The new editor, Rev Graeme Longmuir, invites contributions and offers a reflection on Lent, together with two Lenten collects.
Volume 16 Spring 1987
Rev David Beckett draws attention to the Society's library, and suggests more use should be made of it. He also speaks of the importance of keeping the library up to date.
The Reverend John Heron, NA, BD, STM, DD 1913-1987
Some current trends in society and church are observed, including a more experimental approach to worship. The Society seeks a balance between the new ways and the best of tradition. He asks how, at this period of transition, how the originators of the Society sought to bring life to the 'simple forms' of the time through the devotional quality enshrined in more 'liturgical' worship. Euchologion offered forms for special services plus 'a magazine of prayer' derived from all traditions and periods. He derives principles within this as follows: 1. renewed awareness of church catholic, 2. renewing ancient prayers (semper reformanda) (here he exhorts the Society to speak more publicly and not talk to ourselves, 3. we should broaden the base of the Society beyond the Church of Scotland, 4. we should draw attention to traditions in danger of being forgotten, 5. the need for more and better material for private devotion (like the republication of Baillie Diary of Private Prayer.
Chairman at Annual Meeting 1878 bemoans contentment with routine in worship and the wearisome monotony of repetition in the absence of forms.
The author gives the history of the emergence and development of the Grove booklets on liturgy, intended originally as an evangelical alternative to publications from the Liturgical Commission and how it expanded into a series on ethics, pastoral ministry and spirituality. Later the project gave rise to News of Liturgy and other publications. In due course more 'technical' publications were added to the imprint such as an edition of the Westminster Directory. In 1987 there was established a link with the Alcuin Club.
Preaching on Favourite Hymns, Frank Colquhoun, Mowbray, reviewed by Rev William G Young
New Songs of Praise, OUP/BBC Publications, reviewed by Rev John L Bell