Lent Study 2018

We are thrilled to have been able to entice Bishop Bill Ray back into the fold to write the Lent book for 2018.

Bishop Bill continues to receive high praise for his previous studies and we look forward with anticipation to his next study.

His theme will be on spiritual and outreach growth.

 

Also being revised for publication in late 2018 (hopefully) are the 'in demand studies' by
Bishop Andrew Curnow

• Being an Anglican Today
Being a Christian in......
• the 21st Century
• a secular world
• in the church.

The following is an outline about the range of study books that are available.


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They are:
* Easy to follow
* Graphically well presented
* Sound biblical teaching
* Designed to be led by lay people
* Similar layout to each book so participants feel comfortable about the next book they use
* Designed to be used over a period of 5 weeks.
* They can be used at any time of the year

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We would notify you in November re the Lent book for the following year, and possibly in July should we have any specials on offer.

LENT 3 YEAR LECTIONARY
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Each of the 5 week studies in the "Grass Roots Series" of 17 titles ($9.95 Australia, Also available in New Zealand, USA, UK and a number of other overseas countries.) Studies commence with (a) Material to consider prior to the study. (b) An 'Ice Breaker'. A short activity to help participants to get to know one another better. (c) A reading to set the nights tone followed by a series of questions to consider on the topic. This section finishes with a thought provoking statement. (d) Once the closing prayer is said, the innovative suggestions for supper can be taken up. (e) The study finishes with suggestions of what to do for the next week. (hospitality after the study is encouraged)

           

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Study Books
VARIOUS STUDY GROUP TITLES
   
ADVANCE NOTICE

2018 LENT STUDY BOOK
This is to be written by Bishop Bill Ray

More information and outline later in 2017

   

Any order of 10 or more copies receive free (Series 1, 2, 4 & 5 - No 3 out of print) of the 'Over the Moon' series
The Over the Moon series are ideas for Children's Ministry, Kid's Church, Parish Camp Activities etc.

Just request these books when you order


Written by
Bishop John Ford
Bishop of The Murray SA

Introduction
The course is intended to encourage a renewed understanding of what it means to be baptised. Taking Lent as having its origin in the final preparations for initiation at Easter, it's purpose today is to prepare us for the annual renewal of our baptismal vows. The question to be posed is, was I baptised or am I baptised? Is my baptism a moment in history that might or might not be remembered or celebrated or an ongoing life to be lived both now and in God's future? This introduces the question of time and how this Lent we might be encouraged to reflect upon it differently.

Each weekly session takes the following Sunday's gospel reading, one of the signs or symbols from the initiation rites and the idea that traditionally holds sway concerning Lent as a time for giving up and proceeds to some questions for discussion/reflection and a time of prayer. The material could be used by individuals but is better approached by a group.

The booklet will need to begin with a general introduction basically expanding the above, some suggestions for its use in a group setting and reference to the final time of prayer.

Thereafter, each week will have the same outline following these themes and titles:

WEEK 1 Don't waste time Matthew 4
The baptismal robe

WEEK 2 Seize the moment John 3
The baptism candle

WEEK 3 You've had long enough John 4
The water of baptism

WEEK 4 When I find time John 9
The oil for anointing

WEEK 5 Time will tell John 11
The holy communion

WEEK 6 Now is the time The passion narrative
The laying on of hands

The material provided for each week will be:

1 A commentary on the gospel passage moving towards introducing the symbol
2 An historical comment concerning the symbol plus a commentary on its meaning and significance
3 Introduction to the questions of time that can be drawn from the above and how they might be approached as part of our ongoing baptismal life.

Sample pages of the introduction and first study.
Click here for pdf file (Available now)

• Cost $ 9.95 plus postage
• Full colour - Top quality glossy paper.
• Discounts on “Spare a Minute” for orders 50 and
   over.
• Books can be ordered and paid for on line or we will send
   an account.
• The readings are based on the Year "A" lenten lectionary    readings using ‘The Australian Lectionary’.
All Six studies are included in the Study Book.
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"Walking Humbly with God "

This (Six Week) Lent Study
is written by The Rev'd Canon Dr Timothy Gaden

Only a few copies left

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"The God of Life" - Bishop John Harrower

God is the God of Life. It is no accident that the great “I Am” sayings of Jesus include the very staples of living: bread and water. And it is not an idle thing that we are invited at Holy Communion to feed on Christ spiritually, in our hearts, by faith with thanksgiving. God desires us to live Christlike lives.

Lent has traditionally been a special season in the growth and development of a Christian’s life. Through looking carefully into our outer and inner lives, with reflection and repentance, we find renewal.

The Holy Spirit takes our prayers, thoughts, questions and study time, and shapes our lives to deeper discipleship.

