GS 2001 art 88

GS 2001 Article 88Book of Praise: Letter from Church at Langley

The chairman arrived. The vice-chairman gave over the chair. Committee 3 presented its proposal concerning the letter from the Church of Langley with suggestions and concerns about the Book of Praise. The following was adopted:

1. Material 

Letter from the Church at Langley containing some suggestions and concerns regarding the Book of Praise.

2. Observations

The Church at Langley offers suggestions and expresses its concerns under the following headings: a) to modernize carefully the language used in the Psalm section of the Book of Praise; b) to revise the Hymn section; c) to expand on the mandate of the Standing Committee; and d) to appoint more qualified members to the Standing Committee.

3. Considerations 

  • 3.1. The letter from the Church at Langley contains proposals that should have come on the agenda of Synod in the ecclesiastical way: via Classis and Regional Synod (CO Article 30).
  • 3.2. The Church at Langley could direct various suggestions and concerns to the Standing Committee for the Book of Praise for consideration.

4. Recommendation 

Synod declare the letter from the Church at Langley inadmissible.