Unitarian Substitute Organist Guide - Service Particulars
(*) Denotes only if there is a choir; ignore if only a solo Sunday
Pistons: Level 1 is for general service playing. Generals are reserved, with the exception: you can use Gen 8-9-10 for piston du jour;
or Levels 90-99 are for substitutes (freely use) to be used the week/month leading up - if there are multiple substitutes, you would be assigned a sub range of those levels
|Prelude||To end at 10:30||often the minister will cease walking around and stand at pulpit waiting||Chat time for the congregation
No one listens
|Soft, meditative||Anything from strings/flutes up to
prin 8' 4'
|Choral Introit (*)||Choir independently will sing from the center aisle||choir's pitch pipe tonic||typically
no organist involvement;
Usually from aisle
(see score at end)
|"... in service of all." (begin intro almost right on the word "all," don't delay)||last phrase||YES||quarter-note rhythm
See Score at end
|Level I: Gen 6 + mixture if large crowd|
|Hymns||Always announced from the pulpit||Sing all verses, even if text poetry is outside the staves; unless noted in program||Your choice; often first and/or last phrase||NO||Brisk tempo!
We are different from most churches.
This is the most common comment about substitutes ("the hymns were too slow")
Gen 6 or 7;
if interlude btwn last two verses, build up in last line to signal something's about to happen (e.g., open shades to expose reeds)
A special candle is lit - a one-minute ceremony.
|Door closes after last child
Total time, usually 1 minute
|After the congregation sings 413, you can do an Improvisation usually; watch for tardy kids lagging behind and/or descending from the balcony; Can be anything, or even repeat the 413 round (as long as the congregation doesn't think you're wanting them to sing another verse)||Improv or a "middle movement" of something or a soft hymn||
413 congr singing:
Level I: Gen 1,2
|"forever and ever Amen"||Chord:
attacca on top of the "Amen"
|overlap with choir's first notes, decresc. close box, reverse-arpeggio release (bass is last note released)||Choir Flute 8'
CH shades half
|Offertory (or solo)||Minister's sentences follow no recipe - sometimes talks for 3-4 mins||If accompanied||
If choir, Gen 1,2,3,4
|Anthem (or solo)||(end of reading)||If accompanied|
|(*)Choral benediction ("outtroit")||Minister's prayer: Amen; minister is at front of church||chord (give quickly on top of Amen so congr won't leave)||usually yes||Choir Flute 8'
CH shades half
|Postlude||end of prayer or chor. bene.||up to 5-8 mins.||Anything, typically big; can be improv.||Generally
Typical Order of Service
SUNDAY May 00, 1900 10:30 A.M.
"Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try." YODA
RED - organist involvement; BLUE do not happen if no choir or quartet
ORGAN PRELUDE Air, from Orchestral Suite in D J.S. Bach
CALL TO WORSHIP
In the love of truth
and in the spirit of Jesus
We unite for the worship of God and the service of all.
*HYMN 203 (gray) "All Creatures of the Earth and Sky" WILLIAMS
TIME FOR ALL AGES
in the 4th grade and younger, and their teachers, may go to their
CHILDREN'S EXIT: GO NOW IN PEACE 413 Grey (one time through)
COMMON PRAYER (insert)
THE LORD'S PRAYER
CHORAL AMEN (chord intro if choir is singing)
OFFERTORY "Gigue" from Partitia No. 1 in Bb J.S. BACH
FIRST READING Proberbs 4:7-16, 18-21, 26-27
ANTHEM (or solo)
*HYMN 295 (gray) "Sing Out Praises for the Journey" WESTMINSTER ABBEY
*HYMN 302 (gray) "Children of the Human Race" SERVETUS
CHORAL BENEDICTION (if accompanied)
ORGAN POSTLUDE Toccata LOUIS VIERNE
Scores for service music you'll need:
Kids' Exit: Go Now In Peace
Offertory preparation - ushers' traveling music NO LONGER USED - 2015 & later
Doxology near the beginning of the service
Reverend Tracey Robinson-Harris, Interim Minister(2013-14)
The Reverend Barbara W. Merritt, Minister Emerita
Jessica Gray, Director of Faith Development Ministries
Will Sherwood, AAGO, ChM, Director of Music & Organist
James Haupt, Music Intern
Jerry Bellows, Assistant Director
Paul Ropp, Music Committee Chair
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