Help with Congregation & Choir hymn/anthem
Date: October 9, 2013
I'm needing help in 'logistics' surrounding a processional hymn/anthem for Christ the King Sunday. It's an arrangement of "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name." The opening verse is congregation, choir, brass, organ. Verse 2 is women only, verse 3 is men only. Then there is an interlude leading to the Choir only verse 4, followed by another interlude, and congregation joins back in on verse 5. I'm trying to figure out what to do with the congregation during the interludes & choir verse. If they continue to stand, they'll be standing there quite a while just listening. I could gesture for them to sit, and then stand them back up before verse 5, but I'm afraid this will be more disruptive than just standing. My other thought was to have "something" happen during the interludes - like some children processing with things for the altar area - an extra cross, a crown of thorns, or something along those ideas. I just think if I was in the congregation - that's a long time to stand without singing. Any suggestions would be helpful.