[Church Society] 6 Mar 2009--As the Episcopalians who had left The Episcopal Church for other Anglican jurisdictions began to realize that The Episcopal Church was not going to retreat from its moral and theological innovations and that the Anglican Communion was not going to discipline The Episcopal Church, those who were using the services of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer began to perceive a need for an alternative service book in contemporary English. They had left The Episcopal Church because of what they viewed as the denomination’s apostasy and heresy and yet they continued to use the denomination’s service book and hymnal, primarily because they were accustomed to these worship resources. The time had come for them to shake the dust from their feet and move on.
In 2008 I also wrote a series of articles on An Anglican Prayer Book (2008) for VirtueOnline. They are archived at: http://exploringananglicanprayerbook.blogspot.com