GS 2010 art 146

GS 2010 Article 146 – SCBP: Common Songbook

1.         Material

Letters from the churches of Carman West (8.3.C.6), Grand Valley (8.3.J.9), and Neerlandia (8.3.J.23).

2.         Observations

  • 2.1        The church of Neerlandia church indicated that any proposed changes to our existing Book of Praise should also meet with the scrutiny and approval of the URCNA song book committee before publication.
  • 2.2        The church at Grand Valley noted that we should not rush into the adoption of the proposed Psalms, since the purpose of preparing and presenting an updated psalm section was, according to Synod Smithers 2007, Article 148, paragraph 4.1.2, that it be included in the common songbook.

3.         Considerations

  • 3.1        It would be beneficial if our provisional Book of Praise were submitted to the URCNA songbook committee for their review, as we would hope that it would be considered in the development of a common song book.
  • 3.2        The inclusion in a common song book was not the sole reason for the revision of the Psalms. As well, the work on a common songbook basically came to a standstill after Synod Schererville 2007 of the URCNA. The SCBP did not see this as a valid reason to abandon its mandate to continue revising the Psalms as instructed by Synod Smithers 2007.

4.          Recommendation

That Synod decide to instruct the SCBP to attempt to involve the common songbook committees in its review of the provisional Book of Praise.