Volume 10, Number 02 Nov 1980

Liturgical Issues and Directions in American Presbyterianism

Stephen H Brown

Stephen H Brown of North Carolina sets out to show how the earliest reshaping of the liturgy and accompanying analysis on the part of Calvin and others has been appropriated in the USA as filtered through the various traditions that settled there, and the move through the centuries from non-liturgical to liturgical worship in the Reformed denominations. The Presbyterian Worshipbook of 1970 is analysed and assessed and how it has been received is reported.

The Death of Sunday Schools: Children and the Holy Communion

T Graeme Longmuir

Graeme Longmuir discusses religious education and how, in his United Reformed congregation, this is approached in a church where Communion is the norm and every Sunday is a family service. He identifies the contradiction between receiving someone into the church at baptism but them refusing them participation at Communion and describes how a service can be designed which welcomes children and allows them to receive the elements.

Book Reviews

The Study of Liturgy, eds. Cheslyn Jones, Geoffrey Wainwright and Edward Yarnold (SPCK 1978). Review by J K S Reid.

Children of promise¸Geoffrey Bromiley (T & T Clark 1979). Reviewed by Jock Stein.

Aufklărung Catholicism 1780-1850 L J Swidler (Scholars Press 1978). Review by Gianfranco Tellini.

The forgiveness of sins, Edward Matthews (Collins 1978). Reviewed by Richard Holloway.

Heaven in Ordinarie, Noel O’Donoghue (T & T Clark 1979). Reviewed by Columba Ryan.

American Notes

Information is given about the forthcoming conference of the North American Academy of Liturgy (1981) and information is given about the journal Reformed Liturgy and Music.