Admirable Simplicity

Principles for Worship Planning in the Anglican Tradition

George Wayne Smith

Jan/2000, 166 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6x8

ISBN-13: 9780898692617



Author Wayne Smith has written a why-to rather than a how-to book that clearly presents the argument that Anglican worship is unique. This highly sensible book is written for worship committees and lay people interested in this uniqueness. It does not propose the right way to do worship nor is it a step-by-step planning guide. Rather, it gives an overview of the nature of Anglican worship and the inherent simplicity within the rites and rubrics gleaned from primary and secondary sources in the tradition, combined with a good dose of reason.


  1. The Anglican Way
  2. The Daily Office
  3. Baptism and Confirmation
  4. The Eucharist
  5. The Pastoral Offices
  6. Planning the Liturgy

Includes bibliography.

George Wayne Smith is a native of Texas and a graduate of Baylor University. He also holds advanced and professional degrees from Baylor, Nashotah House, and the University of the South. He has chaired liturgy commissions in two dioceses and is a member of the Association of Diocesan Liturgy and Music Commissions. He is currently rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Des Moines, Iowa.

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