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Presbyterian Church USA makes room for gay marriage, ‘end of a marriage’ in Book of Common Worship

"Inclusive language" to accommodate same-sex wedding ceremonies will be featured in the Presbyterian Church USA's 2018 version of the Book of Common Worship. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

Dave Urbanski

“Inclusive language” to accommodate same-sex wedding ceremonies will be featured in the Presbyterian Church USA’s 2018 version of the Book of Common Worship, the Christian Post reported.

The new language is in response to the denomination amending its definition of marriage to include same-sex marriage, David Gambrell of the PCUSA Presbyterian Mission Agency and co-editor of the new Book of Common Worship told the outlet.

What was the definition of marriage changed to?

In 2011, the PCUSA denomination ordained its first openly gay minister.

What else is included in the 2018 Book of Common Worship?

Gambrell added to the Christian Post that the “Presbyterian Book of Common Worship was first published in 1906. Roughly once a generation, revisions are made to account for changes in the Church and developments in Christian worship.”

He also told the outlet that the PCUSA has a “constitutional document called the Directory for Worship (part of our Book of Order) that governs the theology and practice of worship for the PCUSA. The Book of Common Worship, provided for voluntary use in congregations, serves as a companion to the Directory for Worship, providing full texts and prayers for services described in more general terms in the Directory for Worship. The two work together like a compass and a map.”