I can’t speak for the details and rubrics of Methodist worship. I do know that many church musicians have a certain understanding of tradition, denominational or local. Sometimes clergy and/or parishioners do not share it. Sometimes, ministers have a sense that they are entitled to certain behavior from those who sit in the pews.
Liam’s comment is an accurate assessment of the state of affairs in most Catholic parishes:
Most Catholic PIPs in the USA would greet such an admonition with non-cooperation, shall we say. It’s a function of the governance culture of the Catholic Church: the PIPs get an overt say in very little, so when faced with a new command that is gilding the lily, they tend to exercise their power of non-cooperation. It can take a while for new pastors to learn this hard lesson, let alone lay ministers. Organ or musical solos before and after Mass survive on the sufferance of the PIPs.
Another interesting comment:
The only thing that bothers me is when people get very loud in their talking after Mass. I have been known to stop a postlude, turn around, and shout from the loft: “You are still in church, and the Blessed Sacrament is present in the tabernacle. Please be quiet in church and go into the vestibule or outside to talk, thank you,” and then begin the postlude again from bar 1 – even if I’m 3 bars from the end.
I suspect such passive-aggressive methodology would not be well met.
Somehow I think the Lord is less offended by the talking than by the shouting. One may or may not be deliberately or consciously disrespectful. The solution seems to be so, especially if people involved are significant in numbers or even simply hard-of-hearing. Such shouting on such topics also feeds into a sense of entitlement too many ministers share.
I find it to be a simple matter of people leaving worship for reasons ministers do not share. They have to get to work. They have an appointment that is personally significant. The kids are restless. They are restless. They assess nothing of importance remains for the gathering, and they got what they came for, be it a sacrament, a message, or a good feeling. Sometimes these reasons may be objectively poor. Sometimes the reasons we might wish people would come early and stay late are objectively poor.
When people come early or stay late to listen to our music, does it edify our egos, burnish our credentials with the finance committee, justify our long hours of preparation and rehearsal, make a pastor feel his parish is more devoted than his seminary classmate’s in the other town?
My own attitude is to let go. My parishioners don’t owe it to me to come early and listen to preludes, or to sing all the verses of the final song. If they do, I hope they will derive some spiritual benefit. If they will derive spiritual or other benefit from some other pre-Mass activity, or scooting quick because they need to talk to a priest who leaves during verse one, I don’t mind their choice to do what is none of my business.