Is your church one of the small Continuing Anglican churches who use the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and whose primary service on Sunday morning is Morning Prayer? If your answer is “yes,” an upcoming article series that I am posting on Anglicans Ablaze is for you and your church.
Among the most important changes that were introduced in the 1928 Prayer Book were in the general rubrics of the Daily Offices. These changes made the services of Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer more flexible and adaptable to local circumstances.
One of the reasons for these changes was the recognition that a much larger measure of flexibility and adaptability was needed in these services on the mission field. In the twenty-first century all of North America has become the mission field and all church services are mission services.
In the twenty-first century all of North America has become the mission field and all church services are mission services.The world outside our church doors is not North America in the 1950s or the 1970s but North America in the second decade of a new century. Church attendance patterns have changed dramatically from what they were in the first half of the twentieth century. Present day realities demand that we make greater use of this flexibility and adaptability than an earlier generation.
In this upcoming article series I am going to take a look at these changes and how we can make the best use of them. I am also going to look at other ways that we can make the service of Morning Prayer more mission-shaped.