The answering or completing by the congregation of a declaration or statement by the pastor or leader in a service of worship. A response may be said or sung, as in the response in a liturgical use of the Psalms. A response is the second portion of a responsive reading or the second half of a versicle.
Source: A Dictionary for United Methodists, Alan K. Waltz, Copyright 1991, Abingdon Press. Used by Permission.