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The Lectionary: Te Maramataka 2018. Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia. Pbk 146pp. $9.00 + $3.00 p&p. [Sorry, Sold out]
The Lectionary: Te Maramataka is produced each year to help meet the worship needs of the Anglican church here. It provides information you need to plan the Eucharist and other services, and to say the Daily offices on a regular basis.
Covers 3 December 2017 to 31 December 2018.
It puts into convenient form many of the provisions of The New Zealand Prayer Book and introduces elements from other sources which will be of benefit to the church. Can also be used as a guide to daily devotional readings.
Fresh from the Word 2018: The Bible for a change. Nathan Eddy editor. Pbk, 384pp. ISBN 9780857217981. Monarch (22 Sep 2017). $27.99.
[Allow 3-4 weeks]
Fresh From the Word will inspire your reading of the Bible in a changing world. Bringing together theologians, scholars, creative writers, church leaders and activists from around the world, Fresh From the Word offers a set of notes, prayers and suggestions for further thought for every day of the year.
- How can we balance work and life in the 24–7 world in which we live?
- What does the Bible have to say about leadership?
- And can we learn from this ancient book about communicating in the 21st century?
These are just a few of the themes in Fresh from the Word this year – alongside looking at a community of care, remembering with God, and the Creative Spirit. We journey through Holy Week with the Psalms and with the Gospel of John in Advent. Continuous readings from the Bible include weeks on Proverbs, Hosea, Colossians, Hebrews and the Gospel of Mark.
Editor Nathan Eddy has worked in the UK as a university chaplain and as a parish minister with the United Reformed Church, and as a journalist in the United States. Now studying for a doctorate in the Psalms, he lives in London with his wife Clare, their two daughters, two cats and several bicycles.
Each year The Upper Room offers this best-selling book of insightful devotions to help people spend daily time with God. Fifty-three writers from diverse Christian backgrounds encourage us to immerse ourselves in scripture and apply its truths to our lives.
Each day of this powerful devotional guide offers a selected Bible reading, a meditation on the scripture passage, and a prayer or suggestion for reflection. The scriptures are drawn from the Revised Common Lectionary.
Gathering – Subscription – 4 issues p.a. $79.99.(includes postage) Published by the United Church of Canada. Each issue comprises 92 pages of A4, black and white photocopied sheets. [3 copies Lent Easter 2018 issue in stock]
Published four times a year, Gathering is a worship planning resource for ministers, lay preachers, music directors and worship teams.
For each Sunday or feast day Gathering provides:
- a one line summary of each lectionary reading
- an overall theme spark
- a children’s talk idea
- a sermon starter, and
- titles and sources of suggested hymns/songs.
There are also Calls to Worship, Prayers of Approach, Words of Assurance, Offering prayers and benedictions. And each issue has materials around a central theme.
Next Issue: Lent/Easter 2018 will be posted to subscribers in early December 2017.
The preaching pastor’s go-to resource for weekly sermon and worship planning.
Each week’s entry includes:
Fleshed out with brief, pithy nuggets of thought, idea jump-starters, or questions
2 or 3 themes or streams of thought that are related to but separate from the primary theme. These might arise from different parts of the lectionary text. This may also include questions, or alternative ways of thinking about the primary theme.
Liturgical elements for the beginning, middle, and end of the worship service. A variety of elements each week, encouraging participation and engagement for the worshipper. All elements relate to the primary and/or secondary themes, to help preachers and worship planners achieve a cohesive thematic flow in worship.
Gathering Prayer, Call to Worship
Collect, Pastoral Prayer, Congregational Prayer, Responsive Reading, etc.
Closing Prayer or Benediction
There are also:
Homiletical Topic Essays
These 700-word essays cover a variety of current and critical topics for the preacher. Each essay focuses on one particular topic. Topics could include the practice of preaching, sermon writing, current issues for the preacher, emerging trends in preaching, and emerging ideas or cultural trends that are important for the church and preacher. Essays are contributed by leading homileticians.
The full sermons are included as a source of inspiration and edification for pastors, who so rarely are on the receiving end of preaching. These sermons will highlight best practices.
The trusted planning resource for traditional and contemporary worship.
The Abingdon Worship Annual 2018 offers fresh worship planning resources for all who plan and implement weekly worship. Worship leaders, “need to offer prayers, prepare an order of worship, select music, and even prepare a sermon. Into that weekly task, we offer this resource to strengthen your ability to lead creatively and prepare consistently.” Liturgies and prayers are also included for New Year’s Day, Ascension Day, All Saints Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Eve.
Using a theme based on the lectionary readings from the Common English Bible, each week’s offering of prayers and litanies follows a basic pattern of Christian worship:
- Invitation and Gathering
- Proclamation and Response
- Thanksgiving and Communion
- Sending Forth
With the purchase of the print book, the entire resource text is available in downloadable, searchable PDF format.
