13-22). We can be assured of God’s care for us and know that he listens to our prayers. In response, we offer our gratitude and confess what he has done for us (Psalm 66:8-20). We find freedom and take joy in his commands through the power of the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-21).

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