I often run into people who say that their church is a return to the worship of the NT church, the implication being that somehow Anglicans have abandoned it with the use of liturgy. And so I open the book of Acts and show them the picture of worship conducted by the first Christians: Acts 2:42 It seems very much like what we do in Anglican churches to this day. I normally point out that it says "the prayers" which implies a set of standard prayers that were recited rather than spontaneous prayer. Thus, from the beginning, the church's worship has been, in some capacity, lifurgical. Justin Martyr, in his First Apology, written just a century after the Christ's Ascension, gave us this picture of Christian Worship as he received it: Friends our worship is authentic, inspirational, and past down to us over 2000 years through tradition. Never concede that non-sacremental, "spirit" led, worship styles, with little Apostolic teaching, long sermons with power points and props, rock bands, and stages instead of altars are somehow closer to the biblical model of Christian worship. We don't live in a vaccuum, we are called to hold fast to the traditions we were taught, either by word or letter.