A message from our Rector
The holly bears a blossom,
As white as the lily flower,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
To be our sweet Savior.
The rising of the sun
And the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ,
Sweet singing in the choir.
Those familiar words summarize what this time of year is all about. Can you imagine what the Advent/ Christmas Season would be like without the sounds of familiar music ringing in our ears?
For over three decades the organ has played an integral part of St. Augustine’s vibrant music ministry. For many, the power and beauty of an organ raises our spirits, lifts our minds and hearts, helps explain sacred mysteries, reveals divine grace, stirs our deepest emotions and inspires our lives.
Our current organ is over 33 years old, and it has served the congregation faithfully. In recent years it has aged and fallen into major disrepair. While our organists have used their considerable skills to work around parts of the organ that have failed, recently new problems have arisen and we have learned that the organ is beyond economical repair. This past week the Vestry met with our organists to consider how to maintain a sense of musical integrity, which is important to the members of St. Augustine, and find the resources to obtain an instrument that could serve the congregation for many future decades.
During these discussions, St. Augustine was blessed to receive a sizable anonymous gift of $75,000. It seemed fortuitous that the need and the means to begin addressing it came together almost simultaneously.
After careful consideration the clergy, musicians, and Vestry met and determined that it is in the best interest of the church to allocate the anonymous monetary gift towards the acquisition of a new Allen digital organ. Because this instrument is total pipe compatible, it can function eventually as the console in our long-term plan to install the pipes from the Moeller pipe organ we currently have in storage. Thus, we can meet our immediate need for a functioning organ while taking a large step towards our ultimate goal of a grand pipe organ.
The organ manufacturer tells us that it will take about four months for the new instrument to be ready for installation. In the meantime, the Allen Organ Company has provided us with a loaner instrument until our new instrument is installed. The loaner organ is in place now and ready to meet our needs while our own is completed.
Click on this link https://youtu.be/4R6G7o2V2JQ to watch a video in which our organist, John Potter, explains the issues with our old organ.