Celebrating Eucharist
text of the book

Worship Matters
reflection on current issues
By Heart
reflection on prayers

Worship Well
current season

Bosco Peters




This site was 2 months old 13 June. It has been pointed out to me that in a Google search for "liturgy" ("pages from New Zealand") of the 32,200 pages that come up, this site is the first. Thank you to all of you who have helped to make that happen, for links, returns, and passing on this site to others.

Prayers, please, for the 75th General Convention of the Episcopal Church USA meeting June 13-21, 2006 in Columbus, Ohio.

This site contains

  • Resources useful for preaching, teaching, or a pew sheet.
  • Resources for spirituality, for your prayer life - praying by heart.

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Liturgical Spirituality under the Southern Cross
Link (off this site) to the Masters thesis of Rev. David Vunagi "the Impact of the Anglo-Catholic Tradition on the Anglican Church in Melanesia"

Reflection on the collect for the 12th Ordinary Week

Everloving God,
your Son was revealed that he might overcome evil
and make us heirs of eternal life;

Reflection on a topical prayer

Lead me from death to life,
from falsehood to truth;
lead me from despair to hope,
from fear to trust;
lead me from hate to love,
from war to peace.
Let peace fill our heart,
our world, our universe.

A similar prayer has recently caused considerable controversy at Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch. It is now unclear if an altar cloth produced by the renowned quilter, Sue Spigel, will be used for its intended purpose. Amongst words in many languages it includes, in Sanscrit, the words from the Upanishads, ‘From the unreal, lead me to the real. From darkness lead me to the light. From death lead me to immortality.’ Some are unhappy with this Hindu text on the altar. Reflection on this prayer...

Link to Press article on the controversy (off this site).
My letter to the Press published in the Press in response to the above article.

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General Synod and the Inter Diocesan Conference

  • Reflection on how we encourage children and young people into worship. The Inter-Diocesan Conference has just authorised a new children's prayer for the eucharist. Is this like giving lollies instead of bread and wine? Full story

  • Goodbye common prayer?
    The New Zealand Prayer Book/He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa has A Form for Ordering the Eucharist (pp. 511-514). This is an outline of a Eucharist, a framework. Initially it was “intended for particular occasions and not for the regular Sunday Celebration of the Eucharist.” (p 511) but this requirement was removed from the Prayer Books after the 1998 General Synod.
    “This rite (still) requires careful preparation by the presiding priest and participants” (p. 511), but, since 1998, there is no assurance what you will encounter at your main Eucharist in your local parish church. In a new move, General Synod 2006 has gone even further. In this latest framework all talk of “careful preparation” and consulting “participants” has gone. Full story.

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Not so ordinary time

Before Lent it was the eighth Ordinary Sunday. The next Ordinary Sunday is suddenly called the eleventh (or, if you celebrate a feast that day, the next is the twelfth). What happened to the ninth and tenth ordinary Sundays this year? And why is the lectionary wrong in using the Collect for the Day of Pentecost during what it calls the “week of Pentecost”? What does "Ordinary Time" really mean? Full story

Concrete suggestions for Ordinary Time from Celebrating Eucharist.


  • Links to other useful websites, including one that is fun if you are reflecting on the Da Vinci Code - a link which helps you write a different Dan Brown novel each time you refresh your browser.

Other resources linking to the Da Vinci Code
An email I was sent after my third address on the Da Vinci Code (only for those with a sense of humour!)

Please email me if you have made a link to this site on your own website, or your parish's, or Ministry Unit's, etc. I would like to return the compliment and link your site in partnership. The links page of this site is one of the most frequently visited pages. Recently linked: St John's Anglican parish, Northcote, the New Zealand Franciscans, one of the bookstores that stocks Celebrating Eucharist, OC Books in Dunedin; two diocesan sites: Christchurch and Nelson; an International Anglican news site: Anglicans Online, a site exploring from the point of view of science, mysticism, and personal experience: The Ground of Faith.

Previous material
is available by exploring the navigation bar at the top left of this page.

Coming up
More resources and musings for worship. More reflections on decisions by the recent General Synod.
The Anglican Worship Template.
Is this the first province to have allowed the blessing of a gay relationship?
What does it mean to offer "Christian Marriage" to non-Christians?
Also planned for the future: book reviews, a history of the Eucharist amongst Anglicans in this country, and many more links to other very useful websites.

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