In the midst of all the carping and snit-fits in Anglican Land there are still reasons to take delight in the wonderfully autonomous way Provinces (that is to say actual CHURCHES) in the Anglican Communion work out their lives.
The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) is going about the business of Prayer Book revision and reform. Good for them.
The article on this, to be found HERE on the Church of Nigeria web pages reports,
"The book, first published in 1549, is the common title of a number of prayer books of the Church of England and used throughout the Anglican Communion.
Overtime new generation of Anglicans particularly young people had complained of the liturgy being cold and lifeless, since it was originally fashioned for a western setting.
The Primate encouraged adherents to “prepare prayerfully so that the liturgy does not become a cold and lifeless aspect of our worship life, but a vibrant, inspiring and liberating encounter with our self-revealing God.
“The chief concern of this revised edition is to help us to worship God meaningfully and relevantly in our setting and many situations."
Sounds like home to me.
Now a question... what ever happened to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, the standard etc for our faith? You know, the one that the Draft Anglican Covenant proposes as central to who we are as Anglicans? Well, perhaps as a historical document, perhaps, but Nigeria seems to consider it "cold and lifeless, fashioned in a western setting, and less than relevant.
What is going on here? There is indeed common ground to work from. Strangely it is called Prayer.
Oh, wait a minute... things are back to normal. The article also said,
"Archbishop Akinola also spoke about the protracted controversies with the liberals in the Church in the Provinces in America, Canada, and even England over the authority of the Bible.
At the retreat, the primate said Nigeria with other like minded Anglicans from around the world had planned a conference tagged Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) for June in Jerusalem. According to him, the conference will chart the future of the Anglican Church, which has been bedeviled by the homosexual controversy."
What a relief.