“Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.” — Martin Luther
Capitol Hill Lutheran Church is known for its diverse congregation, with members from 23 different countries on five continents. We have many more things in common than differences. One of the commonalities is the music we enjoy each Sunday. Traditional hymns and contemporary music join our hearts and minds. Music draws us closer to God, and we praise Him together with voices lifted in song. The sound of our Hilgreen Lane pipe organ enriches our worship.
But at 105 years of age, the organ was in need of some TLC. Art Aadland, Aadland Pipe Organ Company, Valley Springs, South Dakota, was just the man for the job. Since the first of the year, he has been repairing cracks and loose connections in the organ while installing new leather pneumatics. (We learned the longevity of the original leather used in our organ is 50 years. We are very fortunate most of the leather in our pipe organ lasted more than 100 years.) Art is also re-configuring the pipe chamber to provide easy tuning access to all the pipes.
With our restoration in capable hands, the congregation came together and raised $118,000 in fall 2013. Community events included an international dinner and a silent movie with the organ as an accompaniment to Charlie Chaplin movies.
There were some struggles on our way. Our long-time organist, Bob Lien, passed away. In the midst of our sorrow, God blessed us again, and we welcomed organist Paul Van Ryswyk.
Today, organ restoration is halfway completed. This fall, we invite the community to join us for the re-dedication of our pipe organ. On Sunday, Sept. 14, guest organists will play our restored pipe organ. Mark this date on your calendar; more information will be available closer to the event.
And, if you are looking for comfort or you are looking for joy, we encourage you to reach out for something you can never lose: the gift of Jesus Christ, the love of God,and the peace that passes all understanding waits for you. He beckons you to Him. Join us in Sunday worship.
“My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.” — Martin Luther
Information provided Jean Gerritsen, Capitol Hill Lutheran organ committee, Capitol Hill Lutheran Church, 511 Des Moines St., Des Moines, 515-244-8913.