Volume 46 2010-11


The Editor

The editor sets the context for the articles to follow and, reflecting on the aims of the founders of the Society, proposes that it adopts a programme of serious study to begin its fourth half century.

Liturgical Pluralism in a Mixed-Economy Church: Challenges facing the Church of England

Peter Moger

Worship in the 1961 C of E is contrasted with the considerable variety to be found today. One change is the focus on mission and the realisation that 'one size doesn't fit all'. Without confessions, Anglican doctrine is enshrined in its worship. This makes it difficult to provide liturgy for a diverse church. The developments leading up to the new Common Worship provision is set out. This contrasts with previous material in that: it is presented in a multi-media form; it reflects a multiplicity of context; it contains both the old and new and it is possible to move between them in one service of worship. Common worship means something different from the BCP in that it is not expressed in common material but a common, four-fold, structure, reflecting two underlying theological concepts: God shares our life (incarnation), and transforms it (redemption). Common prayer is still important to Anglicans: doctrine, part of church catholic. The variety in today's C of E is set out. The challenge of Fresh Expressions is discussed, as is the issue of formation and training.

Concerning Funeral Services

Some anonymous reflections

The writer discusses the relative desirability of an immediate funeral and a later event with better marks the life of the deceased. Expectations of funerals raised by film and television are discussed, which tend towards pomp and vulgarity. The dangers of adding to the basic service, with multiple contributions, are outlined. The funeral can double as a memorial service. Structure is discussed and the prevalence of prayer which is aimed at the congregation rather than God is deplored. The focus is often lost; the structure ought to set forth the Love of God in respect of the deceased and family and friends. The difficulties when ministers lose control of the planning of the ceremony. Departing from the set services also carry dangers. The use of the AV and the choice and appropriate delivery of biblical passages. The writer considers the Address, the desirability of brevity throughout the service, hymns and music, rubrics, experimentation, memorial services, and the the use of names.

At Butterfield's Island Masterpiece

David Todd

The Warden of the College of the Holy Spirit at the Cathedral of the Isles on the Isle of Cumbrae discusses the influence of the Oxford Movement in the establishment of the College, and outlines the early history of the College as a seminary for Episcopal priests. He reflects on the Movement's influence on the Scottish Episcopal Church. The author reflects on his own liturgical upbringing and how his work as a theatre and orchestra manager contributed to a developing understanding of worship. Some account of the current life of the College and Cathedral is given.

Kippen Parish Church

J M Younie and Editor

The Society's Study Day at Kippen in 2011 prompts this reprint of an article in the Society's Annual 1929-30 by the Rev J M Younie, the parish minister, when the renovation of the building was partially completed. The Editor has added material to bring the account up to date.