With the introduction of Lutheran Service Book, though, the trinitarian final verses have triangles next to them, which takes out some of the guesswork.
The structure of the hymn is this:
- Stanza 1: Gifts are for the Church
- Stanza 2: Gifts in Baptism
- Stanza 3: Gifts in Absolution
- Stanza 4: Gifts in God's Word
- Stanza 5: Gifts in the Eucharist
- Stanza 6: Glory, praise and thanks to the triune God
Had we been using HS98, LW or TLH, I would have gone ahead and played the interlude and if the congregation observed this tradition, they would stand. However, there was no triangle. I am wondering if the hymnal committee specified the three-in-one names be detailed as "Father, Son and Holy Spirit" instead of simply "triune God."
Back when Hymnal Supplement 98 was in use, I once cued the trinitarian stanza for "Now Greet the Swiftly Changing Year." I was told that this was not a stanza in which we would stand because it was prayer-like in nature and not praise-like in nature. But alas, in LSB this stanza got the the triangle and "The Gifts" did not.
Lets discuss this here first, then I will attempt to contact a member of the hymnal committee or perhaps even Kantor Resch.