This time last week I was sitting in historic Trinity College in balmy Melbourne (not!) at the 2009 meeting of ACOL, the Australian Consultation on Liturgy ACOL was inaugurated in 1976 and exists to help member churches to deepen their understanding of their own and other churches’ worship. Among other things, it also monitors the use in Australia of the Revised Common Lectionary (1992) and the common worship texts in Praying Together (1988). ACOL is the local chapter of the English Language Liturgical Consultation (ELLC), which has international oversight of the Revised Common Lectionary.
More churches were represented than in any previous meeting of ACOL: Anglican, Baptist, Greek Orthodox, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Salvation Army and Uniting. Apologies were received from the Churches of Christ.
We heard about work on prayers concerning the environment from the Anglican Church, services in house churches, translation issues, the way the Salvation Army is more looking at the Lectionary and the Christian year, and our Short Guide for Daily Prayer and our new ordination services. Meetings such as ACOL give the churches venues to share and understand one another better, and so further the mission of God.
After that, I met up with friends old and new and then went to Romsey, where I shared the next day with Rev Dr Avril Hannah-Jones, also preaching at Lancefield Uniting Church. A very good weekend!
Liturgical websites of member churches of ACOL (national groups in bold):
Anglican Church: Commission on Liturgy
Baptist Church: Laughingbird Resources
Greek Orthodox: St Andrews Orthodox Press (a download file)
Lutheran Church: Commission on Worship
Roman Catholic Church: Liturgy Commission
Presbyterian Church of Australia: Public Worship and Aids to Devotion
Salvation Army: Worship
Uniting Church: The Working Group on Worship