Artist Barbara Lyon has created an original 2020/2021 (Year B) Christian liturgical calendar for use in church and home. The calendar is a visually stunning reminder of the joyful rhythm of the Christian year. She has given permission to print and distribute this calendar freely. Enjoy!
It’s hard to believe that is has been over 4 1/2 years since I started curating resources for the Liturgy Letter Newsletter. I want to express how much I have appreciated your support. I hope it has been a helpful resource for worship planning and spiritual formation.
From the beginning, this project has been a labor of love, personal spiritual discipline, and an expression of my love for scripture, liturgy, music, and the church. My life and employment situation has changed and I am no longer able to balance these responsibilities with the time and energy it takes to curate and publish this resource on a weekly basis. I reluctantly feel the need to suspend weekly Liturgy Letter updates, but I still hope to write occasional posts here on liturgyletter.com.
My sincere thanks to all of those who subscribed to the weekly e-mail and expressed financial support through Patreon.
There are many ways in which the vision of the Liturgy Letter Newsletter can be continued and improved in the future, but for now I need a respite.
Please know that all previous posts/newsletters are archived here at liturgyletter.com, which will continue to be active.
God gave the law through Moses so that we would find life by living according to His word (Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20). We are called to contemplate the beauty of God’s creation and meditate 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).
Transgression, Humility, and the Faithfulness of Jesus
Cry out to God and remember what he has done. Listen to his promises, trust him, and live according to his ways (Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16). God is gracious to provide for our needs, even when we complain and are undeserving (Exodus 17:1-17). In gratitude, we turn from our own concerns to consider others better than ourselves (Philippians 2:1-13). Through faith and trust, we bow in humility to take Jesus at his word, accepting his authority and divinity (Matthew 21:23-32).
God provided life, protection, and guidance for those he brought out of bondage in Egypt (Ex. 14:19-31 & Ps. 114). There is none other like him, majestic in holiness (Ex. 15:1-11, 20-21) and abounding in steadfast love and forgiveness (Ps. 103:1-13). Joseph sought to emulate God’s merciful character by extending forgiveness to those who had tried to harm him (Gen. 50:15-21). In the same way, Jesus teaches his followers to forgive others generously (Matt. 18:21-35). Jesus is Lord, therefore, bear with those who are weak in faith (Rom. 14:1-12).
In the Passover, Christians remember how God’s deliverance of Israel extends to all the world through the blood of Christ (Exodus 12:1-14). God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 33:7-11), but calls all people to praise him and delight in his commands (Psalm 149 and Psalm 119:33-40). Those who walk in righteousness seek to cast off the works of darkness and pursue the light of love (Romans 13:8-14). Believers are called to participate in Christ’s ministry by appropriately confronting sin (Matthew 18:15-20).
God is more holy than we can imagine or comprehend (Exodus 3:1-15). He has graciously revealed himself and called us to trust him. We respond in gratitude by choosing to walk in truth and love (Psalm 26). Remembering God’s faithfulness and promises (Psalm 105 & Jeremiah 15:15-21), we pursue love, joy, and patience in the midst of our adversaries. Like Jesus, we are to take up our cross and overcome evil with good (Romans 12:9-21). Jesus’ rebuke of Peter reminds us that God’s ways are often counterintuitive to our ways. We follow Jesus by turning from evil and choosing to love God (Matthew 16:21-28).