Lent Resources: A compilation of Online ANGLICAN Daily Devotional Links (Update 5)

March 14, 2012

By request, I’m consolidating in one place a list of Anglican sites that are publishing daily devotionals or prayers during Lent 2012, and which I can highly recommend:

Anglican Mainstream

Anglican Daily Prayer blog

ESV Bible Online – BCP Daily Office Lectionary  (the daily Bible readings – no commentary, just the Scriptures appointed for each day)

Trinity School for Ministry

The King’s English blog (not explicitly Lent-themed)

Kendall Harmon (daily prayers)   

Prydain blog

Daily AUDIO Devotionals (Morning & Evening Prayer) from St. Paul’s Anglican (REC) Church in Baton Rouge, LA – an exciting, newly-discovered resource!

Cradle of Prayer:  Another excellent site with daily audio Anglican prayer services online.

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NEW ADDITIONS:

update 1:  Christ Church Plano has daily Lenten devotionals online – it took a bit of digging around their website to find.   Here’s the Link.

update 2:  St Peter’s Anglican Church in Tallahassee: also has a nice online daily Lenten devotional

It’s great to see such “flagship” Anglican parishes taking the lead in providing excellent teaching and devotional resources.

update 3: St Paul’s REC in Baton Rouge (linked above for their daily audio devotionals) also has a FANTASTIC Lenten resource booklet with 8 articles and resources for Lent from Classical Anglican sources.   All Anglicans should check this out!

Update 4:  A priest in the Church of Ireland, the Rev. Patrick Comerford, canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, is publishing daily poems and reflections throughout Lent.  You can find them all here.

Update 5St John’s Anglican parish in Tulare, CA, the parish of a wonderful friend of Lent & Beyond, Fr. Rob Eaton,  has daily Lectionary audio podcasts for Lent.   Go here for details and the link.

ALSO: it’s not a daily devotional, but in terms of Anglican resources, we can’t recommend highly enough Bishop Mark Lawrence’s Lenten mediations at Trinity School for Ministry on Ash Wednesday.  Links and details here.

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Anglican blogs with less regular Devotional entries:

Incline Your Heart

Story Formed Blog

Creedal Christian

All of the above links are to Anglican ministries or bloggers.  I know I often link and post a lot of non-Anglican material and resources here, too, but I wanted to highlight those Anglican bloggers and ministries producing great devotionals.

I welcome recommendations & links from our readers!


Lent 2012 – INDEX of ALL Lent Posts by Category

March 14, 2012

Last Updated:  Feb. 11, 2013

Below is an index of all of our 2012 Lent Entries, organized by their primary category, with most recent posts in the category listed first.   Note:  Because we posted an extensive collection of entries during Holy Week of 2012, I have compiled a separate Holy Week 2012 Index here.

You can find all NEW Lent Entries by using our Lent 2013 tag.  Also, you may enjoy our brand new compilation of recommended blogs and websites for Lent 2013.

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1. Lent Devotionals

A Lent Poem: Barnfloor and Winepress

Dean Munday: Living in this World Longing for Home

Living Out Lent – pray for a desire for what truly satisfies

George Herbert: Confession

Lent reflections: “Formed by Small Things”

John Piper: Lent or No Lent, Life is War

Pastor Ray Ortland – 10 Things that Most Matter in Life

Temptation is Personal, Not Generic

Bishop Mark Lawrence: Ash Wednesday Meditations at TSM, Feb 2012

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Lent Quotes: Bishop Mark Lawrence – Remembering the dreams of God

March 14, 2012

In reading Bishop Mark Lawrence’s address to the Diocese of South Carolina’s convention last weekend, I was struck by his opening words about Psalm 126:

When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion,
Then were we like those who dream. Psalm 126:1

While writing the sermon I was stirred by words of the psalmist assigned for this feast day; his remembering the power of a dream — or perhaps more accurately stated, the freedom to dream. Here in the 126th Psalm a faithful petitioner in Israel, after returning from exile to the Promised Land, now finds that he and the people of God are again experiencing misfortune perhaps through drought, threatened crops, or even enemy encroachment.   But regardless of the cause, he turns to God in prayer and at once remembers a past deliverance. Memory for him leads not to nostalgia for the past but hope for the future. By remembering the dreams of God he holds on to hope, if only by one thin thread of thanks! And he trusts that God is faithful.  (emphasis mine)

It struck me that this kind of “remembering,” this calling to mind of God’s faithfulness, could be a very fruitful Lenten discipline.   What is God asking you or me to remember today?  Which of His promises do we need to hold on to by faith?

