Lent and Easter 2021 Selection

Lent and Easter 2021 Selection

Here is a diverse range of devotional, study and worship resources for Lent and Easter 2021.

Lent starts on 17 February 2021, Good Friday is 2 April 2020 and Easter Day is 4 April 2021.

NB: To ensure that they reach you in good time, please place your orders for these books and DVDs promptly. We don’t hold stock of these titles and order them in as we receive customer orders.

There are sets of group study books and DVDs from Adam HamiltonWords of Life; Susan Robb – Seven Words, and Magrey R. deVega – Savior.

We have published a Revised & Expanded edition of Ten Plays +: Short, easy dramas for churches by Rosalie Sugrue. It includes the play Easter Women. eBooks are available now. Print books are due early February.

Click here: for annual worship and preaching resources for Year B 2021, which also include content for Lent and Easter

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Living His Story:
Revealing the extraordinary love of God in ordinary ways:

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2021.
Hannah Steele.
Pbk 178pp. ISBN 9780281085170.
SPCK (2020).

[Allow 3-4 weeks].

How can we convey the love of God to our neighbours in a post-Christian world that has largely forgotten the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Steele uncovers liberating and practical ways of sharing the gospel story afresh. With warmth and encouragement, she shows us how we can live Jesus’ story in our own lives simply by being the people God made us and allowing people to be drawn to him through our natural gifts.

Set out in six sessions to take you through Lent, each chapter can be used as a single study for individuals or small groups to prepare for Easter. It will help you find space to see evangelism from a new practical perspective.

Thy Will Be Done:
The 2021 Lent Book.
Stephen Cherry.
Pbk 224pp. ISBN 9781472978257.
Bloomsbury Continuum (2021).
[Allow 4-5 weeks].

At a time of change, uncertainty and widespread anxiety, we need to discover again the freshness of our most familiar spiritual resources. Stephen Cherry’s Lent Book does exactly this by inviting the reader to immerse themselves in the most central, important and iconic of Christian prayers – the Lord’s Prayer, the Our Father.

Mining the tradition for wisdom and insight, and finding inspiration in the theologians of the past such as St Paul, Gregory of Nyssa, John Calvin, but also more contemporary voices such as Evelyn Underhill, Simone Weil, and Michelle Obama, Thy Will Be Done presents the comforts and challenges of the prayer in 36 short chapters.

This most accessible Lent Book, rich in anecdote as well as analysis, is daily bread for the spiritually hungry.

Sacred Space for Lent 2021.
The Irish Jesuits.
Pbk 109pp. ISBN 9780829450170.

Loyola Press (2020).
[Allow 4-5 weeks].

Sacred Space for Lent invites readers to develop a closer relationship with God during this season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

Throughout the Lenten season, each day includes a Scripture reading and points of reflection, as well as a weekly topic enhanced by six steps of prayer and meditation.

The 40-Day Social Media Fast:
Exchange Your Online Distractions for Real-Life Devotion.
Wendy Speake.
Pbk 224pp. ISBN 9780801094583.
Baker Books (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Is it possible to break free from the constant pull of our phones and social media? Author and founder of the online 40-Day Sugar Fast helps you exchange your distracted, screen-addicted life for the life of power, purpose, and real connection God has for you today.

Essential Lenten Prayers.
Pbk 96pp. ISBN 9781640606272.

Paraclete Press (2021).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

A companion book for anyone observing the Christian season of Lent, with prayers and practices from a variety of denominations and traditions. Beginning with Ash Wednesday, there are prayers for mornings and evenings, for good penance, of confession, “Lord, please” prayers of devotion, and more.

These words will challenge and inspire any Christian during this most passionate time of the year.

Essential Easter Prayers.
Pbk 96pp. ISBN 9781640606609.

