It occurred to me today that the order of service inhibits teaching. I haven't timed it but the service is mostly taken up with long passages that are repeated from week to week. This leaves little time, typically about 10 minutes in a typical service, for actual biblical teaching. If you watch Bible teachers on line an in depth teaching on a reading can easily go for an hour, so 10 minutes just skims the surface. I especially noticed today in the Gradual Hymn. This is sung to cover the progression of the priest into the middle of the congregation to read the Gospel. Since Covid this hasn't been happening but we still sing the hymn. We could well dispense with the gradual hymn and use the time elsewhere. The same can be said of a lot of the service, it is just rote repetition (tautology?) that fills time but accomplishes little. How many people actually pay attention to the collect? The readings are usually short passages taken from a longer whole and have little meaning by themselves. In saying this I also recognise the Value of a liturgy. The call and response nature of out liturgy helps in participation by the congregation. The structure of the service reduces errant practices creeping in. The 3 year cycle of readings means that most of the Bible is covered preventing distortion by concentrating on a narrow range of scripture. Solutions? At least in our Diocese there is a requirement to perform only one traditional service a week. There could well be a second "teaching" service or class that omits most parts of the traditional service including the Eucharist. This could allow 50 minutes of teaching and discussion in a 1 hour time slot. Home groups? These allow small groups to study together and are well suited to discussion, especially if clergy are not present! To be honest though, not everyone would be interested in more teaching. We have a zoom home group study with a regular attendance of 4, compared to a typical Sunday attendance of about 40.