The Rev Wm D Maxwell, BD, Ph D, Minister of Whitekirk and Tyninghame, East Lothian

Presidential Address 1951. The action of the body and the action of the mind, heart and soul must be in accord. The article is a detailed commentary on the rite but following it from the aspect of the inner response of the worshipper. The role of the minister: those who are supposed to lead in worship may lead in its extermination. The effect of the physical on the inner. Speaks of the 'rhapsody of intercession'.

Reference: Volume 22 1952, p3

The Rev J Ramsay Thomson, BD, Minister of St Andrew’s Church, Carluke

The article begins from the gospel and continues by a review of earlier liturgies which included such prayer. How this element appears in more recent orders.

Reference: Volume 22 1952, p14
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The Rev R Stuart Louden, BD, Minister of the Parish

The restoration has been continued with the relocation of the pulpit and a discussion follows about its effect within the layout of the building. The contents of the museum are described and a note follows about the formation of the Friends of the Kirk of the Greyfriars.

Reference: Volume 22 1952, p19

The Rev John M Barkley, Ph D, Minister of Cook Centenary Church, Belfast

Earliest worship books. Revisions of the Westminster Directory. The books show that the Session decided how many Communions should be held per year and when. Fast days and long tables, tokens and how the bread and cup were served. Communion plate. There are lists of disbursements to the poor. How catechumens were admitted. The character and conduct of members. The books testify to the dominance of Brownist opinions in Irish Presbyterianism and that the practices of the Protesters were largely followed.

Reference: Volume 22 1952, p24

Ways of Worship: The Report of a Theological Commission of Faith and Order (SCM), originating from the Edinburgh conference of 1937; Prayers for the Christian Year (second edition, revised and enlarged) ( OUP); Prayers and Services for Christian Festivals, James M Todd (OUP); A Manual of Plainsong for Divine Service, ed. Briggs and Frere, rev. Arnold (Novello, 1952); The Shorter Oxford Bible (OUP); Hymns Ancient and Modern Revised 1950; BBC Hymn-book; Congregational Praise.

Reference: Volume 22 May 1952, p35
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Various Contributors

W D Maxwell receives a DD from the University of Glasgow. The considerable variety in the conduct of marriage services. Children's sermons. Receiving the offerings. Maintaining church choirs. The one-day conference in Greyfriars on 'Worship and the Arts'.

Reference: Volume 22 1952, p44
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Illustrations in this volume

Greyfriars’ Church: The Nave, looking eastward  -  Facing page 18
Greyfriars’ Church: The Pulpit  -  Facing page 19

Reference: Volume 22 1952
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The Rev Nevile Davidson, DD, Minister of Glasgow Cathedral

This article is the author’s Presidential Address to the Society’s Annual Meeting on 26th May 1950. He considers the Sacraments are not valued among us as they should be. The two Gospel Sacraments were of the greatest importance in the earliest Christian Church but their simplicity was almost completely left behind in the medieval period. The Reformers saw and emphasised the essential connection between Sacraments and Scripture; they restored the Sacraments to their proper place in the life of the Church. The value of the Sacraments has been overshadowed by the preaching of the Word and the time is now ripe for a careful reconsideration of their place in the whole life and worship of the Christian community. Baptism is primarily the bestowal of God’s grace. More stress must be laid on the responsibility of the parents. Baptism must be followed by instruction both in doctrine and in worship. The subject of Confirmation urgently calls for scholarly research and theological thought at the present time. Its origin and administration is veiled in obscurity. The rite of initiation in the Early Church comprised Profession of Faith; Baptism; Laying-on of hands and Admission to the Lord’s Table. We have largely forgotten the sacramental character of the Laying-on of hands. In this act we acknowledge our weakness and humbly seek divine grace. Preparation for Confirmation ought to be as careful and thorough as circumstances allow; often it is not. Suggestions as to what form the preparation and Confirmation should take are given. The Lord’s Supper is both a commemoration and a eucharist. In early times it was observed every Lord’s Day; the Reformers wanted to return to this practice but practical difficulties resulted in less frequent administration. Today the practice of infrequent Communion continues, laying a disproportionate stress on preaching. Until recently, the sense of importance was partially safeguarded by ‘fencing’ and tokens, but no longer. The Sacrament has become an extra and our whole devotional life suffers. The author suggests a celebration at least monthly ‘with an atmosphere of thanksgiving and gladness’ and taken to the infirm as often as they wish it. He concludes by advocating the separation of attendance at the Sacrament from regulations about inclusion on the Communicants’ Roll.

Reference: Volume 21 1951, p3

The Rev R Stuart Louden, BD, Minister of Greyfriars Church, Edinburgh

The author traces the history of the term in Scotland; its scriptural sources; the practices of the Sub-Apostolic and Medieval Church; Confirmation after the Reformation and specifically within the Church of Scotland. He concludes with a consideration of contemporary practice and encourages the use of the ‘excellent Confirmation Service in our Book of Common Order’.

Reference: Volume 21 1951, p14
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The Rev. Thomas Ritchie, MA, Minister of the Parish

The author gives a history of the church building and its significant architectural features. There is a photograph of the Holy Table, Lectern and Prayer Desk and another of the Elders’ Stalls.

Reference: Volume 21 1951, p23

The Rev Wm D Maxwell, BD, PhD, Minister of Whitekirk and Tyninghame

The article contains a detailed description of the form used for a Service of Ordination which took place at Kirkgunzeon in the Presbytery of Dumfries on 4th August, 1747.

Reference: Volume 21 1951, p29
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Pearce Hosken, Organist and Master of the Choristers, Paisley Abbey.

The author notes the return of boy choristers to Paisley Abbey nearly fifty years previously. He recounts the Master’s methods and the involvement of the boys in services and concerts throughout the Christian Year. The article concludes by describing the value of the choir to both the boys and the Church.

Reference: Volume 21 1951, p32

Various Contributors

Church Vestments, Their Origin and Development by Herbert Norris.

The Book of Common Prayer and the Worship of Non-Anglican Churches by William D Maxwell.

Service Book for the Young (Children’s Edition) by Geoffrey Cumberlege.

The Rites of Eastern Christendom by Archdale A King.

Reference: Volume 21 1951, p40
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No Author Specified

This contains comments on ministerial dress at inductions and ordinations; the use of the phrase ‘Church of Scotland’ on correspondence; suggestions for the restoration of the Creeds in worship; the revision of the Church Hymnary to omit the unsingable or unsuitable and include new material; encouragement to follow the General Assembly’s practice of singing the Gloria at the conclusion of the metrical Psalm; the announcement of hymns or Psalms; the ‘Anti-Romanising Church Service Society’; the Society’s one day conference at St Oswald’s, Edinburgh; the increase in the Society’s subscription; a request for its prompt payment.

Reference: Volume 21 1951, p45
PDF icon Notes and Comments2.72 MB

Illustrations in this volume

Symington Parish Church: Holy Table, Lectern and Prayer Desk  -  Facing page 22
Symington Parish Church: Elders’ Stalls  -  Facing page 23

Reference: Volume 21 1951
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