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Notice of Services for Holy Week and Easter by Rt. Rev Dr. Norman Maclean, which includes provision for the antiphonal reading of the psalm
Suggestion for greater employment of Celtic art – as on the cover of the Annual which was designed by Miss Gladys Wyllie
The Secretary has assisted many enquirers in preparing orders for special occasions and has gathered many others – these are available
Discussion of the Book of Common Order (1928) from the United Free Church
Prayers from the service of Re-dedication of Paisley Abbey and from the dedication of a new bell at St Andrew’s, North Berwick
Comment on the misuse of the expression ‘second table’ for separate celebrations of Holy Communion
Critique of the common practice of siting an organ behind the pulpit and console in front, surrounded by the choir, and a further discussion of the inappropriateness of placing the choir in a chancel.

Reference: The Church Service Society Annual, Volume 02 1929-30, p77
PDF icon Notes and Comments1.78 MB

The Rev George S Stewart, Edinburgh

Suggests two uses.   Discusses purpose of organ voluntaries, and the ministry of the organist, in making his offering, as drawing the whole congregation (not the musical people alone) into God’s presence.  Therefore he should not play over their heads, but at the same time should build up the congregation in their appreciation of music, even at times interpreting the music to them. Discusses current changes and warns against music of “lower appeal” while acknowledging power of music to appeal to the senses.   Quotes Archbishops’ Report on ultimate test of a hymn tune, “its faithfulness as an expression of the Christian religion”.

Reference: Volume 02 1929-30, p60
PDF icon The Function of Music in Worship3.93 MB

The Rev John Mercer Hunter, BD, Kirkcaldy

Brief history of Psalters, bound with Book of Common Order, from Reformation, noting that tunes were always included.  1635 first harmonised edition.  New edition by Neil Livingstone in circulation.  Replaced by 1650 psalter but with Scottish editing (editors named and sections undertaken) to the extent that Rous’s originals scarcely perceptible.  Author urges more use to be made of the older psalm tunes, noting that some are in Church Hymnary (1898) to hymn texts.  Discussion of the origins of psalm tunes with the forms of title: “Old…” and “Psalm…”  Note   reference to the “Association for the revival of sacred music in Scotland” in Edinburgh in 1860s.

Reference: Volume 02 1929-30, p69

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No summary currently available.

Reference: Volume 02 1929-30, p75
PDF icon Order for the Dedication of an Organ733.35 KB

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St John’s Church, Perth - Interior, Eastward View  -   Frontispiece
St John’s Church, Perth - Pulpit and Organ  -   Facing page 8
Kippen Church - The Chancel  -   Facing page 56
Kippen Church - Interior, Westward View  -   Facing page 57
Kippen Church - The Door  -   Facing page 57
Kippen Church - Exterior View  -   Facing page 57

Reference: The Church Service Society Annual, Volume 02 1929-30
PDF icon Illustrations1.13 MB

The Right Rev Norman Maclean, Moderator of the General Assembly

The Church of Scotland’s freedom in worship can be a snare when abused. “It is not a Christian service when a congregation goes through the forms of worship without confession or absolution; when the first prayer is a theological meditation; and when petitions, incongruous and interminable, jostle each other in an inchoate mass.” The Church Service Society has shown that the bare and formless worship offered in the parish churches for over two centuries was not the fruit of the Reformation and the publication of these volumes draws attention to the reverence and beauty and dignity which the worship of God requires

Reference: The Church Service Society Annual, Volume 01 1928-29, p3
PDF icon Introduction819.04 KB

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The Calendar offers a commemoration for each day of every month.

Reference: The Church Service Society Annual, Volume 01 1928-29, p5
PDF icon A Scottish Ecclesiastical Calendar3.96 MB

The Rev D Bruce Nicol, MC, BD, St Mark’s, Dundee

This article outlines the situation prior to the founding of the Society on 31st January, 1865, and the publications provided since. Even though the General Assembly established a Committee on Public Worship and Aids to Devotion and it was proposed that the Society be wound up, it was felt that a role continued.

