That the Council of General Synod approve for trial use and evaluation the French texts of the Services of the Word and Night Prayer prepared by the comite liturgique épiscopal francophone (CLEF). CARRIED #24-05-06
That this Council of General Synod commend the supplementary liturgical material* to the 1998 General Synod. CARRIED #10-03-98
* See attached material.
Council members expressed appreciation to the members of the Faith Worship and Ministry Committee by applause.
[N.B. Electronic database includes first two pages of material i.e. introduction but not complete text of documents (pp. 3-21).]
Supplementary Liturgical Material
There are five liturgical documents in this collection: three Supplementary Eucharistic Prayers (S1, S2 and S3), and two Services of the Word (SW1, SW2).
Supplementary Eucharistic Prayers
General Synod in 1995 called for the creation of eucharistic prayers reflecting a Reformed theological conscience and eucharistic prayers inclusive in language and images. The Faith Worship and Ministry Committee invited submissions from representative groups in the Church and appointed a sub-group to process the responses and develop fresh liturgical texts. Three texts have been created: one reflecting the Reformed theological conscience, and two distinct inclusive prayers reflecting different points of view of which the Committee became aware.
In seeking to follow the instructions of General Synod, the Faith Worship and Ministry Committee first gave consideration to what might be intended by the terms `Reformed' and `inclusive'.
An Understanding of `Reformed'
The term `Reformed' refers to a theological culture strongly influenced by the sixteenth century Christian leader John Calvin. The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion of the Church of England are generally regarded as consonant with, and perhaps historically inspired by, Reformed doctrine. Through the centuries, many in the Anglican world have identified themselves as members of the Reformed theological community. The eucharistic prayer in the Book of Common Prayer of 1559 is often regarded as one of the most distinguished examples of a liturgy consistent with a Reformed theological conscience.
It was our conclusion that a Reformed eucharistic theology should reflect the following emphases: (1) God is sovereign, and God is generous in love, grace, and pardon beyond anything we can ask, deserve, or control; (2) in the eucharist what is important is what God does, not anything that we do; (3) in the eucharist God confirms the benefits of the finished work of Christ, and seals the promises of the Gospel; (4) what we have to offer God is ourselves, and our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving for Christ's work of redemption; (5) claims should not be made for the physical elements of bread and wine which obscure the truth that God is at work in all creation.
An understanding of `inclusive'
We understand an `inclusive' prayer as one which includes all members of the Church community through word and symbol. There are different ways of conveying inclusivity. We approach the task by attempting to incorporate various images of God and God's work in a balanced way. Our aim was to use the resources of the Christian tradition to expand the language of prayer, within the Trinitarian structure of our eucharistic prayers.
The prayers recognize the reality of those groups who feel cut off from the community of Christ. It may be that a particular community is in a situation in which it feels abandoned by the Holy One. An example of the latter might be in a congregation in a town where the mill or other major industry has closed down. In such cases, even though a Eucharist is normally a prayer of praise, there are times when praise is difficult: times of anger, frustration, disappointment, and loss. In one of these prayers we have attempted to provide an opportunity for groups who feel alienated from God or the Church to be heard and therefore held as part of the community.
We sought as well to be inclusive of ecological realities, understanding that God has created us out of the earth and has commanded us to be responsible stewards of creation.
Services of the Word
The 1995 General Synod, following the recommendations of the BAS Evaluation Commission, requested a Service of the Word as the main Sunday act of worship.
The Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee proposes two services of the Word. The first might be described as an expanded and more `user-friendly' version of Morning and Evening Prayer in the Book of Alternative Services. It is designed for simplicity and minimal preparation. The second service confirms
That the Council of General Synod approve, for alternative use, the Supplementary Liturgical Materials (Eucharistic Prayers and Services of the Word) where authorized by the Ordinary. CARRIED #29-11-00
That this General Synod commend the two Services of the Word contained in the Report of Faith Worship and Ministry (Section III A, pages 9-21), changing in the opening prayers on pages 9 and 14 the words "to praise your goodness" to "praise you for your goodness", to the Church for trial use, where authorized by the Ordinary, during a three-year period to conclude with the next General Synod; and that the Faith Worship and Ministry Committee be directed to report on the use and reception of the rites to the next General Synod. CARRIED Act 29
[The liturgical texts approved in Acts 26 to 29 will be available through the Anglican Book Centre.]
Moved by Bishop E. Mays, seconded by Bishop V. Matthews,
That this General Synod instructs the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee to prepare as soon as possible supplementary material to the Book of Alternative Services, containing:
1. a contemporary language eucharistic rite that is inclusive in its language and imagery about God;
2. a contemporary language eucharistic rite that embodies Reformed theological conscience over such issues as the manner of the presence of Christ's saving work on the cross, eucharistic oblation, and the epiclesis;
3. a eucharistic rite that would allow local communities to explore ways of including native spiritual traditions and other cultural expressions that are in keeping with Christian worship;
4. a French translation of the Holy Eucharist in the Book of Alternative Services, pp.185ff.; and
5. a "Service of the Word" for use as the main Sunday act of worship.
Moved by Rev. T. Carman, seconded by Rev. A. Harwood-Jones,
That section 1. above be deleted and the remaining clauses renumbered. DEFEATED
With the approval of Synod, the mover and seconder agreed to the following revisions (shown in italics [shown in quotation marks]):
1. a contemporary language eucharistic rite that is inclusive in its language and imagery about God "and that is in keeping with Christian worship";
4. "French translations of the Holy Eucharist, Holy Baptism, the Celebration of Marriage and the Funeral Liturgy in the Book of Alternative Services, pp.185ff., pp.151ff., 525ff. and 571ff.; and"
5. a `Service of the Word' for use as the main Sunday act of Worship;
"to be submitted to the Council of the General Synod for authorization for use where permitted by the Ordinary."
Motion to End Debate
That the question now be put. CARRIED
The amended motion was then put and CARRIED Act 63.