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Catalyst 2.0 Prayer Guide : Praise the Lord With the Organ by Ann Posey

Praise the Lord with the Organ   

by Ann Posey  

Psalm 150:4b:  “Praise God with stringed instruments and organs.”   

The pipe organ at Second Baptist was originally built and installed by the Wicks Organ Company of Highland, Illinois, in 1928 at a cost of $12,000. The previous sanctuary also contained a small pipe organ which was destroyed in the fire that took the sanctuary as well.  Once installed, the organ had 5 divisions: Swell, Great, Choir, Pedal and Echo playable on a horseshoe shaped console with 3 keyboards and pedal.  

The church has used good stewardship in maintaining this initial investment throughout the last 86 years. The original specifications followed the English tradition. In 1969, four ranks were added – a 2’flute and a three rank mixture – giving more brilliance to the sound.   

In 1980 a generous bequest allowed the addition of 11 ranks which offered more opportunity for different colors and provided a new “state of the art” console. In 1993, the George Hoech family provided for the addition of the trumpet en chamade, mounted on the Echo organ, along with a later major renovation with additional ranks. The organ is now equipped with MIDI, transposer, master stop processor, piston sequencer, and additional pistons.   

With the recent Catalyst initiative, we have been able to correct the issues related to the 1980 work.  For about five years, we were unable to use five or six ranks (a rank is a set of pipes, one per key, of the same tone color) of the most colorful sounds. In recent weeks, my husband has commented on how much he is enjoying the additional colors of the instrument.   

Lately, I had the opportunity to play the organ in another local church. Although the instrument is in good condition, it is much smaller and is not as flexible and easy to use as the one at Second Baptist.  Having played the other pipe organs in Liberty, we are blessed to have an instrument that has a range of sounds useful in worship.  

 As with anything, human or mechanical that is 86 years old, some things wear out and need replacing.  At the time of construction, the Wicks Company was in a good period of work. Our instrument is tuned twice a year at a cost of $800 each tuning. Over the next four years, in addition to tuning, we should spend about $2000 a year for replacing parts that are wearing out.   

The pipe organ is not the only instrument appropriate for worship and we are blessed to have many pianists and other instrumentalists who generously offer their talents in worship.  The pipe organ, with its many colorful sounds does provide good  support for congregational singing as well as choral accompaniments and a variety of service music – some based on hymns, and some from the classic organ repertoire.  

As you worship through Preludes, Offertories, and Postludes, and singing hymns accompanied by the organ, thank God that through the first Catalyst we were able to do significant repair work to the organ.    

Posted by Terri Soper at Friday, October 10, 2014
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Catalyst 2.0 Prayer Guide : Thailand, Coffee and Catalyst by Bryan and Sabra Boyd

Thailand, Coffee and Catalyst

by Bryan and Sabra Boyd

Matthew 22:37:   Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”   

There are some things that just transcend the many differences that separate us in this world:  COFFEE is one of those things.    

Our language, ethnicity, culture, geography, and religion all seem to conspire to move us into our own little compartments of life where we feel comfortable and safe and with people who are like us. But get a few folks, no matter where they come from around a table with a cup of Joe, and conversation begins as you share the warm goodness and joy of that black brewed gold.   

I cannot help but think of coffee every time I think of Thailand.  We visited many a coffee shop throughout our mission trip in June. Our leader at the Upland Holistic Development Project (UHDP) Tui, knew where all the great coffee places were. In those coffee houses I was so profoundly reminded how similar we are as a human race. We all long for community and fellowship around the table.    

Starbucks has a special Thai blend of coffee that is named “Muan Jai” and this means “wholehearted happiness.” In all the places we ministered in Thailand and were ministered to, we were met with the wholehearted happiness of the Thai people.  Thailand is after all, known as the land of smiles.    

Our journey to Thailand was amazing, inspiring, convicting, and challenging (all in a good way!).  From our experience, we are centering in on living life wholeheartedly and looking expectantly to sharing a cup of Joe with new friends here in Liberty and beyond!  Thank you 2BC family for your gifts to the Catalyst initiative!           

What transcends the differences between you and others: coffee, a soccer ball, a bicycle?  Ask God to show you a way you can cross boundaries to be Christ’s presence in the world. 
Posted by Terri Soper at Thursday, October 9, 2014
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Catalyst 2.0 Prayer Guide : A School With a Church by Ellen Gregory

A School with a Church  

by Ellen Gregory

Matthew 11:25:  At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.   

From a different perspective . . . driving Second Friends Preschoolers back from Science City last spring, I heard a little voice behind me say "Is this a church bus?” The teacher replied "Yes, it is.” Then I heard, "Oh, does our school have a church?” and I had to smile. Since then, I have reflected over that short conversation many times.   

One of the things that drew Larry and me to Second Baptist over 20 years ago was the number of young families with small children and the importance Second places on nurturing, education, and the security of even our littlest ones.   

We have raised two daughters as part of this church family and our girls have grown into women of strong faith with a passion for service to people needing help. There is no way to put a price on this, yet it is due to programs that are still going strong and are funded by the Catalyst.  Sunday School ministries, Wednesday night mission programs, the youth program, choirs from children through adults, handbells, orchestra, Vacation Bible School, mission trips, children and youth camps. And we can’t forget Second Friend Preschool. Although it has become a ministry that is self-funded, it began 20 years ago as part of our church budget and has grown into a successful ministry to our community.   

We are a church of vision and passion with the knowledge that we must raise our future generations to develop their own vision and passion through deep relationship with the one true God.   

I come back around to the conversation on the bus. Yes, indeed. Second Friends Preschool has a Church.  A Church that values them, prays for them, volunteers when needed, and is just plain proud of them. What more can I say?     

Thank God for the impact Second Friends Preschool has had on countless children and families over the years.

Posted by Terri Soper at Wednesday, October 8, 2014
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