We have this one deacon that knows EVERYTHING, you name any hymn, tune, praise, doxology, etc. and he knows it- he even memorized the entire creed in coptic. Don't get me wrong, I personally love the guy, he's very nice person and funny to.
But here's the problem, he loves saying all the long hymns. Especially during Kiahk he wants to say the long kiahk hoas, the great teoi en-hikanos, the long psalm 150, and no one else sings along with him because we simply don't know it, and the rest of the congregation tunes out. I personally don't mind him saying any long hymn (i just listen to the melody of tune, which is so beautiful and moving, or I pick up a book and do some reading). However, MAJORITY of the people get "bored" quickly and eventually leave- and some don't want to come again because of the deacon (I quote, "be aw-ew too much"). Last week we didn't even have time to finish and had to omit "Amdah fel batool" :'(, and he skips the long esmo ephcois and shere maria (which nearly all the deacons know), so that he can have time to say the rest of the praise.
So is it worth saying these long hymns to revive them, at the expense of people leaving and in extreme cases HATING the churches hymns all together???