LITHURGIE- matter of UNITY- by ArchBishop Uwe AE.Rosenkranz
LITURGICAL FORMS & RESOURCES
The liturgy of the Christian Reformed Church has been substantially revised since the Synod of 1964 appointed a Liturgical Committee “to review all our liturgical literature in the light of its history, its theological content, and the contemporary needs of the churches; and to recommend such revisions or substitutions as the results of the review might recommend” (“Acts of Synod,” 1964, p. 60).
This committee developed new liturgical forms (sacramental and nonsacramental), services of the Word and sacraments, responsive readings of the law, and prayers. After provisional approval by synod, these liturgical materials were referred to the church for several years of trial use, study, and reactions before they were officially approved.
The Synods of 1984 and 1986 selected from among these traditional, revised, and newly developed liturgical materials, the forms, services, and responsive readings that are now being included in this 1987 edition of the “Psalter Hymnal” (“Acts of Synod,” 1984, p. 631; 1986, pp. 722-723). The Synod of 1979 appointed a contemporary testimony committee “to move in the direction of formulating a contemporary testimony in view of the secularization of modern life and culture” (“Acts of Synod,” 1979, pp. 75-76). A draft of this testimony was provisionally approved by Synod 1983 and referred to the churches for discussion and response. The Synod of 1986 approved a final version of the testimony and authorized its inclusion in the liturgical section of the 1987 edition of the “Psalter Hymnal” (“Acts of Synod,” pp. 679-80).
The dates appended indicate the year synod adopted each form. The forms adopted in 1912 were revised in 1934. Synod of 1986 approved editorial revisions of all the above forms for the purpose of stylistic consistency.