In May of 2019, the organ was removed and thus began the renovation. Exactly two years later, the instrument is complete. Once the installation was finished, James Freeman and Pete Duys made the necessary adjustments and tuned the pipes. Now, the instrument has to “settle in” and acclimate to the building and upcoming seasons that produce changes to the humidity and temperature in the room. The design of our building is fortunate because of the inner sanctum of the organ chamber and the basically constant temperature range. Many organs are relegated to existing next to outside walls and are exposed to all kinds of temperature fluctuations. Thank you to the original designers for their forethought and wisdom.
If there was another more profound word for gratitude, I would use it here. From the perspective of a music director, it was such a great experience all the way around working with the outside companies of Schleuter Organ Company, Ussery & Rule Architects, and Tyson Construction. We couldn’t have had a better team than these fine people. Behind the scenes were all the staff, especially Walter Lynn who coordinated with many sub-contractors when the existing building came into play. Musicians always need things moved – chairs, grand pianos, other instruments, walls, pulpits, etc. J Again, thanks to the many who have enhanced our worship space, therefore creating more inspiring worship for everyone.
Speaking of organs, this Sunday we will pull out all the stops! The Chancel Ensemble joins with the Chancel Choir to present Eugene Butler’s “Festival Piece on St. Anne” which is actually “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past.” You will be invited to sing along with us at the end of the anthem.
Hymns for Sunday: 280 Come, O Spirit, Dwell Among Us (remember the old hymn “Once to Every Man and Nation? This is the tune); 295 Go to the World! (this is to the tune of For All the Saints); and as a sending song we will sing “We Are the Church.” It would be most excellent to hear all voices singing their most robust on Sunday. If you have a hymnal, practice a little – or go to hymnary.org – most all hymns can be found there.
On Sunday, May 30, the Chancel Choir will sing Stainer’s “God So Loved the World,” a timeless anthem since 1904! We will also remember our veterans with an arrangement of “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” written by a conductor of the Navy Sea Chanters, Bryan Kidd. Several years ago, I called them and asked if we could use the arrangement and he sent it! Hymns will be 1 Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty and 634 To God Be the Glory.
Here comes June!
Love & Gratitude,