Donald Gray

After brief references to the liturgical influence of Vatican II and the Faith and Order movement, Donald Gray, successively its Secretary and Chairman, traces the suggestion for the formation of the Joint Liturgical Group in 1963 to a paper by Dr John Lamb published in The Annual of the Church Service Society in 1960. The part played by Dr Ronald Jasper in securing the appropriate invitation from the Archbishop of Canterbury and later in enlisting the participation of the Roman Catholic Church is fully dealt with. Ambivalent Vatican policy features largely when the place of JLG in international liturgical co-operation on texts and lectionary is dealt with.

Reference: Volume 41 Winter 2005/6, p23

Graham Redding

In a lecture (to the School of Ministry in Dunedin) Graham Redding surveys the varying nature of the Sunday services offered in Presbyterian churches in New Zealand, suggests some of the influences which have helped to undermine its distinctiveness, and calls for a revisiting of the liturgical theology of Calvin and Knox, noting the emphatic approval of the former for “a certain form from which ministers be not allowed to vary”.

Reference: Volume 41 Winter 2005/6, p36

Douglas Galbraith

Douglas Galbraith mentions some of the recent work of the Group.

Reference: Volume 41 Winter 2005/6, p48
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Denzil Brown

Denzil Brown provides a review (first published in New Zealand) of Prayer and the Priesthood of Christ in the Reformed Tradition by Graham Redding. He suggests that, although it is not an easy read, it makes a significant contribution to the understanding of our tradition.

Reference: Volume 41 Winter 2005/6, p50
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There is mention of the retirement of the Treasurer, Andrew Stewart and of the proposal to create a CSS website.

Reference: Volume 41 Winter 2005/6
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James C Stewart

New Editor James Stewart thanks his predecessor, Henry Sefton, and gives some indication of his intentions.

Reference: Volume 39 Spring 2004, p1

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Regretful leave-taking after six years of Rachel Dobie and welcome to Neil Gardner.

Reference: Volume 39 Spring 2004, p2
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Maurice Taylor

Maurice Taylor asks his question from the viewpoint of one standing in the Roman Catholic tradition, notes the work of the International Commission for English in the Liturgy (ICEL) and points to difficulties stemming from a renewed Vatican requirement for strict faithfulness to Latin originals and the sometimes conflicting requirements of good English designed to be read aloud. Some examples of earlier and later translations and of original texts in English are given.

Reference: Volume 39 Spring 2004, p4
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G A Duncan

Graham Duncan, writing of the background to his teaching on the conduct of worship for black theological studentsregrets the tendency of Western Christians to impose their dualistic notions on an inherited African awareness of the integration of life and worship, notes the ‘catholic’ influence of service books stemming from the Church of Scotland, the more evangelical influence of the Free Church, the spontaneity, freedom and participative nature of African worship, along with a vital concern for order. He ends, as he began, with an appreciative comment on insights from Alexander Hetherwick’s 1931 article in the CSS Annual.

Reference: Volume 39 Spring 2004, p17
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Ian Gough

Ian Gough writes on the practice and theology of funeral rites in the Church of Scotland since 1945 against a background of lessening Christian commitment coupled with an apparently little-diminished desire for religious funeral rites. In this first article, he deals with The Venue, noting the influential role of undertakers; The Music, in which the trend towards the unconventional is noted; and Scriptural Sentences and the Liturgy of the Word.

Reference: Volume 39 Spring 2004, p30

John R Hume

Scottish Medieval Churches: Architecture and Furnishings by Richard Fawcett, Tempus Publishing Ltd, Stroud, 2002

John R Hume outlines the structure of the work under review and describes it as ‘definitive’ and as ‘unquestionably the most important work on medieval church building in Scotland written since MacGibbon and Ross’s pioneering three volume Ecclesiastical Architecture of Scotland, published in 1890’.

Reference: Volume 39 Spring 2004, p35
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Intimation of the Council’s proposal to use part of Professor Reid’s legacy to develop a website.

Reference: Volume 39 Spring 2004, p39
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The Editor

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Reference: Volume 40 Winter 2004, p1

Alan D Birss

In his Presidential Address given to the 2004 AGM of the Society Alan D Birss recalls the shortcomings in worship which led to the foundation of the Society, and suggests that if conditions today have not reached a similar low ebb there are nevertheless matters which call for attention. He notes that the assertion of the normative character of Holy Communion in worship has largely fallen on deaf ears, suggests that materials provided by organisations promoting special Sundays tend to result in “a seminar with hymns”, regrets the tendency to over-emphasise Scottish distinctiveness, and questions the adequacy of liturgical training, especially in relation to the increasing number of non-ministerial leaders of worship

Reference: Volume 40 Winter 2004, p2

Ian Gough

In a second article on the subject Ian Gough deals with the prayers used in funeral rites in the Church of Scotland since 1945 and the theology which they reflect. He gives evidence of a changing emphasis in what is said in relationship both to the bereaved and the deceased, and notes continuing sensitivity in some quarters to anything that appears to be prayer for the dead and in others of language which seems to make a distinction between the committed and the uncommitted.

Reference: Volume 40 Winter 2004, p11