Year A – 2020 Worship, Preaching and Devotional Resources

Year A – 2020 Worship, Preaching and Devotional Resources

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Fresh From the Word 2020.
Nathan Eddy.
Pbk 384pp. ISBN 9780857219596.
Monarch Books (2019).
[First batch of stock now sold out.
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Inspire your reading of the Bible in a changing world with our most popular daily devotional annual. Bringing together top theologians and biblical scholars, creative writers from around the world, cutting-edge church leaders, activists for peace and justice and a range of others, this book offers 366 sets of notes, prayers and suggestions for action on biblical themes.

This fresh approach to Bible reading is aimed at new readers of the Bible from across the church, as well as anyone seeking a faithful, creative and challenging conversation with the Bible every day of the year.

The Upper Room Disciplines 2020:

A Book of Daily Devotions
Kathleen Flood, Luther Smith, J. Barrie Shepherd, Wendy Wright, and others
Pbk 448pp. ISBN 9780835818735
Upper Room (2019)
[Allow 2-3 weeks]

Reading and reflecting on scripture is a spiritual practice that provides daily inspiration and spiritual nourishment for those who seek God. In this best-selling devotional guide, readers encounter a diverse community of thoughtful Christian writers and theologians who guide them toward a deeper relationship with God.

Each reading in includes a selected scripture passage, a meditation on the scripture, and a prayer or suggestion for reflection. The book offers 7 days of engagement with the upcoming Sunday’s lectionary texts. Each week of devotions is written by one author and focuses on one theme to provide extended depth into how the ancient stories of the Bible apply to our lives today.

Upper Room Disciplines 2020:

Enlarged Print.
7.5” x 9.2”
Kathleen Flood, Luther Smith, J. Barrie Shepherd, Wendy Wright, and others
Pbk 448pp. 
ISBN 9780835818742.
Upper Room Books (2019).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Contents as for the above regular size edition.

Zondervan 2020 Pastor’s Annual:

An Idea and Resource Book
T T Crabtree.
Pbk 432pp. ISBN 9780310536659.
Zondervan (2019).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

This annual bestselling resource for preachers by T. T. Crabtree provides a planned preaching program for an entire year, including Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and midweek sermons, as well as helps for special occasions such as weddings, funerals, and youth meetings.

The Zondervan 2020 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

A Lectionary Commentary for Preaching and Worship: Year A, Volume 1, Advent Through Epiphany.
Thomas G Long; Cynthia L Rigby; Luke A Powery; Joel B. Green.
Hbk 352pp. ISBN 9780664262372.
Westminster John Knox (2019).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Designed to empower preachers as they lead their congregations to connect their lives to Scripture, Connections features a broad set of interpretive tools that provide commentary and worship aids on the Revised Common Lectionary.

For each worship day within the three-year lectionary cycle, the commentaries in Connections link the individual lectionary reading with Scripture as a whole as well as to the larger world.

In addition, Connections places each Psalm reading in conversation with the other lections for the day to highlight the themes of the liturgical season. Finally, sidebars offer additional connections to Scripture for each Sunday or worship day.

This nine-volume series is a practical, constructive, and valuable resource for preachers who seek to help congregations connect more closely with Scripture.

A Lectionary Commentary for Preaching and Worship: Year A, Volume 2, Lent through Pentecost.

Thomas G Long; Cynthia L Rigby;
Luke A Powery; Joel B. Green.
Hbk 400pp. ISBN 9780664262389.
Westminster John Knox (2019).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Details as for Volume 1.

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A Lectionary Commentary for Preaching and Worship: Year A, Volume 3, Season After Pentecost

Thomas G Long; Cynthia L Rigby;
Luke A Powery; Joel B. Green.
Hbk 400pp. ISBN 9780664262396.
Westminster John Knox (2019).
[Publishing 31 March 2020,
then a
llow 2-3 weeks].

Details as for Volume 1.

A Preacher’s Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series, Volume 2:

Thematic Plans for Years A, B, and C.
Jessica Miller Kelley ed.
Pbk 320pp. ISBN 9780664264635.
Westminster John Knox (2019).
[Allow 2-3 weeks]

Both lectionary preachers and topical preachers will enjoy the best of both worlds with this second volume of sermon series ideas designed to frame consecutive weeks of lectionary texts into seasonal and short-term series. With contributors from seven denominations, this comprehensive resource offers new perspectives and fresh ideas for diving deep into biblical themes in ways that make congregants eager to come back for the next sermon and to invite others as well.