A special focus on God’s work in us that enables us to experience life in its fullness is explored in each of these five studies:

Study One: Creator of Life
Study Two:
Promiser of Life
Study Three: Sustainer of Life
Study Four:
Rescuer of Life
Study Five: Renewer of Life
Study Six (Holy week) ‘Ruler of Life’ is published on the web site.

May these Lenten studies be to you a life-changing event through the power of the Holy Spirit.

‘God of Life’ is a five part study book (plus study 6 on the web) of the readings and Psalms for the Eucharist based on the readings for Year B.

Sample pages of the introduction and first study.
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• Cost $ 9.95 plus postage
• Full colour
• Discounts on “The God of Life” for orders 50 and over.
• Books can be ordered and paid for on line or we will send an account.
• The readings are based on the Year "B" lenten lectionary readings using ‘The Australian Lectionary’.



Godly Steps - Stepping out with God - Bishop Bill Ray
The Christian journey is a process of keeping in step with God. Yet, this is not always easy. At times it is simpler just to step out to our own beat rather than being in step with God. Lent provides a time to reflect on our journey with God and ask ourselves how we can make our faith journey more in step with God. “Godly Steps” is a five part study of the Old Testament readings and the Psalms for the Eucharist based on the readings for Year A.

Each of the book's five studies have their own focus:

Study One:
Exploring our actions that have consequences because of God’s gift of free will
Study Two:
We explore Abram's journey as he stepped out with God.
Study Three:
The difference between needs and wants, and how we place our faith and trust in God.
Study Four:
God often selects an unlikely person such as David and in doing so, turn our ways on their head.
Study Five:
New life from what seems impossible, the Valley of Dry Bones.
Study Six: (Holy Week)
Study six is available on line to download.

During a recent parish visit, a parishioner made the comment that a few years back she discovered that Lent was more than just giving up sweets or alcohol. It was a time to reflect on our journey with God and how we keep in step with Him and grapple with challenging matters of faith.

The Old Testament passages for Year A are challenging. When I was in Parish ministry a retired priest who was dying came to stay with his daughter. I invited him to celebrate and preach at a mid week Eucharist. During his sermon he said that he wished he had spent more time grappling with the difficult passages of Scripture rather than with the easy or comfortable ones.

“Godly Steps” is an opportunity to grapple with passages of Scripture that may confront us. “Godly Steps” also helps us to think about those aspects of our journey that need attention as we reflect on how we can stay in step with our Lord.

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Sample pages of the introduction and first study.
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Cost $ 9.95 plus postage
Full colour
Discounts on “Godly Steps” for orders 50 and over
Books can be ordered and paid for on line or we will send an    account
The readings are based on the Year "A" lenten lectionary    readings using An Australian Lectionary.


Faith Rudder - Bishop Bill Ray

Every photograph tells a story. The front cover is fascinating; a photograph of so much unfulfilled potential. There are a number of boats all without an outboard motor and neither are the oars in the rollicks. I am reminded of times when I have been on holidays at the beach and all these boats are lined up for hire. Without the outboard engine or oars they are only a visual image but achieve nothing; but are reminders of their potential.

There have been times in my Christian pilgrimage when I have been a little like the boats in the photograph. So much potential for the Kingdom of God, just haven’t quite engaged the engine or oars to go forth in my faith.

This Lenten Study - Faith Rudder, is based on the theme of covenant and will draw upon the Old Testament readings for 'Year B' of the season of Lent using 'An Australian Lectionary'. During the five studies we will examine a number of covenants between –
• God and Noah.
• God and Abraham.
• God and Israel with Moses.
• Living the covenant.
• New covenant written upon the heart as outlined in Jeremiah.

Covenants are fundamental in both the Old Testament and New Testament. The covenants are between God and the people of God. As we study the various covenants and consider the implications for our daily Christian lives may this Lent enable us an opportunity to tune our engines or oars of faith, so that we can be an effective rudder of faith to direct our good ship; “Christian Pilgrimage”.

• Cost $ 9.95 plus postage .

• Full colour - Year B in the Lectionary

• Discounts on orders 50 and over

• Books can be ordered and paid for on line or we will send an account

Faith Rudder - contains five studies focusing on our Covenant with God. The readings are based on the Year "B" Old Testament lenten lectionary readings

Additional material is provided on our web pages - A password is NOT required.

• Sample pages of the introduction and first study. (pdf file 369k)
144dpi version available to view by clicking here (700k)
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CORRECTION NOTE
(Faith Journey)
The Readings for Lent 4 (Page 29) should read -
Numbers 21: 4-9 and John 3: 14-21

 


• Full colour - Year "B" readings

Earthing my Faith in Love contains five studies. This study focuses on Christian love in the early 21st century. We are all involved in big changes in society and we need a vision of genuine love so that we can practice love and not burn out. Television makes us aware of so much suffering in the world. We have different neighbours compared to ten years ago. The internet and mobile phones have changed our world. The title Earth-ing my Faith in Love reminds us that we urgently need to find a new compassion for the environment so that there is a viable future for our children on this planet. As we go on the journey to Easter, Jesus will nurture us into his loving way. 

