Lent

NEW RELEASE: ABM’S 2022 new Lent Study

ABM’s brilliant new Lenten Study for 2022, ‘Repairing the Breach’, is now available.

Including seven studies that take you from Ash Wednesday to Palm Sunday.

Repairing the Breach examines what it means to be people of healing in a broken world. Written by a community of friends for a people of mission – and illustrated with stunning images painted by acclaimed artist, Carol Aust, ‘Repairing the Breach’ inspires, provokes and cajoles.

A truly Australian resource for parishes, study groups and individuals.

The Mission of God is to repair the breach. The people of God are participants in that work.

All breach-repair is relational.

A shamed and scared humanity looks at an immutable God, terrified to approach for fear of rejection and judgement. God, taking the ultimate risk, becomes human, builds relationships, steps into our shoes, loves us and is loved by us. God steps towards us. We step towards God. The Breach is repaired.

A poor community watches in despair as the wealthy nations chase further wealth. A visitor comes, not with answers, but with questions. Dialogue ensues. Every member of the community is consulted. Plans are made. Action is taken together. The breach is lessened. Love, hope, and justice begin their work.

Be part of this exciting new study that leads us to realisation and healing.

‘Repairing the Breach’ is available digitally

Please click the button below to view the New Lent Study

‘Repairing the Breach’ testimonials

…beautifully presented, thoughtfully compiled…This study invites us to walk with Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit and to begin again. It asks the hard questions, and for many it will be an uncomfortable journey. However, it also offers a pathway for individuals and communities of faith to begin the process of ‘repairing the breach’ and ‘closing the gap.’… I highly recommend using this study as a resource for your Lenten journey. It will certainly be shaping mine.
Bishop Denise Ferguson

Assistant Bishop, Diocese of Adelaide

By bringing together art, poetry, music, personal stories and sound biblical scholarship, the team from ABM-Australia have produced yet another wonderful Lent study for 2022…I thoroughly recommend this study to parishes, groups and individuals who are looking to “to participate in the adventure of the ‘now but not yet’ kingdom” as they journey through Lent to the Easter mysteries.
Bishop Jeremy Greaves

Assistant Bishop, Diocese of Southern Queensland

Other studies for Lent – or any time

Into the Desert

40 days of Bible readings, reflections and prayers that will take you on a spiritual journey into the Australian wilderness.

Into the Desert combines Australian history and literature with the centuries old wisdom of Desert monasticism. It is written by ABM’s Reconciliation Coordinator Celia Kemp, who draws on her own experience of living in the Australian desert to create a truly special publication.

The 88 page booklet contains 40 daily bible studies designed for individual reflection that can easily be adapted as a group study. Into the Desert is ideal for Lent but can be used at any time of the year.

A Voice in the Wilderness: Listening to the Statement from the Heart

Celia Kemp (author of Into the Desert) has written an 8-part study to open up conversation about the church’s theological response to the Statement from the Heart. The studies are for those interested in a Christian response to Australia’s history, listening to what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christians are saying right now, and grappling with the question of what it is to be a truly Australian church.

ABM Apps

ABM’s offers popular daily app reflections for Lent and Easter. Available to download for free on your Apple or Android device.

Where Do We Go From Here?

New Bible study explores the Book of Acts and the 5 Marks of Mission

The season of Lent has a very clear direction. It leads us to the cross, and in the great Festival of Easter, takes us through death into the joy of the Resurrection.

So, let’s look at the early church and once again celebrate the passion, enthusiasm, miracles, unity and determination that are so evident in the Book of Acts. Surely the answers are there? Perhaps. Or, more likely, in re-reading Acts, we will discover questions and clues about how we might enter into the great adventure of ‘mission’ in our own time and place. In Australia. Today.

Kickstart your heart, rev up your missional engines and get stuck into Acts…..of justice, mercy and compassion.

Available as an 86 page printed book for $5.50 (10 copies or more) or $11 (individual copies)

This Lent, Hear the Stories

When the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia met in September 2017, it affirmed the importance of the Global Goals Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), encouraged theological engagement with the goals, and called the church to action on the SDGs.

The study has been written by Dr Julianne Stewart. Julianne has worked for over nine years as ABM’s International Programs Director. She has heard, and carries within her, hundreds of stories of people she has lived alongside, and people who have taught her about the reign of God. Julianne shares some of these stories with the church, bringing her experiences into conversation with the scriptures and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Lent study, “This Lent, Hear the Stories”, can be downloaded as a single A4 document, or printed as a booklet (A5, A4) using your printer settings.

Resources

For previous years’ Lent shares and additional documents, please refer to our archive website here