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 approx. $20.66+tax. Parishes or individuals should please contact Cheryl to purchase from this supply.

A 5-week online study of the book, to which all are invited, will take place Wednesday evenings in Lent, starting March 9, 7:00-8:30pm. Register here.

Keeping a Holy Lent - from Anglican Fellowship of Prayer (Canada)

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.

Hide This in Your Heart by Michael Frost and Graham Joseph Hill, NavPress 2020

Recommended study for Lent 2021. Book details here. Please contact Cheryl Jacobs to ask about extra copies left from the diocesan bulk order.

Daily Reflections on Care of Creation (Lent 2021)

Provided through the blog Sustainable Ways by the Rev. Jonathan Hallewell, incumbent in the Parish of Renforth, and sustainability advocate.

Hope for Hard Times - 2021 Lenten Talks with Bishop Bill Hockin and Friends

Video recordings of talks by Bishop Bill Hockin, Canon Albert Snelgrove and the Rev. Dr. Barry Craig will be released on YouTube at noon on Mondays in March, starting March 8. 

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. 

  1. Why a Reformation? What needed fixing?
  2. Henry VIII: Cautious Reform Begins
  3. The Reign of the 'Boy' King Edward VI and Rapid Reformation
  4. Turning the Clock Back: "Bloody Mary" and Counter-Reformation
  5. Elizabeth I and the Anglican Way
  6. Church Life under Good Queen Bess

The Bible Project

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.  

Liturgy of the Ordinary by Anglican priest Tish Harrison Warren, IVP 2016

In overlooked moments and routines, we can become aware of God's presence in surprising ways.  How do we embrace the sacred in the ordinary and the ordinary in the sacred?  Each chapter looks at something that the author does during the day.  Life is viewed through the lens of liturgy - small practices and habits that form us.

A limited number of copies are available from the Synod office - contact Cheryl

Signs of Life - Why Church Matters from the Society of Saint John the Evangelist 

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.

Lent Madness

Lent MadnessA unique and fun Lenten devotional and an engaging way to learn about the men and women comprising the Church’s Calendar of Saints.  Offered by the Forward Movement, publishers of Forward Day by Day.

Going Deeper with Missional Habits: 2 formats:  booklet | bookmark

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

More resources at the Anglican Church of Canada Lent resource page.