Ideas for Advent 2016
AdventWord2016 - the Anglican Communion's Global Advent Calendar - This is participatory - using Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Respond to a daily meditation using images and prayers that speak to your heart. Be part of a global Advent calendar that brings us together in communion. There are also resources for congregations.
Living Well Through Advent 2016 - Practicing Simplicity with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength and Mind - This booklet of daily meditations is available in bulk from Living Compass for $1 each.
The Text this Week - This website is full of resources for liturgical, sermon and lectionary help. It's a clearinghouse of information from many different denominations. Here's the page for Advent.
Liberated by God's Grace - This pamphlet contains four reflections by the heads of the Episcopal Church, Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Evangelical Church in Canada.
Ideas for Lent 2016
The Bishop's book choice for Lent 2016 is Emmanuel Katongole and Chris Rice's book Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing. Bishop Lane will host an evening book discussion by web-conference sometime in the latter days of Lent. Stay-tuned for the date in an upcoming Dio Log.
Growing a Rule of Life is a thoughtful and terrific offering created by SSJE. Using daily video downloads, the series focuses on God as the Gardener of our souls, and helps us seek ways to grow into the fullness that God desires. Just as stakes nurture the growth of young plants, so can spiritual disciplines support the flourishing of our whole being. The series helps us to cultivate our relationships with God, Self, Others and Creation. It is designed for both individuals and small groups. For individuals, daily videos and reflections will lead them through the process. For small groups, there are facilitators’ guides. The site has bulletin inserts, posters and materials for your church.
Lent Madness is a tournament-like game, and a fun way to learn about saints and holy heroes.
Lent in a Bag and other creative ideas for families, adults and children are offered by Building Faith.
Episcopal Relief & Development offers a thought-provoking and heart-opening daily meditation booklet.
Here are two insightful articles: Hand it Over - Why Giving Something Up for Lent Matters and Inviting Others to Lent - The Church Has Many Doors
2015 and earlier
AdventWord was the Advent 2015 offering from SSJE. Throughout the year, the Brothers offer daily online meditations called Bother Give Us a Word. During Advent and Lent, they always have special packages.
God's Story/My Story was an adult retreat hosted by the Diocese of Maine on June 12-14, 2015 at Camp Bishopswood which is near Camden. We explored the huge sweep of the Bible's narrative and how it connects with our life stories. The next Diocesan Adult Retreat will be June 17-19, 2016.
Tea Time for the Soul is a monthly discussion group in which focuses on an interesting article, object or scripture story, and also includes a deeper purpose and other features. Read more here. from Margaret Reimer and St. Peter's in Bridgton
Daily 2015 Lenten downloads from SSJE. It's time to stop...pray...work...play...love. "So much of our stress and anxiety derives from our pollution of time. God has given us the gift of time and called it holy, yet we often experience time as a curse," say the Brothers of SSJE. Join the Brothers this Lent in discovering time as a gift. Sign up here for daily 2-minute videos.
Lent Madness Whom do you admire more - Hildegard or Saint Francis? Pitting diverse Episcopal saints and saintly figures against each other may seem absured, but it's fun and makes you think about what you truly value. You can follow Lent Madness and vote at www.lentmadness.com.
Practicing Reconciliation in a Violent World by Michael Battle. This evocative book is about the reconciliation that occurs when we affirm that God is present and acting in the midst of tragedy. Preview the book at Amazon. from the Rev. Nina Pooley at St. Bartholomew's in Yarmouth
Offering our questions to God in the offering plate is how one church built its formation program and helped folks to understand that questions can be offerings. Read more here. from the Rev. Kelly Moughty at St. Alban's in Cape Elizabeth
Embracing an Alternative Orthodoxy: Richard Rohr on the Legacy of St. Francis - was disappointing. Find out why here. from the Rev. Nathan Ferrell at St. Mary in Falmouth
A Thrill of Hope (Advent) and What Wondrous Love (Lent) use the artwork of John August Swanson, the reflections of several Bible scholars, music and hymnody to invite participants to delve deeper into Gospel readings for those seasons. DVDs with study guides are available from Cokesbury. from the Rev. Nancy Moore at Christ Church, Norway, and Trinity Lutheran, South Paris
The Education for Ministry (EfM) program includes in-depth study and spiritual support. It has been an exceptional aid for our congregation in developing ministry, supporting our common life and keeping us focused on our mission. Here's our diocese's EfM information. from the Rev. Peter Jenks and St. John Baptist in Thomaston
Sacred Stories provides an opportunity for small, intimate groups to share their spiritual journeys - to tell their stories and to listen to others as they tell theirs. Read more here. from the Audrey Delafield at St. Alban's in Cape Elizabeth