The Anglican Church in North America is in the process of developing a new text for common prayer. A quality paper edition of what has been described as the ‘bible arranged for worship’ should be published in 2019. Meanwhile all of the major liturgies are posted online and available for parishes, families and individuals to use now while the final edition is under review. The new prayer book is based on the use of the English Standard Bible; some say the best modern translation for use in public worship situations. The lectionary (list of bible readings for each Sunday) is based on the ESV. For this reason we have switched our pew bibles from the NIV to the ESV. The new bibles are slightly larger and the print is clearer and hopefully easier to read. Since we are ‘Church of the Word’ we like to have our people follow along in the printed word, or listen attentively to the spoken word. We want our adults and children to be able to find Jeremiah or Romans or Matthew and get used to looking up chapters and verses. Our old Bibles have been given to another Church who did not have any! Some sent to prison ministry and some to the DC City mission for distribution to the poor.
Here are some suggestions which will help you to make the best use of this resource.