Renewal and Restoration
Sacred music at the principal Sunday service, led by the Interim Music Director with our magnificent organ, has long been cherished by parishioners and visitors. With worship service preludes and postludes, or accompanying soloists and choir, or supporting congregational singing, our organ-centered musical program is integral to Incarnation’s life and liturgies. Today, the renewal of this extraordinary instrument has become a necessity and a parish priority.
Since its installation in 1955, the Aeolian-Skinner organ at Church of the Incarnation has been significantly modified with many repairs over the ensuing decades. This work has allowed the organ to serve us well. However, these efforts have worked as a stopgap far from a major overhaul. Time and lack of financial resources have led to underlying deterioration of the pipes and critical elements such as the leather bellows beneath them and electrical wiring throughout. Some of these features are unusable. The situation is now beyond the repair stage. To prevent the likelihood of a major organ breakdown in the next few years the instrument must be entirely rebuilt.
After months of project planning and consultation with organ specialists, the Interim Music Director and the Vestry have selected Casavant Brothers as the best suited organ builder for this proposed project.
Incarnation is now planning for a capital campaign to fund the restoration and renewal of the organ. With the help of a consultant, we are undertaking a feasibility study this fall to formally assess support for a campaign in the parish and to determine a realistic and achievable campaign goal.
Heavenly Father, whose Holy Word is music to our ears, draw us together in harmony so that we might lift up that music through the work of our hands and hearts and sing in unison to your everlasting glory. Instill in us a reverence for the faithful works of centuries past. Sustain our labors with your power and might. And may the earthly gifts you have blessed us with inspire others to join us in exalting you. We pray all this in the name of your blessed Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. AMEN
(by Barbara Clark, Parishioner)