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The Historical Development of the PCA Book of Church Order

Chapter 51 : The Singing of Psalms and Hymns

Paragraph 2 :

51-2. In singing the praises of God, we are to sing in the spirit of worship, with understanding in our hearts.

[DIGEST: The current PCA text, in place since 1973, dates to the PCUS revision of 1929.]

ANTECEDENT TEXTS:
PCA 1973, Adopted text, DfW 4-2 [M1GA, Appendix, p. 156]
In singing the praises of God, we are to sing in the spirit of worship, with understanding in our hearts. There should be a sufficient number of books to enable the whole congregation to join in this part of the worship.

Continuing Presbyterian Church 1973, Proposed text,
The

PCUS 1933, IV, § 313.
In singing the praises of God, we are to sing in the spirit of worship, with understanding in our hearts. There should be a sufficient number of books to enable the whole congregation to join in this part of the worship.

PCUS 1925, IV-2 [§ 315.]

and
PCUS 1894, IV-2
In singing the praises of God, we are to sing with the spirit, and with the understanding also, making melody in our hearts unto the Lord. It is also proper that we cultivate some knowledge of the rules of music, that we may praise God in a becoming manner with our voices, as well as with our hearts. The whole congregation should be furnished with books, and ought to join in this part of worship.



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