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Tuesday 18th July 2006 - Evening Session


Article 96 - Re-opening and Greetings from the GGRC

The Chairman re-opened the evening session of Synod and invited all present to sing Hymn 61:1, 5 and 6.

The Chairman reads out a letter of greetings of the Gereja-Gereja Reformasi Calvinis (GGRC) churches in Indonesia (refer Appendix 1; address).


Article 97 - Relations with Free Reformed Churches of South Africa

I. Material:

Agenda Item 12f(iv) - Relations with the Free Reformed Churches of South Africa (FRCSA)

II. Recommendations of Deputies:
  1. To continue sister relations with the Free Reformed Churches of South Africa according to the established rules.

  2. To instruct deputies to send one delegate to their next synod (2008).
Grounds:
  1. The Free Reformed Churches of South Africa give evidence of continuing faithfulness to the Word of God, maintaining the Reformed Confessions and Church Order.

  2. Our visits to South Africa and their visits to us have proven to be very beneficial in terms of mutual support and encouragement.
ADOPTED


Article 98 - Report of Deputies for the Book of Praise

I. Material:

Agenda Item 12d - Reports Deputies Australian Book of Praise

II. Recommendation of deputies:
  1. Deputies are discharged.

  2. Synod acknowledges the Churches desire to publish an Australian Book of Praise and decides the following timetable to publish the Australian Book of Praise, namely:

    1. Have deputies report on all material matters, such as use of Bible Translation, You vs Thou, copyright negotiations, consider opportunity to compose/use alternate tunes, revised budgets/quotes, production timelines, for Synod 2009 to determine.

    2. The following Synod can then instruct deputies to commence the work of publishing the Australian Book of Praise.

  3. Synod considers instructing the deputies to commence work on having alternate psalms/hymns composed, as this is likely to be a time consuming process.
Recommendations:
  1. To discharge the Deputies.

  2. To acknowledge the Churches' desire to publish an Australian Book of Praise.

  3. To appoint deputies to come with more detailed recommendations on how to proceed with an Australian Book of Praise.

  4. To report on the issues be presented to the churches at least one half year before Synod 2009 is due to start.

  5. To appoint deputies with the task to:

    1. Investigate if copyright holders can commit to long-term permission of copyright material also in the event that Australia decides to publish their own version of the Book of Praise;

    2. Ascertain an up to date costing of printing an Australian Book of Praise, incorporating copyright and printing costs;

    3. Report to Synod 2009 with a more detailed plan/proposal incorporating wishes of the churches;

    4. Stay informed of the developments with the Canadian Book of Praise and indicate how this might impact on producing our Australian Book of Praise.
Grounds:
  1. The majority of the churches have indicated a preference to publish our own Australian Book of Praise.

  2. If the churches indicate a desire to start their own Australian Book of Praise further work needs to be done.
Amendment 1

Amend Recommendation 3 to read:
  1. Synod appoint deputies to come with more detailed recommendations on how to proceed with an Australian Book of Praise.
Amend Recommendation 5d to read:
  1. d. Stay informed of the developments with the Canadian Book of Praise and indicate how the Canadian work may be shared and impact on producing our Australian Book of Praise.
ADOPTED

III. Decision (on amended recommendation):
  1. Deputies are discharged.

  2. Synod acknowledges the Churches desire to publish an Australian Book of Praise.

  3. Synod appoint deputies to come with more detailed recommendations on how to proceed with an Australian Book of Praise.

  4. A report on the issues to be presented to the churches at least one half year before Synod 2009 is due to start.

  5. New deputies to be appointed with the task to:

    1. Investigate if copyright holders can commit to long-term permission of copyright material also in the event that Australia decides to publish their own version of the Book of Praise;

    2. Ascertain an up to date costing of printing an Australian Book of Praise, incorporating copyright and printing costs;

    3. Report to Synod 2009 with a more detailed plan/proposal incorporating wishes of the churches;

    4. Stay informed of the developments with the Canadian Book of Praise and indicate how the Canadian work may be shared and impact on producing our Australian Book of Praise.
Grounds:
  1. The majority of the churches have indicated a preference to publish our own Australian Book of Praise.

  2. Since the churches indicate a desire to start their own Australian Book of Praise further work needs to be done.
ADOPTED


Article 99 - Adjournment

Rev J Kroeze invites all present to sing Psalm 134:1, 2 and 3 and leads in prayer. The Chairman adjourns Synod.




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