Behind the Hymn: See the Conqueror (ft. an exclusive video with Jenny & Tyler!)

“See the Conqueror” is a wonderful hymn on the Ascension of Christ. It is not widely known, but we hope to make it more popular, with God’s help!  It was written by a 19th-century English bishop named Christopher Wordsworth (1807-1855), the nephew of poet William Wordsworth. Bishop Wordsworth authored many books, including The Holy Year, a book of […]

The History of the Holy Week Collects

In this post we outline the history of the Holy Week Collects, which are found on pages 607-609 of the Book of Common Prayer 2019. In researching this topic, we drew especially from commentaries by Massey Hamilton Shepherd, Jr., Marion J. Hatchett, and C. Frederick Barbee and Paul F. M. Zahl.

What is a collect? A collect is a short, […]

By |2022-04-12T11:22:30-05:00April 10th, 2022|Categories: Anglicanism, History, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Way of the Cross: An Invitation to Holy Week

Holy Week is the high mark of the church’s liturgical year. In it we celebrate Jesus’ final week in Jerusalem, from his arrival on Palm Sunday to his death on Good Friday, to his resurrection on Easter Sunday, with all the momentous events in between. There are many ways to commemorate the week, from personal reading of scripture, to family […]

By |2022-04-12T11:22:38-05:00April 9th, 2022|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|0 Comments

Reformation Anglican Worship by Jensen (Review)

Prefatory note: This is an updated version of my earlier review of Reformation Anglican Worship. The original post engendered a fruitful and clarifying conversation between the Rev. Dr. Jensen and myself, in which I profited much. In particular, he highlighted a couple of areas in that first version where he felt my reading was not altogether fair. I […]

By |2021-09-02T07:35:32-05:00August 25th, 2021|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |1 Comment

Worshiping with the Reformers by Karin Maag (Review)

When I began Worshiping with the Reformers by Karin Maag, I expected a history lesson and perhaps a further introduction into more of the details of the Anglican tradition. What I did not expect was the book captivating me in such a way that I found myself sitting in worship with my eyes watching the liturgy playing […]

By |2021-07-06T13:38:10-05:00July 6th, 2021|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |1 Comment

A People’s Companion to Holy Communion (Brief Book Review)

The Seabury Society has published a slim volume called A People’s Companion to Holy Communion, meant to function as a guided tour through the Holy Communion service in the ACNA’s 2019 Prayer Book. As explained in the Preface, this book builds upon the 1914 work of Bernard Iddings Bell, The People’s Book of the Holy […]

By |2021-02-10T16:56:57-06:00February 10th, 2021|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |1 Comment

The Bible Arranged for Worship: Our Book of Common Prayer

There is a rather common saying that the Book of Common Prayer is composed of 85% bible passages. It is true. As J.I. Packer once said, “The Book of Common Prayer” is the Bible arranged for worship. I like that.

(To learn more about the Book of Common Prayer, read our Rookie Anglican […]

By |2021-01-26T10:22:37-06:00January 26th, 2021|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , |4 Comments

How To Get the Sunday Lectionary on Your Online Calendar

Did you know about the online calendar of Sunday Lessons and Collects? Our founder, Greg Goebel, has created an easy to use Lectionary calendar for free!

You can subscribe to it and see the name of each Sunday, and all Feast days in the BCP 2019 Sunday and Feast Day lectionary. That way you can […]

By |2020-12-02T10:20:57-06:00December 4th, 2020|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: |3 Comments

Why Do Anglicans Bow to the Cross?

I was a new Anglican, trying to participate by watching everyone else. I heard a voice shout “Please stand” and then “Blessed be God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!” As a cross passed, some people bowed their heads.

Parade of Clergy?

Everyone stood up as we sang a hymn. […]

By |2022-03-21T11:44:53-05:00August 27th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |6 Comments

The Story of Our Hymns: The Storm Is Passing Over

This is the fourth in a series on sacred hymns, the story behind them, their text, a recording, and a simple companion devotional.

“When the world is tossing me, like a ship upon the sea, thou who rulest wind and water, stand by me.” – Charles Albert Tindley

Every Hymn Has a […]

By |2020-07-22T09:54:34-05:00August 3rd, 2020|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Story of Our Hymns: There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood

This is the third of a series on sacred hymns, the story behind them, their text, a recording, and a simple companion devotional.

“God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm.” ~William Cowper

Every Hymn Has a Story

William Cowper was born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, […]

By |2020-06-22T08:06:19-05:00June 22nd, 2020|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |3 Comments

The Story of Our Hymns: All Creatures Of Our God And King

This is the second of a series on sacred hymns, the story behind them, their text, a recording, and a simple companion devotional.

“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” – St. Francis of Assisi

Every Hymn Has a Story

St. Francis of Assisi was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. Although never ordained […]

By |2020-06-04T10:03:16-05:00June 4th, 2020|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |2 Comments

The Story of Our Hymns: “Abide with Me” by Henry Francis Lyte

This is the first of a series on sacred hymns, the story behind them, their text, a recording, and a simple companion devotional.