You can read Bishop Lawrence’s full address here.


Andrew Peterson: God’s glory and beauty revealed – even when our life is a wreck

March 14, 2012

The meditation that follows is in some ways quite different than most of what we post at Lent & Beyond, but it is VERY worth reading. It is a reflection by songwriter and musician Andrew Peterson on his recent tour with one of CCM’s best known artists, Steven Curtis Chapman.

I (Karen) found this via a link at Trevin Wax’s Kingdom People blog, and was quick to read it because I am a HUGE Steven Curtis Chapman (SCC) fan. His music has been something of the “soundtrack” to my spiritual life and growth over the past 20 years. (I first heard SCC in concert in 1991 following his release of “For the Sake of the Call” – an album focused on missions and all that the disciples were willing to sacrifice to follow Jesus – about 3 or 4 weeks before I left the States to serve in ministry overseas, which I’ve continued for the past 20 years.)

Anyway… enough about me. Here’s the section of Andrew Peterson’s reflection, about what he learned through being on tour with SCC, that touched my very deeply and I knew I needed to post here.

Perhaps God is breaking some things in your heart during Lent. Perhaps He is exposing darkness, or this is a season of pain. In the midst of the pain may the Lord grant hope and strength that we may cling to His grace and goodness and trust Him to bring forth beauty – even from ashes:

there’s a third option. Here it is: Steven is a wreck, he’s not hiding it, and because of the mighty presence of Jesus in his life, grace abounds to those around him.

It’s the great, confounding reversal of the Gospel of Jesus. If the word we preach is one of attainable perfection, of law, of justification by works, then when we fail, our testimony fails with it. But if we preach our deep brokenness and Christ’s deeper healing, if we preach our inability to take a single breath but for God’s grace, then our weakness exalts him and we’re functioning as we were meant to since the foundation of the world. Steven isn’t super-human. He’s just human. But what a glorious thing to be! An attempt on our part to be super-human will result only in our in-humanness–like a teacup trying to be a fork: useless. But if the teacup will just be a teacup, it will be filled. Humans were made (as was everything under the sun) for the glory of the Maker. Why should we try to be anything but fully human? Let God fill us up and pour us out; let him do what he will, let us be what we were meant to be. That gives us the freedom to sing about what’s really happening in our hearts without being afraid of sullying the good name of God. If our hearts are contending with the forces of darkness, clinging desperately to the hope of a Savior, then to sing boldly about the battle is no shame to us and all glory to our King.

The proof is in the pudding. Everyone I know in Nashville who knows Steven has said to me something like, “I love Steven. He’s a good man.” But from the first week of the tour I discovered that Steven isn’t a good man. He’s as sinful as the rest of us. He wears his weakness on his sleeve. He’s quick to share his pain and his struggle. That doesn’t make him mopey–he’s quick to share his joy, too. But what’s so wonderfully subversive about the Gospel is that our ability to honestly bear our grief and woundedness just makes room for God’s grace to cast light on all that shadow; it makes room for us to love each other. When we encounter that kind of grace we come away remembering not just the sin but, overwhelmingly, the goodness, and the grace, and we say, “I love that guy. He’s a good man.” What we’re really saying is, “I love that guy. God is so good.”  (emphasis mine)

I urge you to read the whole post which continues with a discussion of the Psalms of Lament and the Hebrew word “vav” “And yet…”

Two songs by Steven Curtis Chapman, from his 2009 album “Beauty will Rise” come to mind as I type this entry:

Faithful
(I *LOVE* this song for its reminder that there are times when I need to “declare God’s truth to my heart” and shout out His faithfulness even when I am in a dark & painful place.)

and
Beauty Will Rise (with lyrics)

(Both of the above songs were written following the tragic death of Steven’s 5 year old daughter, Maria.)

