Today there was an awkward, but funny, moment in sacrament meeting.
While the bread is broken before being blessed and passed to the congregation, a hymn is sung by the congregation – the sacrament hymn. These are some of the more reverent hymns, leading our thoughts to the Saviour Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice, the bread and water being emblems of His gift, and how we show our renewed commitment to follow Him.
Today, the sacrament hymn was number 173 in the hymn book ‘While of these emblems we partake’. On the facing page lay #174, ‘While of these emblems we partake’. Same lyrics, different tune.
If only the missionaries were not the chorister and organist. If only our 80+ years organist was playing the organ today. If only the Bishopric realised the mistake. If only the whole congregation were more musically literate. If only our congregation knew the tune to hymn 173…
So many if only’s… The result, after the first verse the congregational singing fell to an all time low volume… there was some recovery by end of the final fourth verse. I didn’t hear anyone speak of it afterwards – it was so shockingly bad, I think we were collectively too embarrassed!!
This is how it should sound. Enjoy!!