Presbyterians in Ireland Today: Identity in the Twenty-First by Sandra M. Baillie

By Sandra M. Baillie

During this research of Presbyterians and id in smooth eire, Baillie explores quite a lot of modern themes in keeping with over a hundred and fifteen interviews with Ministers and members from 25 congregations. between different concerns, she explores politics and tradition; social and ethical matters; roles of ladies; the impression of lifestyles heritage and geographical place; schooling; inter church kinfolk; the Orange Order; Freemasonry; the ministry and the longer term. Do the associations of the Presbyterian church support or prevent contributors of their lives? Baillie is helping to illustrate that identification is a key idea in the context of postmodernity.

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Presbyterian Identity: Structure, Form and Morality 33 There are differences in emphasis in reformed worship varying according to geographical location. For example, the Korean Presbyterian Church has adapted to many challenges, both social and political. It has evolved a ‘minjung’ theology, meaning a ‘people who are politically oppressed’. This led to a movement to make worship relevant to the times and the context of the people; as Park (2003, p. ’ Calvin himself proclaimed this ideal. Christ did not prescribe how services should be conducted.

Very basic and dour. To me, being Presbyterian means that the minister and the elders run the church. That is a good thing. The people and the congregation have a say on various committees. Although the style of worship is changing, with instruments now being used. Praise is important. I like the contrast; we are still very reserved. Dan Maynard is 46, has his own business, and is an elder in Dublin and Munster: ‘As for being Presbyterian, there is a big cringe factor. This is probably a misunderstanding.

It is ‘objective’, in contrast to a transactional sacrifice (ibid. p. 220). Medieval worship had become an office to secure God’s mercy, not an awareness of religious experience. Instead, this is a response of praise and thanksgiving. The minister is responsible for the service, but members of the congregation may be asked to take part. The service has three parts: Approach to God Call to worship Praise and prayer of Adoration and Confession Word of God Readings from Old and New Testament Sermon Response to the Word Praise Prayer of Intercession Offering Prayer of Thanksgiving.

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