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Word on Wednesday: Lee Gatiss on the Evangelistic Strategy of the Book of Common Prayer

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Posted by Sophia Akouo , 21 Sep 2016

Lee Gatiss spoke recently at the Prayer Book Society conference in Cambridge, about the Prayer Book's view of the Bible, salvation, and the Christian life.

The Book of Common Prayer is not just an old book from a bygone era, to live, love, and die by. It has a mission edge. It was carefully put together to teach the gospel, and to reach people’s hearts with the message of salvation. Its much praised eloquence is all in the service of an impassioned plea to trust, obey, and please the Lord Jesus who died for his family, the church. So it is not a stuffy old book for stuffy old people. It embodies classic Anglican evangelism, which Anglicans of all stripes can cherish and be inspired by.

Or so I learned by listening to this fascinating talk which the director of Church Society gave recently at the Prayer Book Society conference at Girton College, Cambridge. Apparently, Rowan Williams was meant to speak first, but when he didn’t turn up, Lee was asked to take his place in the running order! Hence the joke at the beginning…

Sophia Akouo is an ordinary Anglican churchgoer who enjoys listening to good talks.

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