Countless preachers have turned to the Zondervan Pastor’s Annual to save them time in sermon and service preparation. This tried-and-true resource makes your demanding job as a pastor a lot easier. Use its contents as is, or tailor it to fit your unique approach.
The Zondervan 2018 Pastor’s Annual supplies you with:
- Morning and evening services for every Sunday of the year
- Sermon topics and texts fully indexed
- Definitive and usable sermon outlines
- Devotionals and Bible studies for midweek services
- Fresh and applicable illustrations
- Appropriate hymn selections
- Special-day services for church and civil calendars
- Meditations on Lord’s Supper observance
- Wedding ceremonies and themes
- Funeral messages and Scriptures
- Basic pastoral ministry helps
- Messages for children and young people
- Offertory prayers
Let Us Pray: Intercessions Following The Revised Common Lectionary. Janet Nelson. Pbk, 366pp. ISBN 9781863717670. HarperCollins (1999). $46.00. [Printed on demand. Allow 6-10 weeks]
Philip personally recommends this book as his most useful and frequently used liturgical resource.
Janet Nelson beautifully distills and combines the key messages from the four RCL readings for each Sunday and Holy Day. Ministers, lay preachers and all who lead intercessions will get deep satisfaction from using the wonderful, responsive prayer resource.
Writing prayers of intercession is an important ministry in the liturgical life of every congregation. Let Us Pray contains a collection of beautifully crafted prayers shaped around the three-year cycle of readings as set down for Sunday liturgy in the Revised Common Lectionary.
Janet Nelson is a noted Liturgical Intercessor who brings gifts of great compassion and inclusivity along with liturgical, biblical and theological insight to this art of prayer. An indispensable tool for all involved in the planning and preparation of liturgy, which also also includes a liturgical index and prayers for special occasions and major festivals of the church year.
Just what you need to begin the journey toward a sermon!
Will Willimon is widely acclaimed as one of the top ten preachers in the world. For each Sunday of the Christian year, Will provides just what you need to begin the journey toward a sermon. This guide will stoke, fund, and fuel your imagination while leaving plenty of room to insert your own illustrations, make connections within your congregational context, and speak the Word in your distinctive voice. Guidance from Will Willimon is like sitting down with a trusted clergy friend and asking, “What will you preach next Sunday?”
Year B, Part 1 is part of a six-volume set that includes years A, B, and C (2 volumes per year) in the Revised Common Lectionary.
Each week of sermon resources includes:
- Theme title
- Introduction to the Readings
- Encountering the Text
- Proclaiming the Text
- Relating the Text
Details same as for Part 1 above.
You’ve heard what the lectionary texts meant; now learn what they mean today.
This Companion gets straight to the point of the Revised Common Lectionary: to allow God’s people to encounter the meaning of Scripture through the Word read and proclaimed. For each Sunday or occasion, a homiletician and a theologian have collaborated on commentary that will help preachers create substantive and life-changing sermons.
Designed to focus on the deep meaning of the biblical text, and the questions it raises for life as a Christian in the modern world, the Companion begins with the conviction that Scripture speaks first and foremost to Christians now. While informed by the best in biblical studies, its commentary on the Scripture passages of the Revised Common Lectionary engages Christian belief and action in the present day.
The Companion will help the preacher to think deeply about the meaning of Scripture and communicate to worshipers the power of Scripture in their daily lives.
Many pastors are confused about what to say during children’s time in churches. This book offers practical suggestions for preparing and delivering the children’s sermon.
After explaining the importance and purpose of the children’s sermon, noted Christian educator Carol Wehrheim provides a retelling of each Sunday’s Bible story- based on the Revised Common Lectionary-for the entire church year. In addition, she provides a few stories for special Sundays, including the Jewish Celebration of Purim, the Jewish Celebration of Passover, and Thanksgiving Day.
This resource provides pastors and other church leaders with fresh, engaging stories that children will understand and enjoy.
This lectionary commentary series offers the most extensive resource for preaching on the market today. This set includes all four volumes referencing Year B of the Revised Common Lectionary.
It covers all the Sundays in the three-year lectionary cycle, along with movable occasions, such as Christmas Day, Epiphany, Holy Week, and All Saints’ Day.
For each lectionary text, preachers will find four brief essays–one each on the theological, pastoral, exegetical, and homiletical challenges of the text. This gives preachers 16 different approaches to the proclamation of the Word on any given occasion.
The editors and contributors to this series are world-class scholars, pastors, and writers representing a variety of denominations and traditions. Each volume contains an index of biblical passages so that non-lectionary preachers, as well as teachers and students, can make full use of its contents.
