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Church Projector Screens

Church Projector Screens

“Do you use a projector?” she asked. Some will remember the days when Anglicans could get a good idea of a person’s worship style by whether he (yes in those days it was a “he”) wore a chasuble. Now, for many people, contemporary worship is determined by the use of a projector screen. No screen… Continue Reading

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The End of Common Prayer

The End of Common Prayer

There are different ways to be a community, a Christian community [or any religious community]. You could focus around a leader. You could find unity by all signing up to the same list of beliefs. You could find unity by a common mission drive. You could focus on knowing each other and being like a… Continue Reading

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Different is Better?

Different is Better?

This is a blog post about worship. I promise. Read on. I have watched recordings of the TV programme The New Zealand Home. There is an unquestioned, articulated doctrine that having an area of houses where all share a similar style, a similar look, is undesirable. We see this doctrine at work in the Christchurch… Continue Reading

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Too Many Words

Too Many Words

A friend recently sent me a link: Liturgy for a missional church. This linked blog post criticised the Church of England’s Common Worship for its “complexity and wordiness.” I empathise with the experience of too many words in liturgy. Particularly in Holy Week and the Triduum, when we are are essentially in one long service… Continue Reading

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Unrelenting ‘Creativity’

Unrelenting ‘Creativity’

In New Zealand there are not standard-size windows. When someone here breaks a window, a glazier comes, measures the window, cuts a larger piece of glass down to fit, and then installs this cut-down pane, throwing away the pieces cut off. There are not standard kitchens. When someone wants to update their kitchen, the new… Continue Reading

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Obsession With Rules 3

Obsession With Rules 3

I’ve been writing about the place of agreements (“rules”) in our common prayer. This is the third post in that series, and if you haven’t read the previous two, I suggest you read here and here first. Whose is the liturgy, our common prayer? To whom does it belong? It does not belong to the… Continue Reading

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Remember to Survive

Remember to Survive

My e-friend and commenter here, Rev. Joshua Bovis, has a blog post essentially on the value of liturgical repetition in a vibrant church life. He reproduces an article by Mark Brolly (in TMA) reflecting on a lecture at Ridley College by retired Bishop of North Sydney, Bishop Paul Barnett. The primary value of his post,… Continue Reading

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