That approval be given for the BAS Evaluation Commission to continue its work in accordance with the mandate of the 1989 General Synod and report to the 1995 General Synod; and
that $95,000 be approved to fund its work.
A vote by Orders was requested by six Synod members from New Westminster: Rev. Ralph Blackman, Mr. Robert Dickson, Archbishop Douglas Hambidge, Mr. Tod Maffin, Archdeacon Lou Rivers and Archdeacon Bill Stephens.
1. That the name of the Committee be changed to the Committee on Public Worship.
2. That the Committee on Public Worship should give attention not only to the texts for Worship and Ceremonial of Worship, but also to the whole process of the renewal of Worship in our Church, to facilitate this renewal by means of information, by better communication and by assuming a further educational task.
3. Its particular functions would be:
(a) to continue the present responsibilities of the Prayer Book Revision Committee.
(b) to provide information about texts and ways of experimentation in worship in the contemporary church.
(c) to collect information and evaluation about how the church is working at worship.
(d) to develop and maintain communication with diocesan liturgical authorities, among the dioceses, and with the House of Bishops: with the United Church and Anglican Liturgical Commission on Worship, and to report to General Synod.
4. That the Committee on Public Worship should have a close relationship (staff and secretarial help) with one of the appropriate divisions in the New structure of Church House (e.g. the proposed Local Ministry Division). CARRIED in both Houses.
That the words "This action implies no change in the doctrine expressed in Article 5 of the Thirty-Nine Articles contained in the Book of Common Prayer.", be added at the end of the motion. CARRIED
The motion now reads:
"That Synod notes with approval that the new Third Canadian Eucharist omits the filioque clause in the Nicene Creed, thus restoring the original text: we understand this action to be in response to the Lambeth Conference Resolution 35, part 3, and made at the request of the Eastern Orthodox Churches. We express the hope that all future revisions of Canadian Anglican liturgies follow this example, while leaving present formularies intact. This action implies no change in the doctrine expressed in Article 5 of the Thirty-Nine Articles contained in the Book of Common Prayer.
That this General Synod encourages bishops and other liturgical leaders to exemplify sensitivity in matters concerning liturgical change, to honour diversity, and to encourage openness to critique and mutual listening in matters concerning the Church's worship. CARRIED Act 66
- encourage the work begun within the term limit of the Liturgy Task Force (2010-2016) to continue, guided by the Liturgical Principles and Agenda for Liturgical Revision as adopted by the General Synod 2010, and in light of evolving priorities in the General Synod’s ministry.
That provision be made in the 1981 General Synod budget for a full time liturgical officer and that an appropriate sum be incorporated in the 1981 General Synod budget to support the educational program of such a liturgical officer. CARRIED ACT 83
That the Memorial of the Diocese of Saskatoon be referred to the Committee on Public Worship.
The Memorial reads as follows:
"That the General Synod authorize the Committee on the Revision of the Prayer Book to begin work on a Prayer Book relevant to the urgent times in which we and all men live today;
And that after a reasonable period of time, during which selected parishes in every Canadian diocese will have had ample opportunity to test and evaluate various forms of Service provided through the above named committee, the same Committee shall report back to General Synod with a Draft Prayer Book based upon such evaluation, and which it believes best represents the mind of the Church in relation to the contemporary world.
In undertaking this work the Committee on the Revision of the Prayer Book should consider the following recommendations:
1. That there be a serious re-assessment of the language and theological expression of the present Prayer Book in relation to the problems of contemporary life.
2. That due recognition of the role of the laity in the worship of the Church, with provision for clearly worded rubrics to support and encourage their more active participation and leadership in the worship of the Anglican Church of Canada.
3. That good contemporary English be used in all orders of Service in a revised Prayer Book with special attention to Holy Baptism, Holy Communion, and the Epistles and Gospels appointed for the Holy Communion throughout the Christian Year.
4. That optional provision by rubrics for extempore prayer or biddings by clergy and laity following the third collect in Morning and Evening Prayer and in the Holy Communion during the biddings and Prayer of Intercession. CARRIED in both Houses.
That this Upper House refer Memorial No.3 from the Diocese of Kootenay, viz.:
"Whereas there is great concern in the Church for the renewal of our worship, be it resolved that this Synod request General Synod to move towards the production of a new Prayer Book which would use the language of this age and be related to the liturgical renewal going on in the whole Christian Church," to the Prayer Book Revision Committee for careful and sympathetic study and report.