Lent begins on Wednesday 14 February 2018. Good Friday is 30 March 2018. Easter Sunday is 1 April 2018.
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The Lord Is Our Salvation:
A Place for God:
Pauses for Pentecost:
Preparing For Easter:
The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ.
Inventing the Passion:
A Way Other Than Our Own: Devotions for Lent.
The Theory Of Everything – DVD.
Gathering – Subscription
The Long Road to Heaven:
Christ and the Chocolaterie:
The Easter Story.
Free Study Guide
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Resurrecting Easter: How the West Lost and the East Kept the Original Easter Vision. John Dominic Crossan; Sarah Crossan. Hbk 224pp. ISBN 9780062434180. HarperOne (2018). $75.00. [Publishing 13 Feb 2018].
A fundamentally different way of understanding the story of Jesus’ rebirth illustrated with fifty images, Resurrecting Easter introduces an inclusive, traditional community-based ideal that offers renewed hope and possibilities for our fractured modern society.
In this full-colour illustrated journey that is part travelogue and part theological investigation, bestselling author and acclaimed Bible scholar John Dominic Crossan painstakingly travels throughout the ancient Eastern church, documenting through text and image a completely different model for understanding Easter’s resurrection story, one that provides promise and hope for us today.
Traveling the world, Crossan noticed a surprising difference in how the Eastern Church considers Jesus’ resurrection—an event not described in the Bible. At Saint Barbara’s Church in Cairo, he found a painting in which the risen Jesus grasps the hands of other figures around him. Unlike the Western image of a solitary Jesus rising from an empty tomb that he viewed across Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, he saw images of the resurrection depicting a Jesus grasping the hands of figures around him, or lifting Adam and Eve to heaven from Hades or hell, or carrying the old and sick to the afterlife. Crossan discovered that the standard image for the Resurrection in Eastern Christianity is communal and collective, something unique from the solitary depiction of the resurrection in Western Christianity.
Fifteen years in the making, Resurrecting Easter reflects on this divide in how the Western and Eastern churches depict the resurrection and its implications. Crossan argues that the West has gutted the heart of Christianity’s understanding of the resurrection by rejecting that once-common communal iconography in favour of an individualistic vision. As he examines the ubiquitous Eastern imagery of Jesus freeing Eve from Hades while ascending to heaven, Crossan suggests that this iconography raises profound questions about Christian morality and forgiveness.
Explore the restoration and wholeness of God’s redeeming love.
The Lord Is Our Salvation invites us to explore God’s saving and redeeming love through a study of the scripture readings for Lent and Easter. Author Katie Z. Dawson invites us to a deeper understanding of the salvation Christ offers by exploring the various ways God restores us and our world to wholeness. Through each week of Lent, Dawson opens the Scriptures to show God’s redemption at work in the men, women, and communities of the Bible. In her personal and insightful reflections, readers will hear a call to embrace Christ’s salvation in their lives and in the world around them.
Based upon the Revised Common Lectionary scriptures for year B of the church year, the study includes commentary and reflection on readings from the Old Testament, the Gospels, and the Epistles. It offers the opportunity to explore these key Bible readings in a seven-session study. It will help participants understand, appreciate, and engage in meaningful and life-changing spiritual practices and to offer gratitude for God’s salvation through Jesus Christ.
The study book includes a leader guide with information about the season of Lent, suggestions for starting and leading small groups, Bible background, and discussion activities.
Graham James turns his attention to places, from the Flinders Ranges in Australia to Devil’s Island (French Guiana) via the Holy Land, Center Parcs and Holborn Underground Station.
Each chapter offers a daily reflection, beginning with a suggested Bible reading and ending with a short prayer, and employing the same engaging combination of autobiography, history and spirituality. Some of the locations are well known and others very obscure: what they have in common is the part they have played in the author’s life, in enabling his ‘discovery of the divine in the landscape and the built environment, and of a God who always locates himself in our world, supremely revealed in Jesus of Nazareth.’
Dethroning Mammon: Making Money Serve Grace : The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2017. Justin Welby. Pbk 192pp. ISBN 9781472929778. Continuum (2017). $30.00. [Allow 3-4 weeks]
In his first full-length book Justin Welby looks at the subject of money and materialism. Designed for study in the weeks of Lent leading up to Easter, Dethroning Mammon reflects on the impact of our own attitudes, and of the pressures that surround us, on how we handle the power of money, called Mammon in this book.
- Who will be on the throne of our lives?
- Who will direct our actions and attitudes?
- Is it Jesus Christ, who brings truth, hope and freedom?
- Or is it Mammon, so attractive, so clear, but leading us into paths that tangle, trip and deceive?
Archbishop Justin explores the tensions that arise in a society dominated by Mammon’s modern aliases, economics and finance, and by the pressures of our culture to conform to Mammon’s expectations. Following the Gospels towards Easter, this book asks the reader what it means to dethrone Mammon in the values and priorities of our civilisation and in our own existence. Welby challenges us to use Lent as a time of learning to trust in the abundance and grace of God.
Pentecost is a holy day when Christians commemorate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the early followers of Jesus Christ. Originating from a Greek word meaning “50th day,” Pentecost occurred 50 days after Christ’s resurrection. Before the events of Pentecost, Jesus had followers, but there was no movement that could really be called the church. Pentecost is considered the birthday of the church.
In Pauses for Pentecost, Trevor Hudson leads readers to focus on one word and scripture verse each day. He invites us to pause for just a few minutes to read the brief daily reflection and do a simple practice. The beauty of this book is its simplicity, and the thoughtful meditations guide us to a deeper understanding of the meaning of Pentecost.
