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To the editors:

I was interested in the article deploring the loss of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer ["Is Nothing Sacred?" June 9]. I was raised an Episcopalian and have ventured twice to the St. Paul's by the Lake Church across the street from where I live. Both times I have been amazed at the coldness of the church. I don't notice the beautiful language of the 1928 Prayer book, I see men praying with their backs to me, a lot of incense, and a lot of mumbling of prayers. I miss the Peace handshake. At Christmas the long procession of men swinging incense disappeared into the side of the church out of sight. I had to read the bulletin to find that they were blessing the creche with no attempt to involve the congregation or at least invite the children up to witness it.

It is interesting that the 1928 Prayer book is a rallying point for those who oppose the ordination of women and any emphasis on social justice. I have not returned to St. Paul's by the Lake, I find the local Catholic Church closer to the Episcopal service that I knew, and more involved with reaching out to the community.

I don't think what we say in life is half as important as what we do.

Alice Thompson

N. Ashland

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