The archbishop's recommended study book for 2023 is Let Me Go There - The Spirit of Lent by Dr. Paula Gooder.
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Anglican lay reader and bestselling author Paula Gooder continues her popular series on the seasons of the Christian year with this daily companion for the six weeks of Lent, leading readers deeper into the spirit of the season and opening up the scriptures that are read in churches during this period.
She begins with an introduction to the season of Lent and its characteristic themes, exploring how to use it as a time for spiritual growth. In forty short sections suitable for daily reading, Dr. Gooder then reflects on a theme associated with the season, including:
Wilderness | Journey | Fasting | Taking up your cross | Discipleship | Prayer | Temptation
An excerpt of the book can be read from this page by clicking on the Google Preview button.
The Bishop's Office is out of copies.
Lent Without Borders - from the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), this is a collection of their favourite reflections from partners and volunteers from Praying with PWRDF, with music, videos, PWRDF stories and more. Subscribe to receive a daily message in your inbox.
40-day Prayer Journeys - from the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC)
These journeys offer daily prompts to spark your imagination, encouraging you to pray – however briefly – with renewed energy, creativity, and faith that God’s purposes will be worked out in your life. Several themes are available. You can join a journey through the YouVersion Bible app or by signing up for email prompts.
The office still has copies of the archbishop's recommended resource for Lent 2022:
Practicing Lament by Rebekah Eklund
In a faith focused on resurrection hope, patient endurance, and victory in Christ, is there any room for pain, doubt, and anger? In Scripture, lament is the prayer that makes that room. Lament is the cry for all those who ache over the way things are but aren't content to let them stay that way. It's the prayer for all the ways that the kingdom has not yet come, in the hope that God's justice and peace will prevail--someday.
The book has 5 chapters with a few reflection questions at the end of each. "The first chapter lays the groundwork by describing the four-part framework of lament as it appears in the Jewish Scriptures (Old Testament). The second chapter looks at Jesus’ laments in the New Testament. In the third chapter, I explore lament elsewhere in the New Testament, especially in the Lord’s Prayer and the letters of the apostle Paul. The fourth chapter dives deeper into the logic of lament by looking at its twofold function as repentance of sin and protest against injustice. Finally, the fifth chapter offers examples of lament as a form of solidarity and vulnerable hospitality in modern-day communities."
The Bishop's Office has a supply of books for $20 each. Parishes or individuals should please contact Cheryl to purchase from this supply.
Some Video Series on Prayer:
Arusha Call to Discipleship Study
In March 2018, the World Council of Churches’ Conference on World Mission and Evangelism, meeting in Arusha, Tanzania, issued the Arusha Call to Discipleship. Our own national church General Synod in 2019 passed a resolution (A-129) that we affirm the Arusha Call; encourage bodies within the General Synod to integrate this call into the guiding principles of baptismal living for the shaping of national ministries; and commend the Arusha Call to dioceses for study and inclusion in their considerations of evangelism, witness and discipleship.
For further reference, our page includes the NBAnglican series on the twelve specific calls.
Provided through the blog Sustainable Ways by the Rev. Jonathan Hallewell, incumbent in the Parish of Renforth, and sustainability advocate.
History of the Engish Reformation - video series by the Rev. Dr. Canon Ross Hebb
A series of six short videos outlining the events of the Reformation as it occurred in England. Designed for the interested lay person, this series traces the momentous events which transformed the religious landscape of a nation.
BibleProject is a nonprofit ed-tech organization and animation studio that produces 100% free Bible videos, podcasts, blogs, classes, and educational Bible resources to help make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. Try these series for Lent:
Revive Lent from the Forward Movement
A supplemental seasonal resource for adapting Revive: Equipping Lay Leaders to be Spiritual Leaders for Lent. Six sessions, complete with outlines, video instruction, devotional practices and discussion starters are provided for small groups that want to grow in intimacy with God as followers of Jesus.
During Lent 2020, the Society will explore the riches of our worship traditions, liturgy and sacraments, and the art and architecture of our worship spaces, revealing the full meaning of these signs, deepening our experience of Christian vocation and guiding us toward ongoing conversion.
12 Neighbours video and discussion series
What does it mean to be a neighbour? Learn the 5 practical keys to really loving your neighbor, and deepen your own experience of the full life.
While this resource can be used on one’s own, the church is about relationship and walking in faith together; so you are encouraged to join, or form, a parish or neighbourhood group. It is recognized that you may have already begun to form these habits, so we invite you to revisit what has changed and to share your experiences. Please also tailor the questions to your context.
Each format is designed to be printed on card stock, double-sided on the short edge.
For video links and other Surprise the World resources, visit the BELLS page.
Lent in Three Minutes video by Busted Halo