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
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Rev Dr Millar Patrick

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

Reference: Volume 30 Advent 1996, p38
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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
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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
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Details of two papers and a workshop which were delivered.

Reference: Volume 28 Lent 1995, p2
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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

John Shaw Dunn

The third 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 Dr John Shaw Dunn. Dr Dunn outlines the difficulties for someone in work to participate daily in worship, which may not just be timing or opportunity but involve matters of content, especially when based on the monastic office. Dr Dunn nevertheless commends the practice and discusses the understandings which lie behind it. He quotes: ‘How are we to recognise the Lord in daily life if we have not first sought him … in the direct encounter of prayer’. He asks, with Donald Soper, whether daily prayer might not become the paradigm of a new kind of church life as Sunday attendance continues to decline.

Reference: Volume 28 Lent 1995, p11
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Rev John L Bell

The fourth of the 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 John Bell. He reminds us that weekly and daily worship are different sides of the same coin: in one we encounter God as Source of all life, Lord of creation, Bridegroom of the Church, but in the other we acknowledge the God who meets us in the person of Jesus, in kitchens, market-places etc. He discusses the overloading of weekly worship at this time. He welcomes the new Common Order services but asks the ‘Castlemilk question’ – i.e. will it work in Castlemilk (or other similar place)? He develops this under the categories of time, scripture, psalms, patterned prayer, and the traditions behind the practice.

Reference: Volume 28 Lent 1995, p13
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Rev Dr Douglas M Murray

Douglas Murray of the University of Glasgow reminds us that prior to the Disruption there were two ‘parties’ in the church, Moderates and Evangelicals, and the latter came to the fore through a ‘ten year conflict’. The break only came when the state refused to allow leeway in the appointment of a minister; a second, similar, issue was the Chapel Act, again overturned by the state. A moderate party put a compromise proposal which failed to win the Assembly. The exit of the Evangelicals opened the way to liturgical renewal, and was the reason that this came first within the Auld Kirk. Article IV discussed, which enabled a church both national and free.

Reference: Volume 28 Lent 1995, p16
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Rev Dr Henry Sefton

The Presidential Address 1993 by the Revd Dr Henry Sefton. At the Reformation, tables were erected at Communion at which communicants sat. The Scottish delegates compiling the Westminster Directory disagreed with the English Independents that the elements be brought to people as they sat and a compromise clause used the words ‘about it or at’ the Table. In the nineteenth century, the size of Chalmers’s Glasgow congregations made it difficult to accommodate the prevailing practice of sitting at the table. There was controversy over his use of a smaller table at which to preside, with the elements carried to the people but the Assembly, while affirming the status quo, enabled a dispensation when local circumstances dictated an arrangement such as Chalmers had instituted. Chalmers had appealed to the Westminster Directory in support.

Reference: Volume 28 Lent 1995, p19

Rev Charles Robertson

The Revd Charles Robertson responds to a review of the 1994 Common Order, particularly in its not offering a single authoritative order for Holy Communion as had the 1979 edition and in failing to place the narrative of institution within the great prayer, by pointing out that the compilers were following the balance of opinion expressed by commissioners at the General Assembly in offering a variety of provision as in the 1940 book and retaining the narrative as a Warrant independent of the prayer.

Reference: Volume 28 Lent 1995, p24
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Alexander Spring Archibald MA

John Johnston MBE MA BD JP

James P Shepherd Esq

Henry Thompson TD FRSA

Reference: Volume 28 Lent 1995, p25
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