At the front of the church house, the first bench facing the ministers was reserved for the vorsingers.
They were the men who would announce the songs we would be singing. Once the song was announced they waited for a few moments to give the rest of the church time to find the song in the little songbooks we used.
They led the first syllable of the first word of every line, and then the rest of the church would chime in and help sing the rest of the line.
I don't miss these slow church songs, but not much takes me back to those days more than listening to these old familiar songs.