Ecumenical poet and liturgist remembered

November 4 2018 

The Revd Bruce Prewer, a Uniting Church minister whose passion for writing contemporary, ecumenical liturgy grounded in the Australian context influenced generations of Christians from the 1970s to the present day, died in Victoria on 11 September following a protracted illness.

Revd Prewer was the author of many books of prayers, poems and reflections, including Australian Psalms, Australian Prayers, Worship in a Caravan Park and Brief Prayers for Busy People.

His friend the Revd Stan Clarke, minister at Sunbury Uniting Church, said Revd Prewer was “a nationally recognised poet and liturgist who gave Christianity a distinctly Australian voice”.

His popular psalms included biblical psalms transposed rather than translated from ancient Israel to contemporary Australia. Others were original psalms, written in the Biblical spirit or re-shaping New Testament material into psalm form.

Bruce’s worship resources across the Revised Common Lectionary are an extensive collection of prayers, psalms, poems and sermons over the three-year cycle.

Born in Tasmania, Revd Prewer served in a number of Uniting Church congregations in Victoria, including in North Essendon and Bendigo. He was born in 1931 and ordained in 1955.