If we have the Bible to guide us, why use prayers written by someone else? Why not pray spontaneously and compose a fresh form of service each week?  What is the value of set prayers?  Why repeat creeds and other forms of confession together?  These are just some of the questions addressed in this section of the website.

Anglicans have The Book of Common Prayer (1662) and The Thirty-nine Articles (1562) as part of their heritage. These have continuing authority and relevance in Australia as 'the authorized standard of worship and doctrine of this Church' (Constitution of the Anglican Church of Australia).

But many of those who plan and lead services today know little about the content, meaning and purpose of the Prayer Book or its modern counterparts. How could these resources help us provide contemporary services that are authentic and relevant?

As you read what follows, consider the Prayer Book's biblical and Reformed approach to liturgy, and appreciate some of the richness of the material available to us. Reflecting on this heritage should help us do church better, pursuing what is excellent rather than what is familiar and convenient. Modern versions of the Prayer Book provide considerable variety and a greater range of resources that can help us edify the church and glorify God.

Why liturgy?

Anglican liturgy in perspective

Reading the Bible together

Mixing the old with the new

Learning to pray together

Learning from the Communion Service

Learning from the Baptismal Services