Gustav Holst is reputed to have said, in reference to church music and musicians, that if something is worth doing, it is worth doing badly. I know I have reported this on the Trail before, and it was once again brought home to me last evening at our Lessons and Carols service.
It went quite well, actually, given that the new music and worship director had never done a service like this before, and that the bell choir director was miffed because she thought she and I should have planned it. I helped to smooth things out between the two of them and found as many readers for the lessons as I could. We had two 8 year old girls read lessons, and they did a great job. I also enlisted a very theatrical guy from the Episcopal church to read, as well as with our family lawyer and me and Husband. (I tried to get the UCC pastor to read, but she was having 16 people over for dinner last night). We had an impromptu children’s choir for the first time at this service, along with a flute player, a clarinet player, our assistant pastor on trumpet, and a violin player. Husband sang a solo from a Finnish folk hymn Lost in the Night. The choir sang and the bell choir rang. All the music was appropriate for the service, and the director curbed her tendency for evangelical praise music.
We never had a dress rehearsal, but it all fell together. It wasn’t perfect, but it worked and everyone left in good spirits. The bell choir director and the worship and music director embraced after it was over. I hope as you read this you can think back to programs and pageants from your past.
What is the most elaborate thing you have planned? Any stories from past pageants or programs?