Are we still allowing worship to shape our belief and life, or have we shifted into a mode in which the dynamic goes essentially in the opposite direction: our beliefs (and lifestyles) shape our worship?
Anglican Church of Or
When A New Zealand Prayer Book He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa was published in 1989 it was groundbreaking in Anglicanism. It eschewed male pronouns for God. But the most recent publication with the same title is replete with well over 50 male pronouns for God added into the text.
New Zealand Anglicanism begins the process to remove and alter collects from our Anglican heritage.
from whom all good things come,
by your inspiration,
we may discern what is right,
and by your merciful guiding may do it;
through Jesus Christ
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
A braided river does not have a clearly-defined channel. There are approximate banks to the river, and between these sides, the streams are always moving across the wide river’s bed. If the edges, the banks, become too ill defined, the danger is, of course, that the river simply becomes a swamp. This is a very good image for worship in New Zealand’s Anglicanism.