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LITURGICAL PRAYERS (Cont.)  In our last article mention was made of the liturgical prayers that have been adopted in Reformed Churches but which are used very little, if at all, in our present time. Historically, these prayers also belong to our churches and may be used in them although they have not been incorporated in the back of the Psalter with the rest of our liturgy. 

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“Those who are delegated to the assemblies shall bring with them their credentials and instructions, signed by those sending them, and they shall have a vote in all matters, except such as particularly concern their persons or churches.” —Article 33 The following decisions pertaining to this article of the Church Order have been adopted by our Classes and Synod:

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In the previous issue we presented various credential forms and offered a few suggestions toward making the one presently in use more complete and, therefore, better. We also pointed out the idea of the credential letter in that it is an official authorization given to certain individuals to represent their consistories or classes at the major ecclesiastical gatherings. 

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“In all assemblies these shall be not only a. president, but also a clerk to keep a faithful record of all important matters. Art. 34, Church Order. “The office of the president is to state and explain the business to be transacted, to see to it that everyone observe due order in speaking, to silence the captious and those who are vehement in speaking; and to properly discipline them if they refuse to listen. Furthermore his office shall cease when the assembly arises.” Art. 35, Church Order

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One of the most frequently discussed and controversial articles of our present Church Order is the one we are about to discuss. Volumes have been written concerning it. The various differences of interpretation have played no small part in the struggle and “splitting” of the Reformed Churches, both in The Netherlands and in our own country. From the church political aspect, the history of 1953 in our own churches found both sides attempting to use Article 31 to bolster and defend their positions.

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