Calling all liturgists!
In addition, there are constraints-- filters though which I work. A significant percentage of the hymns are not on the "A" list.
- First, I try to skip the "dreck collection" that every hymnal contains (this is not unique to our denomination. Is there some quota system involved, do you suppose?)
- Secondly, there are some hymns that might be possible to sing if one were supported by a sizeable choir. I'm sure the organists at Trinity, Wall Street love them. However, we do not have choirs here. If a hymn is beyond the capability of our small congregations, we skip them.
- Then, a number of hymns are not programmed into "Miss Emily" -- the digital hymnal used by two of my churches. It is a limited list; but if they are not available, they are not available.
- Finally, I cannot use anything beyond the ability of the musicians at my other two churches-- who are quite good, but who are not professional. This includes anything with 4 or more sharps or flats in the time signature.
Today, however, is a challenge. For some reason, nothing is striking my fancy. I feel a bit like I'm standing in front of a full closet, complaining I have nothing to wear; but there it is.
So, I'm taking requests. You can find the Sunday proper readings here: we are using Isaiah and Psalm 22, along with Galatians 3 and Luke (the Gospel is a bit tricky to coordinate-- we seem to have a dearth of drowning swine hymnody). And you can listen to a goodly number of options online, here.