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Sacred Sites Open House - Recap
On Sunday May 6th, Trinity participated for the fifth year in a row in the Preservation Association of the Southern Tier’s (PAST) sacred Sites Tours. This year’s focus was on Sacred Sounds and Settings. Given our beautiful sanctuary and rich musical services offerings, this theme fits us perfectly. Trinity has an awesome organ and organist, bell choir, and choir; together, we offer our musical skills in many different worship settings.
Services settings in which we offer music include CandleChant (the Compline service sung and chanted in its entirety), Evensong, and Morning Prayer: all very different from each other. The wonderful Choral music that we share during our Sunday services enhances the liturgy. So many churches have simplified their singing to unison hymns and praise songs, or added guitars and drums to liven up the services. I just love the music we offer here at Trinity! Our service music is not some “hear it and forget it” tune. In the Episcopal liturgy and music, God is our Audience, and what we offer as a congregation is our gift to God. John Rutter’s “Gloria” is an excellent example. When we sing that piece, it is not only Fr. Glenn that is moved, but each one of us is excited about giving Glory to God! You just cannot help it. It is settings like these that make our worship experience unique.
It was very easy talking about and sharing our worship settings and sounds with the 75 to 100 people that came to Trinity for our Tour. I would like to extend a special thank you to Tim Smith for playing and answering questions about our Organ. One of our visitors was a woman whose grandfather installed our Casavant organ back in 1960. We will have a future article about him in an upcoming issue. Rick Shumaker helped create a DVD to play during the tours of our Bell Choir and Choir. Everyone who watched commented on how beautiful and challenging the music is that we offer.
Thank you to Sally Shumaker, Rick Shumaker, and Robin Fellows for helping to give the tours. Fr. Glenn was there the whole time talking with the visitors and answering questions about our church. I hope you were able to visit some other churches as part of the Sacred Sites tours to see what the other churches looked like and sounded like.
Jeff Fellows, Buildings and Grounds Manager