Paraclete Press (2021).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

A companion book for anyone celebrating the season of Easter, with prayers and practices from a variety of denominations and traditions. Sections include It’s Friday, But Sunday’s Coming; Easter Vigil Prayers; Pascha-themed Prayers; He Is Risen; and Prayers for Eastertide.

At the Foot of the Cross with Julian of Norwich.
Emma Pennington.
Pbk 170pp. ISBN 9780857465191.
Bible Reading Fellowship (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

This prayerful resource book uses reflection, scripture and Julian of Norwich’s own teachings to present a meditation that enables the reader to linger on the wonder of the cross.

Each chapter centres on one aspect or image from Julian’s Revelation, which seeks to make the events of the Passion present to the reader’s imagination.

The commentary incorporates reflection, the biblical narrative and Julian’s subsequent teachings to create a meditation that enables the reader to linger on the wonder of the cross, ending with a prayer that leads to silence and a thought or verse to carry into daily life.

Make Room:
A Child’s Guide to Lent and Easter.
Laura Alary; Ann Boyajian Illust.
Pbk 32pp. ISBN 9781612616599.

Paraclete Press (2016).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

While the Advent season is filled with fun and expectations, Lent can be hard for children. It’s travels through frightening places, loaded with themes of self-denial and death. How can children approach this season in a way that is meaningful and not frightening?

Make Room presents Lent as a special time for creating a welcoming space for God. Simple and practical activities such as baking bread, having a neighbour over for dinner, uncluttering your room, and watching less TV, become acts of justice and kindness, part of a life of following and imitating Christ, and a way to make room for God in our lives and in the world around us.

The Art of Lent:
A Painting a Day from Ash Wednesday to Easter.
Sister Wendy Beckett.
Pbk 112pp with 40 paintings in colour.

ISBN 9780281078554.
SPCK (2017).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Join Sister Wendy on a journey through Lent and discover the timeless wisdom to be found in some of the world’s greatest paintings.

This delightful book describes and interprets a series of paintings for each day of Lent. Artists often address subjects that our culture seeks to avoid, and Sister Wendy’s brilliant and perceptive reflections will help you to read these paintings with a more discerning eye and encounter deeper levels of spiritual meaning than may at first appear.

Holy Habits: Following Jesus.
Andrew Roberts.
Pbk 80pp. ISBN 9780857469946.

Bible Reading Fellowship (2020).
[Allow 4-5 weeks].

This resource provides seven weeks of material for church groups to use during Lent. Each session includes the printed Bible passage, a suggestion for a simple symbolic worship centre, music suggestions, reflection, poem, questions, prayer and take-home ideas.

Additional material for Holy Week provides daily reflections that can be used as the basis of a gathered act of worship, or for personal devotion.

Words of Life:
Jesus and the Promise of the Ten Commandments Today.
David Hamilton.
Hbk 240pp. ISBN 9781524760540.

Convergent (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Adam Hamilton brings modern eyes to the most important set of ethics in history. He considers the commandments in their historical context, considering the meaning of each commandment in Hebrew, unpacking how Jesus reinterpreted them, and showing how every thou-shalt-not was intended to point to a life-giving “thou shalt.”

He also explores how the latest research in science and psychology illuminates these commandments, rightly understood, as a way of ordering one’s life beautifully in the present day. In a culture marked by workaholism, materialism, and social media-driven envy, God has given us a time-tested path that leads to gratitude, confidence, and peace.

A landmark work from one of our most trusted biblical thinkers, Words of Life is an inspiring, thought-provoking read for anyone seeking to live a meaningful and joyful life.

Click here for a short introduction video from the author:


Words of Life Leader Guide:
Jesus and the Promise of the Ten Commandments Today
David Hamilton.
Pbk 64pp. ISBN 9781791013240. Abingdon Press (2020).
[Allow 4 weeks].

The Leader Guide contains everything needed to guide a group through a six-week Lenten study or a more in depth ten-session study including session plans, activities, and discussion questions.


