New resources from Brethren Press offer aids for worship, Bible study, devotions




The 2017 Living Word Bulletin Series
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Among new resources from Brethren Press are the 2016-17 Living Word Bulletin Series, the Sept.-Nov. 2016 book in the curriculum for adult Bible studies, “A Guide for Biblical Studies,” and this year’s Advent devotional titled “Witnesses to Jesus.” Brethren Press also is taking pre-publication orders for “Speak Peace: A Daily Reader,” which offer a discount for orders placed before Oct. 1.

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Living Word Bulletin Series

Brethren Press offers the Living Word Bulletin Service to provide “worship bulletins that bring the scripture to life.” Since 1946 the Brethren Press bulletin series has served congregations by providing worship resources and inspiring photography.

Each week’s bulletin cover highlights a biblical text that is related to life through photography. The biblical texts are carefully selected in prayerful reading of the lectionary texts for each Sunday.

Bulletin cover images are selected to enhance the biblical message and make it come to life. These images are drawn from congregational settings, mission and service ministries, denominational gatherings, and natural settings found in God’s creation, and many come from Brethren photographers. To view front cover images for this year’s series go to http://support.brethren.org/site/DocServer/LivingWordBulletinCovers.pdf .

A cross-section of lay and clergy writers from the Church of the Brethren prepare worship resources or inspirational stories for the back page of the bulletins. These include prayers, litanies, calls to worship, meditations, and hymn suggestions. The scripture from which the cover text is drawn also is printed on the back page. Congregations may order bulletins without the resource piece, however the scripture passage is included on all bulletins.

Bulletins come in the traditional 8.5-inch by 11-inch size, which folds to a 5.5-inch by 8.5-inch size. A congregation’s bulletin order is a continuous subscription, and churches automatically receive the same quantity of bulletins every three months until they request a change in the order. Changes and cancellations must be made in writing 60 days prior to shipment of bulletins. To begin a bulletin subscription, call Brethren Press at 800-441-3712.

A Guide for Biblical Studies

“Sovereignty of God” is the theme for the Sept.-Nov. 2016 issue of “A Guide for Biblical Studies,” written by David R. Miller. The first unit is a study of Isaiah’s rich images of God as the One who rules the whole universe. The second unit centers on Hebrews, where readers will see how God comes to lead humankind in the person of Jesus. The final unit focuses on Revelation, offering the vision of God as the beginning and end of all things.

Written from a Church of the Brethren perspective, “A Guide for Biblical Studies” is issued quarterly and contains daily NRSV scriptures, lessons, and questions for both individual preparation and classroom use. The curriculum follows the International Sunday School Lessons/Uniform Series. Purchase one copy per student, per quarter. Order by calling Brethren Press at 800-441-3712 or by ordering online at www.brethrenpress.com .

2016 Advent devotional

“Witnesses to Jesus: Devotions for Advent through Epiphany” written by Christy Waltersdorff is the Brethren Press Advent devotional for 2016. The Brethren Press devotional series is published twice a year in anticipation of the Advent and Lenten seasons. Becoming a seasonal subscriber costs $6 a year for both booklets, or $12 a year for both booklets in large print size. Subscriptions are renewed automatically each year at the discounted rate, and bulk quantities can be adjusted with a phone call to Brethren Press customer service. Subscribers can cancel their enrollment at any time. To sign up call 800-441-3712 and ask about the seasonal devotional standing order program.
 
Speak Peace: A Daily Reader

Brethren Press is taking pre-publication orders for “Speak Peace: A Daily Reader.” Readers are encouragted to take advantage of early-bird discounts for this collection of readings about peace and peacemaking edited by Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, which will be released in late 2016. The book will feature writers from within and outside the Church of the Brethren, both current authors and voices from the past. Each of the 366 daily readings includes a scripture focus, a practical thought or question in response, and a prayer. Find a video trailer at
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nS-XlhUdaeM . Pre-publication discounts are available on orders placed by Oct. 1. Call Brethren Press at 800-441-3712 or visit www.brethrenpress.com .

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