Lent / Easter 2017 Selection
Lent begins on 1 March 2017. Good Friday is 14 April 2017. Easter Sunday is 16 April 2017.
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Study & Devotions
Lent recalls times of wilderness and wandering, from newly freed Hebrew slaves in exile to Jesus temptation in the desert. God has always called people out of their safe, walled cities into uncomfortable places, revealing paths they would never have chosen. Despite our culture of self-indulgence, we too are called to walk an alternative path one of humility, justice, and peace. Walter Brueggemann s thought-provoking reflections for the season of Lent invite us to consider the challenging, beautiful life that comes with walking the way of grace.
The Mystery of Everything: A Lent Course Based Around the Film the Theory of Everything. Hilary Brand. Pbk 160pp. ISBN 9780232532081. Darton, Longman & Todd (2015). $28.50. [2 in stock, then allow 2-4 weeks].
A brilliant new Lent Course, by the author of the acclaimed Christ and the Chocolaterie and Finding a Voice. Based on the Oscar-winning film The Theory of Everything, this course deals with struggles of reason versus faith, the romantic versus the pragmatic, success and failure, the complications of relationships under pressure, and seeking understanding versus living with mystery. Daily readings present the Bible as a book struggling to make sense of life, rather than a book of absolute answers, but finding meaning in the face of mystery via the paradox of humility and trust before God. It is designed to be studied by groups or individuals alongside the DVD of the movie.
NB: You need a multi-region DVD player for this DVD
Starring Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables) and Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), this is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age.
With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of – time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. The film is based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jane Hawking, and is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire).
Christ Is for Us invites readers to explore God’s saving and redeeming love through a seven-week study of the Scripture readings for Lent and Easter. Key Bible readings call us to embrace God’s salvation and the new life offered to us through Christ.
This study is based on the Revised Common Lectionary scriptures for Year A. Each chapter includes commentary and reflection on readings from the Old Testament, the Epistle, and the Gospel reading for that day. Each chapter also includes questions for personal reflection, questions for group discussion, and suggested activities to facilitate group study.
A new way to experience the familiar Easter story.
The Easter drama plays out on history’s stage with magnificent and larger-than-life characters. Yet some of the most important lessons of Easter come from those whose names you may not recognize: Simon the Leper, Malchus, the Centurion at the cross, Cleopas, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, Barabbas, Simon of Cyrene, and Mary Magdalene offer a unique perspective on one of the greatest events in human history. And yet their stories are often overlooked.
On the Road to the Cross allows you to experience Easter through the eyes of the everyday people who witnessed the triumphal entry, saw Jesus drag his cross to Calvary, and cried through Christ’s last words. Each new perspective opens the door to a fresh consideration of Easter and its impact on their lives and ours.
A Leader Guide is also available – see below.
Designed to guide Bible study groups and discipleship classes through the book (see above), this companion leader guide to On the Road to the Cross offers session outlines, discussion points and questions, activities, prayers, and leader helps for facilitating a group.
Readers will discover the power of the psalms to inspire their own Lenten journey towards Easter.
Many have called the psalms a ‘school of prayer’ and indeed St. Augustine in his Confessions wrote that the psalms could be a stepping stone to deeper conversation with God. These ancient words from Scripture mirror our own thoughts and emotions—celebration and praise, suffering and lament, gratitude and asking for help—as relevant today as when they were first sung in the Temple.
Fr. Martin Shannon brings deep teaching as well as the personal encounter of someone who has chanted and studied the Psalms for years. Each reflection is on one psalm, offering a meditation on its meaning and how it connects to our lives, followed by a word from one of the ancient church fathers and a prayer. There is a reflection for each of the forty-seven days from Ash Wednesday to Easter that reflect the various twists and turns on the Lenten journey.
An excellent devotional guide published three times a year, With Love To The World has reflections for every day based on the Revised Common Lectionary.
Commentaries are usually based on the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). Alternative translations are from the Revised English Bible (REB) or Contemporary English Bible (CEB), or may be the commentator’s own translation from the Greek or Hebrew texts.
Passages to be read in Uniting Churches on the coming Sunday are marked with an asterisk*. Anglican and Roman Catholic variants are listed each week, usually after the Sunday commentary.
The 9 page PDF guide is titled: A Novel approach to Bible Study: Personal Issues for Christians for Lent/Easter or whatever the Season.
Each of the 6 sessions looks at an important concept:
1. Values learnt in childhood
2. Faith in Youth
3. Sexual orientation
5. Situation ethics and social justice
6. Mature faith
You will explore each issue by asking:
• Why did Molly do what she did?
• What would I have done in that situation?
Click this link to: Download your free PDF Study Guide
Worship & Preaching
The Abingdon Preaching Annual 2017 is a source of inspiration and edification for pastors. It includes:
- The Primary Theme: Fleshed out with brief, pithy nuggets of thought, idea jump-starters, or questions designed to spur the preacher’s imagination.
- Secondary or Parallel Themes: Two or three themes or streams of thought that are related to but separate from the primary theme.
- Worship Helps: Including Gathering Prayer, Collect, Pastoral Prayer, Congregational Prayer, Responsive Reading, and a Closing Prayer or Benediction.
- Topical Essays: These 700 word essays cover a variety of current and critical topics for the preacher—contributed by leading homileticians.
- Full Sermons: The full text from six to twelve sermons, with more available online. These sermons will highlight best practices, unique approaches and fresh voices.
- Sermon Series Ideas: Outlines and describes ideas for creating a sermon series based on lectionary readings.
The trusted planning resource for traditional and contemporary worship.
The Abingdon Worship Annual 2017 offers fresh worship planning resources for all who plan and lead 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.”
Using a theme based on the Revised Common Lectionary readings, 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
Searchable online extras! Available exclusively to Abingdon Worship Annual users. Along with the entire print text in PDF format for ease of navigation and use, the book also offers these extras:
- Song suggestions for each week, hyperlinked to the text
- Annotated Resource List with links to helpful worship planning websites
- Liturgies and prayers for New Year’s Day, Ascension Day and All Saints Day.
Now more than ever, the Abingdon Worship Annual is a must-have sourcebook offering countless opportunities for planning meaningful and insightful worship.
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. 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.
Includes intercessions for: Ash Wednesday, Lent 1-5, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Day and the Evening of Easter Day.
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 this 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. Let Us Pray will become an indispensable tool for all involved in the planning and preparation of liturgy. Also includes a liturgical index and prayers for special occasions and major festivals of the church year.
Gathering – Subscription – 4 issues p.a. $79.99.
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Published four times a year, Gathering is a worship planning magazine for ministers and lay leaders, music directors, and United Church of Canada worship committees.
Current Issue: Lent/Easter 2017
In 2017, Canada celebrates its 150th birthday. For many years, The United Church of Canada has journeyed with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which wrapped up its work in 2015. At this watershed time in our history, we explore what it means to live in right relations with the First Nations peoples of Canada. How do we repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery and pay attention to the language we use in worship, and in the church, that reinforces that doctrine? How do we lament, reflect, learn, and then move on to new ways of honouring the First Peoples of the land on which we live?