Words of Life DVD:
Jesus and the Promise of the Ten Commandments Today
David Hamilton.
ISBN 9781791013264.
Abingdon Press (2020).
[Allow 4 weeks].

The DVD includes short sessions on each commandment to combine in that way that fits your group and your schedule. Explore the Ten Commandments with Adam Hamilton as he teaches from locations in Egypt and The Nelson-Atkins Museum.

The 10 minute video sessions, when combined with the book and available Leader Guide, can be customized to create a six-week Lenten study.


Words of Life Youth Study Book:
Jesus and the Promise of the Ten Commandments Today
David Hamilton.
Pbk 80pp. ISBN 9781791013332.
Abingdon Press (2020).
[Allow 4 weeks].

This Youth Study Book takes the ideas presented in Adam Hamilton’s book and interprets them for young people ages 11-18.


Words of Life Children’s Leader Guide:
Jesus and the Promise of the Ten Commandments Today.
David Hamilton.
Pbk 96pp. ISBN 9781791013356.
Abingdon Press (2020).
[Allow 4 weeks].

The Children’s Leader Guide contains session plans for younger and older children (ages 5-12) including games, activities, craft ideas, and reproducible handouts.


Seven Words:
Listening to Christ from the Cross.
Susan Robb.
Pbk 128pp. ISBN 9781791007812.

Abingdon Press (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

While many of us naturally wish to avoid the reality of the cross, it’s from the cross that Jesus speaks and shows his deepest love for us.

Susan Robb looks at the seven last words of Christ on the cross through a lens that finds life and hope in his final sayings, while exploring each from a biblical and historical perspective. The book brings a hopeful and contemplative take on the cross during the weeks of Lent.

Additional components for a six-week study include a DVD featuring Susan Robb and a comprehensive Leader Guide.

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Seven Words: Leader Guide.
Listening to Christ from the Cross.
Susan Robb.
Pbk 64pp. ISBN 9781791007836.
Abingdon Press (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

The Leader Guide contains everything needed to guide a group through the six-week study including session plans, activities, and discussion questions, as well as multiple format options.


Seven Words DVD:
Listening to Christ from the Cross.
Susan Robb.
6 Ten minute sessions.
ISBN 9781791007836.
Abingdon Press (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

The six-session DVD features Susan Robb guiding participants through the study. The video sessions are approximately 10-12 minutes in length and, when combined with the six book chapters, make an ideal six-week group study. All videos sessions are closed captioned.

Living into Lent.
Donald K. McKim.
Pbk 160pp. ISBN 9780664265403.

Westminster John Knox Press (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Living into Lent, written by noted theologian, educator, and author Donald K. McKim, sets aside time during the Lenten season for readers to reflect on their Christian identities, listen to Gods Word and will, and engage in practices that deepen the Christian experience through discipleship.

Use the book for congregational study or personal reflection, each reading features Scripture, devotion, theological quote, response and prayer.

Theological quotes, drawn from the history of the Reformed church, will help readers better understand Gods Word and its implications for the Lenten journey. Readings are enhanced by a seven-session study guide and questions for conversation.


Holy Solitude:
Lenten Reflections with Saints, Hermits, Prophets, and Rebels.
Heidi Haverkamp.
Pbk 152pp. ISBN 9780664263157.
Westminster John Knox Press (2017).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

While most of us can’t take weeks – or even a few days – for private retreat, Holy Solitude offers readers thoughtful inspiration and practical ideas for quiet reflection and deep devotion to experience God more powerfully this Lent.

Daily reflections introduce readers to figures in both Scripture and Christian history whose stories of discernment and discipline are a guide for our own spiritual practices as we seek to know God more fully and follow Christ more faithfully.

What the Bible Says about the Cross.
Magrey R. deVega.
Pbk 144pp. ISBN 9781501880995. 