28 series plans include thematic overviews, sermon starters, and ideas for worship and outreach, honouring holy days and seasons and addressing typical patterns of church attendance to maximize visitor retention and member engagement.

Feasting on the Word Children’s Sermons for Year A.

Carol A Wehrheim.
Pbk 178pp. ISBN 9780664261078.

Westminister John Knox (2016).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

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 purpose of the children’s sermon, noted Christian educator Carol Wehrheim provides a story for each Sunday of the church year based on the Revised Common Lectionary. In addition, a few stories are provided for special moments in the church’s life, such as when a mission group is commissioned, church leaders ordained, a death occurs. This resource provides pastors and other church leaders with fresh, engaging stories that children will understand and enjoy.

Abingdon Worship Annual 2020:

Worship Planning Resources for Every Sunday of the Year

Mary Scifres ed.
Pbk 352pp. ISBN 9781501881701.

Abingdon (2019).
[Allow 2-3 weeks]

This book is lectionary-based and follows the calendar year (January – December). It 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,  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

The Abingdon Worship Annual is a must-have source book offering countless opportunities for planning meaningful and insightful worship.

Abingdon Preaching Annual 2020:

Planning Sermons and Services for Fifty-Two Sundays
Tanya Linn Bennett
Pbk 192pp. ISBN 9781501881244.

Abingdon Press (2019).
[Allow 2-3 weeks]

This book is lectionary-based and follows the calendar year (January – December). Each week’s entry includes Primary Theme, Secondary Themes and Worship Helps. The volume also includes essays on preaching topics, full sermons, and sermon series ideas.

The Annual is designed to stir the preacher’s imagination; offer fresh, intriguing ideas; and point the preacher in a good direction. A source of inspiration for preachers.

Feasting on the Word Worship Companion, Year A: 
Two-Volume Set: Liturgies for Year A.

Kimberly L Clayton; David Gambrell; Daniel M. Geslin; Kimberly Bracken Long and others.
Hbk 520pp. ISBN 9780664261931.

Westminister John Knox. (2015).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

The Feasting on the Word Worship Companion series, provides liturgical pieces used in preparing for worship. It offers a multitude of poetic prayers and responsive readings for all parts of worship for churches that use the Revised Common Lectionary. In addition, the weekly entries include questions for reflection and household prayers for morning and evening that are drawn from the lectionary, allowing churches to include them in their bulletin for parishioners to use throughout the week.

During times of the year when two different tracks of Old Testament texts are offered by the Revised Common Lectionary, this resource offers an entire set of materials for both tracks.

A CD-ROM is included with each volume that enables planners to easily cut and paste relevant readings, prayers, and questions into worship bulletins.

Feasting on the Word Worship Companion:
Complete Six-Volume Set (Hardback)

Liturgies for Years A, B, and C.
Kimberly L Clayton; David Gambrell; Daniel M. Geslin; Kimberly Bracken Long and others.
Hbk 1608pp. ISBN 9780664261320.

Westminister John Knox (2015).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Details as for the Year A two volume set.

Let Us Pray:
Intercessions Following The Revised Common Lectionary
Years A, B & C
Janet Nelson.
Pbk 366pp. ISBN 9781863717670.

HarperCollins (1999).
[2 in stock].

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

Janet Nelson beautifully distils and combines the key messages from the 4 RCL readings for each Sunday and Holy Day. Ministers, lay preachers an 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. Let Us Pray will become an indispensable tool for all involved in the planning and preparation of liturgy. It also includes a liturgical index and prayers for special occasions and major festivals of the church year.

Prayers for All Seasons:

Based on the Revised Common Lectionary Year A
Woodlake Publishing.
Pbk 188pp. ISBN 9781770648098

Woodlake Publishing (2016).
[Allow 4-6 weeks]

These prayers complement the readings from Year A of the Revised Common Lectionary. Compiled from Seasons of the Spirit – a popular and enduring lectionary-based Christian education curricula, embraced by thousands of congregations around the world – 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. Contains an entire year’s worth of prayers. Use it every week, or dip into it as needed.

Feasting on the Word:
Year A, 4-Volume Set –

David L Bartlett, Barbara Brown Taylor eds.
Pbk 1812pp. ISBN 9780664260484

Westminister John Knox (2014).
[Allow 4-6 weeks].

