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Alex Mowat

Andrew Stewart Todd DD

Reference: Volume 45 2009/10, p28
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Various contributors

Sharing the past, Shaping the Futurereviewed by Peter Donald

Liturgy in the Age of Reason, Worship and Sacraments in England and Scotland 1662-c1800, reviewed by Henry Sefton

Worship and Liturgy in Context: Studies and Case Studies in Theology and Practice, reviewed by James Stewart

Liturgy and Architecture: From the Early Church to the Middle Agesreviewed by James Stewart

Reference: Volume 45 2009/10, p33
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Anniversaries: Calvin 2009, Scottish Reformation 2010. The Society's new website. The 2009 Study Day based on Worship and Liturgy in Context, edited by Duncan Forrester and Doug Gay, held in Old St Paul's, Edinburgh. 2010 Study Day was overnight conference on Cumbrae based on a paper by Doug Gay (based on his Chalmers Lecture of 2010 – 'Uncommon Order? Possible Futures of Worship in the Church of Scotland) and on a Skype conversation with former President, Professor Bryan Spinks of Yale, whose recent book The Worship Mall had been read by participants in preparation; there was also a discussion of the future role of the Society as it approached its 150th anniversary in 2015.

Reference: Volume 45 2009/10, p43
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David Mill

This is an age when a greater message of customer satisfaction has entered people's assessment of worship. The writer finds in The Wind in the Willows a statement of religious experience which helps understand our own desires. He refers to W D Maxwell's Concerning Worship and to John Killinger's Leave it to the Spirit in support of his thesis that even those who advocate the cultivation of the innovative do not start from the 'customer' likes and dislikes but the desire for a genuine encounter between God and his people. He also refers to the third and fourth editions of the Church Hymnary and the 1979 Book of Common Order.

Reference: Volume 44 2008/9, p2

William R T Anderson

Canon Anderson reports on his practice of leading his students into the depth of their subjects through drawing their attention to specific works of poetry, not least when the subject is the preparation of the sermon. In the course of this he quotes generously from the poets and shows something of his own appreciation and alliance of poets from earlier centuries to the present day.

Reference: Volume 44 2008/9, p14

Lance Stone

The writer explores a narrative shape for preaching with its drive towards resolution. He proposes another approach, that of picking a fight with the text, where again the drive is towards resolution. Several examples are given. A related strategy is to pick a fight with common misunderstandings of a passage and again examples are given. In all these cases, a tension is created with demands resolution. Thus a sermon has a 'plot with unpredicable moves which may 'hold the listener's attention and help disclose the surprising, renewing world of God's Kingdom'.

Reference: Volume 44 2008/9, p30

Douglas Galbraith

Prepared in association with a conference to mark 150 years of the Baird Lectures, this paper outlines the three sets of lectures that took as their subject worship and/or music. First is W D Maxwell's A History of Worship in the Church of Scotland (1952) which put to rest many erroneous assumptions about Reformed practice. An account of G Wauchope Stewart's Music in Church Worship is prefaced by an account of the discussion conducted at the time (the period leading up to 1926), based on papers given to early Scottish Church Society conferences and other publications of the time including the first Archbishops' Commission of 1922. The lectures, which called for certain reforms, prefaced the publication of the Revised Church Hymnary (1927) and the Scottish Psalter of 1929. They also had value in respect of the contemporary scene. Ian Mackenzie's Music Magic Lost is placed in the context of the modern ferment in church music, to which the author had contributed, and offer a radical and idiosyncratic critique of church music practice today. That said, the distance between the two sets does not feel great some of the practical solutions are similar.

Reference: Volume 44 2008/9, p36
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Geoffrey Stevenson

An account, by the main speaker, of the study day of 2008 which took place at Luss and explored the issue of worship in the context of global electronic media, as pioneered at Luss.

Reference: Volume 44 2008/9, p52
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Various contributors

Henry Sefton reviews: Shaping Up: Re-Forming Reformed Worship; Scottish Piety: A Miscellany from Five Centures; and Protestant Piety in Early-Modern Scotland: Letters, Lives and Covenants

Crissie White reviews The Regional Furniture Society Journal Vol. XII, 2007: Furniture in Churches

Reference: Volume 44 2008/9, p55
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2008 AGM, Presidential address from David Mill, 'Giving the customers what they want'. Intimation is given of the 2009 AGM and Study Day.

Reference: Volume 44 2008/9, p59
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The Editor

Reference: Volume 44 2008/9, p60
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The Editor

Citing an incident involving nineteenth century minister of South Leith, John Logan, when the Kirk Session and Precentor resisted his untimely introduction of the Paraphrases, the editor reflects on innovation, a theme present in more than one paper in the issue.

Reference: Volume 43 2007/8, p1

Marion Dodd

The President, from her background as a professional singer and as one well versed in music, explores the issues relating to communicating in words, against a biblical and theological backcloth. The subject is treated in a Trinitarian format. The address had been accompanied by a multi-media presentation involving visual representation of the Hebrew, Greek and English versions of John 1:1 coupled with a musical setting composed and performed by the President.

Reference: Volume 43 2007/8, p3

John R Hume

The former Chief Inspector of Buildings, Historic Scotland, former Convener of the Church of Scotland's Committee on Art and Architecture, and current Chair of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, reviews each technological innovation regarding buildings and worship over the centuries, including building techniques, light and sound, audio-visual systems, disabled access, the organ, the use of other instruments, together with some of the practices made possible, and asks for discernment in the use of each new advance.

Reference: Volume 43 2007/8, p15
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