Additional material provided on our web pages. A special password is NOT required

Sample pages of the introduction and first study. (pdf file 650k)

The Reverend Ron Browning



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Journey - Year A  Gospel

For Christians, Easter is the key of our faith. Anglicans along with other members of the Christian family, use the season of Lent to prepare, so that they can live into and celebrate the message of the resurrection with joy and meaning.

For many of us it is so easy to take the liturgical seasons for granted. Easter Journey seeks to prepare people so that when Easter arrives, people can fully live into the Easter season and Easter message.

The five studies are based around two questions, “Who do you seek?” and “What do you seek?’
These studies, based on the traditional Lenten Gospels, will assist in the focusing on Christ, the one who died and rose for us so that we have life in all its fullness.

The early Christians were asked the question, “What do you seek?” when they were preparing for baptism. Their reply was “new life in Christ”. For those who are using Easter Journey, it is an opportunity for them to renew their faith in Christ as well as seeking to serve Christ more faithfully in our day and age.

Easter Journey is written by Bishop Bill Ray, Bishop of North Queensland. The studies are based on the Gospel readings for (Year A)

Cost of the book (and all books in the stable) are $9.95 plus postage with the usual discounts as previously.

Sample of the intros and first study - pdf file 482k

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• Sermons • Kids Talks • Pewsheet material • Additional resources, questions, areas to consider.
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AN EXCELLENT RESOURCE TO USE AT ANYTIME OF THE YEAR

Following on from the very successful “Being a Christian in the 21st Century trilogy”, Bishop Andrew Curnow, Bishop of Bendigo, has written for us a very important sequel to compliment this series. “Being an Anglican Today” will help long committed Anglicans to appreciate what being an Anglican means. For new Anglicans and those exploring becoming an Anglican, it provides an invaluable introduction to Anglicanism. But most of all, it encourages all Anglicans to not only value the past but to also engage the future.
This Study Guide is not to be missed.

If you wish to see the overview and study one of the book, click here for the .pdf file (137k)

If you wish to view the "Going Further Section" click here

EASILY USED ALL YEAR ROUND



“Staying on Track”- Year B - OT & NT
Written by Bishop Bill Ray from The Diocese of North Queensland and contains five studies that invite participants to reflect on their lives.

Bishop Ray says about this book "When I first heard the term “bracket creep” I had to ask what it meant. I was told it was about income rising and a person automatically going into the next tax bracket. I thought there is a lesson here about living the Christian faith. Over time it is easy to find ourselves finding ourselves off track, slightly de-railed or in a siding in terms of living out our faith without being aware that this has happened.
The five studies explore the Old and New Testament as to whether it is relevant to us in today’s world . The studies also explore how we can nurture our faith and enjoy the promises of God."

Year "B" OT and NT readings are used for this study

Australia - $ 9.95 
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Click here to view sample material on "Staying on Track" - This contains the overall outline, the five weekly themes and a complete printout for study 3.

PDF VERSION of the same sample material mentioned above, but exactly how it appears in the actual book itself..


LOVING GOD AND EACH OTHER - Bishop Philip Huggins

Out of print


LENT REVISITED - Year B Gospel (Bishop Bill Ray)

"Lent Revisited" has been written by the Bishop Bill Ray who is a Bishop with city and country experience. "Lent Revisited" is a series of five studies with a down to earth look at the gospel lectionary readings for year B. It is written from the heart and with a true understanding of the limitations, time restrictions and the concerns parishioners have in making the most of their Lenten journey.

"Lent Revisited" is a fresh look at many old truths. It will be a time to revisit, refocus and redirect when:-
· facing temptation.
· undergoing suffering (or transformation).
· principles are being challenged.
· focusing on belief.
· reflecting on life and death.

