There are so many churches now in which the Creeds are never heard other than at Presbytery services of ordination and induction. Falconer simply tells the story of the introduction and use of the Apostles’ Creed at every service of worship in one Scottish parish (Trinity Coatdyke) in the early years of the 20th century during the ministry of his predecessor there. It was used not only in worship but in every conceivable area of the congregation’s life. In addition to telling the story, Falconer includes extracts from written submissions given to him by members of the congregation which amply illustrate the significance of the Creed for them and for the development of their faith. It is a spare but informative and deeply appreciative piece of writing.
Concerning Worship by WD Maxwell BD PhD OUP
Prayers for Parish Worship by Colin Miller BD OUP
Service Book for the Young Committee on Public Worship and Aids to Devotion OUP and Book of Common Order for Use in the Sunday School comp. W McMillan PhD DD
The Worship of the English Puritans by Horton Davies Westminster: Dacre Press
A Book of Public Worship - various contributers OUP
Draw Near to God: a Book of Meditations by D H Southgate OUP
These make passing reference to a number of the foregoing articles, including ministerial dress.
There is an additional comment on the giving of the Benediction at the close of worship.
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St Cuthbert’s Parish Church, Saltcoats
St Cuthbert’s Parish Church, Saltcoats: Nave and Chancel, looking eastward
St Cuthbert’s Parish Church, Saltcoats: The Chancel
St Cuthbert’s Parish Church, Saltcoats: Pulpit, Organ and Choir Stalls
This article is a response by the Rev Dr W D Maxwell to the book by Dom Gregory Dix, a Benedictine Anglican Monk who had a considerable influence on revisions to Anglican liturgy in the mid 20th century. That Maxwell’s own, probably unsurpassed, “Outline of Christian Worship had been published just ten years earlier gives added interest.
Maxwell is warm in his praise and appreciation of the work, but he is often highly critical and one feels might have written “could have done better” at the foot of the opus. Some of his comments refer to the lack of footnotes and incomplete indexing, but graver still for a work of such importance, he also cites arguments set down carelessly and with the lack of supporting evidence. Inevitably perhaps, some of Maxwell’s misgivings arise from conflicting positions held by Scottish Presbyterian and Anglican liturgists, but he also questions Dix’s interpretation of the writings of some of the Reformers, notably Calvin. In spite of all his reservations, Maxwell is still generous towards Dix’s scholarship in what amounts to a lengthy review. One has to remember it is written across a considerable Scottish/English divide, and the article would be of considerable use to the serious student. Maxwell in no way ‘damns with faint praise’, but he does urge the reader not to allow his gratitude to dull his critical faculties.
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This is a very neat, concise account of the anthem and its place in Reformed worship, written by Herrick Bunney while he was organist at St Giles. While it is scholarly, and clearly exhibits his encyclopaedic knowledge of the form and its history, it is also indicative of a deeply spiritual nature as when he contrasts hymns, which allow the congregation to give expression to their thoughts and feelings in worship, with those parts of a service sung by a choir which enable the worshipper to sink into the spiritual atmosphere which the music provides and to be uplifted by it. This is a short, helpful, informative, article which reads as if written from a faith perspective.
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This is an account (including three photographs) of the foundation and subsequent development of St Bride’s Church in Sanquhar by the then minister of the charge. There had been an ecclesiastical building on the site for many centuries. Plans for a new building had been prepared by Macgregor Chalmers but the project was shelved at the outbreak of the 1914/18 war. After many delays, the renovation work was begun in 1930 with new plans prepared by Jeffrey Waddell but incorporating some of Chalmers’ original ideas, the project being made possible by a number of grants, gifts, and legacies. The article contains quite detailed descriptions of the work undertaken including the windows, interior furnishings, and historical artefacts.
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This article will reward careful reading. The Register in question is that of the Cameronian Societies from 1706 to 1751 and was kept by the Rev John McMillan, one time minister of Balmaghie in the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright. McMillan has not only recorded the details of the baptisms administered by him, but has also included some notes of relating to the children and their families. The author of the article has also drawn on his own knowledge of similar documents in order to compare and contrast entries, rendering the whole of interest not only to the serious student engaged in research, but also to those with an interest in the customs of the first half of the 18th century.
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It might be helpful to be able to read this article in conjunction with the original article by Maxwell [The Annual No. 17, 1947] to which this is a response. The tenor of the article might come as a gentle surprise to those of us who live in areas where there is no longer a communion season, and who have come to value the many opportunities today to share in the sacrament of Holy Communion at conferences, Kirk Session meetings and informal church gatherings.Kilpatrick traces the sacrament back to its earliest roots in the Passover, and as a meal which celebrates not only the Resurrection but also the whole passion of Christ. Though mindful that the experience of the evening meal in the house at Emmaus may well be understood as the first celebration of Holy Communion, he still feels it important to make a strong case against any move to evening communion services which are anything other than provision for those who find it impossible to attend in the morning. He does cite the custom of a ‘first table’ in the early hours of the morning (even 3am or 4am) for servants who would be unable to attend later by reason of their domestic duties!
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The Church and Art: 10th report of the Central Council for the care of Churches. Pub Church House. Reviewed by the Rev Dr William D Maxwell.
The Age of Adam (James Lees Milne) Greater English Church Screens (Aymer Vallance) and Stuart and Georgian Churches (Marcus Whiffen) all published by Batsford. Reviewed by the Rev W McMillan
The Book of Psalms in Latin and English and the Canticles Used in the Divine Office, translated by Monsignor Ronald Knox and published by Burne, Oats and Washbourne Ltd. Reviewed by the Rev W McMillan
Memorial Services by the Rev A T Welford, pub. SPCK Reviewed by David A Hodges
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St Bride’s Parish Church, Sanquhar
St Bride’s Parish Church, Sanquhar: The Chancel
St Bride’s Parish Church, Sanquhar: Chancel and Transept
An account of the life of a key member of the Church Service Society and the influential Aberdeen Ecclesiological Society, minister of the East Church, Aberdeen, author, editor, and ecumenist.
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Against the increasing practice of evening communions, the author calls for attention to the stronger symbolism of Sunday morning. He also writes on the question of orientation.
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