Athens First United Methodist Church
The Dedication of the Quimby Pipe Organ, Opus 77 September 12, 2021 8:30, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.
The Worship of God * Please stand as you are able. | The congregation speaks the text in bold type. The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God in loving memory of Anne and Branch Howe by their children Stephen Howe, Alan Howe, and Barbara Howe McArthur.
G AT H ER I NG
“Allegro con brio” from Sonata No. 4, Op. 65 | Felix Mendelssohn Joe Russell, organ
The Welcome and Opening Prayer Martha Aenchbacher
PR A ISE & TH A NKSGIV ING
“The Church’s One Foundation” | AURELIA, arr. Dan Forrest Stanza 1 | Sung by choir and congregation. The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ, her Lord; She is His new creation by water and the Word. From heav’n He came and sought her to be His holy bride; with His own blood He bought her, and for her life He died. Stanzas 2 and 3 | Sung by choir. Stanza 4 | Sung by choir and congregation. Yet she on earth hath union with God the Three in One, and mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won: O happy ones and holy! Lord, give us grace that we like them the meek and lowly, on high may dwell with thee.
*The Affirmation of Faith
“We Belong to God” | Steve Garnaas-Holmes
We belong to God, creator of all that is and all that is to come, abundant provider of the gifts in this life and the gifts in our own hearts. It is God alone who gives life, who is generous beyond measure with grace and blessing. We follow Christ, whom God sent to teach and heal, to show us a new way of living, with love and trust and courage, with joy and generosity. In this faith Jesus gave of himself, even his very life. He was crucified and buried; yet God raised him from death, and he lives among us, and grants his spirit to us. We live by that Holy Spirit, and entrust ourselves to the Spirit’s guidance and empowerment. As members of the church, the Body of Christ, we devote ourselves to lives of love, rejoicing in the power of forgiveness, the reality of resurrection, and the mystery of eternal life. Amen.
*The Passing of the Peace The Welcoming of New Members | 11:00 a.m. The Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.
UMH 68 “When in Our Music God is Glorified” | ENGELBERG Stanzas 1, 2, and 5
During the singing of the hymn at 11:00 a.m., children in grades K-2 are dismissed through the front, lectern side doors to attend Children’s Church. They can be picked up at the conclusion of worship on the third floor.
The Dedication of the Quimby Pipe Organ, Opus 77 Given to the Glory of God and in honor of Carolyn Garrard by Henry Garrard
Brothers and sisters in Christ, we have come together to dedicate this new organ to the glory of God, and to the mission of the church. It is installed so that the celebration of worship may become more beautiful and solemn. The purpose of music in the sacred liturgy is above all to give glory to God and to lead us to holiness. Thus, the music of the organ expresses the new song that Scripture tells us to sing to the Lord. To sing this new song is to live rightly, to follow God’s will eagerly and gladly, and, by loving one another, to carry out the new commandment that Jesus gave us. Sisters and brothers, we have come together in this church, set apart for the worship of Almighty God and for the building up of the body of Christ. We now also set apart this pipe organ for the worship, honor, and glory of God and for the ministry of God’s people. Through the faithfulness of saints who have gone before us, through the vision and generosity of gracious donors, by the skill and dedication of expert artisans, and by the artistry of gifted musicians, we come to this moment. Bless those who will be moved by this pipe organ into closer communion with you. Bless those who, moved by its tones, will be drawn into greater wisdom, deeper learning, and finer deeds. Bless those whose voices are lifted by its song, to turn song to prayer, prayer to love, and love to life spent with you. To the glory of God, Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, We dedicate this pipe organ, an instrument of praise. For the healing of life’s discords and for the sounds and harmonies that express feelings deep within us, We dedicate this pipe organ, an instrument of prayer. For the comfort of the sorrowing and the lifting of the depressed, We dedicate this pipe organ, an instrument of peace.
Let us pray: Eternal God, whom generations have worshiped through the gift of music, accept our gratitude for this instrument of praise, which we now dedicate in your name and to your glory. We thank you for those who conceived and built it, and for those who will bring its sounds to life and release the music it was made to give. May this pipe organ, as part of our worship, played alone or in concert with other instruments and voices, inspire higher praise and closer devotion to you. Amen.
The Offering and Offertory Anthem
“I Was Glad” | text: Psalm 122, music: C.H.H. Parry
Sung by the Sanctuary Choir; Brandon Craswell, Geoff Wood, Regan O’Connor, and Ed Bush, trumpet; Peter Riggs, horn; Thomas Minor and Danny Alford, trombone; David Stone, euphonium; Trevor Barroero, timpani I was glad when they said unto me: We will go into the house of the Lord. Our feet shall stand in thy gates: O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is builded as a city: That is at unity in itself. O pray for the peace of Jerusalem: They shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls: And plenteousness within thy palaces.
*The Doxology | lasst uns erfreuen
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise God all creatures here below. Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise God the source of all our gifts; Praise Jesus Christ whose power uplifts. Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit, Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! PROCL A M AT ION
The Scripture Mark 7:31-37
“ALL IN!” | Chuck Hodges
UMH 102 “Now Thank We All Our God” | NUN DANKET, arr. John Rutter Stanza 1 | Sung by choir and congregation. Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices, Who wondrous things hath done, in whom this world rejoices; Who from our mother’s arms hath bless’d us on our way with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today. Stanza 2 | Sung by choir. Stanza 3 | Sung by choir and congregation. All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given, The Son, and him who reigns with them in highest heaven, The One eternal God, whom heav’n and earth adore; for thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore. Amen.
*The Benediction *Postlude
“Allegro maestoso e vivace” from Sonata No. 4, Op. 65 Felix Mendelssohn
The Quimby Pipe Organ, Opus 77 given to the Glory of God and in honor of Carolyn Garrard by Henry Garrard
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