Friday, 10 May 2013

Sung Services - Level Playing Fields!

One of the problems is making church accessible is that even when it is we contrive to make those visitors who come feel a bit left out and uncomfortable by whatever means we may. One of the very best of these it the use of 'sung bits' in our services for these not only make newcomers feel a little out of the loop but can stymie even the most faithful of the faithful when they decide to play away from home for a service.

A 'let me explain' can be brought about by using the words below (AKA the 'Sanctus and Benedictus').

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

There they are in the order of service in big black bold print (so you know this is 'your' part in the proceedings) and as you open your mouth to 'say' them, the organs kicks in and you hear :

or

Now both of these settings are splendid but if those who use a different setting turn up and are lost, how do the new people feel?

A someone who enjoys the various settings I have to say that this is not an issue I've really considered before, but it is obviously an issue!

Undoubtedly more to come on it :-)

1 comment:

The Underground Pewster said...

We print the musical score in the service bulletin, but I have been told that does not make folks who don't read music any more comfortable. It helps me when attending other churches or larger diocesan gatherings where different service music is being used.