Lenten Book for 2019

Dear Ones,

For nearly a decade I have, for each Lent, selected a Lenten book for us to read together as a diocese. This year I am deviating just a bit from that, and suggesting that, instead of a book, we follow in the Presiding Bishop’s Way of Love curriculum for Lent. There are a host of resources for this study and you will have many options for doing this individually or with those in your congregation. Below you will find a link and all listed resources. I hope you will find this study to be life giving and inspirational. This curriculum can flow into Easter and I encourage you to consider that as well.

Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent and Easter

Visit Lenten Resources 2019 for this and other seasonal resources

The journey through Lent into Easter is a journey with Jesus. We are baptized into his life, self-giving and death; then we rise in hope to life transformed. This Lent, faith communities are invited to walk with Jesus in his Way of Love and into the experience of transformed life.

New Way of Love resources for Lent and Easter include three components; additional resources from partnering organizations and churches are also featured:

Adult Forum: This set of seven Adult Forums, suitable to diverse settings, ties the Easter Vigil readings to the seven practices of the Way of Love. Drawing on the ancient practice of setting aside Lent as a period of study and preparation for living as a Christian disciple (known as the catechumenate), the forums draw participants to reflect on salvation history, walk toward the empty tomb, and embrace the transforming reality of love, life, and liberation. As we stand with the three women at the empty tomb, we hear his call to go and live that transformed reality. Curriculum will be available in Spanish before the end of this month. (Format: Digital download, available HERE.)

Quiet Day: The Quiet Day curriculum condenses the forums into a single-day journey. Offered as an option for churches and dioceses seeking an alternative to the weekly class. (Format: Digital download, available HERE.)

Test Kitchen: “Living the Way of Love, Transformed.” After the forty days of Lent, this Facebook-based platform will invite participants into a fifty-day Eastertide “Test Kitchen.” People everywhere will actively “GO” with Jesus from the tomb to bless the world – and then share and inspire each other with accounts of how they are living the Way of Love. Consider joining this closed Facebook group now to receive regular messages of support as you live the way of love through Lent. (Format: Multiple platforms, including Facebook group with daily prompts, available HERE.)

Resources shared by partnering organizations and churches:

Way of Love resources from Church Publishing, Inc. (CPI) include Living the Way of Love, a 40-day devotional by Mary Bea Sullivan, along their recently published Little Books of Guidance – one for each of the seven Way of Love practices.

Coming in early February are a series of sermons based on the Year C lectionary readings offered by St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania as well as video classes that track with the Life Transformed curriculum offered by The Hive.

Additional seasonal resources include:

Ashes to Go Resources

Daily Devotionals from d365

Episcopal Relief & Development’s Lenten Meditations

Lent Madness

Living Compass: Living Well Through Lent

Living the Way of Love: A 40-Day Devotional

Sermons That Work for Lent (available in ENGLISH and SPANISH)

United Thank Offering Lenten Calendar

If your ministry has developed a seasonal Way of Love offering, please share at wayoflove@episcopalchurch.org. We’d love to feature it on the website and pray for our shared journey into new life.

Explore the Way. Start a small group. Follow Jesus. Let God’s love transform you and your ministry. Find resources for every liturgical season here. www.episcopalchurch.org/wayoflove.

Here is the beginning of Way of Love video series put out recently. There will be more forthcoming.

Traveling the Way of Love Episode 1: Bless

A visit to the Bishop Walker School in Washington, DC.

Watch the episode here.