Reference: The Church Service Society Annual, Volume 01 1928-29, p17

The Rev W A Knowles, BD, Dalton,

At the Reformation, every service, not the Eucharist alone, became a complete act of devotion, containing all the elements of worship. The principles sought are based on Holy Scripture, supremely in I Peter and Hebrews. The primary act is penitence but this should not be too detailed, being corporate, followed by pardon and supplication. The Psalms have a high place. Scripture should be read consecutively and a lectionary is desirable. The crowning act is intercession, although not too detailed nor too long.

Reference: The Church Service Society Annual, Volume 01 1928-29, p21
PDF icon The Principles of Divine Service2.79 MB

The Rev John W Baird, St Andrews

The morning service as currently practised is based on the “Hours” services. Holy Communion is the “Lord’s own service”.  This is similar in however many contemporary traditions in which it is found. The shape is based on the old Missa Catechumenorum and Missa Fidelium. These are outlined and the Thanksgiving analysed. The Roman Liturgy omits the prayer to the Holy Spirit. The Westminster Directory is in the spirit of the ancient forms. The former mode which used “tables” and multiplicity of addresses did not foster interest in the service and only recently have the beauty and devotion of the earliest liturgies been recovered. The Anglican service is critiqued. The article now reviews the various forms of the Eucharist in print and makes further comparisons with Roman, Anglican and Eastern forms. Reference is made to Psalm 43 while the paraphrase ’Twas on that night is shown to be used equally with Psalm 24.

Reference: The Church Service Society Annual, Volume 01 1928-29, p27
PDF icon The Service of Holy Communion5.25 MB

The Rev J F Leishman, MA, Linton

Origins in Greek and Roman use. The former is the true forerunner of British Church practice (cf. Euchologion), reference being made to dress, standing at prayer, the lifting of the elements, the mixed cup (Aberdeen) and unleavened bread (Galloway) still in use. Frequency of celebration is urged and it is noted that the number of parishes having Easter Communion has recently quadrupled. Posture at table is discussed and other recent practices analysed (e.g. the “little utensils”).

Reference: The Church Service Society Annual, Volume 01 1928-29, p38
PDF icon The Holy Table3.59 MB

The Rev Wm McMillan, MA, Ph D, St Leonard’s, Dunfermline

The origins of the lectionary in the Old Testament and in the early Church and references in later documents. Anglican practice. The belief of the Reformers that “Scripture should be read through in order” and some early prescriptions. The position of the Westminster Directory. A first formal lectionary mid-nineteenth century. Euchologion, its lectionaries and explanations. Lectionaries in other Presbyterian publications. The article does not aim to set out the arguments for and against lectionaries.

Reference: Volume 01 1928-29, p45
PDF icon Concerning Lectionaries5.32 MB

The Rev A R Howell, MA, Paisley

This article gives an account of work currently in progress, together with the history of the buildings on the site and the present building and its place in past Scottish events. Photographs of the Abbey are inserted.

Reference: Volume 01 1928-29, p56
PDF icon The Restoration of Paisley Abbey5.75 MB

The Rev Thomas Marjoribanks, BD, Colinton

Written months after the publication of the new book, the article assesses its impact. There is some analysis of the diverse material contained within it. It is noted that the Scottish Hymnal is still held in affection, “particularly in the Church Service Society”, and some material has been restored from that publication. The wide time span of the material is noted. The problem of contemporary hymns is noted and the author finds the examples of these wanting, as he does the provision for children. The reaction against Victorian tunes is commented upon. His advice is to “hasten slowly” in introducing new material.

Reference: Volume 01 1928-29, p67
PDF icon The Revised Church Hymnary3.71 MB

The Rev H J Wotherspoon, DD

This short article discusses the different places in the service these might be given, favouring a position after the sermon.  The matter of the calling of Banns is also treated.

Reference: Volume 01 1928-29, p75
PDF icon Proclamations and Intimations1.27 MB