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Why all the Congregations in ACNA should use the new ACNA Book of Common Prayer (other Anglicans in the USA as well)

Why all the Congregations in ACNA should use the new ACNA Book of Common Prayer (other Anglicans in the USA as well)

By John H. Rodgers Jr Th.D.
www.virtueonlione.org
November 10, 2019

This is a very important issue and we stand before a decision that will have great and long-term consequences. Let me list some of the more important reasons why we all need to be praying through the one, new BCP.

1. It is biblical. Like its predecessors it is largely composed of Scriptural content and nowhere leads us astray. This is important given the need for biblical instruction in our congregations and given the impact a repeated liturgy has on our minds and hearts.

2. It is Anglican. The new BCP is rooted in the 1662 tradition which is the most widely recognized BCP among Anglicans globally. At the same time, it also makes available the better parts of the 98 Book.

3. It will strengthen the unity of mind and heart among those who use it regularly. Its use will begin to create a common language and memory among us, increasingly forging in us a deeper union and common sense of identity.

4. Lastly, it will no doubt be improved in minor ways. In the days ahead regular use will bring the need to light. It is important to have the wisdom of the whole Church involved in that process.

The Lord through the New Testament, time and time again calls us to unity in Christ. This decision which is now before us is central to how we answer that calling. I pray that we will not miss this opportunity the Lord has placed before us.

+John H Rodgers Jr. Th.D. is a retired Bishop and former Professor and Dean/President of Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA

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