May God’s goodness and beauty shine forth even in our brokenness and weakness as we allow His grace to penetrate deeply into our hearts.

Karen B.


Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani: Living According to the Word of God

March 14, 2012

Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani is imprisoned in Iran under threat of execution for his faith. He has written a letter from prison which is a wonderful and powerful testimony. Here’s an excerpt:

I don’t need to write anything further about the basis of faith. Let us remember that beyond beautiful or painful feelings, only three things remain: Faith, Hope and Love. It is important for believers to make sure which kind of Faith, Hope and Love will remain. Only what we receive according the Word remains forever. I would encourage you to live in a way that is worthy to the Holy calling of the Word. Let believers, who are heirs of the glory, be examples for others in order to be a witness of the power of Christ for the world and the future. I beg you to live according the Word of God in order to chase the powers of darkness that generates doubts in your heart. The overcoming faith that casts out the doubt comes by hearing the Word of God.

The full letter is here.

Resources for prayer and action related to Pastor Nadarkhani’s imprisonment may be found here. March 12 – April 12 has been declared a month of prayer and action for Pastor Yousef by a number of international groups who focus on the persecuted church.

h/t Kendall Harmon


Psalm 81:6-7 and Sunday School Lesson

March 14, 2012

“I removed his shoulder from the burden;” (Psalm 81:6a)
      Father, thank you for every burden you have lifted off from me.

“His hands were freed from the baskets.” (Psalm 81:6b)
      Jesus, thank you for carrying the burdens I was not able to carry.

“You called in trouble, and I delivered you;” (Psalm 81:7a)
      Jesus, thank you for hearing my cries and answering me.

“I answered you in the secret place of thunder;” (Psalm 81:7b)
      Holy Spirit, when the voice of the world threatened to overwhelm me, you spoke to me in your still small voice. Thank you.

“I tested you at the waters of Meribah.” (Psalm 81:7c)
      Jesus, when my life was consumed in bitterness and cynicism, you came and refined and purified me. Thank you.

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 23, March 18, 2012
Theme Verse: Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22)
Readings: John 6:4-15; Ephesians 2:4-10; 2 Chronicles 36:14-23; Psalm 122
Memory Verse: Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (Hebrews 2:18 )
Next Week: John 12:20-33; Hebrews 5:(1-4)5-10; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51 or 51:11-16

A word received: I want to build you into the church I want. I AM the foundation and cornerstone. Look to me — let me build you up by my Holy Spirit and my word.

      Gospel: John 6:4-15

A word received: I test you to prove what is in you. I test you to purify you. Offer yourself to me. Bring what you have to me (as Andrew did verses 8-9) so that I may help you grow in me.

      Epistle: Ephesians 2:4-10

A word received: Here you see the choice I AM calling you to: to do good works in response to what I have done for you. I laid down my life for you while you were still sinners. It is not your good deeds that save you, it is my good work in and through you.

God already has planned works for us to do.

      Old Testament: 2 Chronicles 36:14-23

A word received: You have the choice before you:: do it my way or go your own way and face the consequences. Look to the cost of the disobedience of my people. What will you choose to do?

      Psalm: Psalm 122

A word received: Will you come to me at the thrones of judgment? Will you come to the mercy seat? I want my people to come to that new Jerusalem that I AM building among you. Come to me. Repent and accept my love and my ways.

The Old Testament concept of a judge was someone who set things to right.

Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; Gen. 45:16-28: 1 Cor. 8:1-13: Mark 6:13-29
Thursday: [83] or 42,43 * 85, 86; Gen. 46:1-7,28-34: 1 Cor. 9:1-15: Mark 6:30-46

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (John 6:4-15; Ephesians 2:4-10; 2 Chronicles 36:14-23; Psalm 122).

***** Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      With emotional healing, the band aid is ripped off again and again until we notice that there is no wound under it. In fact we notice that the wound is healed. There might not even be scar tissue! So it is with God.

Albany Intercessor


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