Year B – 2021 Worship, Preaching and Devotional resources

Year B – 2021 Worship, Preaching and Devotional Resources

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The Zondervan 2021 Pastor’s Annual:
An Idea and Resource Book
T T Crabtree.
Pbk 432pp. ISBN 9780310536666. Zondervan (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Here is 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.

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 them to fit your unique approach.

The Zondervan 2021 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

The Upper Room Disciplines 2021:

A Book of Daily Devotions.
Pbk 448pp. ISBN 9780835819244.
Upper Room Books (2020).
llow 3-4 weeks].

Daily devotional reading helps keep our faith alive. This book invites readers to spend unrushed time with God, reading a lectionary-based scripture passage, reflecting on the author’s insights, and thinking about how to apply the truths from the readings to their daily life. It features 53 authors from diverse backgrounds, including some of the leading Christian thinkers of our time.

How important is it to have a daily spiritual routine? “When we engage in daily spiritual formation, we deepen our roots . . . and grow our capacity to handle any season of life,” Junius Dotson wrote in the 2018 edition of The Upper Room Disciplines.

Writers for 2021 include: J. Dana Trent, James A. Harnish, Enuma Okoro, George Donigian, Beth A. Richardson, Kenneth H. Carter Jr., D. L. Mayfield, Stephane Brooks, Rachel Hackenberg, Rosalind Hughes, Memory Chikosi, Liz Magill, Charity Kiregyera, Joe Pennel, and Beth Taulman Miller.

The Upper Room Disciplines 2021, Enlarged Print Edition:
A Book of Daily Devotions.
Pbk 448pp. ISBN 9780835819251.
Upper Room Books (2020).
[Publishing 1 September 2020, then allow 3-4 weeks].

Contents as for the above regular size edition.

Connections: Year B, Volume 1:
Advent Through Epiphany
Joel B Green; Thomas G Long; Cynthia L Rigby; et al editors.
Hbk 360pp. ISBN 9780664262402.

Westminister John Knox (2020).
[Publishing 22 Sep 2020,
then allow 3-4 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.

This nine-volume series offers creative commentary on each reading through the lens of its connections to the rest of Scripture and then seeing the reading through the lenses of culture, film, fiction, ethics, and other aspects of contemporary life.

Commentaries on the Psalms make connections to other readings and to the congregation’s experience of worship.

Connections is published in partnership with Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Connections: Year B, Volume 2:
Lent Through Pentecost
Joel B Green; Thomas G Long; Cynthia L Rigby; et al editors.
Hbk 360pp. ISBN 9780664262419.
Westminister John Knox. (2020).
[Publishing 11 Nov 2020,
then allow 3-4 weeks].

We expect Year B Volume 3 covering the rest of year B to be available in early 2021 and will show details here when they are known.

Feasting on the Word Children’s Sermons for Year B.
Carol A Wehrheim.
Pbk 190pp. ISBN 9780664261085.
Westminister John Knox (2017).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Wehrheim offers practical suggestions for preparing and delivering the children’s sermon. After explaining the importance and purpose of the children’s sermon, she provides a retelling of each Sunday’s Bible story – based on the Revised Common Lectionary – for the entire church year. She also 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.

Called to Love:
Connecting the Lectionary to Real Life – Year B.
John Yeager.
Pbk 306pp. ISBN 9780999407219.

Mid-Atlantic Highlands Press (2017).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

This resource follows the Lectionary Scriptures Sunday-by-Sunday with reflections and faith deepening questions for small group discussion. Its 54 sections are also good as sermon starters and for individual devotions. Appeals across denominational lines.

“…John Yeager has written a wonderfully accessible, straightforward presentation of the Gospel that is sure to stir many to deeper reflection upon the Christian life. This book will be ideal for small group study or for individual pondering…” Will Willimon, Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity School

“Biblically-based, reflective, meditative, and interesting…Yeager has written pieces to engage our minds and hearts. They are substantial enough to nourish our souls…” Donald K. McKim, author of Coffee with Calvin and Moments with Martin Luther

The Abingdon Worship Annual 2021:
Worship Planning Resources for Every Sunday of the Year.
Mary Scifres, B. J. Beu. Pbk 304pp.

ISBN 9781501896651.
Abingdon Press. (2020).
[Allow 4 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, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Eve.

Using a theme based on the lectionary readings from the Revised Common Lectionary, 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.

The Abingdon Preaching Annual 2021:
Planning Sermons and Services for Fifty-Two Sundays.
Tanya Linn Bennett.
Pbk 192pp. ISBN 9781501896637.

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

This book is lectionary-based and follows the calendar year (January–December). Each week’s entry includes:

  • Primary Theme
  • Secondary Themes
  • Worship Helps.

It also includes essays on preaching topics, full sermons, and sermon series ideas. This book will stir the preachers’ imaginations; offer fresh, intriguing ideas; and point preachers in a good direction.


Will Willimon’s Lectionary Sermon Resource: Year B Part 2.
William H Willimon.
Pbk 336pp. ISBN 9781501847257.

Abingdon (2017).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Part 2 covers Pentecost to Christ the King Sunday

For each Sunday of the Christian year, Willimon 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.

Each week of sermon resources includes:

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

The Lectionary: Te Maramataka 2021.
Pbk 146pp.

Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia. (2020).
$13.00 including postage.
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Covers December 2020 to 31 December 2021.

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 A 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.

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).
[5 in stock].

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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?

Bill Bennett’s short introductions to each Bible reading will get you started.