This lectionary commentary series offers the most extensive resource for preaching on the market today. This set includes all four volumes referencing Year A 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 sixteen 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. While the twelve volumes of the series follow the pattern of the Revised Common Lectionary, each volume will contain an index of biblical passages so that non-lectionary preachers, as well as teachers and students, may make use of its contents.

Short Introductions to the Bible Readings for the Revised Common Lectionary, Years A, B & C:

A Resource for the Readers at the Lectern.
Bill Bennett.
Pbk 118pp. ISBN 9781988572017.
Philip Garside Publishing Ltd (2019).
Print $20.00.
[10+ in stock].

Would you like a simple, quick way to engage with the Revised Common Lectionary Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel readings for each Sunday and other important days in the church calendar, including Lent and Easter? Bill Bennett’s short introductions to each Bible reading will get you started.

There are several ways you can use the entries in this book:

  • As a preface to the Bible reading in a service
  • As a sermon spark
  • For personal devotional reading
  • In your church’s weekly news bulletin
  • Using the full Scripture Index
  • The readings in this book mainly follow the pattern of the Anglican Lectionary — Te Maramataka used in New Zealand.

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The Lectionary: Te Maramataka 2020.
Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia.
Pbk 146pp. Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia (2020).
$12.00 (including NZ postage)
Sorry now sold out.

Covers 1 December 2019 to 31 December 2020.

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.

Will Willimon’s Lectionary Sermon Resource: Year A Part 1.

William H Willimon.
Pbk 336pp. ISBN  9781501847509.

Abingdon (2019).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Willimon is widely acclaimed as one of the top ten preachers in the world. For each Sunday of the Christian year, he 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 Willimon is like sitting down with a trusted clergy friend and asking, “What will you preach next Sunday?” Year A 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:

  • Readings
  • Theme title
  • Introduction to the Readings
  • Encountering the Text
  • Proclaiming the Text
  • Relating the Text

Living Liturgy:
Spirituality, Celebration, and Catechesis for Sundays and Solemnities Year A (2020).
Brian Schmisek, Diana Macalintal, Kathy Beedle Rice.
Pbk 320pp. ISBN 9780814644218.
Liturgical Press (2019).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

A comprehensive go-to guide for preparing Sunday liturgy. The 2020 edition provides completely new content from an engaging team of expert authors. What you get is practical, sound, and inspiring preparation for your parish ministry.

This best-selling annual resource is ideal for parish ministers, liturgists, pastors and planning committees. It offers the week’s Sunday readings, plus insightful reflections and background for parish ministers of all types. Engaging new art by three remarkable artists complements the text.

Integrates daily living, prayer, and study in one inviting and easy-to-use resource. It is an indispensable guide that deepens and strengthens the worship experience for the whole parish. It includes featured liturgical texts, supports for ministry, and utility features. Consider it an essential resource to connecting the liturgy to leadership so that celebrating the liturgy and living a liturgical spirituality become the focus of each ministry.


Will Willimon’s Lectionary Sermon Resource: Year A Part 2.

William H Willimon.
Pbk 336pp. ISBN  9781501847523.

Abingdon (2019).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Details as for Part 1 above


Surviving the Bible:

A Devotional for the Church Year 2020.
Christian Piatt.
400pp Pbk. ISBN 9781506420639.
Fortress Press (2019).
[Publishing 3 Sept 2019,
then allow 3-4 weeks].

Using the annual lectionary as his guide, the author has put together a devotional that allows readers to read through major parts of the Old and New Testaments and finally understand them in plain English. Every week has several Scripture readings, explanations of confusing terms, a story, a deeper dive into interesting themes, and a closing prayer.

The Word in the Wind:
Sermons for the Lectionary, Year A,
Advent through Eastertide.
Bruce L Taylor.
228pp. ISBN 9781532682131
Wipf & Stock (2019).
[Allow 2-3 weeks]

The growing use and appreciation of the Revised Common Lectionaryhas stimulated renewed attention to the Christian calendar in its fullness and an enrichment of liturgical worship. In this volume, Bruce Taylor offers a collection of theologically rich, sacramentally sensitive, and biblically centered sermons for the Sundays and feast days in the first half of Year A of the Lectionary, featuring Gospel readings from Matthew with attention to the accompanying Old Testament and epistolary texts.

Includes a sampling of sermons written as engaging stories, and a sermon presented during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Preachers will find here encouragement for their own homiletical observance of the liturgical year and ecumenical celebrations, and the mutual and intimate relationship between Word and Sacrament. All readers will find a thoughtful and stimulating resource for their own life of faith, witness, and devotion.


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