A great blog post was featured in the Creedal Christian back in January. It gave me some good ideas about a blog post of my own. However, I do suggest reading the original article, because it makes some great points.
The post represents some concerns I have about the liturgical focus that’s common in some areas. In the effort to try to offer different sorts of liturgies for different groups, it can be easy to forget that we use a common liturgical form that has elements from Christianity’s earliest days.
Rather than being seen as a trap, it should be celebrated as a means of expressing our common beliefs in a way that’s relevant in every age. Each Episcopal/Anglican church has its own BCP, which may include different offices for local needs and updates to the language. However, all the elements of ancient Christian worship are there: the proclaimation of God’s Word, affirmation of faith and intercessory prayer, the celebration of communion.
However, I think we need to remember that our particular way of preaching and living out the Gospel message is different from that of many of our non-denom and evangelical brothers and sisters. We have many different options available: Rite I (traditional) or Rite II (contemporary), another option often called “Rite III” (typically used for services other than the main Sunday service), plus the traditional Daily Office services.
Does this make us better? No. It does, however, help us reach those whom some other churches may not. It takes all of the Body of Christ to build itself up.