I don’t remember exactly when it started but it has finally gotten to the point where it really bothers me.
Maybe this came down as a memo from SLC and I missed it or something!
Or maybe this is just our ward/stake thing and everyone else is immune.
Ok, here it is: the person who is going to give the opening or closing prayer gets up as the hymn is ending and makes their way up front before the hymn is over. Sometimes if they get up too early they have to find a place to sit for a moment, or they just stand next to the podium until the hymn is over.
I find it very distracting. I also consider it rude to be up and walking toward the front during the hymn. Are we in such a hurry to start the prayer?
I remember the good old days. The hymn ended, the person got up and went to the podium to pray. It gave you a moment mentally prepare for the prayer.
Am I missing something here…..do they do this in your ward…..what’s the deal?