Planning for Rites and Rituals: A Resource for Episcopal Worship: Year B, 2017-18

Title of book or publication
Planning for Rites and Rituals: A Resource for Episcopal Worship: Year B, 2017-18
Author(s)
Editors Nancy Bryan, Sharon Ely Pearson, and Milton Brasher-
Publisher
Church Publishing Inc
Month and Year of Publication
October 2017
Description or summary
Church Publishing announces the release of “one of the best resources any Episcopal leader could have in planning out the program year, liturgically and formation-wise.” Planning for Rites and Rituals: A Resource for Episcopal Worship: Year B, 2017-18, an all-in-one liturgical season planner for worship, is the first in a series, addressing Advent 1 2017 through Christ the King Sunday 2018. Year C, 2018-19 and Year A, 2019-20 will be published in subsequent years.

Organized by season and week of the liturgical year, Planning for Rites and Rituals offers congregational and other worship planners comprehensive week-by-week content and ideas for liturgy and music, preaching, and visuals, shaped by the Revised Common Lectionary, the Book of Common Prayer, the church year, and the assembly gathered around word and sacrament.

Editors Nancy Bryan, Sharon Ely Pearson, and Milton Brasher-Cunningham worked with a diverse group of contributors to create a resource made up of a wide range of thought-provoking, creative options for Sundays and holy days throughout the liturgical year.

The result is a planning resource grouped by liturgical season and date. Included are ways to engage a range of ages as well as help “seeing” the images in each week’s scripture. It also contains hymn suggestions keyed to the lectionary and brief introductions to each week’s scripture readings.

Each season begins with a “Preparing for . . . ” section followed by “Seasonal Rites” which offers expansive ideas for worship within or outside the primary Sunday service. Following these two overview documents, every Sunday’s set of resources offers everything needed for putting together a Sunday (or holy day) service as well as other ideas for formation and community engagement within and beyond your church doors. Weekday Commemorations occurring during a season are noted by day of the week and date, with shortened biographies of individuals being remembered.

Website
www.churchpublishing.org/planningforritesandrituals
Where can the publication be purchased?
www.churchpublishing.org/jesusheist
Contact name
Nancy Davidge
Email
nancy@davidge.net

A Word to Live By

Title of book or publication
A Word to Live By
Author
Lauren Winner
Publisher
Church Publishing Inc
Month and Year of Publication
October 2017
Description or summary
Congregations considering joining Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Good Book Club during Lent/Easter 2018 may find Lauren Winner’s new book, “A Word to Live By,” a helpful resource for members who may find reading the Bible challenging.

Winner, a best-selling author, scholar, and priest, drew upon her own difficulties reading the Bible while writing this book.

Although the Bible has always been central to Winner’s faith, for most of her life it bored her. Seven years ago, something changed. She found herself open to and curious about the Bible:

“I found that, for the first time, I was particularly awake – to God and myself – when I read the Bible. I began to have some inkling of what people mean when they say the Bible seems to effervesce with God’s presence.”

“A Word to Live By,” is the seventh volume in the Church’s Teachings for a Changing World series, a collection of books by visionary Episcopal thinkers and leaders to reintroduce the essentials of Episcopal teaching and faith. Discussion questions within each chapter invite readers and study groups into deeper engagement. Additional resources are available online.

Winner introduces readers to the genres that we find in the Bible (among them founding narratives, genealogies, psalms, epistles, apocalypse, and gospels) and the ways that scripture is used during worship. She’s especially interested in why Episcopal worship so thoroughly involves “offering God’s own words back to God”–that is, why Episcopal prayers draw so heavily on the language of scripture (she draws on pie baking and contemporary theater in discussing that topic). And she explores ways to study and pray the scriptures outside of Sunday morning worship. “Pause and Consider” questions in each chapter invite readers into deeper engagement. Throughout, Winner aims to spark readers’ curiosity about how the Bible can deepen their relationship with God.

Website
www.churchpublishing.org/wordtoliveby
Where can the publication be purchased?
www.churchpublishing.org/jesusheist
Contact name
Nancy Davidge
Email
nancy@davidge.net

When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?

Title of book or publication
When Did Everybody Else Get So Old? Indignities, Compromises, and the Unexpected Grace of Midlife
Author(s)
Jennifer Grant
Publisher
Herald Press
Month and Year of Publication
May 2017
Description or summary
From writer and veteran columnist Jennifer Grant comes an unflinching and spirited look at the transitions of midlife. When Did Everybody Else Get So Old? plumbs the physical, spiritual, and emotional changes unique to the middle years: from the emptying nest to the physical effects of aging. Grant acknowledges the complexities and loss inherent in midlife and tells stories of sustaining disappointment, taking hard blows to the ego, undergoing a crisis of faith, and grieving the deaths not only of illusions but of loved ones. Yet she illuminates the confidence and grace that this season of life can also bring. Magnetic, good-humored, and full of hope in the sustaining power of the Spirit, this is a must-read for anyone facing the flux and flow of middle age.
Website
https://www.amazon.com/When-Did-Everybody-Else-Get/dp/1513801317/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493826414&sr=8-1&keywords=when+did+everybody+else+get+so+old
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, HeraldPress.com

Convents, Jails and Other Tales

Title of book or publication
Convents, Jails and Other Tales
Author(s)
Sister Barbara Jean Brown
Publisher
Welkom Publications
Month and Year of Publication
December 2015
Description or summary
A beginners guide to reading the Mystics. A discussion of the development of Spiritual languages, such as Apophatic and Kataphatic or Affectice and Speculative ways of expressing ones understanding of our relationship with God. This book offers a short biographical look at about 80 different Christian Mystics and does so in primarily a chronological fashion.
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon
Contact name
Sister BJ Brown
Email
SisterBJBrown@gmail.com

Days of Awe and Wonder, By Marcus J. Borg

Title of book or publication
Days of Awe and Wonder
Author(s)
Marcus J. Borg
Publisher
Harper One
Month and Year of Publication
2017
Description or summary
How to be a Christian in the 21st Century. A collection of pivotal writings, interviews, and previously unpublished works from one of the most influential theologians of out time on what it means to be a Christian today.
Website
http://www.marcusjborgfoundation.org
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon, book stores, etc.