A Preacher’s Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series: Thematic Plans for Years A, B, and C. Jessica Miller Kelley; Amy K. Butler. Pbk, 320pp. ISBN 9780664261191. Westminister John Knox (2016). $76.00. [Allow 2-3 weeks]
Preachers get the best of lectionary and topical series preaching with this comprehensive manual of sermon series ideas based on the Revised Common Lectionary.
Designed to frame consecutive weeks of lectionary texts into seasonal and short-term series, a diverse group of 12 preachers outline multiple thematic series plans for each lectionary year. Each series plan provides a series overview, chart that outlines each segment of the series, tips and ideas, scriptural references, and a brief sermon starter. The series honours holy days and seasons and responds to typical patterns of church attendance, maximising visitor retention and member engagement.
Pastors can honour their commitment to lectionary preaching while taking advantage of the benefits series preaching can offer with this truly unique resource.
A selection of prayers that complement all readings from Year B of the Revised Common Lectionary. Compiled from Seasons of the Spirit – the weekly prayers in this collection can be used in various ways and at various times during worship, including the call to worship, gathering, confession, offering, sending forth, and blessing.
The collection also features a variety of prayer formats, including responsible prayers, breath prayers and prayers with actions.
The Canterbury Preacher’s Companion 2018: 150 complete sermons for Sundays, Festivals and Special Occasions Michael Counsell Pbk 348pp ISBN 9781848259416 Canterbury Press (2017) $69.00. [Allow 3-4 weeks].
150 complete sermons for the coming year, with hymn suggestions.
For each Sunday of the year there are two sermons based on the Principal and Second Service lectionaries, plus a section of sermons for special occasions – Mothering Sunday, Harvest, baptism, marriage, funerals – and for all major saints’ days.
In addition, it offers at-a-glance summaries of the Bible readings, seasonal introductions, a full colour liturgical calendar and hymns suggestions throughout the year. The sermons are complete and ready to use, or can be used as a base for local adaptation. A boon for hard-pressed clergy and preachers everywhere.
With Heart and Voice: Contemporary words to well known tunes. Compiled by Norman E Brookes and Jan Chamberlin. Pbk, Spiral bound, 124pp. ISBN 9780476007994. Euroa Farms (2004). $20.00 [Sorry all copies have sold and the book is now out-of-print]
50 contemporary hymns with words by NZ’s Norman Brookes and Jan Chamberlin, set to music from traditional and well known tunes.
Musical settings by Bill Chessum and new tunes by Marjorie Spicer, Roger Hey, Frank Dennis and others.
Also includes 13 blessings for various times of the church year.
High-quality reflections on the principal readings for Sundays and major Holy Days. Contributors include some of the very best writers from across the Anglican tradition who have helped to establish it as one of the leading daily devotional volumes today.
For each Sunday and major Holy Day in Year B, Reflections for Sundays offers:
- full lectionary details for the Principle Service
- a reflection on the Old Testament reading
- a reflection on the Epistle
- a reflection on the Gospel It also contains a substantial introduction to the Gospels of Mark and John, written by renowned Bible teacher Paula Gooder.
Meg’s poems flow from her deep faith and a longing for a peaceful world.
Poems in the first half of the book, Light of the World, are a retelling of the story of Jesus’ life. 13 poems focus on Peace. Also includes a section of Tributes to family members and other people, poems about nature and a set of happy haiku.
Use these poems in worship services, for devotions and for personal inspiration.
The 71 songs in this book started out as responses to The Psalms but Mark soon found himself wandering to all sorts of places, the Psalms being good jump-off points. The songs are numbered instead of having titles, in the hope that this leaves a degree of open-ended-ness, so that God can say to you what you need to hear. Dip into them at random. May there be a few holy surprises here for you.
“Mark Laurent’s ‘psalms’ are a conversation between head and heart, full of wisdom and truth. We read the wisdom, recognise truth, and hunger for more. They are lovely and I think many people will identify with them.” Joy Cowley, author, retreat leader
“Redemption Songs will be a breath of fresh air, comfort and encouragement to those like me who find that the Jesus walk is a mixture of highs and lows. Mark has shown us a heart which longs for the heart of God, and the heart of God which longs for us.” Anna Johnstone (author of The Jesus Walk)
Sister Joyce Rupp’s most perennially popular books have been collections of her original prayers, blessings, poems, and reflections. In Prayer Seeds, she offers almost a hundred new, never-before-published selections on a variety of themes such as the feasts and seasons of the liturgical year, compassion, ministry, difficult times, and important events—all suitable for personal or group prayer.
Rupp’s warmth and closeness to God along with her sensitivity to the joy and sadness of life make her an ideal prayer companion. Her prayers are like seed planted in your soul. Tended and watered by love, they will grow and bear a rich harvest in your life.