Category Archives: Epiphany

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Third Sunday after Epiphany 2020 (Year A)

Christ the Light

God sent Jesus to be the light of the world. He is our light and our salvation (Isaiah 9:1-4) who cares for us in times of trouble (Psalm 27:1, 4-9). Christians should seek to cultivate peace (1 Corinthians 1:10-18), repenting of sins and turning to follow Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:12-23). He reveals himself in the midst of our ordinary lives and calls for us to follow him.

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Second Sunday after Epiphany 2020 (Year A)

Light to the Nations
“God promises us that his salvation will reach to the end of the earth (Is 49:1-7); he sent his only son Jesus, to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29-42). Because of God’s grace and mercy toward us, we put our trust in him (Psalm 40:1-11) and look to the second coming of Christ (1 Corinthians 1:1-9). “
– Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany 2019 (Year C)

Wait for God’s Salvation / Extend Forgiveness and Mercy

Forgiveness and mercy accompany God’s plan to prosper and protect his people (Genesis 45:3-11,15). We are called to trust in God and wait for his salvation in the midst of those who reject God and his ways (Psalm 37:1-11,39-40). We must go the extra mile to love our enemies and extend mercy (Luke 6:27-38). For we know that we will one day inherit imperishable bodies and that our suffering will come to an end (1 Cor. 15:35-38,42-50). 

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany 2019 (Year C)

Trust the Risen Christ

Those who trust in God and follow his ways (Jeremiah 17:5-10) are like trees planted next to water (Psalm 1). Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, so our faith is confirmed and we are compelled to share this gospel (1 Corinthians 15:12-20). Jesus came to bring hope to the oppressed and warning to those who trust in riches and worldly acclaim (Luke 6:17-26).

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany 2019 (Year C)

The Holy Love of God

“The holiness of God reminds us of our own sin and the need for salvation (Isaiah 6:1-13). Even in the middle of trouble, God’s steadfast love and watchful care protect us (Psalm 138), and his grace toward us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ offers us eternal salvation (1 Corinthians 15:1-11). Just as Christ urged Simon Peter to do, we must share this good news with others (Luke 5:1-11).”
– Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany 2019 (Year C)

Love That Chooses to Suffer

“God is with us; he is our fortress and rock of refuge (Psalm 71:1-6). He knew us before we were born (Jeremiah 1:4-10). Because of his love for us, we are to love others with a patient, kind and enduring love (1 Corinthians 13:1-13). This love was shown to us by Christ, who came to earth as a man and endured threats and abuse and finally, death, so that we might live with him eternally (Luke 4:21-30).” – Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Third Sunday after the Epiphany 2019 (Year C)

Set Free to Bear the Fruit of the Anointed One

“The joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:1-10). We desire to follow the Lord in everything we do (Psalm 19), proclaiming freedom (Luke 4:14-21) with the knowledge that we are a small but important part of something greater than ourselves (1 Corinthians 12:12-31).” – Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Second Sunday after the Epiphany 2019 (Year C)

Working Miracles and Giving Gifts

“God rejoices and delights in us (Isaiah 62:1-5); his steadfast love offers us refuge in the shadow of his wings (Psalm 36:5-10). Christ showed his power while on earth, working many signs and miracles, including one at the wedding of Cana (John 2:1-11). God gives each of us spiritual gifts to use in his service (1 Corinthians 12:1-11).” – Thomas Oden

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Baptism of our Lord 2019 (Year C)

Waters of Mercy  

“Because the Lord loves us and knows us by name, we need not be worried or fearful (Isaiah 43:1-7). God is all-powerful and blesses us with strength and peace (Psalm 29) and with the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:14-17). Through Christ’s baptism (Luke 3:15-17, 21-22) we can better understand the plan God has for our own salvation.” – Thomas Oden

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J.R.R. Tolkien Quote for Epiphanytide

“The night sky was still dim and pale. There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty forever beyond its reach.”

-J.R.R. Tolkien in The Return of the King