Category Archives: Trinitytide

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

Listening to God’s Word and Living in the Light of the Gospel
Take time to ponder the words of Jesus and treasure his presence (Luke 10:38-42). He is the beginning and end of all things (Colossians 1:15-28) and has reconciled us to God. We can no longer boast in evil (Psalm 52). God has called his people to practice sincere faith (Psalm 15), hospitality, honesty, and care for the needy (Amos 8:1-12). Even when he seems silent, we must remember that God often reveals himself in unexpected ways (Genesis 18:1-10a). The hope held out in the gospel gives us the courage to suffer well while patiently waiting for future glory.

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

Follow God’s Ways and Be Merciful

Cry out to God to rescue the weak and deliver justice on behalf of the needy (Amos 7:7-17 and Psalm 82). God’s word is near to all who will recognize and follow his ways (Deuteronomy 30:9-14). He brings forgiveness and life to the humble who trust him and learn his ways (Psalm 25:1-9). We should strive to lead a life worthy of the Lord, bearing fruit in good works, and increasing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:1-14). Those who are walking in the path of life will show mercy to strangers and sacrifice comfort for those who are in need (Luke 10:25-37).

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

Healed to Rejoice and Bear Witness
The Word of God can cleanse and heal (2 Kings 5:1-14). The prophets remind us that God promises to comfort us as a mother comforts her child (Is 66:10-14). He will turn our mourning into dancing (Psalm 30) and we will rejoice and sing his praises (Psalm 66:1-8). We boast in the cross of Jesus Christ, who makes new life possible (Galatians 6:1-16). The disciples of Jesus are sent to reveal the kingdom of God to those who will receive it (Luke 10:1-11,16-20).

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

Following Jesus and Cultivating Virtue
“Just as Elisha was obedient and learned from Elijah (1 Kings 19: 15-16, 19-21), so we choose to follow God and bless him for his counsel (Psalm 16), even when times are dark (Psalm 77). We seek to live and walk by the Spirit and not by the flesh, cultivating the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:1,13-25) and putting Christ above all else (Luke 9:51-62).” 

– Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional

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LIturgy Letter Newsletter – Second Sunday after Pentecost 2019 (Year C)

Grace, Faith, and New Life
God provides for the faithful who are at their wit’s end (1 Kings 19:1-15a). His covenant love rescues those who have proven to be obstinate and slow to honor his ways (Isaiah 65:1-9). Jesus Christ makes us children of God through faith. Those who are baptized into Christ are heirs of God’s covenant and members of his community (Galatians 3:23-29). Praise God! Jesus has the power to cast out evil and has come to rescue those who are far from God (Luke 8:26-39).

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

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

Confidence in Our Creator
“Lord, we take refuge in you (Psalm 16), for you listen to our despair (1 Samuel 1:4-20) and know the future (Mark 13:1-8). Therefore, we draw near to you, holding to your promises (Hebrews 10:11-25).”-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional

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

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

Perfect Sacrifice
“All is vain, unless it is done for the Lord (Psalm 127 and Psalm 146). Even when what we are asked to do seems difficult (Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17), we must be willing to sacrifice everything (Mark 12:38-44) for the One who gave us his only Son as a sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 9:24-28).”
-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 2018

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

Serving God
“Praise the Lord! Blessed is the maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 146). Give us the faithfulness of Ruth (Ruth 1:1-18) and the strength to love you with all our hearts (Mark 12:28-34) so we may serve you, the living God (Hebrews 9:11-14).”
-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional

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

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

God’s Mercy
“The Lord has delivered me from all my fears (Psalm 34:1-8, 19-22); there is nothing he cannot do (Job 42:1-6, 10-17). His mercy, grace and power (Mark 10:46-52) are shown through his sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 7:23-28).”
-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost 2018

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

Humble Yourself
“Praise the Lord, my soul (Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c), for God laid the foundations of the earth (Job 38:1-7, 34-41). Help us to serve rather than to strive for greatness (Mark 10:35-45), just as Christ humbled himself as a sacrifice for us (Hebrews 5:1-10).”

-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional

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