If you look deeply at your practice, you will see that you have to be able to play the items for the next Sunday at least 4 days before. Not on Saturday, but on Wednesday, for example. On Saturday is too late. With the stress while playing in public your fingers should be much more acquainted with the pieces than it would seem.
Performance is not the same as practice. If you want to be sure that on Sunday it will go fine, you have to play the pieces or hymns on Wednesday at least 10 times in a row correctly.
I'm sorry, if it feels a lot and it is. But that's how human nature works. And remember, you don't have to play all 4 parts together yet, focus on Soprano and Bass only for now with loud principal chorus registration with mixtures. When you play 2 voices only, playing louder than usual helps to make up for the loss in texture.
[Thanks to Katharine]
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