When we first started the process of searching for a new pastor for our church, we met together to devise a profile of our parish and discern our core values. I think we did a pretty good job. I find it hard to believe that many people would have a quarrel with the result of those efforts. One of those core values, a defining factor of our parish, is our appreciation of beauty. We value beauty in our worship: in the liturgy, music and the place.
Of course, we also recognize that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Some prefer the beauty of silence in worship, others prefer the service to be chanted and sung and all the stops pulled out, at least on festive occasions. Others, prefer something in between. And of course, one may prefer different experiences depending on one’s mood. Whatever our individual preferences, music is an integral part of the beauty of All Saints’.
As most of you know, we now have a lovely new organ: an Allen Renaissance organ. On October 4th, Clay Couri, who was instrumental in finding the organ, will introduce the new instrument to us. The choir will sit the service out and at least in the music part of the service, the organ will take center stage. This will be the unofficial introduction of our new baby. After the service you are invited to come up to the chancel for an opportunity to look at it and ask questions and experience a demonstration of different things the organist can do with it. You’ve heard the expression, “pull out all the stops” well, Clay can show you what that means as that expression comes from the organ world.
Then on our patronal feast day, November 1st, Richard Wilson, who is currently on vacation, will be back at the console; the organ will be officially blessed and commissioned for its job, which is to support the choir and congregation in singing and in providing beautiful sacred music for the glory of God.
Music is only one example of beauty in worship, but for many it is very important. We welcome you to the 10:30 service on October 4th for this special opportunity to hear our new acquisition.
Claudia Ward, Senior Warden
All Saints’ Episcopal Church