The Worship of the Reformed Church

By John M. Barkley

A critical analysis of the liturgical rites in the Scottish, English, Welsh and Irish churches, showing the bases of Reformed Worship.

ISBN: 9780227170366


Barkley introduces his subject by presenting the basic similarities between the Churches and their worship which rests upon the Christian doctrine of God, and is centred in the person and work of Jesus Christ. He differentiates Protestant doctrine from Catholic and Reformed doctrine from Protestant, whilst maintaining the universal theme that Christian worship is not simply the experience of the individual, but of the individual in community: the worship of a family, the Church.

Once these fundamentals have been established he continues with a critical analysis of the Eucharistic, Baptismal and Confirmation rites in the Scottish, English, Welsh and Irish liturgies. He differentiates between the Catholic, Evangelical and Reformed doctrines, reminding the reader of their similarities, and the doctrines in which they diversify, before he establishes the similarities between Catholic. In this sense the author claims that to be Reformed, or Presbyterian, it is essential to be Christian, Catholic and Calvinist not only in doctrine but also in worship.

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Dimensions 216 × 140 mm
Pages 132


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About the Author

John Montieth Barkley is Principal-Emeritus and former Professor of History in Union Theological College, Belfast. He was educated at Magee University College (Derry), Trinity College (Dublin) and The Presbyterian College (Belfast).


I. Introduction
II. The Reformed Rite on the Continent
III. The Reformed Rite in English
IV. Modern Service Books
V. The Eucharistic Rite
VI. The Sunday Morning Service
VII. Theology in the Eucharistic Rite
VIII. Aspects of the Eucharist
IX. The Baptismal Rite
X. Theology in the Baptismal Rite
XI. The Confirmation Rite
XII. Theology in the Confirmation Rite
XIII. Conclusion

A Genealogy of The Book of Common Order, 1564
B Genealogy of The Book of Common Order, 1940
C Annotated Texts