Liturgy Committee

Darren McFarland: The new Service of the Word is now being licensed for experimental use with comments due back by Decemeber 2012. General Synod 2013 will consider what is hoped to be a final text.

This will be tested out in a focused way by two churches in each diocese chosen by the bishops.These congregations will get some extended support from the Liturgy Committee. Others can use it too.

The text will be used at clergy conferences, Glenalmond, training events etc.

Work on new Eucharistic Rite has not progressed so far. There has been some engagement with liturgical scholars. Liturgy Committee have reservations about an entirely new Eucharistic Rite. Now they are looking at a revision of the 1982 service – addition Eucharistic Texts and new material are probably needed rather than an entirely new rite. There is a love and affection for the 1982 liturgy and it seems people want to keep using it.

Have there been sizable shifts in liturgy and theology in last 25 or 30 years – this needs to be thought about before making new major revisions.

Next Anglican Liturgy Conference will be in Canterbury and will be considering rites relating to marriage and death.


  1. Richard Kilgour: Can we map out the ways in which we develop new liturgies? Can we establish as a Province, best practise regarding consultation on liturgy.

  2. Malcolm Round: Changes over last 30 years includes the growth of Evangelicals – can we have Eucharistic prayers to feel particularly at ease. A traditional Eucharistic prayer with atonement theology – like the 1929 prayer book text.

  3. +David: has spent most of his ministry working in space between what happens when political identities change and where a church is in relationship to that. Changes in Scotland challenge the church in the same way. What are we as a Scottish Church. One answer is in the way that liturgy is shaped. Liturgy must be the bearer of our Scottishness as Anglicans.

  4. Darren: Liturgy Committee have spent some time looking at how different parts of our church can feel a part of our Church liturgically.

    We have changed our approach to how to develop texts – they tend to be discussed more around the Province before getting to Synod.

  5. Evangelicals asking for Prayer Book text came as a huge surprise to me. But then I do remember that Ps & G’s used (perhaps still do?) the 1662 Prayer Book for their early service. Not sure I understand why.

  6. That does seem strange – dont’ think that trendy yoof would be into all the thees and Thous.

    I gather that the current Holy Communion liturgy used at St.Silas (brief,random excerpts from the most recent C of E one) is flat out illegal in Scotland! Hope there aren’t food inspector-style Liturgy Police, with the powers to close us down 😉

  7. Undercover, or can one look out for a tell-tale uniform? 😉

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