Revd James Hay Hamilton

This is an edited and updated version of an article which appeared (February 1980) in Continuo, the former magazine of the Glasgow Society of Organists. The writer was the Revd James Hay Hamilton. It refers to a form of service known as 'The Use of Colmonell'. The music is reproduced. It is found that the trust set up to continue this Use does not currently function.

Reference: Volume 47 2011/12, p39


An extract from Memoirs of a Highland Lady (Elizabeth Grant of Rothiemurcus). It illustrates the situation of worship in Scotland prior to the founding of the Church Service Society. It is followed by a poem about going to church from 1872.

Reference: Volume 47 2011/12, p44
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John Davidson

(Selections from The Literary Remains of John Davidson, Lewis Smith, Aberdeen, 1872, p.7) 

Reference: Volume 47 2011/12, p45
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Multiple Authors

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Reference: Volume 47 2011/12, p46
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Douglas Galbraith

The forthcoming Annual Meeting 2013 with author Jonny Baker. The Study Day on John McLeod Campbell to be in October 2013. The Annual Meeting 2012 with the presidential address by Rachel Dobie and the Study Day 2012 In Gorbals Parish Church addressed by English Methodist Adrian Burdon on Worship and Mission and by John Harvey who brought a local perspective. Ideas for the 150th anniversary of the Society in 2015. The website and the mounting of the results of the Wode Psalter Project of the University of Edinburgh. Co-operation with the Scottish Church Society. The publishing by the Society of the three Chalmers Lectures for the 450th anniversary of the Reformation in 2010.

Reference: Volume 47 2011/12, p58
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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.

Reference: Volume 46 2010/11, p1
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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.

Reference: Volume 46 2010/11, p3

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.

Reference: Volume 46 2010/11, p19
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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.

Reference: Volume 46 2010/11, p33
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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.

Reference: Volume 46 2010/11, p39
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  • John Fraser BEM
  • Andrew Wylie
  • Rosemary Hall
Reference: Volume 46 2010/11, p47
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The Secretary

Annual Meeting 2011, Study Day 2011, the forthcoming 150th anniversary, group on the Formation of Worship Leaders, Study Day 2012, the Website.

Reference: Volume 46 2010/11, p54
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The Editor

An elegant apology for the late appearance of the journal.

Reference: Volume 45 2009/10, p1
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Alasdair Heron

The main published editions of the Genevan Service Order are listed. The history of the emergence of the Genevan Psalter is outlined. Calvin's Communion order remains consistent throughout these editions. Not a purification of the Mass, like Anglican and Lutheran, but based on the late medieval Prone. The paper explores two areas in particular: the understanding of worship reflected in this order and the significance of its musical aspect (both referred to in 'Letter to the Reader'. Considerable quotations are offered on the first topice and the didactic and polemical tone is noted. Regarding music, the whole section from the 'Letter' is given and a commentary on this from Andreas Marti. He concludes by quoting Calvin himself in the Foreword to his Commentary on the Psalms. In the course of this account, views of W D Maxwell are challenged.

Reference: Volume 45 2009/10, p2
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Bryan D Spinks

Cranmer's influences had been Medieval and Reneaissance Catholic and Lutheran rather than Reformed. The Sarum rite was a major source. In the 1552 revision of the Book of Common Prayer, there was Reformed influence but not from Calvin directly but was rather a 'Calvinist consensus', the theological position of most C of E divines prior to early seventeenth century. Attempts to have the Genevan service book adopted in England, however, failed. A move away from having a set liturgy resulted in the Westminster Directory.

Reference: Volume 45 2009/10, p20