Hymns and the Visitor, Any suggestions?
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Hymns and the Visitor, Any suggestions?
Jul 23 2011, 10:31 AM
Joined: 15-May 06
Member No.: 6928
I nearly said 'hymns for the unchurched' but didn't want to initiate a slanging match; I've no problem with non-churchgoers and genuinely want to make the experience of a service as rewarding as possible for them so would appreciate any thoughts on a situation that arises here monthly.
I am annoyed that after an 11 hour day yesterday that included work, organ practice and choir practice, I found a message on my answering machine requesting that the hymns be changed.
When I returned the call the reasoning was " I'm sorry it is such short notice but I've just got back from holiday and it is the Family/Welcome ~Service this Sunday and they won't know any of the hymns on the list".........[truncate conversation but the next bit was exactly the words used]....." I haven't decided what I'm going to talk about yet".
So we are to ditch 'Now thank we all our God', 'Praise we now the word of Grace', 'Praise my soul the King of Heaven', and 'Bright the vision'.
Let us ignore the fact that I had spent nearly an hour going through these line by line with the non-music readers in the choir.
None of these would have them rocking at Greenbelt, admittedly, but my contention is that the irregular visitor is unlikely to be all that familiar with the alternative hymns that I have been instructed to play i.e 'Morning has Broken, 'Give me oil in my lamp' and 'O Jesus I have promised', either. Clearly, no more thought has gone into this selection than could be managed in the blink of an eye.
So the question is, what do others do when they know a fair proportion of the congregation will be, if not first timers, at least unfamiliar with the culture? I know for a fact that a handful of the regulars avoid this service because of the likely presence of fidgety infants and the vacuous theology that will be presented. (I hasten to add that the service is being conducted by a Reader, not the Vicar, who submitted the original list for my approval).
What hymns would you suggest as an alternative? Because if I am to play this c@rp I shall go on pedal strike and not vary the registration one jot. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/ph34r.gif) We have Common Praise, Mission Praise and A+M to hand.
Jul 27 2011, 12:09 PM
Joined: 27-January 09
From: The Land of Harrison & Harrison
Member No.: 53694
Mel will know the individuals concerned and the circumstances involved; so she is in the best position to decide whether to write to the Rector, speak to him, or perhaps both.
The reason that I advised putting this matter into writing is that, in my experience, clergy tend to run away from any kind of disagreement, especially where autocratic Lay Readers are involved. In these circumstances speaking to the Rector is unlikely to resolve anything, and the chances are that he will try to sweep the whole affair under the carpet, where it will smoulder until the next time.
I don't know whether Mel or any of the choir members are on the church council, but at least if the matter is brought before the PCC there will be an opportunity to discuss these concerns openly, and hopefully decide who is responsible for choosing hymns, and when these should be given to the organist. I fail to see how any such discussion would be seen as a green light for PCC members to chose hymns themselves.
Any discussion in PCC should be minuted, so Mel would then be perfectly justified in posting a notice reminding everybody when the hymn list should be given to the organist (quoting the date of the meeting concerned).
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