Abingdon Press (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Magrey deVega faithfully describes the need for reconciliation between humankind and a holy God through Jesus’ death on the cross. The Bible uses many images to understand the meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and deVega guides us through these images to achieve a richer understanding of the Christian faith. By exploring the mystery of salvation through the cross, we can deepen our love for God and others and strengthen our commitment to follow Jesus.

Components for this six-session study include this book, a leader guide and a DVD with videos featuring deVega presenting each chapter’s main ideas and themes. The leader guide includes instructions for showing and discussing these videos as an option for the group leader.

Click here for a short introduction video from the author: 


Savior Leader Guide:
What the Bible Says about the Cross
Magrey R. deVega.
Pbk 64pp. ISBN 9781501881015.
Abingdon Press (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

This small group Leader Guide contains session outline for each group meeting with Scripture, prayer, opening activity, discussion questions, activity, and ending call to action.


Savior DVD:
What the Bible Says about the Cross
Magrey R. deVega.
6 Ten minute sessions.
ISBN 9781791007928.
Abingdon Press (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

This six-session DVD features Magrey deVega guiding participants through the study. The video sessions are approximately 10-12 minutes in length and, when combined with the six book chapters, make an ideal six-week group study. All videos sessions are closed captioned.

Still Standing:
A Lent course based on the Elton John movie Rocketman.
Rachel Mann.
Pbk 128pp. ISBN 9780232534917.

Darton Longman + Todd. (2021).
[Allow 4-5 weeks].

Rachel Mann, author of the bestselling course From Now On $25.50 – based on The Greatest Showman – has written this stunning new course based on the Elton John biopic movie Rocketman.

In five weekly sessions, she uses clips from the film, Bible passages and discussion-starters to help us relate the movie to the scriptures and the Gospel.
Themes include:

  • Becoming and calling.
  • Relationships and how they shape our identities.
  • The meaning of success and failure.
  • Struggle, upset and forgiveness.
  • Death and resurrection.

Rooted in Love:
Lent Reflections on Life in Christ.
Sarah Mullally.
Pbk 190pp. ISBN 9780281084883.
SPCK (2020).
[Allow 4-5 weeks].

Who is the Christ we serve? What does it mean to be part of the body of Christ? How can we live more Christ-centred lives?

Introduced and edited by Bishop Sarah Mullally, here are 40 reflections that lead us deeper into the meaning and practice of life in Christ today.

Drawing on the collective wisdom of all the area bishops in the Diocese of London. Each reflection includes a Bible reading, a prayer and a suggestion for action based on the reading. The result is an exceptionally helpful Lent book, offering a rich array of biblical insight and spiritual guidance that Christians of all traditions will warmly welcome and appreciate.

Ten Plays +:
Short, easy dramas for churches.
Rosalie Sugrue.
Revised & Expanded 2021.

ISBN 9781988572666, 114pp.
PGPL (2021).
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Lay preacher Rosalie Sugrue’s 14 short plays and meditations are ideal to present in church. They encourage us to engage with Bible and historical characters and explore important themes. Staging is simple. Few props or costumes are required. Most work best with a combination of children and adults.

This revised and expanded 2021 edition includes two new plays: How Lay Preaching Began Go and Tell, a new Advent Prayer and a new section Story Telling in Church with tips about dramatizing Bible readings and other stories.

For Lent and Easter, the play Easter Women lets us listen in on five women who may have shared a room on that Saturday night so long ago: Mary of Nazareth – the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene alias Mary of Bethany, the ‘other’ Mary, Joanna and Salome.

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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 based on a central theme..

Let Us Pray:
Intercessions Following The Revised Common Lectionary.
Years A, B & C.
Janet Nelson.
Pbk 366pp. ISBN 9781863717670.
HarperCollins (1999).
[1 in stock. Then allow 8-10 weeks. Printed on demand in Australia.]

Philip personally recommends this book as his most useful and frequently used liturgical resource.

Janet Nelson beautifully distils and combines the key messages from the 4 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. 

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