GS 2010 art 130

GS 2010 Article 130 – Hymn: Until He Comes

1.          Material

  • 1.1        Letters from Ancaster (8.3.J.36), Attercliffe (8.3.J.25), Neerlandia (8.3.J.23), and Willoughby Heights (8.3.J.24).
  • 1.2       SCBP Report, Section Four, 10.3.II.10 (8.2.j).

2.          Observations

  • 2.1       This hymn is about the Lord’s Supper.
  • 2.2        One of the churches recommends that this hymn be included with some wording changes.
  • 2.3        One of the churches suggests that there is some doctrinal error in this hymn, since it is not covenantal, putting too much emphasis on what we do.
  • 2.4        One of the churches points out that this hymn generated mixed feedback from the churches and that it is not needed.
  • 2.5        The SCBP points out that this hymn brings out the focus of the Lord’s Supper on the expectation of Christ’s return much more clearly than the existing Lord’s Supper hymns do.

3.          Considerations

  • 3.1        The focus of this hymn on the expectation of the Lord’s return adds an important element to our Lord’s Supper songs.
  • 3.2        The ad hoc committee particularly remarks that this hymn does not “so much speak about what we do but rather what Christ has done for us with his death on the cross.”
  • 3.3        It has not been proven that a wording change is needed to make the meaning of the hymn clear.

4.          Recommendation

That Synod decide to approve the Hymn Until He Comes for inclusion in the expanded hymn section of the Book of Praise as recommended by the SCBP.