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Why a Pipe Organ by Ann Posey

Why have a pipe organ?  Why use a pipe organ in worship?

Early in the history of Second Baptist Church, there was strong opposition to using a pipe organ in worship.  Some considered it an "instrument of the devil!" However, there was a pipe organ in the church that burned in the 1920s. The current instrument was originally built by the Wicks Organ Company of Highland, Illinois, in 1928 at the cost of $12,100. For insurance purposes, it is currently valued at over $500,000.  The primary purpose of the pipe organ at Second Baptist is to lead in congregational song and to provide music related to the thoughts of the day or the season.

A pipe organ is a single instrument with many diverse tone colors, a wide range of dynamics from very soft to very powerful.  All of this is controlled by one person. Hopefully, our pipe organ is used to help worship be more meaningful, making us more aware of God's presence.

"Music is a fair and glorious gift of God.  Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise.  The singing of hymns is a goodly thing and pleasing to God.  Singers are merry and free from sorrow and cares.  Music is the best solace for a sad and sorrowful mind;  by it the heart is refreshed and settled again in peace.  The devil flies before the sounds of music as much as before the Word of God."    Martin Luther

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