Here’s a great example of the need to balance an established plan with unexpected opportunity.
I received an e-mail from a mother of young string players–a violinist and a violist. They enjoyed their involvement in the Advent pageant and at Christmas Eve, and there’s a desire in the family to do something positive for Lent–the kids have been giving up candy, soda, etc.. for a few years now. Getting involved in a parish music ministry–not just a child/family event–seemed a natural.
One of my music directors prefers to trim back instrumental parts during Lent. She suggested I encourage them to join up in May.
The reality is that these young ladies will find the learning curve of liturgical music a challenge, and playing much beyond the non-chanted Lenten Mass ordinary might be a little deep for them at this time. Plus they are competent singers and would probably fit in well with a more youth-oriented choir at that liturgy.
So, have a seat in the appropriately purple chair. What would you do if parishioners approached you to add something positive for Lent, namely themselves? Would you make it fit? Suggest they be singers instead? The rest of us looking up to that purple chair really wanna know.