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Staying “Organ”-ized: A Temporary Change to Ascension’s Worship Environment
The Ascension Lutheran Church family is blessed to have a wealth of musical gifts, interest, and appreciation–both in sacred and secular contexts. Though we are musically blessed in many and various ways, one of the greatest gifts we possess is our pipe organ, which is used to lead worship on most Sundays and festivals throughout the Church year.
The Chancel Redesign proposals that the church approved in a recent voters’ meeting include provisions to renovate certain parts of the pipe organ. The goals of this process are twofold:
- To make the console (the part of the organ where the organist sits) moveable.
- To upgrade the electronic memory systems within the console itself.
The first part will facilitate the mobility of the console, giving us the ability to place the console wherever it is needed or not needed for special events (it should be noted, however, that the console will remain static for Sunday worship.) The second part will not only make the instrument more user-friendly for any organist who uses the instrument, but also more reliable to lead the voices of the assembly in worship.
I am pleased to announce that this process will commence on Monday, July 21.
Since this complex process will take several weeks, we have elected to use this time to have the pipes removed from the sanctuary and be cleaned. It is likely that other parts of the Chancel Redesign process will create dust around the chancel area, and dust inside of an organ pipe can wreak havoc on the sound quality and tonality of the instrument. Removing the pipes from the sanctuary and sealing the organ chamber before any other work begins is the most logical way to prevent dust or other contaminants from causing avoidable damage.
In the interim, while the organ is out of service, it is my intent to keep the music of our worship a reflection of God’s Word, while still seeking to use the gifts and talents of our church family. I am certain that we will continue to praise and worship God within the context of worship, even without an organ; whenever two or three are gathered, God is there in our midst, organ or no organ.
“Lord of all, of Church and kingdom, in an age of change and doubt
keep us faithful to the Gospel; help us work Your purpose out.
Here, in this day’s dedication, all we have to give, receive;
we, who cannot live without You, we adore You! We believe!”
— “God is Here” v. 4; Fred Pratt Green
May the peace of God be with you.
-Mark Johanson, Minister of Music