Life is not here
to serve us;
we are here
to serve life. James Hollis, Living Between Worlds
Over the coming weeks, we will be using this digital space to curate a collection of resources for use during this wilderness time of fear, anxiety and illness. Simply click on the red links to open or download the resource.
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May we be salt and light during these days.
The ACC has compiled links and downloads of helpful resources for individuals including PDFs of the BCP and BAS, prayers, online lectionary and more.
Bob Jackson and George Fisher have reasearched what is happening with online church in the UK during the lockdown. In these three free resources they provide practical ideas and links to resources to help churches reflect on how the make the most of the opportunity that this season affords.
These readings are from the Anglican Church of Canada’s adaptation of the Revised Common Lectionary. On Sundays and feast days there is a link to the full readings.
The Church of England has compiled a list of resources including daily devotions, podcasts and daily radio worship services.
Diocesan Worship Resources Vision Implementation Team Prayer
God of the present moment, God who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the frantic heart; bring hope and courage to your people who await in uncertainty in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic. Bring hope that you will make us the equal of whatever lies ahead. Bring us courage to endure what cannot be avoided, for your will is health and wholeness for all. You are God. We place our trust in you.
Archbishop Anne Germond (diocese of Algoma) engaged the services of a local pyschologist to support her clergy wth self-care. This workbook was part of that and she has shared it with the rest of the country.
The current need for self–isolation and social distancing as exceptional measures speaks to the greater need we have as humans to be in community. The world needs community like never before. These prayers are offered by the Corrymeela community in Northern Ireland.
The diocese's insurer has provided definitive information about coverage during this pandemic. All of the information can be found here.
These prayers, curated by Archdeacon Richard Leggett of the diocese of New Westminster, are found in Evangelical Lutheran Worship: Occasional Services for the Assembly (2009).
Inspired by Center for Christian Spirituality, Houston Texas , the incumbent of St Philip Anglican Church in Victoria and some of its members, have written this beautiful litany of lament for the Eucharist. Use with permission.
Adapted from a number of online resources, Donna Joy, incumbent of St Peter Anglican Church, Winnipeg wrote the following prayer her parish currentily uses during worship online. It is spoken immediately after the Lord's Prayer. Permission is granted for its use.
Jesus, we believe that you are truly present in the eucharistic meal. We love you above all else, and long to receive you in the sharing of this sacrament. Help us to be aware of your presence with us in spirit, particularly at this time when we are unable to receive you in this sacred meal. We thank you for your promise that you are with us always, and that with you at the centre we are united wholly to you, each other, and the world in which we live. We pray this in your holy name. Amen.
Have you recently started collaborating on pulling together weekly worship services online? Are you having trouble coordinating your efforts and ensuring that all of the files get to the person responsible? Here's a great way to get organized and take the headache out of sharing files.
Kate Crane, a parishioner at St Paul Anglican Church in Halifax offers helpful instructions on how to put together a prayer corner in your home using materials you already have.
The diocese of New Westminister found nine mobile apps to assist users with everything from meditation to a three-minute retreat.
Developed by a seventeen yr old Seattle area resident named Avi Schiffman, this comprehensive data tracking website is recognized by governments and individuals worlwide as an authoritative site for information about the daily COVID-19 situation.
The Episcopal diocese of Long Island has compiled a list of stewardship resources for times such as these.
St George's Family Life Ministry is posting weekly articles and tips for parents as they navigate this new reality of being at home.
Travis O'Brian, incumbent at St Barnabas has been offering daily prayers and posting them to the parish blog.
In this YouTube video, Sarah Stonesifer Boylan, Virginia Theological Seminary provides some basic guidelines about conducting ministry safely online.
How to create compelling worship via livestream (even if you don't know what you're doing). Non-denominational churches have been offering worship via livestream for years. Liturgical churches are late to the party, but we're catching up. The Rev. Aaron Zimmerman (St Alban's Episcopal Church, Waco Tx) offers some tips and tricks for liturgical churches exploring this new medium, especially in this time of coronavirus restrictions.
The VTS Lifelong Learning team has collected a range of resources for congregational programming.