I’m not sure how our Liturgy Committee works. Sometimes when new liturgies are created we discuss it at Area Councils and Synods and argue back and forth for years over the placement of a comma. At other times it seems as if there is no discussions at all – like the reprinting of Daily Prayer and the Scottish Liturgy 1982 with Propers and RCL. And now we have an inclusive language 1982 liturgy. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. Some churches have just gone ahead and done it themselves unofficially. But those of us who like to obey the rules 😉 have been agog with anticipation. There has been no discussion at Synod about this and we are told it is an interim measure as the Liturgy Committee have been instructed to prepare a new Eucharistic Liturgy. I’m not exactly sure what that means but in the meantime we are permitted to make seven changes. They are not online yet so here they are if you are interested.
Page 2 at 5, & page 5 at 15 (Confession)
Current: God is love and we are his children… We love because he loved us first.
Change: God is love and we are God’s children… We love because God loved us first.
Current: heal and strengthen us by his Spirit
Change: heal and strengthen us by the Holy Spirit
Page 3 at 11 (Gloria)
Current: and peace to his people on earth
Change: and peace to God’s people on earth
Page 4 at 13 (Creed)
Current: for us men and for our salvation
Change: for us and for our salvation
Page 6 at 18 (Opening Eucharistic Prayer)
Current: it is right to give him thanks and praise
Change: it is right to give God thanks and praise
Page 16, 2nd para, 4th line (Eucharistic Prayer IV)
Current: He renewed the promise of his presence
Change: Your son, Jesus Christ, renewed the promise of his presence
Page 21 at 23 (Thanksgiving and Sending out)
Current: Give thanks to the Lord for he is gracious. And his mercy endures for ever.
Change: Give thanks to our gracious God, whose mercy endures for ever.
Page 21 at 24a (Prayer (a))
Current: which is your will for all mankind
Change: which is your will for all the world
And that’s it. God is still Father by name so I’m more than a little disappointed. Perhaps that’s still to come…
What do you think?