Need a prayerbook? Here’s where to get an ELW or BCP…

At St. Christopher’s we us several sources for our worship and print them up in the bulletin. Mostly though, we use the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) of the Episcopal Church and Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) is the main hymnal/prayerbook of the ELCA

It’s a good idea to have one or both of these at home for personal use and for times when you might gather in small groups at home or elsewhere. Having your own will also be handy in the near future as social distancing restrictions are lessened. We will not be able to share hymnals, prayerbooks, or bulletins during worship for some time. If you have your own prayerbook you can use it at home for online worship at bring it to church for when things do open up.

So here’s where to get them.
1) We have a limited number at the church we can loan or give to those in need. If buying your own is not an option or causes difficulty, don’t worry. We can help. Contact Fr. James.

2) For the ELW you will want the Pew Edition, Pew Edition e-book (for Apple devices), Pocket Edition, or Gift Edition. Brand new, the pew edition should be $24.50 before tax/shipping. See these links:
Augsburg Fortress

3) For the BCP you will want the 1979 American edition. You can find it online free at If you are buying new, the ’79 edition will likely be what you find. Note that the gift and chapel editions are smaller with smaller print. The pew edition is what you are used to. Below are some links for purchasing. The pew edition is about $17.50.
Church Publishing

The Book of Common Prayer is the manual of prayer, liturgy, spirituality, and doctrine
for The Episcopal Church

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    • Coral Hilby on May 4, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    Is the 1979 American Edition of the Book of Common Prayer the same as the Seabury or Oxford Episcopal? How about The Book of Common Prayer for Everyday Use, Large Print (which I understand is abridged)–are we going to miss a lot if we use that one?

      • James on May 5, 2020 at 1:34 pm

      The large print may not have the same pagination as others which would make it difficult to follow along. For example, “Turn to page 180” might not get you to page 180. I could be wrong. I don’t have much experience with the large print version. You want one published by “Church Publishing.” Seabury Press did at one time publish them also. Oxford will probably take you to the Brittish BCP – not the one we’re after. Here, Cory. Try this link:

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