First Unitarian Substitute Organist Guide - Service Particulars - updated May 2022
(*) Denotes only if there is a choir; ignore if only a solo Sunday

Pistons: Level 1 is for general service playing. Level 1 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 subset range of those levels

Item Start Cue Stop Intro Amen Comments Repertoire Registration
Prelude To end at 10:30 10:30     Be sure to let the Broadcast Tech know the timing Soft, meditative or can be festive repertoire Anything
Choral Introit (*) Choir independently will sing (typically from the center aisle)   choir's pitch pipe: tonic
(or soloist intonation)
  typically no organist involvement;
Usually sung from aisle
Call to Worship when minister begins reading when minister ends reading     Improvise slow chord prorgressions or unrecognizable hymn/chorale   Swell Flute Dolce 8'
(very very soft)
(see score at end)
"... in service of all." (begin intro almost right on top of the word "all," don't delay)   last phrase YES
This is the only congregational Amen in the service
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, or fanfare for the first hymn. NEVER Brisk tempo!
Don't drag
We are different from most churches.
This is the most common comment about substitutes ("the hymns were too slow")

Level I: Gen 6 or 7;
can bring on reeds for last verse; fanfare ok for intro on opening hymn; varied (altered harm.) accpts for opening/ closing hymns ok;
(never for middle hymn)

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)

Children's exit

Children may go to their classes: (or sometimes that is omitted after the sentence printed in the OOS, and you just start the intro) play last phrase of Grey 413 (Go Now In Peace)
Once thru, NO ROUND

Door closes after last child
Total time: usually 1 minute
Last phrase   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:
Prin 8' or Prin 8'4'
(Gen 4 or 5)

Improv: flutes/strings;

Level I: Gen 1,2

LP Amen
"forever and ever
attacca on top of the "Amen"
  overlap with choir's first notes, decresc. close box, reverse-arpeggio release (bass is last note released)
Some Sundays this is omitted
  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
if big 5,6.

Anthem (or solo) (end of reading)       If accompanied
Sometimes there is an anthem in the early part of the service.
Last Hymn Announced
But the sermon always end "I love you all"
(to alert that the sermon has ended)
(*)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     Chord:
Choir Flute 8'

CH shades half
Postlude end of prayer or choral bene. up to 3-5 mins.       Anything, typically big; can be improv. Generally Gen. 5,6,7
optional reeds

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      (background improvisation)                            


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"      LASST UNS ERFREUEN


(Children in the 4th grade and younger, and their teachers, may go to their classes)
CHILDREN'S EXIT: GO NOW IN PEACE 413 Grey (one time through)

ANTHEM (or solo)




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)


Scores for service music you'll need:

Kids' Exit: Go Now In Peace

go now in peace


Doxology near the beginning of the service


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Phone: 1+508.757.2708
Fax: 1+508.753.9332
Mail: 90 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608-1173  USA

The Reverend Sarah Stewart, Minister
The Reverend Barbara W. Merritt, Minister Emerita
Will Sherwood, AAGO, ChM, Director of Music & Organist
James Haupt, Assistant Director of Music
Steve Knox, Music Committee Chair

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