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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Third Sunday After Pentecost 2019 (Year C)

Stand Firm in the Hope of Glory

We look forward to Christ’s second coming (Mal 4:1-2a) and the promise of new heavens and earth (Isaiah 65:17-25). God is our salvation (Isaiah 12) during times of judgment (Malachi 4:-12a) and has done marvelous things worthy of praise (Psalm 98). In anticipation of future glory, we should continue working hard and doing what is right (2 Thessalonians 3:6-13). Stay alert during times of persecution and confusion. Stand firm in the confidence that God will protect and care for his people (Luke 21:5-19). 

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Second Sunday After Pentecost 2019 (Year C)

Eternity and Resurrection
“We know that our Redeemer lives (Job 19:23-27a)! We walk in the paths of righteousness, always kept close by the Lord in “the shadow of his wings” (Psalm 17:1-9). We give thanks to him (2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17) and look forward to being resurrected and living with him (Luke 20:27-38).” 
– Thomas Oden, in Ancient Christian Devotional

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty First Sunday After Pentecost 2019 (Year C)

Walking the Talk
We should do good, seek justice, defend the fatherless and care for the widow (Isaiah 1:10-18). We confess our sins and give thanks that God fogives us (Psalm 32:1-7), pray that we will be worthy of God’s calling (2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12) and are thankful that Christ came to save the lost (Luke 19:1-10).
– Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost 2019 (Year C)

Pursue God with Humility and Faith
God promises to restore and save his people (Joel 2:23-32 and Psalm 65). We are prone to wander from God (Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22), but through Jesus Christ, he saves us and gives us the strength to walk in faith (2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18). Humble yourself before the Lord (Luke 18:9-14) and long for his presence (Psalm 84:1-7). 

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost 2019 (Year C)

Persistence
The Lord’s covenant love will follow his people, even as they experience judgment and brokenness (Jeremiah 31:27-34). They are called to persistently meditate on the law of God (Psalm 119:97-104) and courageously seek his blessing (Genesis 32:22-31). Look to God for help and protection (Psalm 121). Continue to pursue God’s truth in times of apostasy, struggle, and suffering (2 Timothy 3:14-4:5). Cry out to God for justice day and night (Luke 18:1-8).

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost 2019 (Year C)

Trust and Obey
Seek the welfare of the place where you live (Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7). Trust in God’s power to heal in unexpected ways (2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c). Give thanks to the Lord for his power, love, and grace (Psalm 111/Psalm 66). He is faithful, even when we are faithless (2 Timothy 2:8-15). Just as the leper returned to thank God, so also we should thank God for his undeserved salvation (Luke 17:11-19).

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost 2019 (Year C)

Faith, Hope, and Love … in the Midst of Struggle
When times are tough (Lamentations 1:1-6) we are encouraged to remember God’s faithfulness (Lamentations 3:19-26) and to live by faith (Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4). Don’t fret over evil people who prosper (Psalm 37:1-10). God’s people have been through seasons of exile (Psalm 137) but must not lose sight of their holy calling (2 Timothy 1:1-14). Demonstrate love and self-control while carrying out Jesus’ commandments with gratitude (Luke 17:5-10).

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost 2019 (Year C)

Christ Our Treasure
“We should not put our confidence in earthly wealth (Amos 6:1a, 4-7); rather, we should put our trust in the Lord who made heaven and earth (Psalm 146). Desiring to be rich often causes us to fall into temptation; contentment comes when we realize we have brought nothing into the world and can take nothing out of it (1 Timothy 6:6-19). In Jesus’ parable of the poor man Lazarus, we see that in light of eternity, wealth means nothing (Luke 16: 19-31).”
– Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost 2019 (Year C)

Merciful God
Moses was bold in asking for God’s mercy (Exodus 32:7-14). David asked for God to cleanse him from sin (Psalm 51: 1-11). Many turn away from God and try to pretend that he does not exist (Psalm 14). But we must remember that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. Turn to him and thank him for his mercy and grace (1 Timothy 1:12-17). He seeks those who are lost and rejoices in those who turn back to him (Luke 15:1-10). 

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2019 (Year C)

Pursuing the Way of Life
Like a potter molding clay, the Lord is sovereign over all nations (Jeremiah 18:1-11). Nothing can hide from God’s omnipresent and eternal being. He knows us more intimately than we know ourselves (Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18) and calls his people to turn their hearts toward him and delight in the way of life that he has revealed (Deuteronomy 30:15-20 and Psalm 1). Like Paul, we should be advocates for the life and freedom of others (Philemon 1:1-1:21). Even when it is difficult, we are to follow Jesus Christ above all else (Luke 14:25-33). 

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