“Many a man who has labored in obscure places, practically unnoticed and un-praised by his own generation, has achieved a fame after his death that grows in magnitude with the passing years,” E. E. Ryden says of […]

By |2020-06-04T10:11:04-05:00May 22nd, 2020|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |9 Comments

Praying Around the Table: Making a Prayer Space in your Home

Now that the family is together every day and worship is virtual, families begin to wonder how to keep their children growing in the faith. Family devotions begin to seem more necessary. But how to begin? How to keep everyone’s attention? Maybe you’ve tried before, but things didn’t seem to work. You want family devotions to be a joyful family […]

By |2020-04-08T16:52:58-05:00April 9th, 2020|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |0 Comments

Interactive Easter Vigil for Home Use with Music Selections

Are you at home for the Easter Vigil? We have created an webpage with a guided tour of the Great Vigil of Easter, BCP 2019, with music links for streaming. You can learn more about Holy Week and the Easter Vigil here.


Visit the Great Vigil of Easter Page


The liturgy normally assumes a church gathered, but this […]

By |2022-03-21T11:44:55-05:00April 8th, 2020|Categories: Liturgy & Worship, Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Zoom Church: Five Tips for Engaging Young Children in Worship at Home

For the past three Sundays, we’ve joined Christians around the world in worshipping from our living rooms. As a mom of three children under five, it’s heartbreaking to see their disappointment at not being able to go to church.

They miss church. Of course they miss it—so do I! On Palm Sunday, as we marched around the living room with palms […]

By |2020-04-08T12:12:13-05:00April 8th, 2020|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Online Worship Ideas for Holy Week & Easter (Webinar Recording)

Earlier this week, the Evergreen Project hosted a panel of Rectors from Anglican churches in the US and Canada to talk about how they are navigating online worship and plans for this coming Holy Week & Easter. The webinar began with greetings from Archbishop Foley Beach who prayed for our Rectors and joined us for the entire presentation. He […]

By |2020-04-04T07:38:29-05:00April 4th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Here Are the Holy Week Liturgies from the 2019 Book of Common Prayer

We recently received a question from a reader looking for “Good Friday liturgies that would work well for home worship,” given the global COVID–19 pandemic. Greg Goebel pointed out that the 2019 BCP’s Good Friday service could easily be adapted for use at home.

If you’re looking for liturgical materials for Holy Week and Easter, you should know that […]

By |2020-04-02T16:32:49-05:00April 2nd, 2020|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Burial Rite of The Book of Common Prayer 2019 Explained

Quite a few new priests have never officiated a funeral. We have had many requests for a simple overview, and we reached out to Fr. Lee Nelson for such a post. We also include a funeral planning guide that can be used to work with individuals and families in planning. This post assumes the ability to hold a public […]

By |2020-03-29T20:35:34-05:00April 2nd, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |1 Comment

How to Read the Psalms for All They’re Worth

“The Psalms are the single best guide to the spiritual life currently in print.” – Ellen Davis, Getting Involved with God

“The Psalms are inexhaustible, and deserve to be read, said, sung, chanted, whispered, learned by heart, and even shouted from the rooftops. They express all the emotions we are ever likely to feel (including some we hope we may not), […]

By |2020-02-26T11:21:36-06:00February 27th, 2020|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: |2 Comments

What Do Anglicans Believe about Scripture, Prayer, and Worship? A Brief Overview of Anglican Spirituality

The following is an excerpt from the Anglican Church in North America’s catechism, To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism (Crossway, 2020), pp. 81–87.

You can download a PDF of the entire catechism here.


A Rule of Prayer: Scripture, Prayer, and Worship

224. What is a “rule” of prayer?

A rule of prayer is a regular discipline by which […]

Living in Liturgy: My Anglican Journey

We first enter through the bright red doors of an Anglican church, a preteen and two teenagers in tow. Questions permeate my thoughts, how will our children endure this shift, especially at this stage of their spiritual development? Is this even the right choice for our family?

We have all grown up within the church; however, never exposed to liturgical worship. […]

By |2020-01-29T11:08:33-06:00January 30th, 2020|Categories: Liturgy & Worship, Miscellaneous|Tags: |9 Comments

(Why) Are Priests and the Liturgy Necessary for Holy Communion?

Many people coming into the Anglican tradition from other traditions have questions. Quite often, these questions center on the sacramental nature of the Church.

This pattern makes sense. After all, the Anglican Church emphasizes sacraments more than some other branches of the Christian Church. All churches have preachers of the Word. Not all have a developed sacramental theology nor a formal […]

By |2019-12-22T16:45:26-06:00December 23rd, 2019|Categories: Liturgy & Worship, Sacraments|Tags: , |1 Comment

3 Emergency Tips for Lay Readers of Scripture

Those of us in the Lay Reader Ministry love God’s word. We love to share the life-giving message of the Lord to his people in the context of Sunday worship. And when everything goes well, we have plenty of time to prepare our readings so that we are equipped for whatever the lectionary throws at us: crazy Hebrew names, complicated […]

By |2020-01-08T12:49:26-06:00December 9th, 2019|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: |0 Comments