Holy Dying: Stories and Struggles, By Ellen Richardson

Title of book or publication
Holy Dying: Stories and Struggles
Author
Ellen Richardson
Publisher
Church Publishing
Month and Year of Publication
March 2017
Description or summary
Human beings do not want to die; we spend infinite resources to sustain life, without regard to cost or quality. And yet we do die. Facing terminal illness and unprepared for death, we can feel abandoned by both secular and faith-based institutions, whose focus on restoration can fall short of the wisdom and grace needed to embrace a holy death as a part of life.

Ellen Richardson, a physician and Episcopal priest, offers stories from her work in hospice and palliative care, and the rich resources of the church’s Scripture and tradition, to create safe space for exploring questions we carry about dying. Her book is intended for individual readers, and to be used in group, workshop, or retreat settings within the church, so that practices of prayer and healing can become once more a source of comfort and strength, not simply tools of defiance against illness and weakness. No amount of faith will buy immortality for earthly bodies, but death need not be a time of failure and isolation. Holy Dying helps us lay claim to our scriptural stories as hard teachers of our mortal heritage.

Website
https://www.churchpublishing.org/holydying
Where can the publication be purchased?
Church Publishing or Amazon.com
Contact name
Ellen Richardson
Email
ellen@stannestifton.com

Transforming Evangelism

Title of book or publication
Transforming Evangelism
Author(s)
David Gortner
Publisher
Church Publishing
Month and Year of Publication
2007
Description or summary
This book anticipated much of the reawakening now stirring the Episcopal Church, at the heart of what Presiding Bishop Curry has called “The Jesus Movement.” Gortner is passionate about reclaiming and properly redefining evangelism that is rooted in joy and wonder at God’s great love, trust that God is already at work in all people’s lives, eagerness to hear others’ stories and share our own stories, and an everyday ease in speaking of the God of Life and “naming the Holy” at work in people’s lives. When people use the tools and study the examples provided in this book, they soon learn that people really are interested in talking about their lives and sharing matters of the heart — and that people are open to hearing about our lives and the ways we have experienced God’s grace.
Website
https://www.amazon.com/Transforming-Evangelism-Transformations-David-Gortner/dp/0898695856
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon, Church Publishing
Contact name
David Gortner
Email
dgortner@vts.edu

A Journey with John: The 50 Day Bible Challenge

Title of book or publication
A Journey with John: The 50 Day Bible Challenge
Author(s)
Marek P. Zabriskie
Publisher
Forward Movement
Year of Publication
2016
Description or summary
The Gospel of John starts with poetry and moves through the great story of Jesus’ ministry, death, and resurrection with literary flair and deeply theological underpinnings. John focuses on Jesus’ last years of life—his public ministry and “signs” —what this gospel calls miracles. Join A Journey with John with fifty days of scripture, meditations, and prayers written by dynamic spiritual leaders from across the United States and around the world. A Journey with John is part of the 50 Day Bible series, which includes Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and is an extension of The Bible Challenge, a global initiative to encourage daily engagement with the Word of God. Edited by Marek P. Zabriskie
Website
http://www.forwardmovement.org
Where can the publication be purchased?
forwardmovement.org, Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iTunes
Contact name
Jason Merritt
Email
jmerritt@forwardmovement.org

Forward Through the Years: The Best of Forward Day by Day

Title of book or publication
Forward Through the Years: The Best of Forward Day by Day
Author(s)
Editors: Richelle Thompson and Rachel Jones
Publisher
Forward Movement
Year of Publication
2016
Description or summary
Forward Day by Day has encouraged, challenged, invigorated, prodded, and empowered millions of people around the world since 1935. Timeless in wisdom, these devotions are rich with stories of everyday people who have found love, forgiveness, courage, and redemption through the amazing grace of our risen Lord.

Longtime readers and newcomers alike will love these selections of the best meditations from eight decades. A ministry of Forward Movement, Forward Day by Day is a companion for those who want a deeper connection with scripture and with God.

Website
http://www.forwardmovement.org
Where can the publication be purchased?
forwardmovement.org, Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iTunes
Contact name
Jason Merritt
Email
jmerritt@forwardmovement.org

Pathways of Faith: An All-Ages Coloring Book

Title of book or publication
Pathways of Faith: An All-Ages Coloring Book
Author(s)
Illustrations by Roger Speer
Publisher
Forward Movement
Date of Publication
2016
Description or summary
A coloring book for all ages—but especially for adults who may have forgotten the simple joys of creating—Pathways of Faith offers a respite from busyness and daily demands. Relax and restore as you spend time coloring these original illustrations that capture the amazing stories of the Bible and God’s love for us. Come and spend some creative, refreshing time with God. The Lord knows we need it!
Do you have a website you’d like to share?
http://www.forwardmovement.org
Where can the publication be purchased?
forwardmovement.org, Amazon
Contact
Jason Merritt
Email
jmerritt@forwardmovement.org