Peter Carrell and Bosco Peters, two fine writers in the New Zealand Anglican world, who I am proud to say occasionally visit Preludium, have posted excerpts of an article by Carrell titled, Common Worship for Our Church (Updated.)
The article is a good and short read. The topic is one of considerable interest to folk outside NZ, and in particular should be to folk here in The Episcopal Church. The New Zealand Prayer Book, rich in resources and delightful in new readings of old words, is a complex volume. The Book of Common Prayer, (Episcopal Church) is a thousand and one pages long, with several supplementary books for commemoration of saints, special services, etc. And all of that gets mixed with the variety of musical possibilities, alternate readings, alternate theater, and on and on. Then we add on the differences of culture, class, age, etc... So it becomes more and more uncommon to find the commonality in liturgical worship in the church. The question is what holds us together in prayer life?