My ward is doing a musical Sacrament meeting this year. What is your ward doing?
We’re going to have half a dozen choir numbers — Gifts That are Mine to Give; Still, Still, Still; Star Bright; Dearest Children, Come to Jesus; One Small Babe. Plus some primary songs — The Nativity Song and Stars Were Gleaming. And the congregation is going to sing Silent Night.
I’m going to be instrument-hopping the entire hour. I’m the choir accompanist, and I’m playing mostly on piano. (I may be accompanying the primary too — I’m not sure). There will be breaks from piano. For one, the choir decided to go with an acoustic guitar accompaniment for Star Bright (the bishopric approved it, too!). My other breaks from piano come in the middle of the meeting (and at the beginning and end) — I’m going to be on the organ, filling in for our regular organist who is out of town.
I’m not at all used to playing a real pipe organ. I spent some time going over the stops before playing last week, but when I played on Sunday it didn’t sound at all like it had earlier — you could barely hear a thing. Turns out that I had forgotten to open up the swell pedal. Oops. Well, at least I got that out of the way before Christmas day.