Like a news reporter announcing breaking news, Matthew reports that on the first Easter morning, a great earthquake shook the earth. An angel descended from heaven, rolled back the stone from the entrance to Jesus’ tomb, and sat on the stone. This is the second earthquake recorded in the Gospel of Matthew. The first one took place on Friday, when the noonday sky turned black and Jesus died. Matthew says, “The earth shook, and the rocks were split.”
In Easter Earthquake, James Harnish invites us to place Easter at the center of our Lenten journey. This study explores how Christ’s resurrection shakes some of our most basic assumptions about ourselves and God. Harnish reverses the usual focus of Lenten studies by starting at the empty tomb and seeing the entire journey in light of the resurrection. This different perspective on the passion can bring fresh energy into our lives as followers of Christ.
Together in one special volume, selections from the best of beloved, bestselling author C. S. Lewis’s classic works for readers contemplating the ‘grand miracle’ of Jesus’s resurrection.
Preparing for Easter is a concise, handy companion for the faithful of all Christian traditions and the curious to help them deepen their knowledge and consideration of this holy season – a time of reflection as we consider Jesus’s sacrifice and his joyous rise from the dead.
Carefully curated, each selection in Preparing for Easter draws on a major theme in Lewis’s writings on the Christian life, as well as others that consider why we can have confident faith in what happened on the cross.
Though the apostle Paul boldly proclaimed “Christ crucified” as the heart of the gospel, Fleming Rutledge notes that preaching about the cross of Christ is remarkably neglected in most churches today. In this book Rutledge addresses the issues and controversies that have caused pastors to speak of the cross only in the most general, bland terms, precluding a full understanding and embrace of the gospel by their congregations.
Countering our contemporary tendency to bypass Jesus’ crucifixion, Rutledge in these pages examines in depth all the various themes and motifs used by the New Testament evangelists and apostolic writers to explain the meaning of the cross of Christ. She mines the classical writings of the Church Fathers, the medieval scholastics, and the Reformers as well as more recent scholarship, while bringing them all into contemporary context.
Widely known for her preaching, Rutledge seeks to encourage preachers, teachers, and anyone else interested in what Christians believe to be the central event of world history.
This historical primer on the death of Jesus examines the evidence of Jesus’ crucifixion, explains how crucifixion worked in the Roman Empire, and explores how and why it was remembered by followers of Jesus.
“Dewey’s investigation of the the passion story in the gospels is not only learned and accessible but exciting: it should challenge the way we read our scriptures as well as our understanding of the past itself.” Karen Armstrong
“The origins of the passion account are controversial, complicated, and confusing. Arthur Dewey has put forth a bold and radical proposal in way that is easily understood. This book changes the way we will look at the way the passion accounts came to be.” Bernard Brandon Scott, Phillips Theological Seminary
This book will make life easier for any busy pastor during the Lent and Easter season, by providing a sermon for each and every Sunday, when attendance is likely to be at its highest.
This book has several intended uses:
– Sermon ideas
– Inspirational reading
– Bible study with individuals or groups
Sermon titles Include:
- Beginning The Lenten Journey (Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21)
- Tearing The Sky To Get To You (Mark 1:9-15)
- Did I Say That Out Loud? (Mark 8:31-38, Mark 9:2-9)
- The Road To The Passover (John 2:13-22)
- A Nod Of Recognition (John 3:14-21)
As a pastor who writes his messages while also writing novels, children’s books, and short dramas, Ayers found himself working hard to visually create the picture of what was happening in the gospel accounts. Why? These were people listening to Jesus. They would have had emotions about the topics. They would have had little things they recognised when Jesus spoke about lambs, shepherds, and vines. Much like our congregants, there would be nods of recognition toward experiences in their lives.
His goal was to get the listener to imagine themselves, with their feelings, and their reasons for being in church, to better use their cognitive skills, inside the stories.
At other times, Ayers takes us on a week by week journey through the Easter season. He doesn’t assume we have a relationship with Christ. He didn’t assume we are vibrant, serving members of the congregation. He only assumes that we are seeking something we do not have. He takes us one step further on a journey from week to week.
At times Rev. Ayers brings humor to the scene in order to lighten the mood of the listener. The body relaxes when we laugh and that helps us to hear the message. Imagining the Gospels hopefully will achieve this.
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.
Based on the Oscar-winning film The Theory of Everything – see DVD below, 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).
Gathering – Subscription – 4 issues p.a. $79.99. Published by the United Church of Canada. Each issue comprises 92 pages of A4, black and white photocopied sheets. [Lent – Easter 2018 issue printing early Dec. 2017]
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.
Free Study Guide to Rosalie Sugrue’s Greens and Greys & Green, Ho!
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
Two popular earlier Studies based on DVDs
Explores Christian understandings of salvation in a five-part study course based on the film The Way. Starring Martin Sheen as a bereaved father, this soulful and uplifting film observes a group of pilgrims walking the Way of St James to Santiago de Compostela.
As it follows their journey of inner transformation, the course examines biblical accounts and images of salvation past, present and future and addresses the questions:
- What are we saved from?
- What are we saved for?
- Who can be saved?
- What do we have to do to be saved?
- How are we saved?”
Christ and the Chocolaterie is an original, innovative and lively Lent course inspired by the film Chocolat, based on the bestselling novel by Joanne Harris. Using the film as a starting point for exploring issues about God, the world. Hilary Brand has designed five group sessions on the themes of giving, acceptance and change. Each includes from the film, group discussion questions, exercises and meditations.
Specially retold story for young children, sticking closely to the biblical version, but using simple language. Colourfully illustrated throughout.
2018 Year B Annuals
Click here for your selection of Worship, Preaching and Devotional resources for Year B – 2018 Includes Fresh from the Word 2018 & Upper Room Disciplines 2018.
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