What about our Worship?
A. W. Tozer lamented the decline of a proper sense of worship in Western churches:
“I wonder if there was ever a time when true spiritual worship was at a lower ebb. To great sections of the Church the art of worship has been lost entirely, and in its place has come that strange and foreign thing called the ‘program.’ This word has been borrowed from the stage and applied with sad wisdom to the type of public service which now passes for worship among us.”
Anglicans seek to restore, in part, the ancient worship of the early believers. It starts with prayer. Anglicans are expected to pray. When we pray in private, each of us prays in his own way. When we pray together in services of worship, our “common prayers” are ‘liturgical,’ that is, they are structured. In this way we can truly share our worship of God. Our ancient, liturgical worship involves the whole person, body, mind and spirit.
We are active participants rather than just listeners. Worship to us is not “what-can-I-get-out-of-this”. Worship goes from us to God. We come to church to give God the praise and worship which, as His creatures, we owe Him. We worship in prayer, praise, hymns, Scripture, and Holy liturgy that has a direct focus on our Holy God and His gift to man via Jesus Christ.