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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – First Sunday of Advent 2019 (Year A)

Keep Watch and Walk Towards the Light
“Scripture tells us that we are forgiven! It calls us to walk in the light of the Lord (Isaiah 2:1-5), to pray for peace (Psalm 122) and to keep watch for Christ’s return (Matthew 24:36-44), putting aside our deeds of darkness and living in the light (Romans 13:11-14). In this season of Advent, we celebrate the Child who is the Light. We thank God for the forgiveness of sins and reaffirm our desire to walk with the Lord.” 

– Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional

Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44

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FREE 2019/2020 (YEAR A) ONE-PAGE LITURGICAL CALENDAR

Artist Barbara Lyon has created an original 2019/2020 (Year A) one-page Christian liturgical calendar for use in church and home. Her delightful visuals are appealing to all ages. She has given permission to distribute this calendar freely and encourages individuals and families to print and hang in a prominent place.

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Here is a brief statement from the artist about this year’s calendar:

“Lately, I’ve been contemplating the theme of gardens in the Bible. It all began in a garden, where we walked with God. We had to leave and we continue to wait and work to duplicate the life we felt there. So, this year’s calendar ends at the beginning, an angel guarding a tree. And we begin our way around until we can return. 

Advent is marked by the dead stump of Jesse, with the smallest of shoots appearing, a growth of light out of darkness. Epiphany is this light coming into the whole world, into mountains and deserts, grassy places and stony places; in the most unlikely of places the light of the world began as the smallest of shoots, in a powerless baby.  

For the growing time and Lent this year I picked the parable of the Good Shepherd. This is the time when we hear God’s voice and learn to follow him. Lent leads us into the desert places where death waits. But the Good Shepherd does not run away when the wolves come. He stands in between the wolves and his sheep, walking into death for us. 

For Eastertide this year I was contemplating the angel who stood between us and the garden and the golden angels embroidered on the curtain that keeps us from the Holiest place where God’s presence rests with his people. When it is torn we will come into God’s presence once more. The image I chose to illustrate is inspired by the first verses of Ezekiel 47, where Ezekiel is shown the temple, restored and whole, and the river flowing out from the temple bringing new life to stagnant pools. Along this river fruit grows in abundance, nourishing creatures and people, and bringing healing to all the nations. Even as we wait for the redeemed Earth we can be the people who are a river of life coming into the world, outpouring from God’s presence with his people. 

Ascension is marked by a cloud, when Jesus carried a piece of humanity into God’s presence. Pentecost is marked with fire, when Jesus sent a piece of divinity to live within us. 

Trinity Sunday flows outward in this image, with arms overlapped in mission to spread life, health, and beauty into all creation. Ordinary time is marked by the beauty of wildflowers, reminding us of the diversity in beauty and gifts we offer the world, that we are clothed as lovely as these. Also, it reminds us that we are but grass, and though this place will remember us no more, one day we will be restored to each other in an abundant and flowering new creation.

Blessings on you as you begin your journey anew. 
Barbara Lyon”

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Christ the King 2017 (Year A)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Christ the King 2017 (Year A)

Our King and Shepherd

God made us and we are His (Psalm 100), the sheep of His pasture who worship Him and take comfort in his guidance (Psalm 95). Our Good Shepherd will look after, and search for, His lost sheep (Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24). We pray for wisdom and enlightenment so that we may know Christ better (Ephesians 1: 15-23), longing for Christ to come and say, “You who are blessed, take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world (Matthew 25:31-46).”

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

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

Living Humble Lives in the Midst of Darkness

“Even when circumstances are overpoweringly difficult, God “turns deserts into pools of water, and parched land into springs of water” (Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37). We desire to live worthy lives (1 Thess. 2:9-13), not for the praise of other people but in order to please God (Matt. 23:1-12) and to walk in the light rather than the darkness (Micah 3:5-12, Psalm 43)”  -Thomas OdenAncient Christian Devotional 

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

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

Live and Love in Light of the Gospel

“God is eternal, while our time on earth is fleeting (Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17). Because of this, we seek to share the gospel as Paul did (1 Thessalonians 2:1-8), loving the Lord and loving our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:34-46) and living holy lives, as much as possible (Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18).” -Thomas Oden 

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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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