Three times since I’ve lived in my current ward, we’ve had a sacrament meeting that might be called “hymns by request.” Like a testimony meeting, there are no scheduled speakers; people get up as moved by the Spirit or by boredom. But unlike testimony meeting, what they’re asked to do is to name a hymn they particularly like and say something about why. Then the congregation sings a verse of the hymn that the person designates.
I’ve really enjoyed these meetings. I love to hear why people like the particular hymns they do. For example, the last time we had a meeting like this, a woman stood up and named Be Still My Soul as one of her favorite hymns because her soul was so often worried. This is one of my favorite hymns, and for precisely this reason.
I live in Arizona. I had never seen this kind of sacrament meeting before moving here. We already know that Arizona is strange; I was wondering where else it has been done, or where it might have originated. If your ward hasn’t ever had a sacrament meeting like this, you might suggest it to your bishop. He may be thrilled to get to schedule a meeting that doesn’t require scheduling speakers, although it does ask a lot of the organist or pianist and chorister.
- 29 May 2007