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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 – 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 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 2018 (Year B)

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

Live by Faith

“Trust in God, who supports and helps us when we call on his name (Psalm 20). Leaders may fail (1 Samuel 15:34-16:13), but God never fails (Mark 4:26-34). Live by faith, making it your goal to please the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:6-17).”
-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional 
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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Third Sunday after Pentecost 2018 (Year B)

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

Doing God’s Will By Following Jesus
From the beginning, humans have wandered away from God’s rule and life-giving presence. In our desire to rule ourselves, we have destroyed our solidarity with God and each other (Genesis 3:8-15 and 1 Samuel 8). Enmity and brokeness pervade our relationships and trouble our hearts. But, God has promised forgiveness and steadfast love to those who cry out to Him in humility and praise (Psalm 130 and Psalm 138). Through Jesus, God has provided grace and hope in the midst of decay (2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1). His kingdom and rule extend to all those who follow him. They are adopted into His family. Through Him, fellowship with God is restored in spite of humanity’s ongoing rebellion against the Creator (Mark 3:20-35).
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The Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 2017 (Year A)

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

Using Our Talents

“We plead with God for mercy on our situations, submitting to him and looking to him for help (Psalm 123). We use our gifts and talents wisely (Matt. 25:14-30) until his anticipated return (1 Thess. 5:1-11) and judgment (Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18).”
-Thomas OdenAncient Christian Devotional 

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

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

Waiting in Hope and Obedience

“God does not want lip service; he wants obedience from us (Amos 5:18-24). God is our powerful help and deliverer (Psalm 70 and Psalm 78); because we love him, we seek a pure heart and motives (Matthew 25:1-13), knowing that in Jesus, we have the assurance of salvation and eternal life (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).”
-Thomas OdenAncient Christian Devotional 

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