Year "B" Gospel readings are used for this study

PDF File - View the overview of "Lent Re-Visited" and 1st study
(You will need 'Acrobat Reader' to view this file - It is obtainable free from the Adobe site)
http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

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BEING CHRISTIAN IN THE CHURCH

"Being Christian in the Church - The last book in the 21st Century trilogy." Bishop Andrew's first book called "Being a Christian in the 21st Century" (out of print) drew such interest that "Being a Christian in a secular world" followed the following year. The incredible response to both books led to the final in the series "Being Christian in the Church"
Bishop Andrew Curnow (Bishop of Bendigo, Victoria) has written a truly challenging follow up for his previous successful studies. "Being Christian in the Church" follows on from the previous user-friendly home studies. One study per week for 5 weeks. Each week deals with the difficulties of being Christian in a church that is often more concerned with bricks and mortar.
The weekly themes for the five part study are:
1. Being an effective member of the Body of Christ.
2. Worship that relates and strengthens us.
3. What is means to be a Healthy Church.
4. Partnership.
5. How to be the Future Church

PLEASE NOTE THE "Bible Reading" OMISSION FROM STUDY 5
It should have read - Matthew 9: 35 - 10:1-14

PDF File - View the overview of "Being Christian in the Church" and 1st study
(You will need 'Acrobat Reader' to view this file - It is obtainable free from the Adobe site)
http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

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Material includes:
1. Additional background on teach of the 5 week studies.
2. Stories and illustrations
3. Pewsheet or Newsletter material
4. A going further section for those wishing to go a little deeper regarding the weekly themes.

EASILY USED ALL YEAR ROUND


BEING A CHRISTIAN IN A SECULAR SOCIETY

Out of Print


A Fresh Start

As the butterfly cannot be born unless it achieves the struggle from the cocoon, so too it is with us as Christians.
Lent helps us to break free from our reliance on the world and to prepare us for the Glory of Easter.
This study deals with the subjects of • Health • Healing • Wholeness • Holiness and most of all • Hope.
It is always a joy to know that ‘tomorrow is the beginning of the rest of our lives’ Consequently, we believe this study will live up to its title of helping you to make “A FRESH START” in your Christian journey.
The study has been written by Canon Frank Watts from Perth Sample material in PDF format of introduction and study 2 Additional Web material is available.


Nurture

NURTURED TO BE FREE

A powerful book which considers what essentials are needed for the task of Evangelism. It looks at many of the starting points of providing a parish with the tools necessary to make their church relevant in their community.

Bishop Andrew Curnow

EASILY USED ALL YEAR ROUND

 

Prayer


PRAYER - MUSIC TO GOD'S EARS
The book gives us the chance to be in close communication with God, and at the same time achieve a sense of practicability in our prayer life.

The Reverend Llewellyn Jones

EASILY USED ALL YEAR ROUND

 

WOOD TO THE WEAVE
A very popular study using the symbols of The Passion


 

 

LENT WITH LUKE! - Year C Gospel
"Lent with Luke" covers the subjects of Temptation, Courage, Judgment, Forgiveness, Anointing and Communion with Jesus.

Year "C" Gospel readings are used for this study

To be consistent with the set readings each week, you would need to reverse weeks 2 & 3

The Reverend Brian Haig

Three Year Lectionary for Sundays in Lent


Year A
Year B
Year C
Lent 1
Genesis 2: 15-17, 3: 1-7
Romans 5: 12-21
Matthew 4: 1-11
Lent 1
Genesis 9: 8-17
1 Peter 3: 18-22
Mark 1: 9-15
Lent 1
Deuteronomy 26: 1-11
Romans 10: 4-13
Luke 4: 1-15
Lent 2
Genesis 12: 1-4a
Romans 4: 1-5, 13-17
John 3: 1-17 or Mt 17: 1-9
Lent 2
Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16
Romans 4: 13-25
Mark 8:31-38 or Mk 9: 2-9
Lent 2
Genesis 15: 1-12, 17-18
Philippians 3: 17 - 4:1
Luke 13: 1-9 or Luke 9: 28-36
Lent 3
Exodus 17: 1-7
Romans 5: 1-11
John 4: 5-42
Lent 3
Exodus 20: 1-17
1 Corinthians 1: 18-25
John 2: 13-22
Lent 3
Isaiah 55: 1-9
1 Corinthians 10: 1-13
Luke 13: 31-35
Lent 4
1 Samuel 16: 1-13
Ephesians 5: 8-14
John 9: 1-41
Lent 4
Numbers 21: 4-9
Ephesians 2: 1-10
John 3: 14-21
Lent 4
Joshua 5: 2-12
2 Corinthians 5: 16-21
Luke 15: 11-32
Lent 5
Ezekiel 37: 1-14
Romans 8: 6-11
John 11: 1-45
Lent 5
Jeremiah 31: 31-34
Hebrews 5: 5-14
John 12: 20-33
Lent 5
Isaiah 43: 16-21
Philippians 3: 3-14
John 12: 1-8
Palm Sunday
Isaiah 50: 4-9a
Philippians 2: 5-11
Matthew 26: 14-27 or 27: 11-54
Palm Sunday
Isaiah 50: 4-9a
Philippians 2: 5-11
Mark 14: 1-15,27 or 15: 1-39
Palm Sunday
Isaiah 50: 4-9a
Philippians 2: 5-11
Luke 22: 14-23,56 or 23: 1-49


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