There are several ways you can use this book:

  • As a preface to the Bible reading in a service: Before delivering each Bible reading from the lectern, read aloud the relevant short introduction given in this book.
  • As a sermon spark
  • For personal devotional reading
  • In your church’s weekly news bulletin: Quote the Introductions from the book in your bulletin.
  • Using the Scripture Index: For ease of reference, the index is sorted alphabetically by the name of the book of the Bible, rather than the order in which the books appear in the Bible.

This book does not include readings from the Psalms.

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

HarperCollins (1999).
[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 distills 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. 

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 is an indispensable tool for all involved in the planning and preparation of liturgy. Includes a liturgical index and prayers for special occasions and major festivals of the church year.

Feasting on the Word:
Year B, 4-Volume Set.
David L Bartlett.
Pbk 1808pp. ISBN 9780664260491.

Westminister John Knox (2013).
[Allow 5-6 weeks].

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. And while the 12 volumes of the series follows 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.

A Preacher’s Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series
Volume 1
Thematic Plans for Years A, B, and C.
Jessica Miller Kelley; Amy K. Butler.
Pbk 320pp. ISBN 9780664261191.
Westminister John Knox (2016).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

This book is designed to help you frame consecutive weeks of lectionary texts into seasonal and short-term series. A diverse group of 12 preachers outline multiple thematic series plans for all 3 Revised Common Lectionary years.

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, helping you to retain visitors and engage with existing members.

A Preacher’s Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series Volume 2:
Thematic Plans for Years A, B, and C.
Jessica Miller Kelley; Amy K. Butler.
Pbk 320pp. ISBN 9780664264635. Westminister John Knox (2016).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Content in the same style as Volume 1

Feasting on the Word Worship Companion: Complete Six-Volume Set. 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 3-4 weeks].

These books offer a multitude of poetic prayers and responsive readings for all parts of worship for churches that use the Revised Common Lectionary.

The weekly entries also 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,
Year B – Two-Volume Set: Liturgies for Year B.
Kimberly L. Clayton; David Gambrell; Daniel M. Geslin; Kimberly Bracken Long and others.
Hbk 536pp. ISBN 9780664261948.

Westminister John Knox (2015).
[Allow 4 weeks].

Content in the style of the 6 Volume Set.

A Love Quilt:
Later Faith Patches
Trish McBride
Publishing: 10 October 2020

154 pages, 7″ x 10″
ISBN 9781988572598

[20+ in stock]

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Do you struggle with institutional religion yet have a deep desire to encounter God as Divine Love? Then this book of distilled wisdom, from Trish’s 70-year spiritual journey, is for you. Her stories, poems and liturgies will engage you deeply and challenge you to look at your own life story and direction.

“A rich reading experience! This is a wonderfully multifaceted quilt – inspiring, challenging, and thought provoking. All the pieces are sewn together with the continuous thread of love.”
Sheila Pritchard, Spiritual director and supervisor

Let Your Light Shine Through:
Collected Sermons – Creative Worship Volume 2.
Philip Garside.
304pp. ISBN 9781988572260
PGPL (2020).
[10+ in stock]

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These engaging sermons by New Zealand Methodist lay preacher and progressive Christian will stimulate your thinking, warm your heart and support your spiritual journey. The book includes links to free online resources.  Philip also hopes that this book will encourage other lay people to learn to lead worship and to take up the rewarding challenge of preaching.

“… you can dip into it, and discover a theological intelligence, a preacher’s vision and a pastoral heart.” Rev Dr David Bell, former principal of Trinity Theological College, Auckland 

Let’s Say a Psalm:
The Psalms in a fresh voice for children, families and worship.
Silvia Purdie
ISBN 9781086480306

Philip Garside Publishing Ltd (2019)
[2 in stock]

NZ Customers $25.00

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You will enjoy using these delightful paraphrases of the Psalms at home and in church.

Silvia has interpreted the Psalms through a Jesus lens, assuming the they include prophecy about Christ, that Jesus re-interpreted them and that all scripture breathes the Word of Christ.

She hopes that her versions ring true with each original Psalm and that they also translate ancient words and mind-pictures into images to which children can relate.

Sophia and Daughters Revisited:
Reflections on Women of Biblical Connection.
Rosalie Sugrue.
196pp. ISBN 9781988572123.

Philip Garside Publishing Ltd (2019). Print
[30+ in stock].
NZ Customers $30.00

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Tap into lay preacher Rosalie Sugrue’s creative imagination as she tells the stories of 35 Bible women from their point of view.

These stories and dialogues are perfect for you to share during the sermon or reflection time in your next service, and when these women appear in your lectionary scripture readings. The reflections are also suitable for personal devotions.

A Celebration Of Life:
Collected Poems.
Meg Hartfield.
Pbk 104pp ISBN 9781927260661.
Philip Garside Publishing Ltd (2017).
Was $20.00Now $10.00.
[40 in stock. Available at the reduced price only while stocks last.].

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Meg Hartfield’s poems flow from her deep faith and a longing for a peaceful world.

Use these poems in reflective worship services, for group devotions and for personal inspiration.

The poems in the first half of the book – Light of the World – are a retelling of the story of Jesus’ life. Starting with the Word and the nativity, then onwards to the Cross, Resurrection and Pentecost, the poems draw us into the mystery of God among us. Taken together they form a new gospel, a new sharing of the good news, for readers today.

Thirteen poems focus on Peace. This collection also includes a section of Tributes to family members and other people, poems about nature and it is rounded out by a set of happy haiku.

Each month we choose a selection of titles that we think you will find stimulating and satisfying to read. So come back to the Monthly Selections section of our website regularly.

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