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"Will of God" Latest Book from Rev. Vern Elgin

Seattle Presbytery

THE WILL OF GOD: Re. The Presbyterian Church (USA) Book of Common Worship entitles the latest book written by The Reverend Vernon G. Elgin, Ph. D. The Publisher is AuthorHOUSE. The Publication surveys, collates and critiques the more than one-hundred fifty uses and references to the word "will" and its synonyms in the Denomination's worship service book. The Preface to the BOOK OF COMMON WORSHIP defines the difference between a Service book and a Directory for Worship thus: "The church's service book...provides orders and texts for worship. It is in harmony with the directory and is approved for voluntary use."

Vernon's WILL includes an Appendix of the uses of the word in the liturgical material of the BOOK OF COMMON WORSHIP, and of references to their sources. The book's six chapters are embraced by a Pro- and a Postlegomenon. The Chapter titles bear the names: Defined, Discerned, Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit, Done and Disturbed.

The Book may prove helpful to Pastors, congregational worship leaders and persons interested and involved in liturgical organization and renewal. The book at $10.95 a copy may be purchased through major book sellers. The softcover ISBN number is: 978-1-4634-4904-9. 

Vernon is an honorably retired member of the Presbytery of Seattle. A clergy of sixty years ordination, he has had a career primarily as a Parish Pastor in different locations in the USA. In his retirement he has served as a Pastor and a Professor in New Zealand, Indonesia, Colombia, Puerto Rico and Malawi Africa. He is a graduate of the Pittsburgh (Xenia) Theological Seminary and holds a Ph.D degree from University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He and his wife Marjorie, also a graduate of the Pittsburgh Seminary, live in Kent WA. .