David D Ogston

An extensive article in which Carmina Gadelica is examined for its prayer content and how it may be drawn on, both in actuality and in approach, in creating contemporary prayers.

Reference: Volume 33 All Saints 1997, p24
PDF icon Heart-Food5.68 MB

Rev Bryan D Spinks

To arrive at a searching scholarly examination of the “four action shape of the Communion Liturgy” by way of Germain Greer, Desmond Wilcox, and Madonna is no mean feat. Spink’s approach is quixotic and may not find universal approval.

Reference: Volume 30 Advent 1996, p1

Rev Colin R Williamson

In 1995 the Presbytery of Perth resolved that at each occasion of ordination to the ministry of Word and Sacrament, the newly ordained minister should preside at the sacrament of Holy Communion. The article records the thinking which lay behind that decision and some of the arguments for and against the practice.

Reference: Volume 30 Advent 1996, p10

Rev Canon Donald C Gray

This is a very useful little history of the offering of daily prayers at the start of each day in the House of Commons, including the origins and structures of the prayers themselves. There is a good bibliography.

Reference: Volume 30 Advent 1996, p15

Rev J L Hepburn

A set of prayers for morning worship.

Reference: Volume 30 Advent 1996, p23
PDF icon Morning Service977.38 KB

Rev Bruce F Neill

The insights provided by Bruce Neill in this short article on his almost 25 years as a naval chaplain, are enough to persuade the reader that he was anything but ‘at sea’. One might have wished that the article itself had been longer.

Reference: Volume 30 Advent 1996, p28
PDF icon Almost All at Sea1.72 MB

Rev James C Stewart

cf The Record 1995 for the institution of these services.

Reference: Volume 30 Advent 1996, p31

Colin Williamson

Patterns of Worship, Church House Publishing

Reference: Volume 30 Advent 1996, p36
PDF icon Book Review 850.77 KB

Rev Dr Millar Patrick

The Psalmody of Covenanting Times, from The Annual, May 1934.

Reference: Volume 30 Advent 1996, p38
PDF icon From the Archives 1.18 MB

Canon Michael Perham

The Church Service Society Lecture 1995

Three 'fundamentals' are outlined.. Worship is a daring anticipation of heavenly realities; it is putting us in touch with the reality of God. The undercurrent of worship is undergirding prayerfulness which lies beyond the speaking and singing and it is a corporate prayerfulness.
We may have other agendas – evangelism, teaching, fellowship but worship should be pure worship and God returns it to us as gift and blessing (which attracts new Christians, gives better sense of belonging etc); if these other agendas are not being met we should not change worship but look at the quality. Outlines seven reasons why there have been changes in worship: address God in ordinary language, all age worship, quest for spontaneity/variety/ informality (not see as entertainment but not immune to expectations), loss of confidence in heritage and tradition, only one hour in week available, easy availability of new lit material esp music, Liturgical Movement and flowering of scholarship. But is there also a new openness to the Spirit of God. This has affected music: desire for culturally different music, emphasis on participation, changes in music education, recorded music industry and expectations about standards, divorce between serious composers and the church. Five areas of new activity: liturgical language, draw on all musical genres, sing the liturgy, lines of communication with world of education, teach/preach/lead about prayerfulness.


Reference: Volume 31 Christmas 1996, p1

A W Macdonnell

This is a trancription of a document that the writer found in the offices of the Northern Lighthouse Board which gave instructions and prayers for worship on board the Lighthouse Tender, with material by Robert Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott.

Reference: Volume 31 Christmas 1996, p23
PDF icon Bell Rock Lighthouse Prayers4.54 MB

Dr David R Goodbourn

Set apart but feeling set aside. History of Readership, active after Reformation only for fifty years, restored 1918. 'Only for emergencies'. 'Not good enough to be ministers'. The Committee of Forty addressing anomalies by proposing the Auxiliary Ministry. The author argues for the importance of the Readership in this day and age. The 1992 Act of Assembly attaching Readers to charges is discussed.

Reference: Volume 31 Christmas 1996, p38
PDF icon Readers - Who needs them?3.94 MB

Details of two papers and a workshop which were delivered.

Reference: Volume 28 Lent 1995, p2
PDF icon Meetings: 1994134.77 KB

Rev Charles Robertson

The first of four papers given at the Workshop on Daily Worship at St Margaret’s, Barnhill, Dundee on St Andrew’s Day 1994 was given by the Revd Charles Robertson. Both ‘Common Order’ and the First Book of Discipline commended daily worship in sixteenth century Scotland. By the time of the Directory of Public Worship, it would seem this practice had fallen into disuse and the emphasis was on family prayers at home. Also there was for a time the weekly ‘Exercise’. In the nineteenth century, orders were published, for example by the Society and by individual compilers of books of prayer. The new Common Order contains generous provision.

Reference: Volume 28 Lent 1995, p3

Rev Canon Michael Paternoster

The second of three papers given at the Workshop on Daily Worship at St Margaret’s, Barnhill, Dundee on St Andrew’s Day 1994 was given by the Revd Canon Michael Paternoster. He first discusses the migration of the sevenfold daily office to the twice a day pattern in the early Anglican books. The place of the psalms is discussed, and the advantages and disadvantages of a daily lectionary. There are now too many divergent forms and this detracts from the feeling of sharing with others.

Reference: Volume 28 Lent 1995, p6