Reflections on Worship in the Church of Scotland

Alan D Birss

In his Presidential Address given to the 2004 AGM of the Society Alan D Birss recalls the shortcomings in worship which led to the foundation of the Society, and suggests that if conditions today have not reached a similar low ebb there are nevertheless matters which call for attention. He notes that the assertion of the normative character of Holy Communion in worship has largely fallen on deaf ears, suggests that materials provided by organisations promoting special Sundays tend to result in “a seminar with hymns”, regrets the tendency to over-emphasise Scottish distinctiveness, and questions the adequacy of liturgical training, especially in relation to the increasing number of non-ministerial leaders of worship

Volume 40 Winter 2004, p2