This substantial paper, one in the series of Centenary Lectures, finds current books too cult-centred and seeks sources to lead to a theology of liturgy. The primacy of Christ from the beginning is noted, not just over the church but the whole world; the paper ranges through the Scriptural witness and early controversies in defence of this central truth. There is a digression on inter-faith worship. Doctrine or dogma determines worship, but there must be an inter-relationship. The shape of worship attests to the primacy of the Word, which is Christ. Secular pressures on the church. The paper discusses the place of Tradition, Ecclesiology and Christology for fashioning a theology of worship. The paper is rich in quotation and allusion.
Volume 03, Number 01 May 1973
As well as providing a record of the development of religious broadcasting in Scotland and some of the personalities involved, this paper, by the celebrated former Director of Religious Broadcasting at BBC Scotland, gives a spirited account of the evangelical opportunities that it offers.
The Convener of the Revision Committee looks at some points of special interest in the forthcoming publication of the new book, drawing attention to the liturgical pattern of its contents, the placing of the psalms through the book, the policy regarding modern hymns, the more objective character of Baptismal hymns, the great increase in the provision of Communion hymns, prose settings of the psalms, and the commissioning of new tunes from some 30 contemporary Scottish-based composers.
Rather than taking a pruning knife to the Canon of the Mass, the author shows that the Canon or 'Office' as in Formula Missae and the Deutsche Messe is an expression of the conviction regarding justification by faith and an avoidance of any sense of sacrifice which suggests that salvation can be achieved through human agency. This is developed by reference to Luther's own analysis of the existing Canon and the author's commentary on the new Canon which replaced it, albeit with some of the original elements. He concludes, 'In doing this, Luther believed that he had replaced the Canon with the Gospel; the Canon had given up its place to Christ as its master. Far from being a conservative and unimaginative liturgiologist, Luther was in fact giving positive liturgical expression to Justification.
The minister gives an account of this mediaeval burgh church and sketches its place in the community and the alterations to its building through the centuries.
An architect discusses the nature and use of ancillary rooms and spaces surrounding the worship area of churches in the context of contemporary needs and social developments.
A review of the new Presbyterian Church USA Worshipbook.
A round up of new books of and about worship, including A Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship (SCM Press).
The autumn conference in Jordanvale where Stewart Todd spoke of the new Church Hymnary. The Centenary Lecture (printed in this issue).
Fig. 1 The Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling
Fig. 2 Nave - looking west
Fig. 3 Nave - looking east
Fig. 4 One section of choir stalls with organ console